Student Visa interview: Not mandatory for every country

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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 17:02 IST

Visa interviews are a daunting process. After completing the application forms and managing to get admitted into a university comes the process of acquiring a student visa. Most students are apprehensive of appearing in front of visa officers and answering their interrogatory questions. But do you know, not all the countries require you to be physically present for an interview?

There are many countries where a personal interview is mandatory, and there are some where you call skip the interview stage. Here is the information to a few countries and whether a personal interview is mandatory or not.

US – Mandatory

The US government has made student visa interview for prospective students mandatory. If you are applying for F1 visa, you need to prepare for the interview. This interview is primarily a clinical check to make sure only genuine students get to enter the US territory.

UK – Conditional

UKBA has reintroduced visa interview, so students applying for a UK visa may be asked to appear for an interview with the visa officers. Those who were once declined a visa or whose scores on standardised tests are low are more likely to be chosen for visa interview.

Canada – Conditional

Typically, there are no interviews for study permits. An interview may be required if decided by the visa officer. However, a medical examination is compulsory for the purpose of getting a student visa.

Australia – Conditional

Whether there will be an interview required or not, depends on the individual case of the applicant. There are a lot of scenarios, as follow:

1. Australian visa officers can call the student and interview him on the telephone

2. They can personally call the applicant to the high commission and interview him

3. They can write a letter to the applicant and ask for more information, as needed

4. They can send a refusal letter to the student without the interview

5. They can give a visa and a POV to the student without the interview

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Germany – Mandatory

All applicants have to schedule an appointment for a personal interview at the German Embassy. There are total five consulates in India, so the procedure for the Germany Student Visa application may be different, as per the consulates.

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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert

With over 8 years of experience in overseas education, Rahul Singha has been previously associated with prominent education houses. He is also responsible for keeping a sharp eye on education policies of major study... Read Full Bio




Yemisi John


Good day sir, I applied for Canadian student visa since September 2021, no reply till now. What should I do

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert


However please note that the visa process is an independent process and no agency can affect the decision. Hence do not fall for agencies that claim otherwise.


Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert


Hello Yemisi. I would request you to get in touch with the concerned authorities and inquire about your file.


Which countries are no need students interview for visa in Europe

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Is visa interview mandatory or conditional for Ireland?

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What is conditional visa? Is that applicable for Poland??

Reply to Shruti Ghodke


i applied on 15th may in vfs Chandigarh but there is Not any update in my statses

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