10 Tips to Crack Your Student Visa Interview

You’ve gotten through the hurdle of applications. You’ve received your admissions. Your tickets are booked, and your shopping is done. There’s just one more thing to be looked at, your visa interview!

For many prospective students, like you, this is the final stage. And for many of you, the idea of the visa interview can be scary. Particularly those applying to the United Kingdom Visa or America Visa.

There are important questions to think about-

  • What do you say?
  • Will you make a good impression?
  • How long will it be?
  • And finally,
  • Will this go well for me?

Cracking the visa interview effectively clears the road to your future as an international student. Luckily, the interview isn’t a nightmare. It is a clear, direct process for you to get your visa. And there are simple things you can do in order to be successful.

Here are 10 tips to have a smooth student visa interview.

  • Study up!

No, we’re not talking about the course, we’re talking about your application. Before you go in for your interview, make sure you familiarise yourself with your college application. A lot of the interview questions will relate to what you wrote on your application. Therefore, your answers should be similar to what you’ve written.

  • Practice makes perfect

For many people, the idea of getting interviewed can be a little scary. Therefore, it’s very important to practice. Set up interviews with friends or family. Stand in front of a mirror and practice your answers – make a note of your facial expressions and body language. With a little bit of practice, you can manage any nervousness or hesitation you might feel during the interview.

  • Know your course

Make sure you know the structure of your course and what you’ll be studying. It’s important to know why you’re studying a particular course. Write down the answer before the interview and practice it.

  • Keep your documents ready

Keep a list of all the documents you need to take. Carry a folder and divide the documents accordingly. That way, if you need to submit any documents they will be well organised. You won’t need to scramble to find them.

  • Be punctual

First impressions don’t start during the interview. They start when you walk into the embassy. Arriving on time, or slightly earlier, for your interview shows good time management skills. It also shows the interviewer how important this interview is to you. It’s a small tip, but it can have big results.

  • Dress well

If you’re wondering what to wear, here’s are some easy guidelines to follow. Dress in formal clothes. Make sure that they are neatly ironed. Choose simple colours and clean lines.

  • Be polite

As we’ve mentioned earlier, your visa appointment starts the minute you walk into the embassy. So, make sure you remain calm and polite (even if you have to wait a while). When the interview starts, greet the interviewer and thank him or her at the end.

Keep your tone friendly and calm. Don’t get into an argument with an interviewer. If you find yourself speaking too quickly, take a moment to catch your breath. Then you can continue.

Keep your cell phone switched off or on airplane mode during the interview. It’ll only distract you and the interviewer.

If you don’t understand a question, there’s nothing wrong with asking the interviewer to repeat himself. (Recommended read: These Visa Mistakes Could Lead to Delays or Rejections)

Pay attention to your body language. Sit upright and keep your hands relaxed by your sides or on the armrest of the chair. The interviewer will take note of this, so don’t slouch, fidget or tap your foot loudly.

  • Keep it simple

We’ve discussed your tone of the interview. Now, its time to look at the language you use. Keep your answers simple and brief (unless a question requires a longer answer). Don’t worry about dazzling an interviewer with big words or long sentences. Interviewers prefer crisp and clear answers.

  • Keep your questions ready

Interviewers like to know that you’re participating in the interview. If you do have any questions, make a list beforehand. Keep the list of questions short and brief. Towards the end of the interview, you can bring up the questions for the interviewer to answer.

  • Be yourself

With all the practice and the organisation, remember this interview is about you and your future. Why do you want to study? What do you hope to achieve? What are you looking forward to? At the end of the day, the interviewer wants to see your passion and enthusiasm.

So, take a deep breath. It’s alright to be a little nervous. All you need is a little practice, a little studying and lots of passion for your course.

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