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Get Ready for the Embassy or Consulate Interview

You have been accepted to Life USA Orlando. Congratulations! Now it is time to prepare for your student's visa interview so you can study in the USA.

There is no shortcut to passing your US visa interview as an international student applying for a F-1 student visa. A successful US visa interview requires preparation, just like with your Life USA Orlando's application and the other parts of the visa application process. To prepare, you can practice answering your F-1 visa interview questions.

If studying in the United States is your goal, then preparing for F-1 student visa interview questions and answers will give you the best chance of securing a spot at Life USA Orlando. Read on to find out possible US F-1 visa interview questions you can expect in your F-1 student visa interview. 

What to Expect During Your F-1 Visa Interview

Our guide provides a list of possible student visa interview questions with answers, covering the most common F-1 visa interview questions you can expect at your embassy or consulate. You can learn more about F-1 student visas by visiting the US Department of State website.


 

Common Types of Interview Questions

US F-1 visa interview questions are designed to show why you will be traveling to the US and establish your status as a legitimate student. Be prepared to answer specific, personal visa interview questions from your interviewer about your reasons for attending language school in US. Before your interview, you can study examples of American visa questions for students in advance so you can prepare effectively.

There are three categories most US F-1 visa interview questions will be based on:

 

  1. Study Plans​

  2. School's choice​​

  3. Financial status

​Let us take a look at F-1 student visa interview questions and answers for each category.

Common Study Plan Questions and Answers

Here is a list of possible F-1 visa interview questions on your study plans in the United States.
 

Q: Why did you decide to study in this school?
Tip: Explain your interviewer that based on your research Life USA has been the most recommended one for current and former students. Since 2015 they have been teaching English for International students and residents. Also the fact Life USA has an Academic program focus on Conversation and if that's the case, the possibility to transfer to one of Life USA's American University partners.
 

Q: Where did you decide to study in Orlando?
 

Tip: You could simply answer by m

   
Q: Why do you want to study in the US?
Tip: Tell your interviewer what convinced you to study in the US. For example, you could focus on how fast and efficient will be learning English in a native speaking country and have the opportunity to learn about their costumes and culture. Also, if you have plans to go to a University or College in US, how the USA is the most popular destination for higher education among international students and has some of the world’s best universities and your choice for being a Life USA student. Cause we offer the Pathway Program. You can also discuss how international students like you come to the US to connect and have the experience with students from all around the world.  
 
You can also mention how learning English will improve your opportunities with your current job, company or college degree. 
Q: Why can’t you learn English in your home country? 
Tip: With this visa interview question, you can discuss the difference in the quality of English Language Schools in your country and the schools in US. You can say you'll have the opportunity to learn English with American teachers and also outside the classroom, you would use what you've learned with the American people. In the neighborhood, community , restaurants and shopping stores. It is an English Immersion Experience for you and your family. If applicable, you could also talk about how your area of study/work will need English fluency.
Q: Have you been to the United States before?
Tip: If you have been to the US, tell the visa officer the reasons behind your previous trips, such as a vacation, to attend a training program, or for medical reasons. If you have not been to the US before, simply say that you have not yet had an opportunity to travel or study there.


 

Your Finances

Proving financial stability is required to get your US student visa. In order to issue your F-1 visa, your visa officer will want to see that you have enough funds to live in the US as an international student and pay for your education and your dependents costs of living. Your financial plan should include expenses like tuition fees, housing, dining, health insurance, and transportation. If you have a sponsor who will help with your expenses, the visa officer will likely ask questions about how you are related to the sponsor.

Common Financial Questions and Answers

Here is a list of questions the visa interviewer may ask about your financial stability.

 

Q: How are you planning to finance your education?

Tip: Go over how much your tuition and fees cost, and how you plan to cover these expenses while you are enrolled at Life USA. Remember, at any time mention you intent to work in US to pay for your studies! F-1 students are not allowed to work in US.  Tell the visa officer that with your current job/company and savings you will be able to provide comfort to you and your dependents (if applicable) for the period of study. Keep in mind that in Florida, the average cost of living for one adult is around $2,000 per month.

Q: Who is sponsoring you?

Tip: If you have obtained a sponsor to finance or help financing your studies in US, be very clear of your relation to the person. If your parents are your sponsors, make sure to mention their names; if someone else is sponsoring you, mention their name and your relationship (e.g., “My uncle, James Lee, is paying for my education" or "my sister, Carol Suarez, is helping me paying my studies.”).

 

Q. What is your profession or the profession of your sponsor?

Tip: Make sure in explaining the officer what exactly is your profession and how you intent to use it to pay your studies in US including all your savings. In case you are using a sponsor, the visa officer is expected to understand your sponsor’s finances and if they are truly capable of funding your studies in the US. Before you attend the interview, make sure to have a good idea about your sponsor’s profession and income sources. When asked, clearly outline the nature of their work and their commitment to paying for your education.