Top 30 Most Asked VISA Interview Questions
Following is the list of most frequently asked VISA Interview questions and their best possible answers.
VISA General Questions
1) What do you understand by VISA? What is its full form?
The term VISA means "charta VISA" in Latin, which means "document that has been seen." It is not an acronym actually, but you can find its full form as "Visitors International Stay Admission" on the internet. VISA is one of the most important documents required when a person is traveling to a foreign country. It is a document issued in the form of a stamp marked on the passport of a person who visits a foreign country. VISA is permission given by the government of a country to a person to visit and stay in the country for a specified period.
2) How many types of VISA countries issue?
Based on the purpose of your traveling, VISA can be categorized into different types. Following is the list of some common types of VISA:
3) What are some best tips to pass a student VISA interview?
If you plan to study at a university in the USA, then the VISA interview is a crucial step that could be intimidating to some students. Following is a list of some tips that can help you to pass your student VISA interview.
Submit your application: If you are applying for study in a university in the US, you have to visit the American Embassy in your home country to apply for a category F-1 student VISA. You can do it online also.
Practice English speaking as often as possible: English speaking is essential to get a VISA or an English speaking country. This is the language you have to communicate with the officers in the embassy or consulate. This is also required for your future studies. You can practice speaking English in several ways, such as watching American TV shows, listening to and translating your favorite music songs, reading books in English, reading English newspapers, and many others.
Make your documents complete: This is one of the essential steps in your preparation for the interview. During the interview, you must present enough pieces of evidence to get a VISA.
You must present some of the required documents: Your VISA application, university acceptance letter, I-20 form in the US or study permit in Canada, and evidence that you have enough money to support yourself. You also have to provide guarantors, such as your parents, who will help you and support you while abroad.
Believe that you will get the VISA: You must have a strong belief that you will get the VISA. Picture yourself completing your interview and getting your VISA. This will help you to gain a positive outlook and provide mental support.
Be attentive during the interview: You should listen carefully to the officer or the translator. Think before you answer and keep your answers short and to the point. Please make a list of the most common questions asked at the VISA interviews and prepare them carefully.
Explain about ties to your home country: This is important because the officers at the embassy or consulate ask this question to make sure that you have enough things that hold you back and that you will eventually come back to your home country. For example, they typically ask about your house, job or business, family, the property you may own, etc.
Talk about your family: If you are married and have a spouse or children, mention them and explain who will support them while you were abroad.
Make it clear that you will return home after your education: Make this point clear and illustrate a few examples that you will come back to your home country after graduation.
Stay positive: Stay positive, confident, and calm during the interview. You have to project a positive and confident image to have a successful student VISA interview.
A list of general questions that a VISA officer may ask during an interview for VISA:
4) Where do you reside in the country?
This is probably the first question that the VISA officer may ask. To answer this question, you should give the exact address of your residence to the interviewing officer. If you are residing at a temporary residence and have a permanent residence elsewhere, you should provide details of both residences.
5) Are you married? If yes, what does your spouse do? For how long have you been married?
Answer this question quickly because marriage is a vital decision in ones' life, and the interviewer aspect that you have memorized the date well (in case of being married). Memorize your exact marriage date and marriage details. Your wrong or hesitating answer on years of marriage may have a wrong impact.
If you are not married, mention you are unmarried or divorced.
6) Do you have any children?
Mention the names and genders of your children, if you have any. You should also give details about where they study/work, whether they are minors or adults, and if they plan to accompany you on the trip or not.
7) Are you traveling alone or with someone else?
Tell your exact plan if you are going with someone or not. Also, clarify the relationship with the person accompanying you on the trip.
8) What do your children do for a living?
If your children are adults and employed, you should provide information about their employers and job profiles of your children. Memorize things well, so you don't forget them during the interview.
9) Can you show your bank statement?
Don't show any hesitation when you asked to show your bank statement. The VISA officers must check your financial condition when you apply for a VISA. So, provide the documents of your bank statement to the official.
10) Do your parents or parents-in-law live with you?
Give the honest answer and if they live with you, say yes. You should also provide details about your parents/in-laws, such as the name, age, occupation before retirement, permanent address of residence, etc.
11) Do you have covered health insurance for this journey?
