Visa Interview Preparations
It’s the time of the year again where millions of students all over the world are preparing themselves for one of the most important days of their lives. It decides whether their dream of studying abroad is actually coming true or if it will remain just that…a dream.
Now, many people think getting admits from the universities is the most difficult part of the whole journey towards abroad education. I beg to differ. If you have a good academic performance and all the required documents you are good to go. However, it is a more challenging task to convince someone you are going abroad for your studies. We cannot be mad at the visa officers for being suspicious when thousands of people try to enter countries illegally every year. Therefore you have to be well prepared for your big day.
The good part is, that while you have to wait sometimes up to several months to hear back from the universities, your visa is mostly either rejected or approved on the spot. In general, your interview will only last 3 – 4 minutes. This can either be a good or bad thing. You only have that little time to present yourself as an eligible candidate to study abroad.
If your intentions are clear and genuine, you should be fine.
Even though the visa officer may not ask you to show him/her your documents, you are still expected to carry all of them with you.
Important: Do not hand your documents to the visa officer until and unless asked.
Make sure to be calm and relaxed. You will probably be nervous but try to remind yourself that being overly nervous just looks suspicious to the person in front of you.
Apart from that, make sure you do the following things:
Prepare your file! - Many students take this too lightly and just throw everything in a binder. Done. That’s not how you show off your independence and eligibility. Definitely not. The documents should be neatly catalogued, in place and marked.
Review! - Go through the Admission Essay or SOP you have submitted, the complete list of universities and courses you had applied to.
Explain your choice! – Revise the course you have enrolled for, the kind of credit systems it has, the tenure, the faculty and the course highlights. 99% of the time the visa officer will definitely ask you why you chose that particular university.
Refresh/deepen your knowledge! – Read up about the state you would be visiting, about the University’s history and the nearby locations.
Financial Documents! - Visa officers will always ask how you are going to pay for your studies. Go through your Financial Documents to clearly understand how you would be paying for your education.
Aside from that there are several do’s and don’ts you should pay attention to before attending your interview:
*Dressing Style: keep your dressing style formal but don’t overdo it. Means: no suits or dresses are required. Choose a simple formal shirt and trousers or formal Indian Attire.
*Accessories: wearing minimal accessories won’t fetch you any bad looks. Things like danglers, long necklaces and bangles that jingle are a strict no for women. Men should also refrain from wearing heavy bracelets or chains that jingle.
*Clean and Iron: This is so obvious that it shouldn’t even have to be said but your clothes should be clean and ironed. Don’t wear clothes that wrinkle easy, since you will have to wait for a while. Don’t wear any garments with holes in them. This will get people’s attention – in a bad way.
*Colognes or perfumes: Of course everyone wants to smell good on the big day but avoid using strong colognes or perfumes. The visa officer may be allergic to it and it won’t be comfortable at all. Keep it light.
*Don’t forget to smile: A Visa Interview is definitely a stressful task. But you are there to get one step closer to your dream, so remember to smile. Visa officers may not do the same but that should not throw you off.
*Speak English: Being able to communicate in English is the primary requirement to study abroad and to get your visa approved. Make sure you speak in English to the best of your ability. Don’t try to force yourself to speak in any accents; it just ends up looking fake and desperate.
*Eye-contact: Not being able to look someone in the eye is a sign of dishonesty. Keep eye-contact with the visa officer but do not stare, there is a difference. Don’t forget to blink. Practice this at home, either in front of the mirror or with another person.
If you keep all this in mind you should soon be on your way to your dream study destinations.
If, for some reason, your visa got rejected, do not simply give up. Give it another try after figuring out what went wrong. Be confident and believe in yourself! ALL THE BEST!
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