Commonly Asked US F-1 Visa Interview Questions

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Oct 05, 2021 07:37 AM

Got an F-1 visa interview coming up? Check out these frequently asked questions in an F-1 visa interview in order to prepare well for your visa interview for higher education in the US.

When it comes to cracking an F-1 visa interview, there is no easy way out. This is the part that will make or break the deal for you! 

Not only do you have to make sure that you attend the interview with the required documentation but you must also be well-prepared to answer certain questions regarding your plans to study and live in the US. Your interview, which will last around 3 to 5 minutes, will be smooth if you prepare well and have the answers to all possible questions ready. 

Keeping in mind how crucial passing your F-1 visa interview is, we have prepared a list of questions that you could be asked during the interview.

We have study abroad experts who can make your US visa process easier by preparing you for the questions that students are asked during the F1 visa interview.

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Questions Related to Your Study Plans

Given below are some top questions related to your study plans asked in a US visa interview:

  • Why do you think that the US is the right study destination for you?

  • What specialisation and major would you opt for?

  • How was your experience at your current/ last institution?

  • How did you know that the programme is ideally suited for you?

  • Why not in India and in a foreign country?

  • What are you aiming at by pursuing higher education in this field?

  • Which universities did you apply to? How many? 

  • Did you get accepted into all of these universities?

  • Why did you choose this university?

  • Tell us about your academic achievements/ background?

  • Which professors of the US university have you contacted?

  • How many universities/ institutions rejected you? How did that make you feel?

  • How do you think you will cope up with the cultural and educational differences between India and the US?

  • Why did you apply for the Fall intake and not the Spring intake? (or vice versa)

Questions Related to Your Academic Record

Here are some top questions related to your academic background asked in a US visa interview:

  • What was your previous score? 

  • Which standardized tests have you appeared for (GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS)? What are your scores?

  • Do you think you are fluent in English? How would you rate your English proficiency on a scale of 1 to 10?

  • What do you know about the higher education providers in the US?

  • Are you planning to study PhD in the US after completing your Master’s?

  • How many times did you take the test (GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS)?

Also Read: List of Documents Required for USA Visa Application for Indian Students

Questions Related to Your Finances

Below mentioned are some frequently asked questions related to your finances asked in a US visa interview:

  • Are you currently employed? What is the salary that you draw?

  • If your visa is approved, who would be sponsoring your education?

  • How is your sponsor planning on funding your education? What is his/her occupation?

  • Have you calculated how much your education would cost you overall?

  • Are you going to be entirely dependent on your sponsor for your expenses, be it educational or living?

  • Can you show us your bank statements?

  • Does your university offer scholarships?

  • Would you apply for scholarships offered by your university?

  • Would your sponsor pay for it all or would you also apply for an education loan?

  • Can we see your tax returns?

  • In your bank statement, huge amounts of money have only been deposited now. Can you explain it?

  • Would you work part-time on campus while studying?

  • Do you have savings?

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Questions Related to Your Plans After Graduation

Below mentioned are some frequently asked questions related to your plans post-graduation asked in a US visa interview:

  • Do you already know someone (family/ friend) who is in the US currently?
  • What are your post-graduation plans?

  • What are your career plans?

  • Do you plan on returning to India or staying back in the US and looking for job opportunities?

  • What job role would you prefer after you graduate?

  • Are you sure you would not stay back in the US after graduating?

  • Can you show your updated resume/CV? 

Questions Related to Your Family

Below mentioned are some frequently asked questions related to your family asked in a US visa interview:

  • Do you have siblings? If yes, how many?

  • Do any of them live in the US or are planning on going to the US in the future?

  • Are you married?

  • What are your siblings currently doing?

  • In which country do your parents/ siblings live?

  • What is your brother/ sister doing in the US? 

  • Do any of your relatives study at the same university that you are going to join?

Also Read: How to Successfully Apply to Popular USA Universities?

General Questions

Below mentioned are some general questions asked in an F-1 visa interview:

  • How do you plan to go ahead if we do not accept your visa application?

  • Why should we approve your F-1 visa?

  • Have you visited the US before?

  • Why do you think the university gave you this scholarship? (in case the university did)

  • How many international students do the university welcome on average? Did you get a chance to have a look at that?

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