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101 Student F1 Visa Interview Questions and Answers (& Rejection Reasons)

Are you looking for a long list of F1 Visa Interview Questions?

Is a list of questions good enough to get the F1 Visa Issued?

You need to know how to answer them. Right?

And you need to make sure your answers would convince the Visa Officer.

f1 visa interview questions

You have come to the right place. Not only you can see a list of F1 Visa Interview questions, you can also learn how to answer them.

The key’s to successful F1 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 a Qualified Student
    • 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 Student, but
    • Did not prepare well for the student interview
    • Did not know how to prepare for the interview

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

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 are pretty slim.

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

F1 Visa Interview Questions

The list of F1 Visa interview questions can be categories into the following groups.

f1 visa interviw questions types and categoriesThe list if F1 Visa interview questions you would see below is categorized under Academic Ability, Financial Ability, and Future Plans.

Category 1:

  • Academic Ability
  • Financial Ability
  • Future Plans

Category 2:

  • Why – Involves Reasoning
  • What/Who – Involved Reasoning and About People
  • When/How – Usually Facts and numbers

From my experience coaching students for the F1 Visa interview, questions involving reasoning decides on interview outcome for the most part.

Examples of reasoning based questions:

  • Why do you want to study in the USA?
  • Why not study at the other University?
  • Why do you want to study now when you have a good career.

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. Even a single word from your answer is sufficient for them to deny your visa.

  1. Academic Ability
    1. College and University
    2. Test Scores
  2. Financial Ability
    1. Sponsors: Bank and Finance
  3. Potential Immigrant
    1. Family and Relatives
    2. Work and Job
  4. General Questions

F1 Visa Interview Questions – Colleges and University

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

  1. Why do you want to study at this University? (A Perfect Example of How Not to answer this question)
  2. Why do you want to study this degree?
  3. Why do you want to study in the USA?
  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 admitted?
  8. Where did you complete the undergraduate or graduate degree?
  9. What is your undergraduate GPA?
  10. Tell me about the university you are planning to attend.
  11. Mention the name of the professor’s you had contacted.
  12. When and where did you get your bachelor’s degree?
  13. How long will you study in the USA?
  14. How do you know about this university?
  15. What is your academic background?
  16. Do you plan to study PhD after MS?
  17. Why did you apply to these universities?
  18. Why not attend University X?
  19. What courses are you planning to take in your first semester?
  20. Why not study in India?

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. Why is your uncle sponsoring you?
  4. Where did you get this bank statement?
  5. Did you pay anyone to get this bank statement?
  6. What is your sponsor’s monthly income?
  7. What is your sponsor’s annual income?
  8. What is your university yearly expense?
  9. Did you get an education loan?
  10. Can you show your Bank Statements?
  11. What is your father’s salary?
  12. How long has he been working here?
  13. Why your parents are not sponsoring your education?
  14. Why is your Mom sponsoring when your spouse is working in the USA?
  15. Your bank passbook shows large transactions recently been deposited?
  16. What is the source of money for a recent large deposit?
  17. Do you have a statement from the sponsor on bank letterhead?
  18. Do you have a financial affidavit from the US-based sponsor?
  19. Why is your company sponsoring your education?
  20. 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, passbook, latest transactions, and other finance related documents. Make sure you have them handy.

Relatives and Family Members

During the F1 visa interview, make sure you remember the answers in the interview form DS-160.

If you have relatives in the USA then declare that you have relatives.

Don’t 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 the USA?
  3. What is your mother doing?
  4. What is your brother doing in the USA?
  5. What is your sister doing in the USA?
  6. Your brother is working in the USA, would you do the same?
  7. Where did your brother complete their studies?
  8. Where do your parents live?
  9. Do you have a brother/ sister, or any other relative already at this university?
  10. Do you have a girlfriend?
  11. Are you married?
  12. What is your husband doing?
  13. What is your wife doing?
  14. Is your wife planning to apply for F2 Visa?
  15. Where is your husband working in the USA?
  1. Why are you leaving your current job?
  2. Can 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?
  6. Are you planning to work in the USA? Why not?

Working on OPT or STEM OPT and Day 1 CPT University

  1. Are you working at Client Location?
  2. Why are you enrolled in second Masters Degree?
  3. Are you working on CPT?
  4. When did you start working on CPT during Second Masters Degree?
  5. Are you continuing to work at the same employer, client after starting second masters degree?

