It’s student visa season! Check out a few tips and tricks below, straight from one of EIC’s former US visa officers. Being prepared is key to having a successful interview – so check out our list below to learn more.
DO get into a good school. If the interviewing officer recognizes the name of the school, it gets the whole process started in a positive direction.
DON’T book more than 100 days from your date of entering the US
DO bring supporting documentation to the interview. Even though you might not need it, it is definitely worth having
DON’T worry about being nervous. You are allowed to be nervous!
DO speak truthfully and genuinely about each of your answers
DON’T memorize what you think the visa officer wants to do, and repeat it back to them
DO make sure you can answer the question “How did you choose this school?
DON’T spend too much time on the internet or Facebook looking at prior interview experiences. This will probably confuse you even more
DO dress in a presentable way. It doesn’t need to be formal, but looking nice for an important event can’t hurt
DON’T provide any documents unless the officer asks you for them
DO ask any questions you have about the process like “When can I pick my visa up?”
DON’T argue or debate if your application is denied. If you ever want to reapply in the future, just say “thank you” and walk away
DO smile if you get approved. This is the first step to your studies in America!
DON’T try to apply at a different Embassy or consulate if you are denied – it makes no difference
We wish you the best of luck with all of your upcoming interviews – you’re gonna do fine!