- Passport must be valid for at least six months.
- Signed Form I-20. It must be signed under Item 11.
- You must also carry completed visa applications including the DS-156, DS-158, and, if applicable, the DS-157
- You should carry your college admission letter.
- Your educational credentials (TOEFL/IELTS scores, transcripts, diplomas, test results, proof of completion of education, etc.).
- You need to carry two 2?x 2? photographs as per specifications.
- You should carry the receipt for the visa application fee.
- You also need to carry the receipt for the SEVIS fee if paid within 3 business day of the interview.
- Financial evidence that shows you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during the period you intend to study (i.e., bank statements, sponsorship, etc.)
GLOBEDWISE TIP #1 – PRE-INTERVIEW PREPARATION.
Make sure that you have arranged and gone through ALL documents thoroughly. You must check the date, time and venue of Interview at least 2 days before the interview date. You need to confirm the exact time it takes for you to reach the interview venue. Add some buffer to avoid last minute hassles.
GLOBEDWISE TIP #2 – PREPARE FOR RESPONSES
Make sure to practice what responses you are going to give for various questions. It may sound funny, but practising it with your friend/relative/in front of a mirror.Every Interview is different, nevertheless you can once go through the sample Visa Interview questions.The motive of your interview is to determine if you really want to study, Your consular official will be looking to determine whether you are a legitimate student returning home when you complete your English language program. Do not prepare any speech,All you need to do is to talk frankly about your career plan, why you are going to the US, why you want to learn English, and what you plan to do with this when you will be returning back to your country. Practice your responses, or even you should practicing those questions with your friend or some family member.
GLOBEDWISE TIP #3 – PRESENTATION MATTERS!
An interview is an interview. Make sure you are dressed as a student who is going to get a job offer today. Dress as per weather and don’t be too casual. Be sure that you dress conservative – leave revealing clothing at home, natural makeup only for you ladies, and no adventurous hair styles today.
GLOBEDWISE TIP #4 – SMILE, BE HONEST, AND ASK QUESTIONS
Remember everyone appreciates honesty and genuine smile. You should answer questions honestly and to the best of your knowledge. If you have any doubt, feel free to ask any question that may help you build a rapport with interviewer.
GLOBEDWISE TIP #5 – YOUR ARRIVAL
You will be greeted by serious and professional guards. It is their profession to guard the Embassy… they are actually very nice and gentle. You will have to pass through metal detectors, you bags/purses might be searched, and also you will be physically searched with hands/metal detectors. You should not carry office bags or briefcases, electronic items, cell phones, or cigarettes. Just conduct yourself in a serious business manner, speak clearly and confidently, and remain friendly. On your entrance to the office, make sure you have arrived at the correct place and in time.
GLOBEDWISE TIP #6 – HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF
Just relax! The interviewers are generally friendly in nature and understand you might be visiting them for the first time. Your responses should be spontaneous. The first objective Consulate Officers are talking to you is to determine whether you are a good candidate to study English in their country and if you plan on returning to your home country. If you are not comfortable speaking in English, relax and speak slowly to convey your story.
GLOBEDWISE TIP #7 – WHAT DO I DO IF I DO NOT KNOW AN ANSWER?
Tell them that! If you dont know the answer don’t make up a story. If the consulate officer think that you are lying, then they will not issue the F-1 student visa. Instead, tell the truth that you dont know the answer. If you do not understand their question due to the language issue, there is no problem because they are not testing your English language skills. What you will need to do is let them know that you do not understand and ask if they can rephrase the question.
GLOBEDWISE TIP #8 – WHEN TO ARRIVE
If you arrive on time, then you are late. You Should reach atleast 10-15 minutes early to settle in and to show that you are professional, ready, and ambitious! Again, presentation matters so show that you take this seriously and come early.
GLOBEDWISE TIP #9 – WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE INTERVIEW
While the interview time will depend on your consulate officer, the interview typically lasts only a few minutes. Knowing this, come to your interview prepared and prepared to make your case. Once you have gone through security, many consulates will require that you take a number. When your number is called, you will be shown to the interviewer’s office where you will be asked several questions about your intention to study in the USA. If you need a translator for the interview, so you need to know in advance so that special arrangements woulsd be made.
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1) BE YOURSELF
The consular officer wants to interview you and a negative impression will be created if you are not prepared to speak on your own behalf. Being a minor who is applying for a high school program and need his parents there in that case there may be some questions, for example, about funding, they should wait in the waiting room. Else you should not go to interviewer’s office with your family members or relatives.
2) ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
You must know that the interview will be conducted in English and not in your native language. You can practice English conversation in front of a mirror and even better with a native speaker before the interview.
3) TIES TO HOME COUNTRY
You need to prove that you have some concerns to return back to your native country that are much more important than to staying at abroad. It could be anything that fastens you up to your hometown or native place of residence( job, family, financial prospects that you own or will inherit investments, etc.).
If you are the prospective student, he officer may ask about the intensions or future plans of employment, family, educational objectives, career plans in your home country. There is no specific answer to tackle this question neither there is any document, certificate, or letter, which can guarantee visa issuance
4) KNOW THE PROGRAM AND HOW IT FITS YOUR CAREER PLANS
Ensure that you should have brief knowledge of you college/university, program, duration and location you indeed should be able to justify your major concern for why you want to study in abroad and not to immigrate.You should also be able to throw some light on your future plans.
5) BE CONCISE
First impression is the last impression as always said choose your words while speaking be compact concrete and concise and speak with confidence.
Your main focus of going to foreign should be to study,not to work there before or after graduation. Well its vey obvious that students do work off- campus during their studies but it is done in order to complete their graduation.You need to clearly mention your aim to come back home once the studies ben finished.
7) DEPENDENTS REMAINING AT HOME
If your children and consort are remaining behind in your country, you need to be prepare with the answer that who is going to back up them without you.This can be problematic if you are the source of income. If your family member agreed to join you in later period of time,it can be beneficial for them to apply at very same post where you have applied.
8) MAINTAIN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
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