a calendar with the words visa interview on itFor foreign visitors who want to come to the United States, obtaining a visa is often the first step. Further, one of the most important steps of the visa process is the visa interview. This interview occurs in the United States consulate or embassy located in your home country. It’s natural to feel nervous about this interview, since unclear answers or nerves could affect your chances of being approved for a visa. For this reason, will help ease your mind and make sure you are ready to answer any questions. If you are wondering what questions are commonly asked in a visa interview, we’ve compiled a list to help you get prepared.

On Personal History

F1 Visa-related interview questions:

  • Why do you want to study in the United States instead of another country?
  • Why do you like the United States?
  • What expectations do you have after you complete your studies and return to your country?
  • Why are you interested in getting a Master’s or Ph.D.?
  • What can you tell us about your academic background?
  • Why are your GRE/TOEFL scores so low?
  • Is this the first time you’re coming to the United States or have you visited in the past?
  • In what year did you get your Bachelor’s degree and what university did you attend?

USA Visitor Visa interview questions:

  • Have you ever been to the United States in the past? What area in your current country do you live in?
  • When did you retire?
  • Do you have a credit card?
  • Who will take care of your home/property while you are away?

On Family and Relatives

F1 Visa-related interview questions:

  • Do you have any sisters or brothers? If so, how many?
  • Are any of your siblings living in the United States? Do you have other relatives who live in the United
  • Does your father/mother work? If they don’t work, what do they do for a living?
  • Why does your sister/brother live in the United States? What do they do in the United States? Are they here
    for work or study?
  • What is your sister/brother doing in the United States? Where do you live in the United States? Would you
    like to stay in the United States and work, too?
  • In what country and city do your parents currently live?
  • Will your parents be able to afford your education in the United States, even with your brothers and
  • Are you currently in a relationship?
  • Do you have other relatives who are studying at the same university you are planning to attend?

USA Visitor Visa interview questions:

    a woman shaking the hand of another person in a visa interview

  • Do you have relatives who live in the United States?
  • What does your son/daughter do for a living?
  • How much does your son/daughter earn?
  • Where does your son/daughter work?
  • How long has your son/daughter been in the United States?
  • What type of visa did your son/daughter come to the United States with?
  • Is your son/daughter married?
  • Does your son/daughter have any children?
  • Are you planning to be accompanied by your wife/husband on this trip?
  • Why are you traveling alone (without your wife/husband)?

Purpose and Duration of Visit Assets

F1 Visa-related interview questions:

  • What are the reasons why you are coming to study in the United States?
  • How long do you plan to stay in the United States?
  • Are you planning to get your Ph.D. in the United States?
  • Why did you choose this specific university when others are available who offer this major?

USA Visitor Visa interview questions:

  • Why are you planning to travel to the United States?
  • Where will you be staying during your visit to the United States?
  • What are you planning to do while in the United States?
  • What’s the purpose of your trip?
  • How long will you be staying in the United States?

Financial Status

F1 Visa-related interview questions:

  • How/Who is paying for your education?
  • How is this person paying for it? What’s their professional background?
  • Can you show us your current bank statement?
  • How much does the university you plan to attend cost?
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