Tips to Ace US Visa Interview
For many aspirants who want to realize their dream of studying in the US, Visa interviews are not eagerly awaited. Many dread the questions and underperform in the interview due to anxiety and performance pressure. Here are tips that can safely sail you through the ordeal of Visa interviews. Just for the record, if you can straight-talk while displaying a keen desire of studying in the US, consider half the battle won.
- Never say what’s already on the university’s website. For example, while praising Carnegie Mellon University, you should not say that industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was the founder of the varsity… Talk about your academic goal, and how the University fits into that goal by elaborating on the facilities, infrastructure and exposure that it would provide you
- Don’t just thrust documents on officers and think that if it is in the document, they’ll know it. They do go through your documents, but still, they need to talk to you because they are more interested in you and not the documents.
- You should not talk too much. You normally get 2-4 minutes to talk about yourself. Try highlighting your strengths during this time.
- Always keep in mind that most of the students take financial help of some kind. So, don’t hide the fact that you would need to take study loan to go to the States.
- Apply at least, months before your reporting date. In case, parents also want to assist students, they must apply much before the scheduled departure.
- Most of the visa applications are rejected on the ground of the applicant’s apparent intentions to settle there. For example, if you are already a have a commerce degree and wish to go there to study BBA, then it’s difficult to justify the reason. Your reason should not raise eyebrows and should seem just right, so ask yourself the right reasons for you to study in the US. Be honest and you’ll see the difference.
- If you plan to work part-time in America during your studies, you should not lay too much emphasis on it at the time of interview. All such queries must be sent to the campus administrators and not the visa officers.
- If you dropped a year after school, then you will need to explain what you did in the gap year. Having said that, every application is decided on a case-to-case basis. No thumb rules can be applied here.
- Most of the universities admit students during fall (August to December). But around 20-25 per cent of the admissions take place during spring (January to May) intake too in some universities.
- If you have got a call from a premier university such as the University of Pennsylvania, then you don’t need to carry too many documents to make your case stronger. The university’s call speaks for itself. Having said that, it doesn’t harm to carry the bank statement along but don’t compel the visa officer to read it.
- If you are going for research at a university, you must substantiate your case by showing your research work.