Academic Performance and Exams
The immigration officer may want to ask you some academic questions to see if you can succeed with your education in the USA, even though you are already admitted to the university. The immigration officer may ask you to share any academic transcripts, knowledge exams, or English proficiency exams you may have taken. Having these documents readily available is important for your interview process. Here are some of the common questions you will be asked about your academic performance and exams:
Q: What are your test scores?
Interview Tip: In most cases, the immigration officer will be referring to your TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English exam proficiency, make sure you are clear on which score you achieve and bring a copy of your score results with you to your student visa interview. It is also good to let the officer know that you look forward to improving your English level while you are doing your bachelor’s or master’s degree in the USA. Students attending a U.S university for graduate education should also bring copies of their GRE and GMAT exams of those that were required as part of the application process to the university.
Q: How well can you speak English?
Interview Tip: Let the officer know that while you got a passing score on one of the English proficiency tests and you are confident you have the level of English needed to succeed in your degree program, you are excited to improve your English skills during you degree program in the U.S.A and hope to be fully proficient in the near future.
Q: Can you share your high school or bachelor’s transcripts?
Interview Tip: As a good rule, you should have a folder with all the required documents, including of course your transcripts. It is a great idea to organize a folder before you attend your student visa interview and have all the documents ready and organized in such a way that you will find them with ease and provide them to the immigration officer if requested. You should always bring with you in the folder, your transcripts, passport, DS-160 confirmation page, F-1 student visa receipt of payment, I-20 form provided to you by the university or college, and all your financial documents showing you have the financial means to pay for your education and living expenses in the United States while you are studying.
This is one of the most important factors for your student visa to be approved. Proving your financial stability is super important and the immigration officer will need official proof that you have the funds to pay for your tuition fees, living expenses, insurance, and transportation while you are studying in the United States of America. If the expenses you will incur during your studies in the U.S are covered by a sponsor, the immigration officer will ask you what is the relationship you have with your financial sponsor and he is likely to ask you questions about your sponsor as well. Here are some common questions you may be asked during your student visa interview by the immigration officer:
Q: How are you planning to pay for your education and expenses in the USA?
Interview Tip: You should be able to answer this question with ease. Let the immigration officer how you, your parents, or your sponsor will cover the cost of your expenses while you study in the USA. Explain to the immigration officer for example, that your parents are paying for your education because you and they are sure you will be able to secure a much better job in your home country once you complete your degree. If you have a scholarship from your government, company, or any other entity, provide the immigration officer with a financial guarantee or official letter from your sponsor showing they will cover all your expenses.
Q: Who is your sponsor?
Interview Tip: The immigration officer wants to know who the person who is paying for your education and expenses in the USA. If your parents are the ones paying for your education, just let the officer know, my parents will be paying for my education. If you got a scholarship, please provide the officer with the official scholarship documentation for his review; if your sponsor is a company or government entity, provide the immigration officer with the sponsor letter and explain how you came to receive that sponsorship for your education in the U.S.
Q: What does your sponsor do for a living or what is the profession of your sponsor?
Interview Tip: Education in the USA can be quite expensive, the immigration officer will need to know that your financial sponsor can pay for your education at the university in the U.S. Knowing how your sponsor makes a living and what type of professional they are, is very important. Always have a clear understanding of what your sponsor does for a living and his professional title, the company they work for, and how many years they have been at such a company. If your sponsor is a company or governmental entity, let the immigration officer know the reasons behind that company or governmental entity for sponsoring your education and expenses in the U.S.
Q: Do plan to work while you are studying in the U.S.A?
Interview Tip: As an international student you are allowed to ONLY work part-time or up to 20 hours per week inside the university. You are NOT allowed to work outside the university for more than 20 hours per week, except during your academic breaks when you are allowed to work full time inside the university. However, it is important that you put emphasis on your studies, you are applying for a student visa, NOT a work visa and your priority and purpose for this visa is to study. Let the officer know that your intention is to study and if given the opportunity to work part-time you might take it as long as it does not interfere with your studies.