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

Here’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.

Many F1 Visa applicants visa is denied because of the following reasons:

  • Not Qualified:
    • Did not have the right credentials (nothing can be done about this)
    • Fraudulent documents or trying to game the system (nothing can be done about this)
  • Qualified, but
    • Did not prepare for the interview
    • Did not know how to prepare for the interview
    • Considering, reading others F1 Visa interview experience as to preparation

I have seen so many students FAIL the interview because they were asked unexpected questions and they didn’t have an answer. Take a look at the following chart.

f1 visa interview questions

To have a successful interview, the student visa applicant should know two kinds of questions:

  1. Standard F1 Visa Interview Questions
  2. Profile Specific Visa Interview Questions

The key to getting visa lies in the skill to identify the set of questions that could be asked based on your profile.

If you did not identify those questions and if they happen to be the weak aspect of your profile, then chances of student visa approval is pretty slim.

Having said that, here are standard F1 Visa Interview Questions you should be prepared to answer at any cost. And some of these questions would fall under your profile specific questions as well.

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. Student F1 Visa interview questions are categorized as follows:

  1. College and University
  2. Bank and Finance
  3. Family and Relatives
  4. Work and Job
  5. General Questions

Questions About the 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 university or why do you want to study at this University?
  2. Why do you want to study this degree?
  3. Why do you want to study this degree?
  4. What are you going to specialize in?
  5. How many universities did you apply?
  6. Which universities did you apply to?
  7. How many admission did you get?
  8. Where did you get admission?
  9. Where did you complete the undergraduate/graduate degree?
  10. What is your undergraduate GPA?
  11. Tell me about the university you are planning to attend.
  12. Mention name of the professor’s you had contacted?
  13. When and where did you get your bachelor’s degree?
  14. Why do you want to study in this university?
  15. How long will you study in USA?
  16. How do you know about this university?
  17. What is your academic background?
  18. Do you plan to study PhD after MS?
  19. Why did you apply to these universities?
  20. These subjects are also taught in other universities also but why this university?

Questions About Sponsors and Finance

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 solid answer any possible set of questions. Here’s set of questions about sponsors and finance.

  1. Who is sponsoring your education in the US?
  2. What does your sponsor do?
  3. What is your sponsors monthly income?
  4. What is your sponsors annual income?
  5. What is your university yearly expense?
  6. Did you get an education loan?
  7. Can you show your Bank Statements?
  8. What is your father’s salary? How long has he been working here?
  9. Your bank passbook shows large transactions recently been deposited? How do you explain that?
  10. How will you finance your education for 2 years or 3 years when your bank balance shows 1 year worth of expenses?

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 and will cause 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?
  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?

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  1. ujjval on January 29, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    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 on August 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    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. prasanthi on July 26, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    i got reject visa 2 times please suggest me tips

  4. Sathish G P on June 23, 2014 at 5:24 AM

    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 ?

  5. Sean Ward on April 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    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.

  6. nithin1519 on April 28, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    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.

  7. Harish on April 20, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    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??

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 20, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Given the reason for the gap. Speak the truth.

  8. Albert Elias on April 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    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.

  9. imtiaz uddin on December 25, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    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?

  10. S_rose on August 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    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

  11. anudeep on June 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    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??

  12. samuel on June 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    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

    • tunde on July 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      how did your interview go bro?

  13. Amanda on June 12, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    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!

  14. Clem Dominion on June 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    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 on June 12, 2013 at 4:48 AM

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

  15. Satish on June 5, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    the passbook or bank statements can be of any member of my family?

  16. Kumari Nidhi on June 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    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.

  17. Mudunuri Rajesh Varma on June 3, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    explanation about backlogs