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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 better id you English communication(you are going to live in a English speaking country, so you got to speak fluently).
ii) How good are you academically (since the US education system is different from rest of the world, they want make sure that you are fit)
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 officer is trying to see how confident you are and where you stand according to their system of education. 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 education.
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. 50% of the F1 visa interviews will involve a question on backlogs. 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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