• F1 Visa Interview Questions and Answers

    Here is an article explaining F1 Visa Questions and answers. US Student visa Intervew(F1 Visa Interview) Consist of Variety flavours of Questions which evaluates Student's Education, Financial Condition to Sponser Education, Student's Eligibility to Attend a US University. Your answers to the F1 Visa Interview Questions by Visa Officer should get you the impression during the Interview to get Visa approval..

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    This articles is to help students planning for F1 Visa interview at US consulates for fall 2012. If your know the reason behind conducting the interview, categories of questions, what questions will be asked and what they are intended for, then you can prepare your answers accordingly suitable to your situation. So instead of just going through the questions asked for others, try to figure out what your weak points are, put yourself in the officers position and then prepare the answers accordingly.

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    F1 Visa Interview is mainly to see how good you present yourself. During the interview the officer looks for:

    i) how good you English is (you will have to live in a English speaking country, so you got to speak fluently. That's the same reason you take GRE & TOEFL as well).

    ii) How good you are academically (since the edu sys is so different, they want to send only the best students who can cope up)

    iii) See if you are financially sound (you can afford the costly edu and don't have to drop out in between due to the lack of money) - very imp, you should understand it yourself. They don't want to see how much money you have. But they are looking if you are able to support yourself in case the worst thing happens ie not finding any sort of funding.

    F1 Visa Interview Questions and Answers

    The F1 Visa Interview Interview Questions can be broken down into 4 parts.

    Part 1 : Questions on Colleges / Universities
    Part 2 : Academics
    Part 3 : Finance
    Part 4 : Returning to India.

    F1 Visa Questions and Answers on Universities/Colleges

    Here the office is trying to see how confident you are and where you stand according to their sys of edu. Here the officer will ask you things like

    i) How many colleges you applied to - He is trying to see how eager you are to study in US.

    ii) How many admits or rejects - This tells him where you stand according to their sys. If you have a lot of admits compared to rejects and that too form good colleges, then he is pretty sure that you are capable to cope with their sys. If you have a lot of reject from big schools, say so. This will show that you really care about your edu and want nothing but the best for yourself.

    iii) Which are the colleges you applied and what was the result - This will show what you think of yourself. If you had applied to all the big ones, then it shows that you really care about your edu.

    iv) Which college you are going to

    v) why that college - Wants to see how much you know about the college. He is trying to see if you really searched for the colleges or had just applied following somebody's suggestions. He is also looking for how confident you are about yourself and are you able to take your own decision (after all you are going to live here all by yourself).

    Be prepared with a good intro of the college. Know a few of your profs names, the labs, the research group, a little about the place where the college is.

    F1 Visa Interview Questions and Answers on Academics

    Here the officer is trying to see if you are academically strong enough to cope up with their sys. The questions would be like

    i) What is your score (GRE, TOEFL, GPA/Percentage).

    ii) how many backlogs.

    iii) How do I know that u wont waste your time and study well

    If you have good scores then no need to worry. If your scores are not that good or you have backlogs, then take extra care. You will have to be prepared with answers like why you got those backlogs, why do you think you are suited for edu in US. Stress the importance of research in graduate edu in US and show that you are prepared by highlighting your projects, papers, reserch exp, internships etc. Also have good reasons why you got a specific backlog, say something like you had done a proj and was too involved. Also show the proof by saying it got published later at this conference.

    F1 Visa Questions and Answers on Finance:

    The officer wants to make sure you have enough money to complete your edu. They dont want you to come here and then drop out in between due to the lack of money. They also dont want you to work outside and put your life in jeopardy.

    Prepare a good CA statement. This has to be neat and should clearly show all your funds and their dollar equivalent. The officer has only a few minutes to evaluate your profile, so dont make him look for stuff. Having gone through the statement he will want to see a few things to verify if all the things mentioned in the statement are true. Have your papers organized and hand them over quickly.

    They usually look for the first year in liquid cash (ie saving or FD), since you will be paying that money as soon as you join the college. The second and third year can be asset or other things. They consider asset for second year coz, this can be used as colateral to get loan in case required.
    A few things to note here is if you have a few siblings (brother/sisters) and are showing all your parents money = college tuition. Then the office will naturall ask "if your parents are willing to spend all their money on you" and "what will your sibling do."

    In cases like this, having a loan helps. It shows that you are not putting a burden on your family and are willing to take responsibility.

    If you can show loan + savings = college tuition * number of years. Plus you bring in your assets and your parents tax forms. This shows that you have all the means to fund your edu.

    Your finances should be equal to College tuition * number of years mentioned in the I20. Mostly the number of years is 2 but not always. In my I20 it was mentioned as 3 and my visa got denied because of that. So make sure before you go.
    As for evaluating your assets, the agricultural land can be evaluated by the Tahisldar and the house can be evaluated by the Municipal Corporation's Planning Engineers.

