To pursue higher education in the United States non-immigrants have to apply for an F1 type of Visa.
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Is getting approval for the F1 type of visa easy?
For your F1 visa to be approved the process is an easy but tiresome one. If the university in the United States accepts you, you will receive an application regarding it. After the payment of the one-time charge, you will be enlisted in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The educational institution will provide you a form called I-20 once you have verified your account and paid all the fees. To get F1 visa, the U.S embassy in your country will fix an interview with you after you have received the I-20 form
Plan, Prepares and Practice is three P’s you need to work on to nail the F1 Visa Interview.
The visa officer could be throwing at you several questions in the interview or you may not be asked even a single question and directly get the student visa stamp in your passport.
But you should not take it lightly and start preparing for it. Out of the many questions, these three are the most likely asked F1 visa interview questions in the interview by the visa officer.
1. Why have you chosen America for your higher education?
When the visa officer asks you this question he wants to know whether you can justify or not why have you chosen this country to pursue your higher education over other countries. Mentioning strong points about the country is necessary to convince the interviewer regarding your choice of United States over other countries.
Some of the strong points that you can mention while answering are:
- The United States is known for its quality education system and is renowned in the world for its academics.
- Colleges and universities provide flexibility in academics.
- The incorporation of technology in classrooms is very impressive and proves that course syllabuses are advanced and always updated according to the changing needs in the world.
- After completion of studies, there are ample opportunities in career.
- Social and campus life.
- The help and support that is provided to international students cannot be matched with other countries.
You can also frame your answer and say this way that ‘Since the United States emphasizes more on practical knowledge rather than theoretical knowledge this will provide me with more exposure to real-life scenarios that will place be in an edge when I come back to my country. My social life will also improve drastically as I will get to mingle and learn a lot of things from various students from all over the world’.
Sounding natural is a must while answering this else the visa officer will feel your words are forced. Remember you do not want that you are forcing yourself to say nice words rather your work is to impress and convince the interviewer in whatever you say.
2. What are the reasons for you to study at this university?
The main reason for asking this question is that the interviewer wants to know the transparent reasons for your selection of the specific university where you are planning to study. How the degree after completion from that specific university would benefit you in your future, the visa officer also wants to know this. The university where you are taking admission in, you should know about their history and the background.
Remember you cannot say that only this university has selected me and therefore I have chosen this university to study. Your answer should make the interviewer think that you have excitement to study there and cannot wait to join there. It should matter you after all you would be spending huge lots of money to study the USA which would be much less had you studied in your home country.
How should you prepare for this?
The university’s website and the handbook should be gone through by you in a detailed way. You can note done important information like national or international rankings, the profile of faculties, good facility of research and feedback of recent students and alumnus. After having all these ideas you can answer very confidently.
You can say:
- I want to study Bachelors in Business Administration with a major in marketing at the University of Arizona. It is ranked #117 in national universities and #76 in undergraduate teaching.
- The marketing department has a very updated research facility. This will give me good exposure to real-life scenarios and bounty practical knowledge.
- The student life seems amazing from what I have seen from a video of a present student speaking.
- There is an alumni association for students that have been successful in their careers fields and that is an excellent way to connect with them.
So these are the reasons for which I am excited to study there.
3. What are your career goals back home after you finish your studies?
The visa officer wants to know what are your plans in the future after completion of your studies. They also want to know whether your mind is set on to achieve future goals or not. Another key reason the visa officer wants to hear from you while you answer that you are not going to be an immigrant in the United States but rather come back home.
To prove the interviewer you can mention the bond you have with your family, your family’s properties, businesses and assets in your home country and how you are going to be involved and have responsibilities in your family business or become the future heir of the property or business once your parents retire.
You can answer it in many ways. Some examples are:
If you are enrolling in a business administration degree than you can say that:
After completion of my studies, I would like to aspire to become an entrepreneur and would like to open my startup and empower people they too have similar dreams. Or I would like to use my knowledge to help my family with their business and expand it shortly.
If you are planning to study computer science or engineering you can say that:
After completing my studies I would like to work in multinational companies as numerous companies dwell there but lack skilled manpower.
I hope this guide along with answers will help you to prepare for your F1 visa interview. The key to ace the interview is to answer the question asked by the visa officer in a unique manner and sound natural as much as possible. If you fail to answer properly or if the visa officer seems displeased with your answers or does not get the keywords that he has been looking for in your answer you might be denied with a student visa. So this is not to scare you rather caution you so that such a case does not happen to you.