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F1 Visa Process

If you have thought, planned or ever dreamed about studying abroad in USA, then you must definitely be familiar with the F1 visa interview. The F1 visa is the visa granted to international students who wish to study in the USA for a full course. The application for an F1 visa is scrutinized by the visa officer who wants to determine whether you are going to pursue your course genuinely, whether the university you will be attending has the proper credentials and whether you have the required skills and educational background to study the course. When you are applying for Prestigious Universities such as any Ivy League University, you can be sure that the questions will be doubly rigorous. Make sure you have all that you need for the visa interview. The following are typically the papers required for an F1 Visa interview

  • Your transcripts, Statement of purpose, CV and GRE or GMAT and IELTS or TOEFL scores in original
  • Your DS-160 visa application form which has been duly completed
  • Your I-20/SEVIS form issued by the U.S Institution and SEVIS receipt fee
  • Your Visa appointment letter and the receipt of payment of visa application fee.
  • You're Passport along with a most recent photograph.
  • Documents that give proof that you will return to India after you complete your course in the USA.
  • Documents showing proof of funds or relation to sponsor if education is being sponsored by a relative.

Questions Asked in F1 Visa Interview

The questions asked during an F1 interview can be divided into three main categories- University and course-related questions, financing related questions and General questions. Doing well on these questions can increase your chances of getting your F1 visa approved.

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University Related Questions

  • How many universities have you applied for? Give their names
  • How many Universities were you accepted at?
  • Why have you decided on this university?
  • From which institution have you completed your undergraduate/graduate degree?
  • What are your previous scores?
  • Tell us more about the university where you intend to study?
  • Have you contacted any professors at the university you wish to study in? Mention their names.
  • How long will you stay in the USA?

Financing Related Questions

The F1 visa officer has to make sure that you are in a position to pay for your expenses for the entire duration of your course. Therefore he will ask you many questions relating to your finances

  • How will you be funding your education?
  • If through a sponsor, what is his relationship with you?
  • What is the monthly income of your sponsors?
  • What is the annual income of your sponsors?
  • What is the expected annual expense at your university?
  • Show proof of funds?
  • Have you taken a loan for your education? How do you intend to repay the loan?

General Questions

  • Will this be your first visit to the USA?
  • What made you choose USA over other countries such as UK, Australia or Canada?
  • How do you think your course in US will help you?
  • Can you explain why your scores are so low?
  • Why are you applying for this semester?
  • What are your plans after completion of the course?
  • Have you been selected for a merit scholarship? What is it for?
  • Give proof that you will return to your country after completing your course

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These questions may not cover all the questions that can be asked as it is at the discretion of the visa officer what questions can be asked. It is, therefore, best to be prepared with all your facts and answer all questions truthfully and to the best of your knowledge. To know more about the visa process for F1 visa contact Global Tree, the most trusted Overseas Education Consultants in India.

Frequently Asked Questions

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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