Visa Interview Sample Questions
Many students are not adequately prepared for the visa interview. Practice makes perfect!
Please use a partner to practice with you as you answer the following questions. Answer
truthfully, answer the question being asked succinctly (don’t ramble on and on), be confident in
tone and body language and SPEAK LOUD ENOUGH SO THAT THE VISA OFFICER CAN
HEAR YOU. Be confident, treat this like it is a job interview. First impressions are crucial to
the outcome of the interview. Look good, smell great, and be prepared.
1. Why do you want to study in the United States?
a. Offers opportunities for me that are not available in my country
b. US has excellent reputation for quality education on the cutting edge that will
help me get a good job when I come back to my country
c. It is good to have a global education nowadays, so studying in another country is
2. Why do you want to study at National University?
a. I researched many universities and found that NU has a good reputation, great
programs, is affordable, has a good mix of theory and practice in the classroom
b. I researched the program content, and it has the focus that I want
c. The faculty all have had extensive experience in their fields
*be specific about your program. Do not list facts about NU from the website.
3. Why do you want to study xxx major?
a. My program has a great practical aspect as well as thorough theoretical education
b. This program is what I need to get a job in xxx back in India, which is in demand
c. I always wanted to be a XXX, and this degree will prepare me to work in the field
4. Tell me about this major at National University.
a. It has 14 courses, some of the course specialization subjects are xxxx. It prepares
me for these types of jobs…xxxx.
5. What will you do when you finish your program at National University? Are you
planning to stay in the United States upon completion of your program?
a. I only plan to stay for my practical training, and then I will return to my country,
which, as you know, has a growing economy and a great need for people in my
field. I also need to support my family or start my own business, take over my
father’s business, etc.
6. Who is paying for your studies?
a. My parents, I have my own money that I saved from working xxx years in
this…here’s my bank statement. (Give your sponsor’s work title, company)
7. What is the occupation of your father/mother/guardian? How much is their
a. Be ready to state convincingly that your family/sponsor/self has sufficient money
to pay for your education.
8. What is your TOEFL/IELTS score?
a. My TOEFL/IELTS score is XXX, which meets the university requirements for
b. My TOEFL/IELTS score is XXX, which does not meet the university
requirements. That is why I am first going the National University’s English
language program. Once I finish the English program, I will start my academic
c. I have not taken the TOEFL/IELTS because I am attending National University’s
English Language Program before I start my academic program.
9. How many universities did you apply to?
a. I applied to 5 universities in the USA, Australia and England. I have been
accepted to three of those universities so far. The USA is my first choice because
of the reputation of the university and the program that I want.
10. Do you have any relatives in the USA?
a. (If you have mother/father, brother/sister…you must say that you do have
relatives. However, please go on say that this has no bearing on being able to pay
for your studies and state why you plan to return to your country after your