    F1 Visa Interview Questions and Answers on plans to return to india

    No American wants you to stay here and work (even though thats what we come for). So he wants to make sure that you will come back to India once your education is done. In order to show this, you can say that all your relatives are back there in India. How stable the Indian economy is. How the job market is improving everyday. Give some concrete examples. Dont pretend, mean it. It will show in your words.

    In the end, be confident and yourself. If you have done your homework, nothing can go wrong. Best of luck!

    - Courtesy: smartbiju - Our yahoo group's active member.

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    Comments 28 Comments
    1. ashwin484's Avatar
      ashwin484 -
      I am a student travelling to USA for my masters. I wanted to know how much cash in dollar ( excluding travellers card and cheques ) can I carry while traveling ??
    1. Sean Ward's Avatar
      Sean Ward -
      Great info on the F1 interview process! so many international students are not prepared for this interview and they end up being Denied because they were not ready to prove the critical items a consulate officer needs to know: you've been accepted to a college/university, you and your family/sponsor can pay for it, and you are going to return to your home country after you are finished your education. For the details you need to get Approved, check out my blog at go usa visa center dot com and book on preparing for and passing your F1 student visa interview. Don't be one of the 160,000 students last year who were Denied! Good Luck!!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      guys is FDU a good school for chemistry?
    1. jack e's Avatar
      jack e -
      First of all, when the consulate officer asks a question, any backlogs?
      what should be the answer for it, that is the subjects cleared in the next attempt or the uncleared subjects. I am completely confused about the term backlogs, please help me.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I apply as a student visa to pursue my master but I not attend any exam my university approval my admission in ESL program . Same tips for my interview quation .
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -

      I applied for spring 2015 session, but unfortunately my visa got denied two times. The reason for denial they said was under section 214(b). Now I am planning to apply for the 2015 fall session. My GRE score was 300. Please suggest what can I do best in this situation, I am 2012 passed out with BE in electronics.

      Thanks and Regards
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      good information thank you very much for your time and help towards people hope you are kind hearted!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Hello Please guide me .
      I have completed my Masters in Information Technology in India.
      Now Can I apply for another masters in Same Field in USA ?
      My GRE is 291 and TOEFL 76
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I had worked for 6 months,
      I have only letter of appointment and id card with me.

      I haven't got my releaving letter yet.

      I am having my visa interview.

      Will that be ok??
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      actually ,I was planning for MS. After b-tech I wasted 1year of time, if interviewer asked for that. how can I answer it?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Hello Sir,
      I have already got the i20 letter from the Saginaw valley state university of Michigan to persue my bachelor degree in mechanical engineering and i have my interview on 12 june But i am so afraid of getting my Visa denied cause most of the students (almost 400-500) here is applying for the same university and from a internet research i came to know that the crime records in this university is high...... So, does these things effect on my Visa interview and is there high risk of getting my Visa denied...... I am so worried about it ...... PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. aslam's Avatar
      aslam -
      Hello i got 5bands ..... No gre ... And 12 backlocks can i for usa
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashwin484 View Post
      I am a student travelling to USA for my masters. I wanted to know how much cash in dollar ( excluding travellers card and cheques ) can I carry while traveling ??
      Well, you can carry $400-500 while in travelling, remaining amount you can carry in travel cards. My suggestion is better to carry $5 s and $ 10s instead of 100s.
    1. parthsheth2009's Avatar
      parthsheth2009 -
      Hi smartbiju,
      Thanks a lot for the insight and the detail. Feels confident already.. have my interview on the 6th July. UTA - MS in Information Systems. Its a great way to be prepared and already knowing what they want to see and hear. A step ahead. Thanks again.. Ill post my experience here.

      Thank You
      Parth Sheth
    1. parthsheth2009's Avatar
      parthsheth2009 -
      What would be the best way to answer this questions.
      Why US and no other country to pursue your education?

      Course - MS in Information Systems
      3 years experience.
      Bsc Computer Science & MBA

      Expecting a response soon as I have my interview on the 6th July.

      Thank You
      Parth Sheth
    1. Alecia's Avatar
      Alecia -
      What would be the best answer if I was asked why do I choose US to study and there are lots of universities in my country?

      Thank you!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      i am applied for ms, in visa interview question is why you are taking 6 years gap? wat is the answer
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Hey is anyone travelling from bangalore to buffalo on Aug 10th 9:55 pm by etihad airways?
    1. Gagan sidhu's Avatar
      Gagan sidhu -
      i have done my bca . in 2014 nowcan i go for usa doing mba . is it rightselection of course or not tell me plzzzzz
    1. Babjotsidhu's Avatar
      Babjotsidhu -
      i have done my bca . in 2014 nowcan i go for usa doing mba . is it rightselection of course or not tell me plzzzzz
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