While it is the desire of many international students to study abroad, attending Visa interviews can make one nervous. As a result, many tend to make mistakes during their student visa interview. Suffice it is to say that this can have an adverse effect on the visa grant decision. This is why it is important for you to know the top mistakes to avoid at student visa interviews.
The visa interview is the most important part of the whole visa process. A successful interview could make the visa grant decision go in your favour. So the following are some of the top mistakes made during student visa interviews.
1. Being inadequately prepared for the Interview
Remember the famous saying, “he who fails to plan plans to fail,” being inadequately prepared for your interview is not good. It could set you off on a bad foot and make the entire process go downhill for you. Always endeavour to prepare adequately by researching widely. This will arm you with a lot of information with which to answer questions that your interviewer might ask you. Before your interview day, try to practice answering commonly asked questions, it will go a long way in helping you succeed.
2. Providing Incomplete and Untruthful Information
Avoid giving incomplete or untruthful information as this could lead to delay or cost you the visa entirely. Giving false information can have a severe impact on your ability to apply for a US visa in future. It may also cause you a lot of frustration and/or legal actions being taken against you. To avoid this, provide complete and truthful information through your documents. Keeping your documentation well organized can also leave a positive impression on the consulate officer.
3. Not having the appropriate Fee
US consulate has strict methods of payments. Make sure you know the method and the exact amount of the applicable fee. For example, most US consulates don’t accept cash as the payment method. They would prefer separate bank drafts for visa application and visa issuance fee. Feel free to refer to an appropriate source for more detailed information.
4. Providing Unnecessary Information
Do not give away any information voluntarily if it is not being asked. In many cases, people trying to be overconfident and overly smart give out more detail than is required. This may trigger additional related questions which may not work in your favour.
5. Inconsistent Information
Inconsistencies between the information you provide in your documents and what you say during the interview can go against you.
6. Arguing with the Consulate Officer
Never ever make any arguments with the consulate officer. If you want some information ask in a polite manner.
7. Language Barrier
Poor communication as a result of a language barrier is the number one thing that can affect your case negatively. If you’re not good in English, you should request for a regional language interpreter.
8. Talking too much
Remember, you are the one being interviewed and not the other way around. So, keep your communication brief and to the point. Speak only when asked to.
9. Appearing to be Nervous
Being confident can yield positive results. Especially, in student visa interviews where a consulate officer has to rely on the limited information you provide. Their judgment is highly influenced by the way you react to questions, your body language, and the authenticity of your answers.