Updated on - November 11th 2019 by Piyush Bhartiya

Tips for USA Student Visa Interview

Though your selection and visa approval chances are pretty good, there are few things you might need to consider during your interview:

  • Dress professionally.
  • Keep answers to the point.
  • Be honest.
  • Prove your commitment.
  • Adapt to your interviewer.


Questions asked in USA Visa Interview

Here are few frequently asked questions along with answers which can help you prepare for the interview.


  1. Why did you choose to study in the US OR Why study in the US, why not the UK or Canada?

Academic experience from any US university is highly valued around the world. Also, US universities provide brilliant research opportunities through many assistant-ship programs. On top of that, having global exposure tremendously helps to advance my career.


2. What will be your specialization in MS OR What will be your major in MS?

Answer it honestly with a reason.


3. What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to go back to my native country and begin working in a firm in my city as a software engineer as the demand for individuals in this profession has kept increasing.


4. Why are your TOEFL/IELTS /GRE scores so low?

Mention a genuine reason as to why you got low scores. The test took place during my college exams so I was not well prepared. Despite my low GRE score, my verbal TOEFL score is pretty good.


5. Why do you have several backlogs in initial years?

During a certain time period, I was unable to manage my studies and co-curricular activities which is what damaged my performance report. But I have the determination to not repeat my mistakes.


6. Why only this university?

I have interacted with few seniors or current students who pursue their Masters at this University. I have been advised by them that it's one of the universities that offer great research opportunities in the field I will be studying and on top of that, it has great experienced faculty.


7. Why do you think we should grant you visa to study in the US?

I think I must be granted a visa as I am very dedicated to pursuing my studies in the United States and will make full use of this opportunity and in turn enhance my career.


8. Well, your current employers sound strongly established, why do you want to leave?

In this competitive scenario, having global exposure through abroad studies is important in advancing my career and it also, enhances my knowledge, my ability to work with different cultures.


9. Why do you want to change your academic background now?

I have always been keen about environmental science and by pursuing this degree, I will be able to step into a field which I truly enjoy instead of continuing one I chose due to high pay.


10. What was your major in undergrad? OR What was your specialization in Bachelors?

I have completed in the Computer Science stream where I learned about the concepts of engineering in computers and technology. 


How to crack USA Student Visa Interview

Here are a few tips to crack the student interview. Make sure you follow them and prepare accordingly.

  • Practice English speaking as often as possible.
  • Prepare an explanation for everything.
  • Talk about your return to your home country.
  • Be clear that you will return home after graduation.
  • Listen carefully to the question and then answer. Be calm.

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Piyush values education and has studied from the top institutes of IIT Roorkee, IIM Bangalore, KTH Sweden and Tsinghua University in China. Post completing his MBA, he has worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group and focused on building sales and marketing vertical for top MNCs and Indian business houses.


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