There are students who like or prefer to have or continue their education abroad. There are a lot of stages involved in getting admitted or enrolled into the school you have chosen, one of the stages is the visa interview for a student visa, which is very important as it can hasten or slow down the processing of your visa. This is why it is very important to prepare for the visa interview.
The interview is usually conducted by a visa officer who is trained professional and may ask a lot of questions that may seem unnecessary, but are asked to find out your ambitions and objectives. A lot of questions are asked to determine if your case is real and your reasons are the same as what is written in your application form.
Here are some questions that can be asked generally all over the world when applying for a student visa.
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE UNIVERSITY AND HOW DID YOU FIND IT
You should have gone through the handbook and website of the university and take note of important details such as their ranking, profile of their departments, programs among others which you learnt about while browsing the internet and state clearly the reason you chose the university such as they are good in your chosen program as well as good facilities they have.
THIS COURSE IS OFFERED IN A UNIVERSITY IN YOUR COUNTRY? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY IN THIS COUNTRY
First of all you state if the course is not offered in your country, if it is available in your country explain how better the country you have chosen to study is better in education generally and your course of study in particular.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS COURSE AND IS IT RELATED TO YOUR PREVIOUS PROGRAM
You should explain your plans for the future after completing the course. State how this present course is relevant to your previous course and how important it is to you.
WHERE IS THE UNIVERSITY LOCATED
You should have done your research and know the location of the university as well as its other campuses and departments. You can state location as been the reason for choosing the university.
IF YOU GET YOUR DEGREE HERE, WILL YOU STILL BE INTERESTED IN GOING ABROAD FOR FUTHER STUDIES
State you are going abroad for higher education because of the quality of education you will get and how it will impact your life positively
WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF YOUR COURSE
Explain how beneficial and important the course will be to you and how it will improve your stance generally. How the course will open more doors for you in future.
WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS COURSE
Show how interested you are in the course and how relevant it is to your previous studies as well as its benefits to you in the long run.
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE
You have to show you know the course you have chosen by knowing its duration, semesters and what it entails.
DO YOU PLAN TO WORK IN THE COUNTRY AFTER FINISHING YOUR PROGRAM
You have to know the immigration policies of the country you have chosen. State you are ready to return and contribute your quota to your country.
WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO AFTER FINISHING YOUR STUDIES
The interviewer wants to know how serious you are about your studies. State you are ready to return and contribute your quota to your country and how you hope to set up your own business in future.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Your answers should be clear and precise, showing your intensions to return home. Stating that the economic growth in your country will present you with opportunities to start your own business.
WHAT WILL THE COURSE BENEFIT YOU
State the benefits the course offers you and opportunities it will create for you back in your country’s growing economy, especially as you have learnt of latest advancements in the world
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN YOU MAKE AFTER FINISHING YOUR COURSE
Considering you have stated how you will like to go back to your country, give an amount in your local currency. You should have done research on the average salary in your field.
WHERE WILL YOU BE RESIDING
You should have made arrangements already, give t details of where you will be staying with the address, this shows how honest and serious you are of your studies.
WHO IS YOUR SPONSOR AND HOW MUCH DO THEY EARN
You state clearly who is sponsoring you as well as provide details of what they do and earn with supporting documents from the banks.
WHAT PROOF DO YOU HAVE THAT YOUR SPONSOR WILL SUPPORT YOU
This is asked to know if your claims are real and you have to get documents to support your claims and provide evidence.
WHAT IS SOURCE OF YOUR SPONSOR’S INCOME
State clearly what your sponsor does for a living. Do not give the impression your sponsor has nothing doing or has a decrease in earning or is retired as this may make them believe there is a drop in income.
RELATIONSHIP OF SPONSOR
State the relationship between you and your sponsor, although this is a question asked when sponsors are not parents.
WHY ARE THEY SPONSORING YOU
Especially asked if you are not sponsored by your parents. Provide reasons and proof for sponsorship.
DO YOU HAVE A RELATIVE IN THE COUNTRY
You have to be honest about this as there will be visa records to this effect. With a relative like a brother, sister or parents in the country, you may be considered.
EARNINGS OF FAMILY MEMBERS
This is asked to know if your family has a strong financial background
WHEN DOES YOUR COURSE START
You know the exact date when your course will start
WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST OF YOUR COURSE YEARLY
You should know how much your tuition fees and living expenses will cost.
WHAT WILL YOU DO DURING SEMESTER BREAK
When answering show your strong family ties and explain you will be returning home for the break. Do not say you will stay back and work as this can give the impression that you are not financially strong and may not be ready to leave the country after finishing your course.
HAVE YOU DONE RESEARCH ON YOUR CARRER PROSPECTS
Your answer should be honest and precise showing you are willing to return to your country. Stating that with your recent studies there will be various opportunities waiting for you back home.
Disclaimer: Study-domain advise all the students to be truthful in their visa interview. The example here only serves as a guide.. The actual visa interview questions may differ.