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 scores low?
  6. Your TOEFL (or IELTS) scores are low.
  7. You look like a potential immigrant!
  8. I don’t think you have strong ties!
  9. What do you know about US education?
  10. Why are you applying for Fall only?
  11. What will you do after completing MS?
  12. Did you get any scholarship?
  13. What are your plans after graduation?
  14. Tell me how you can prove that you are going to come back?
  15. Have you ever been to America?
  16. Have you visited other countries?
  17. What will you do after coming back from USA?
  18. Do you know anyone (in USA) in your university?
  19. What will you do if your student visa is rejected?
  20. Will you come home during summer?
  21. Why do you think the university is giving you a scholarship?
  22. Why do you wish to study in the USA and not in India?
  23. Why did you change your field (Mechanical or Electrical to Computer Science)

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?

Answers to F1 Visa Interview Questions

Do you need to know answers to all the above questions?

Absolutely. If you have a question that applies to your profile and background, then you should know the answer to the questions.

And then, there can be questions that are outside of this list of F1 Visa Interview questions.

Here are some examples.

  1. Your B1/B2 visa was rejected, why are you attending F1 Visa interview now?
  2. Your F2 Visa was denied, why are you applying for F1 Visa now?
  3. Where is your wife studying in the USA?
  4. How will you pay for both your expenses and wife’s expenses when you both are going to study.
  5. Who would take care of your business if you get F1 and F2 for your family?

You need two set of questions for F1 Visa Interview. And you need answers to unexpected interview questions.

If you fumble and mumble for any of the questions, then chances of  F1 Approval becomes extremely difficult.

Let’s review this F1 Visa Interview where the wife is applying for F1 Visa and husband in studying on F1 visa.

VO: Passport and I-20
Me: Provided

VO: Why UTD?
Me: Largest IT program, numerous electives, special tracks like IT Consulting & Service Management which is similar to my work experience.
VO: Which other programs? BA in SMU?

VO: SMU?
Me: Southern Methodist University

VO: Who is sponsoring?
Me: Husband

VO: What does he do?
Me: PhD student at UTD

VO: If he is a student how is he gonna sponsor you?
Me: Interest income + Agricultural Income + 50 lacs

VO: Agricultural income? Was he a farmer?
Me: No he has savings in his Indian Account from interest income and he has property in his name.

VO: Sorry rejected under 214(b)

In the above interview, the questions change when the applicant said that husband is the sponsor and he’s studying in the USA. So, you should be expecting questions based on your situation.

The generic list of questions will not apply to you if your situation is different.

If you need help with F1 Visa Interview prep, please attend the Free F1 Visa On-demand Training (when you register for Training, you will automatically be added to the F1 Visa Boot Camp Course as well). Just look for an email sign-up form at end of this article.

One More Unique Situation:

Wife is working in India. Husband in Working on H1B Visa. Wife had applied to B1/B2 Visa and got denied after their marriage. But, between previous rejection and now, husband’s status changes from OPT to H1B Visa.

Following are the questions which were asked to me during the interview :

VO: Hello, how are you?
Me: I’m good, how about you?

VO: What is the purpose of visit?
Me: personal

VO: do you know someone?
Me: yes, my husband

VO: what does he do?
Me: he’s a product engineer

VO: it was too loud at my end, can you please be a bit louder?
Me: He’s a mechanical engineer

VO: Which visa he’s on?
ME: F1 Visa, STEM OPT

VO: From which university he graduated?
Me: Mentioned the name of the University

VO: When is he planning to come to india ?
ME: probably december

VO: Sorry, you’re not eligible for B1/B2 Visa.

Now, how would you handle the above situation when the wife plans to attend F1 Visa?

The expected questions will not be the standard interview format. You need a custom list of questions and solid answers.

Short F1 Visa Interview

Your F1 Visa interview would last for less than a minute.

If you had a solid answer to a specific question and after the consular officer denied your visa, you can’t complain that they did not ask for documents or that specific question.

That’s where you should know how your interview is proceeding and tell all possible answers in the short amount of time.

That’s one of the keys to preparing for the F1 Visa Interview.

Related: F1 Visa Interview Questions and Answers

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  2. An answer – Why Study in This University
  3. Why Do You Want to Study in the USA
  4. Answers to 3 Most Important F1 Visa Interview Questions
  5. 6 Lessons I Learned from My Student Visa Interview for University of Houston
  6. The Best F1 Visa Mock Interview Questions & Answers – UCLA

18 Comments

  1. 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



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

    i got reject visa 2 times please suggest me tips



  3. 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 ?



  4. 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.



  5. 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.



  6. 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.



  7. 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?



  8. 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



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

    hello
    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??



  10. 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?



  11. 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!



  12. 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.



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

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



  14. 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.



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

    explanation about backlogs



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