Obtaining a visa is the final step for any student planning to study abroad. If this fails, then all the efforts you have put in will go down the drain. This article provides handy tips and guidelines for students to ace the visa interview. So, be sure to read on and take notes…
Firstly, be prepared to answer the visa interview in English. It would be best to prep yourself and learn to communicate in English with a native speaker before you go for the visa interview. If you’re planning to go to a country with the sole purpose of learning intensive English, be prepared to explain how English as a language would be useful for you back in your home country.
Secondly, don’t bring along your parents or relatives with you to your visa interview. It creates a bad impression if you are not prepared to speak on your own behalf. If you are a minor applying for a high school program and need your parents there in case of any doubts or questions, you could ask them to sit in the waiting room.
Thirdly, if you are not articulate with the reasons for pursuing a specific program in the country that you’re applying to, you may not succeed in convincing the officer. You need to be able to explain how studying in the country supplements your future professional career goals.
Fourthly, officers are under time pressure to conduct a quick and efficient interview owing to the volume of applications that they receive. They will take decisions based on the first impression you create. Therefore, choose your words carefully and keep in mind what you say first. This is why, it is a good idea to prepare your answers beforehand. In fact, try practicing talking in the mirror so you are aware of how you will appear when facing the interviewer. This will help you fine-tune the areas that need working on and also prepare you with what you want to say in a clear and concise manner. The initial impression you create is absolutely critical to your success. It would be best to keep your answers short and crisp.
Fifthly, this is common sense but has to be mentioned nevertheless – do not get into any kind of argument with the officer. Even if denied a student visa, politely ask the officer for a list of documents that would help you overcome the refusal, and try to reason out with the officer regarding why you were denied the visa. It would be best if you could get the reason of visa denial in writing if the visa is not granted to you. This will help you focus on what has to be done to get a quick approval the next time you apply. It’s important to not lose hope and keep trying. Remember, practice makes perfect.
Last but not the least, we recommend that you rehearse by attending a couple of mock interviews to help get rid of any nervousness related to cracking your visa interview. You just need to be calm and confident. Good luck!