The student visa interview is the final step in acquiring a student visa, including applicants for F1 visa, M1 visa, and J1 visa. After applying for your student visa, you must schedule an interview, which generally takes place at a US Embassy or Consulate. You must attend the interview after receiving Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status-For Academic and Language Students.

The student visa interview is a one-on-one process, where the prospective student is interviewed by a Consular Officer. During the interview, the Consular Officer will verify that what is provided in the applicant’s application form is true and that the other supporting documents included are correct.

The student visa interview questions are very simple, but the Consular Officer may ask unrelated questions to better understand the applicant’s interests and objectives.

Student Visa Interview Questions

Your visa interview questions are not determined, but you may be asked questions related to the college or university you are planning to attend, intended coursework and degree program, and future plans.The following is a list of student visa interview questions that are frequently asked.

  • Why are you planning to go to USA?
  • Which university you want to attend?
  • Why did you select this university?
  • Can you share some details of the university?
  • How many schools have you applied to? How many rejections or admissions did you receive?
  • What about your GRE, TOEFL, GMAT, IELTS, SAT results?
  • Why did you score low in TOEFL?
  • Which major/degree program are you planning to study?
  • Why did you select this major? Is it relevant to your previous studies?
  • Where did you do your last course of study?
  • What is your specialization?
  • What is your high school, Bachelor’s degree or Master's degree percentage/grade/GPA?
  • What are your subjects in last course of study?
  • Who is sponsoring your education in the US?
  • Do you have siblings?
  • What you are doing these days?
  • What are your parents’ professions?
  • What is your family income?
  • Who filed your student visa application?
  • What are your plans if you receive the visa? If your are rejected the visa?
  • Why did you leave your current job?
  • Where can I see you after few years?
  • How much of liquid funds do you have?
  • Do you have bank loan for your studies?
  • Do you have any relatives in the US?
  • Do you know anyone in the university?

Student Visa Interview Tips

Keep the following tips in mind for your student visa interview.

  • Stay calm and relaxed.
  • Smile and be confident.
  • Always be honest.
  • Impress the interviewer with your answers.
  • Show the official that your intentions are genuine.
  • Explain that you intend to come back to your home country after completing your studies.
  • Have all other supporting documents (such as TOEFL/GRE score sheets, UG/PG mark sheets, college admission letter, Form I-20, passport, proof of your sponsor’s financial status, etc.) organized and readily at hand.

Student Visa Rejected?

If at the end of your student visa interview your visa is rejected, you may be able to re-apply. Alternative options may be pursuing education in other countries outside of the US. Your visa may have been rejected if:

  • You did not provide the necessary documentation.
  • You did not demonstrate English language proficiency.
  • You did not show proof of financial resources to cover your education costs.
  • You demonstrated intent to stay in the US after completing your studies.

There may be additional reasons to why your student visa was denied. Your Consular Officer should inform you of the reasons for which you did not receive the visa.