65 Tough F1 Visa Interview Questions You Need to Know the Answers

f1 visa interview questionsHere’s a list of 65 F1 Visa interview questions that you can possibly imagine being asked during student F1 Visa interview.


One the key’s to successful visa interview is to prepare answers for all possible set of F1 visa Interview questions.

I have seen so many students FAIL the interview because they were asked an unexpected questions and they didn’t have an answer.

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?
  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?
  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?
  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?
  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)

That’s possible list of questions you could be asked during the student visa interview for U.S.A.

Bonus Question:

  • Why do you think we should give you visa to study in USA?
  • Are there any reasons why you shouldn’t be given F1 Visa?

Next :


  1. ujjval says

    i face my f1 interview ,officer told me 12 to 15 question related university but the problem is everest university provied online degree why you go there and my visa was rejected

  2. lakky says

    I attended my visa appointment yesterday but was rejected because I was ask to show prove for my sponsor and I took my parent bank statement out but to my surprise the consular told me they didn’t take that. Please can anyone tell me if I can schedule another interview before the school resume and what evidence can I show for the prove of my sponsor

  3. Sathish G P says

    I will be going for my Visa later this week. I passed out of my college last year and was preparing for various exams the entire last year. I got an admission in TAMU this year. So how can I explain the officer how i spent one year ?

  4. says

    If you really want to prepare for this interview, you need to perform mock interviews, in English, and run through all of the critical questions that your consulate officer may ask. To read more you can check out my site at go usa visa center (.com) and for less than two cups of coffee at Starbuck’s get the eBook that will get you approved.

  5. nithin1519 says

    I’m 2011 passed out attended visa for fall 2012 , got rejected twice.But, now i’ve applied only for one colleges will that be a problem in visa.
    I have genuine experience.I’m working in wipro from march 2012.
    Reason for rejecting: get some experience and come.
    Thanks in advance.

  6. Harish says

    I am 2013 passed out student going for 2014 fall and i did not anything this one year just joined in my courses but didnt get the certificate, course still in progress. So what is your advice?? how to cover this one year gap??

  7. Albert Elias says

    My kids are born in the USA. Their Mother is a US Citizen and we are not Married Yet. But I have to see my kids.

    I am a Ghanaian National.

    What type of Visa do I apply for?

    Thank You.

  8. imtiaz uddin says

    I got the I-20 from the Wichita state University for 1 year Intensive English Language and 4 years for Economics. now I am preparing myself for visa interview. can u guide me? what should I do now? will u tell me how many questions I have to face? how much time the interview will happen?

  9. S_rose says

    hi ,i am on f2 visa ,living in USA now ,i did engineering and i m thinking to do go on f1 visa to studying here.so do need to go India for change my status.can i change my status here in USA.If i will apply here what difficulties ll occurs. i know that i can apply through Canada also but i want do it here only.guide me ,now i am preparing for TOEFL And GRE

  10. anudeep says

    what if I say a fake answer and the vo cross checks that?? will it affect in the next attempt??
    can I say about loan for my study?
    what are the documents they check to prove job experience?? do they ask for bank statements/pay slips n form 16??

  11. samuel says

    sir i apply for f-1 visa and am going for my interview this july 17,if my step father become my sponsor do i need to show any document of divorce because am not answering the surname of my step father rather the name of my father will that required any documentation to prove it.please reply me soon

  12. Amanda says

    Do you have any information on obtaining a student visa for a minor? I have a sponsor child in Africa who is 16 turning 17 in a couple of months, but he is in 8th grade. I want to bring him to the US to finish his schooling, but I am having difficulty finding information on bringing a high school student to US on a student visa. Thanks!

  13. Clem Dominion says

    I already have a Bachelors degree but I am going to do an Associate degree now. What good reason can I give for this, when asked by VO?

    • Clem Dominion says

      Does anyone have similar experience? Anyone been in my shoes before? Please help with your experience or thoughts. Please do.

  14. Kumari Nidhi says

    What should be the answer if our work experience in India is not related to your specialized subject in B. Tech which is very hard to get in Indian PSU.