Preparing for the UK Student Visa Interview

Published On: 25 Jun 2012

 | Last Updated On: 29 May 2014

It is the last hurdle before getting admission in your dream university and a visa interview is also the most important step before the confirmation of your student visa for the UK. It is imperative that you have to appear before visa officer well prepared and ace the interview to gain the UK visa.

Usually your performance in the interview can quicken or delay your visa processing. Therefore, it is very important for students to prepare themselves for the crucial interview. At the interview, you will be asked questions mainly to ensure that your application case is genuine and your intentions align with what is stated in the application form.

You don’t need to panic unnecessarily treating it as an interrogation but merely finding out about your ambitions to Study in UK.  Below are few general questions and tips you could use to prepare for the interview:

Questions on your intention and motivation to study: Students seeking a UK student visa should be well-informed about their study plans and be ready to explain how the course is relevant to their previous studies. Research your university thoroughly to be able to talk about it confidently; know its location, details of the course you’ve chosen, the time of study and all other related details. If the same course is available in your home country, highlight the differences and the benefits you would receive. Talking about the quality of education in the UK, or any other country that you are applying for, will help you gain extra points.

Questions on funding for your study: Funding is a very important factor in the UK student visa application and interview process. You will be asked several questions regarding your financial readiness to take the course – about your family income, sponsors, savings etc. Come prepared with information about your sponsor, proof of your sponsor’s ability and willingness to support, the income source of the sponsor, and their relation to you. The visa officer basically wants to verify the financial capability of the sponsor. To have a clear idea of your sponsor’s income source go through related tax documents, bank statements and other supporting documents. Answer confidently stating that you are well-prepared to meet all expenses relating to your study abroad.

Questions on your academic qualifications and achievements: Make sure you have converted your percentages into a GPA score. Calculate accurately and remember the GPA. Carry all your academic documents with you to present them to the officer when asked. Remember your GPA, GRE, GMAT, IELTS and other scores and keep the documents that support your statements. Questions regarding your past achievements will also be asked. Provide answers that will help the officer know you better. Your answers should convey your sincerity, dedication and value.

Questions on your future plans: The UK visa officer will want to know what your future plans are. He will want to know about your career plans and whether you intend staying in the country after course completion. Provide the officer with exact details of the course and career opportunities. Please make sure to read UK immigration policies before you attend the interview. Your answers should reflect clarity of thought, clarity of intention and strong ties to your home country. You may also be asked questions regarding the perceived returns from pursuing the chosen course. Make sure to update yourself with the profile of the job and the benefits you expect from it.

Important tips for visa interview:

·         Carry copies of all documents with you.

·         Dress in formal clothing.

·         Be present at the venue well in time, and be on time for your interview.

·         Be polite and friendly through the course of your interview.

·         Prepare for the interview questions in advance.

·         Be confident about what you say during your interview. Be clear about why you want to do the programs you have chosen.

·         Make sure your answers are clear and brief. In case you do not understand a question, ask for the question to be repeated. Think before you answer.

·         Read the handbook and website of the university well before attending the interview.

·         Read up on details of your course including duration, fees, end date, credit points and contents of your course.

·         Be honest and confident.

·         Be clear about your future plans.

·         Do not get nervous about strange questions that may be asked. They are aimed at ascertaining your intentions, IQ or skills.

·         The interview may go on for 20–30 minutes, so be comfortable.

Some regular questions asked in a visa interview:

On personal and educational background:

1. Why are you studying abroad?

2. Where are you going to study?

3. How do you know about Britain?

4. Do you have friends or relatives in the UK?

5. Where are you going to live?

6. In your opinion, what advantages does the UK have compared with other countries? Why?

7. Is this your first time to apply for a UK Visa? Have you ever been refused by any other country?

Study plan in England and after-graduation plan:

1. Why did you choose the UK?

3. How did you get to know this school?

4. How long will you stay in the UK?

5. Are you willing to go on studying for a master’s degree or doctorate after graduation?

7. Can you explain what IELTS is?

8. What are you going to do after graduation?

9. Can you tell us your plan after you return to your homeland?

Financial status:

1. Do you have a stable financial source?

2. How much is your tuition fee?

3. What are the monthly salaries of your parents?

4. How are you going to fund the education in UK?

5. Can you show us your bank note or statement?

Best of Luck!

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