Top 10 tips for passing your student visa interview

Posted 30 March 2017
Tips for visa interview

The student visa interview is an important step on your way to becoming a graduate student at Merrimack. Below you will find top 10 tips on how to prepare for your student visa interview.

Step 1: Submit your application.

The first step is to complete the online visa application. You will need to print the application form confirmation page and bring it to your interview. Next, you need to schedule an appointment for your student visa interview at the American Embassy in your home country.

Step 2: Practice your English as often as possible.

This will help you communicate with the officers at the embassy. This will also be helpful in your future studies. There are many ways you can practice, for example by watching American TV shows, listening and translating your favorite music songs, reading books in English, and many others.

Step 3: Gather all the documentation you need to take to the interview.

This is one of the most important steps in your preparation for the interview. During the student visa interview you must present enough evidence for you to get a visa. Some of the documents you must present include: your visa application, university acceptance letter, I-20 form, as well as evidence that you have enough money to support yourself. You can include guarantors, like your parents, who will help you support yourself while you are studying at Merrimack.

Step 4: Visualize yourself getting a visa.

Picture yourself successfully completing your interview and getting your visa. This visualization will provide mental support and will help you stay positive during the interview.

Step 5: What to do during the interview.

You should dedicate your full attention to the officer or the translator at the interview. Make sure to listen carefully, think before you answer and keep your answers short and to the point. You can research online the most common questions at the visa interviews to prepare yourself and your answers.

Step 6: Prepare an explanation.

It is important to prepare an explanation for some of the most common visa interview questions. Common questions can include: why you want to go to the university you chose, what you are going to study, what your career goal is, and what your plans are after graduation from Merrimack.

Step 7: Talk about ties to your home country.

The officers at the embassy will often ask about the ties to your home country. This is done to make sure that you have enough things that hold you back and that you will eventually come back to your home country. Typically these include: your job or business, family, spouse and children, property you may own, or anything else you can think of.

Step 8: Talk about your family.

If you have a spouse or children, make sure to mention them and explain how they will be supported while you are abroad.

Step 9: Be clear that you will return home after graduation.

This is important, so make sure to reiterate this point and illustrate on a few examples that you are planning on coming back to your home country after graduating from Merrimack.

Step 10: Stay positive.

Be confident, stay calm and smile. Project a positive and confident image, and you are going to have a successful student visa interview.

Good luck!

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