It is always beneficial to have covered health insurance for an overseas journey because of the nature of the risks. So, provide the evidence of the covered health insurance for the period of stay in that country.
12) Are you expecting? Are you planning to have the baby in the upcoming time of your stay?
This question is essential because there are some travel regulations for pregnant women. Also, there are some rules in terms of nationality for newborn babies in those countries. So, it would be best if you answered this question honestly. If you are expecting in the upcoming months, be sure to mention this to the interviewer. But also ensure that you don't intend to have the baby in your visiting country and that you'll be home before the delivery.
13) Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
If you do, answer frankly with a yes or no.
14) Is your sibling/friend/parent is working in that country? Are you going to meet them for a job?
If you do have any relative or a friend working in that country, it is essential to provide the interviewer details about the person's place of residence, employment details, and visa specifications. If you visit your friend or relative to spend a holiday, assure the interviewer that you are only visiting the country on travel and not on business. If you have any intention to work with your relative in that country, provide the details to the interviewer as well.
15) Do you have any relatives or any friends studying at this university?
You would surely face this question if you are looking for a student VISA. If you have any friends or relatives in that university, you should declare their names and relationships.
16) Do you have a leave approval letter from your employer?
If you are an employee of a company and are traveling on holiday, you will have to submit a leave approval letter from your employer. It is essential to carry the paper with a stamp and sign because you cannot convince the VISA officer verbally.
17) Have you got any scholarships for your post-graduation?
This is a very straightforward question that has an answer of yes or no. If you have got a student scholarship, mention the name of the institution issuing the scholarship and the amount of financial support it covers. You should also mention the period of the scholarship. Otherwise, say no.
18) Who is financing your trip?
If you are financing your trip, say so. To prove your point, you have to give your bank statement as proof. If someone other such as your father, mother, or spouse, is financing your trip, provide his/her contact details along with their income statement.
19) Who is financing your education?
You would face this question if you are going for higher education in that country. You may answer according to your situation as you have got a scholarship, or you have enough savings from your job to sponsor your masters, or your parents are financing your education.
20) Do you have any property in the country you are going to?
If you have any property in your visiting country, you have to provide the interviewer the address and ownership details of the property.
21) Do you have any property or business in your hometown? If yes, who will take care of your property/business when you are on your holiday?
The VISA officer generally asks this question when you apply for a long-term VISA. You should mention the name and contact details of the family/friends or manager who will be taking care of your property/business during your travel or stay.
22) Do you have any relation with any involved person in the latest terrorist activities?
Don't take this question otherwise. Instead, answer this question truthfully without any hesitation. It would be best to patiently tell the officials that you do not have any relatives involved in these activities. Your tone should be sympathetic and express your sadness about such acts. You must convince the officials that you are entirely against such awful acts and individuals who commit them.
23) Why are you traveling to this country?
You can answer this question based on your reason. There are mainly five possible reasons to visit a country such as a holiday, study, work, business, or medical treatment. You should answer honestly and give proof accordingly.
24) Have you booked or bought the flight ticket?
You should answer by offering evidence of a booked or bought flight ticket. You can also specify that you have booked the ticket by yourself or by a travel agent.
25) Have you already made the travel and accommodation arrangements in your visiting country?
If you have already made the travel and accommodation arrangements, you can give the officer a copy of all the bookings you have made already. Don't forget to specify the contact details of the hotel desk manager.
26) Have you ever traveled to other places?
If you have ever traveled to other places, say yes, otherwise no. It would be best if you also told the names of the countries where you have traveled outside of your living country.
27) How did you hear about this university?
You should explain honestly the way you heard about the university, such as from the internet, friend, family, informative local agencies, or other forms.
28) Why are you staying in this country for so long?
The VISA officers ask this question when you have applied for a long-term VISA. Now, it's your turn to explain your planning to complete your holiday or employment and how it needs time to be completed. Again, it would be best to assure the VISA officer that you would return before the VISA expires.
29) How do we know you will return home within the VISA allowed period?
You can tell the officer about your meaningful relationships and educational, professional, or personal affiliations in your home country that give you reasons to return. You can also tell about your family, business, property, etc.
30) What will you do if we reject your VISA application?
You can answer that you will find out the reason for rejection from the Embassy to rectify the problem and re-submit the application. If the problem takes time to be resolved, you will wait patiently and again apply when everything is set right.