F1 Visa Interview Questions You Need to Know the Answers

F1 Visa Interview Questions

Visa officers look for subtle clues in your answers to figure out if you are a genuine student and if U.S. visa should be given to you. I have listed the questions under following sub-sections :

  • College and University
  • Bank and Finance
  • Family and Relatives
  • Work and Job
  • General Questions


College and University

Here is a list of possible F1 visa interview questions related to college and university you applied and admitted.

  1. Why this specified university <university or college name>?
  2. How many universities did you apply?
  3. Which universities did you apply to?
  4. How many admission did you get?
  5. Where did you get admission?
  6. Where did you complete under-graduate/graduate degree?
  7. What is your undergraduate Academic GPA/Percentage?
  8. Tell about your university?
  9. Mention name of the professor’s you had contacted?3
  10. When and where did you get your bachelor’s degree?
  11. Why do you want to study in this university?
  12. How long will you study in USA?
  13. How do you know about this university?
  14. What is your academic background?
  15. Do you plan to study PhD after MS?
  16. Why did you apply to these universities?
  17. These subjects are also taught in other universities also but why this university?

Bank and Finance Related

You have to be prepared for worst case scenarios when it comes to what F1 visa questions you could be asked.

Plus, you need to have a framework to answer any possible set of questions. Here’s set of questions most International students have difficult time answering.

  1. Who is sponsoring your education?
  2. What does your sponsor do?
  3. What is your father’s income?
  4. What is your sponsors monthly income?
  5. What is your sponsors annual income?
  6. What is your university yearly expense?
  7. Did you get loan?5
  8. Show your Bank Statement?
  9. How will you finance your education for 2 years or 3 years?
  10. Your bank pass book shows large transactions recently been deposited? How do you explain that?9
  11. What is your father’s salary? How long has he been working here?

Key to successful F1 visa interview stamping is to “provide answers that visa officers are expecting”.

You might be asked to show bank statements, transactions, pass book, latest transactions and other finance related documents. Make sure you have them handy.

Relatives and Family Members

During F1 visa interview, make sure you remember  the answers in the interview form ( DS160 ). If you have relatives in USA then declare that you have relatives.

Don’t try to hide the facts. It can cause you lot of trouble and end up in F1 visa denial.

  1. How many brother and sisters do you have?
  2. Do you have any relatives in USA?
  3. What is your mother doing?
  4. What is your brother doing in USA?
  5. What is your sister doing in USA?
  6. Your brother is working in USA, would you do the same?
  7. Where did your brother/ parents complete their studies?
  8. Where do your parents live?
  9. You have sisters and brothers and how do you think your sponsor will pay for your education
  10. Do you have a brother/ sister, or any other relative already at this university?
  11. Do you have girl friend?

Work/Job Related F1 Visa Interview Questions

  1. Why are you leaving you current job? (if you are working)
  2. Show your work experience letter
  3. What is your current salary?
  4. How much do you have in savings?
  5. Do you plan to work in USA?

General Student Visa Questions

  1. Why did you choose US but not Canada or Germany?
  2. What kind of good things do you know about America?
  3. What do you expect after returning back?
  4. Why do you plan to do MS?
  5. Why are your GRE/ TOEFL scores low?
  6. You look like a potential immigrant or I don’t think you will come back?
  7. What do you know about US education?
  8. Why are you applying for Fall only?
  9. What will you do after completing MS?
  10. Why study in USA?
  11. Did you get any scholarship?4
  12. What are your plans after graduation?
  13. Tell me how you can prove that you are going to come back? ( else Rejection under 214(b))
  14. Have you ever been to America?
  15. What will you do after coming back from USA?
  16. Do you know anyone (in USA) in your university?
  17. What will you do if your student visa is rejected?
  18. Will you come home during summer?
  19. Why do you think the university is giving you a scholarship?
  20. Why do you wish to study in the USA and not in India?
  21. Why did you change your field ( Mechanical or Electrical to Computer Science)
  22. Why do you think we should give you visa to study in USA?
  23. Are there any reasons why you shouldn’t be given F1 Visa?