Saturday, 14 May 2016

“Tips to Come out of Your Visa Interview Successfully” ―Professor M.S.Rao

"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation." ― John F. Kennedy

Indians show keen interest to pursue higher education abroad. The number of Indian students pursuing higher education in America, Australia and Britain is high from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamilnadu. It is amazing to see an immense enthusiasm in Indian students for overseas education!

The overseas education especially in America, Australia, Britain and Canada is qualitative, practical and employment-oriented. There are immense opportunities to network with others globally to grow as global leaders. Additionally, there are immense employment opportunities. There is more money and a better standard of living. Hence, Indians show keen interest to pursue higher education and settle down there.

The host countries conduct interview to grant permission for visa which is popularly known as ‘visa interview’.  Many students are scared of visa interview.  But the fact is that visa interview is like any other employment interview with the only difference of questions about the university, course and study destination. Here are some tips to attend your visa interview confidently to come out with flying colors:  
  • Be punctual to the interview.
  • Be calm and composed when you respond to Visa Officer's questions.
  • Demonstrate positive attitude, commitment and enthusiasm to pursue higher education.
  • Don’t express your intentions to settle down after completion of your course.  
  • Communicate clearly that the quality of education is amazing in host countries with an emphasis on empowerment and enlightenment.  
  • Express your intension to pursue higher education in host country and return your home country after completion of your course successfully.
  • Be honest and straight forward.
  • Be cheerful and maintain positive body language.
  • Don’t parrot the answers. Be spontaneous and natural while responding.
  • Speak to the point without beating around the bush.
  • Thank the Visa Officer for giving you opportunity and exit from interview with etiquette.

Commonly Asked Visa Interview Questions

Here are some commonly asked visa interview questions for students:
Why are you thinking about studying abroad?
Where are you going?
What is your specialization?
Tell me something about your past?
How many admissions did you get?
Why did you choose this university?
Why did you choose this country for your higher studies?
Who will finance your studies?
What will you do on your return?
What are your entrance tests score?
What is the annual income of your father/mother?
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
How do I know that you are not planning to stay abroad after your education?
What will you do if I do not issue a visa to you?

Every country has its own parameters to grant visa. Hence, identify them to create compatibility. Usually questions are asked about the choice of college, course and the reasons for choosing the study destination. Carry all your documents for your interview to avoid seeking another visa appointment. Keep all your documents in order. Read them in advance to enable you to clarify any questions asked during interview.


After successful completion of your visa interview, connect with other students who have already pursued their education or still pursuing education from the university you chose. Keep funds and financial reserves ready. Put your best efforts to acquire education and network with the students of other countries for better career opportunities. Good luck!

“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” ― Diogenes Laertius

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015

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