Most Common Questions to Expect during your F1 Visa Interview


Here’s a list of most common Visa interview questions that you can possibly imagine being asked during Student F1 Visa interview. One the key’s to successful visa interview is to prepare answers for all possible set of F1 Visa Interview questions.

I have seen so many students FAIL the interview because they were asked unexpected questions and they didn’t have an answer.

Visa officers look for subtle clues in your answers to figure out if you are a genuine student and if U.S. visa should be given to you. I have listed the questions under following sub-sections:

Your study plans
Your university choice
Your academic capability
Your financial status
Your post-graduation plans

About your study plans

These questions will be similar to your university application essays and interviews. Simply enough, they are interested in your choice of pursuing higher education rather than joining the workforce. They are also interested in your choice to study in the US versus your home country or any other place.

  • Why are you going to the US?
  • What will you specialize in for your degree?
  • Where did you complete undergraduate/graduate degree?
  • What will be your major?
  • What is your course structure?
  • Where did you go to school now?
  • Who is your current employer? What do you do?
  • Why are you planning to continue your education?
  • Can you not continue your education in your home country?
  • Why do you want to study out of your country?
  • How will this study program relate to your past work or studies?

About your university choice

Similar to your study plans, your choice of university is of interest to your interviewer. These questions will look to shed light on your qualifications as a student and future professional. Higher caliber university choices will be better regarded than little-known colleges or universities.

  • Why do you want to study in this university?
  • How do you know about this university?
  • How many universities/colleges did you apply to?
  • Why this specified university?
  • How many schools/universities/colleges did you get admitted to?
  • Where did you get admission?
  • How long will you study in the USA?
  • Why did you apply to these universities?
  • How many schools rejected you?
  • Have you been to the US before?
  • Do you know your professors at that university? What are their names?
  • What city is your school located in?

About your academic capability

Not surprisingly, you will need to prove your capability to succeed in a US university during your interview. Your test scores, previous GPA, and previous study abroad can all be evaluated to determine your likelihood of success during your program.

  • What are your test scores (GRE, GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS)?
  • What was your previous GPA?
  • What is your academic background?
  • How will you manage the cultural and educational differences in the US?
  • How good is your English?
  • Why do you want to pursue a degree in the US?
  • Why not study in Canada, Australia or the UK?
  • What do you know about US schools?
  • Can I see your high school/college diploma?

About your financial status

This is the most important piece of obtaining your F-1 visa. Regardless of your academic qualifications, you cannot be awarded an F-1 student visa without the means to finance your education. The cost of education in the US is much higher than other countries. It is important to investigate and have a solid financial plan. This plan should include more than just tuition expenses. You should consider housing, food, transportation, health insurance, and all other relevant expenses.

  • What is your monthly income?
  • What is your father’s income?
  • What is your sponsor’s annual income?
  • What is your sponsor’s monthly income?
  • How do you plan to fund the entire duration of your education?
  • What is your university yearly expense?
  • How much does your school cost?
  • How will you meet these expenses?
  • Who is going to sponsor your education?
  • What is your sponsor’s occupation?
  • What does your sponsor do?
  • How else will you cover the rest of your costs?
  • How will you finance your education for 2 years or 3 years?
  • Do you have a copy of your bank statements?
  • Did you get offered a scholarship at your school?
  • Did you get a loan?
  • Can I see your tax returns?
  • Show your Bank Statement?

About your post-graduation plans

Technically, the F-1 student visa is only granted to those who plan to return to their home country after graduation. Although it is not impossible to stay in the US after your graduation, through programs such as OPT and H1B, it will be important for you to prove that you have ties and obligations, including family, property, or a job offer, that will lead to your return to your home country.

  • Do you have relatives or friends currently in the US?’
  • What are your plans post-graduation?
  • Do you plan to study Ph.D. after MS?
  • Do you have a job or career in mind after you graduate
  • Do you plan on returning back to your home country?
  • What are your plans after graduation?
  • Are you sure you won’t stay in the US?
  • Will you continue to work for your current employer after you graduate?

The most important thing to remember during your F-1 visa interview is to remain calm! Being well prepared is extremely important. Be sure to have all of the required documents and receipts with you so that you can focus on your interview questions. Answer all of the questions asked of you, and remember to be open and honest!

Helpful Links

F1 Visa Application Process

What are the F1 visa documents required for an application?

What is DS – 160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application

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