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Visa Interview Tips

In your interview, honesty is always the best policy, so do not lie.

When you are interviewed, the consulate officer is looking for evidence of three things.

  1. You intend to enter the United States with a specific educational goal.
  2. You do not pose a security or safety risk to the United States.
  3. You intend to leave the United States once you complete your specific educational goal.

Be prepared to show proof that you have a permanent home outside of the United States and that you are going back to your country after your studies are completed. Also be prepared to show that you intend to be a serious student and that the degree you are seeking will benefit you when you return to your country.

Remember that the interview will be conducted in English.

Potential Interview Topics

Listen carefully to the questions the embassy official will ask you. Even if the official asks you a question that you think is strange, you must answer it. The official is usually trying to decide whether you intend to stay in the U.S. after you have completed your program. If the official thinks you plan to stay in the U.S., he or she must refuse your visa. Remember, the F-1 visa is for people who intend to return to their home country. Tell the official when you are going to go home.

Be prepared to talk about these topics:

  • Your professional development and how will you use your degree when you get back to your country. Explain why it is important for you to have a degree from a U.S. university.
  • How learning English more quickly and efficiently is helped by first-hand knowledge of the American culture and interaction with many native speakers and how these skills will affect your future career goals.
  • Your choice of universities. Show that you know about Eastern and are able to explain your choice to attend Eastern. Mention that some of the most advanced teaching methods and technical instruction can be found in the U.S.
  • DO NOT say that you want to go to the U.S. just because your friends and family are there or because you like American movies or some other unimportant reason.

Remember that an official may see as many as 200 people a day. Officials do not have a lot of time to discuss your application; they must make a quick decision. Help them by being completely prepared.

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