Tips to Ace US Visa Interview

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Mar 30, 2023 21:44 IST

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. Just for the record, if you can straight-talk while displaying a keen desire of studying in the US, consider half the battle won. Applicants should be ready with their course and university-related information first, secondly, they must be able to answer all questions with confidence and lastly all information provided by the applicant must collate with the information in the application submitted. For more tips to ace the US visa interview read all about it in the article.

Tips to Ace US Visa Interview

Here are tips that can safely sail you through the ordeal of a Visa interview for studying in the US:

  • In order to leave a good impression in the US visa interview applicants must ensure that they are up to date, they should be alert, mind their body language and should be confident about what they would be going for.
  • 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 a study loan to go to the States.

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  • 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 already 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 the 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 the 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. Check: USA F1 Visa Interview Questions & Answers

To conclude, students must be confident, should have enough knowledge of what they are going for, practice facts regularly to not falter last minute and most importantly be honest with what they say in sync with the details they have submitted in their applications. All the best!

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
Study Abroad Expert

A passionate writer and a literature fanatic, Aishwarya Bhatnagar has 4+ years of experience - working in EdTech with a strong focus on studying abroad. She holds a postgraduate degree in Linguistics from Delhi Univ... Read Full Bio


5 years ago

F1 Visa rejected twice.what are the chances for 3rd attempt if i update my financials for which i was denied before!

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5 years ago

Hello. I have been rejected thrice by the US embassy. I don't understand that where am I actually lacking in. Is it because I have applied for an F1 and F2 category? Aren't they granting visa because of my husband??

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