Visa Interview Preparation

For most international students the visa interview is the scariest part of attempting to study in a different country. The U.S. process in particular can be challenging because many students do not understand what the visa officer is looking for when he/she grants a visa or denies a visa application. The following represents advice that will help you understand the process and hopefully pass your interview.

After you schedule your visa appointment you should begin preparing for your interview. Every U.S. visa officer makes the decision to award a student a visa based on the following categories:

  • Have a residence abroad, with no immediate intention of abandoning that residence;
  • Intend to depart from the United States upon completion of the course of study; and
  • Possess sufficient funds to pursue the proposed course of study.

The visa officer will ask you various questions to come to a better understanding if you meet the above criteria. They will also gauge whether or not your story makes sense or seems fabricated. Always tell the visa officer the truth. They are trained to know when people are hiding information, and if they believe you are holding back information you will most likely be denied your visa. However if you tell the truth and prove to the visa officer that you can pay for you studies, that you do not wish to stay in the United States and you will someday return to your country you will most likely be awarded a student visa.

Every student should take the time to analyze their situation and ask themselves the questions of whether or not they meet the criteria for obtaining a student visa. You should practice answering questions about whether you intend to stay in the U.S. after graduation. In many embassies you have under a minute to prove you have no intention of remaining in the U.S. after your degree. By forming an answer to this question and practicing your response you can be more prepared for the interview and raise your chances of obtaining a visa.

You should also be prepared to answer questions about other family members, your intended course of study and your future plans. The visa officer will ask you about all of these things to see if some part of your story doesn’t make sense. A student’s answers help provide the officer with a picture of their situation and help them gauge someone’s ability to enter as an F-1 student.

Watch this EucationUSA video to find out how easy it is to obtain an F-1 student visa.

For any questions regarding the visa interview process contact David McKee, Director of International Admissions, +1-304-384-6294 or at dmckee@concord.edu.

Last updated on Jan 11, 2012. Originally created on Jan 3, 2012. Report incorrect information.