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
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 or America.
There are important questions to think
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.