Success in F-1 Visa Interview

<p>Hi everyone.</p>

<p>As far as I know, these are the documents needed at the visa interview.</p>

<ol>
<li>College acceptance letter</li>
<li>Funding documents, Bank letters and Financial aid award letters</li>
<li>I-20 form</li>
<li>A valid passport (including all old passports)</li>
<li>Photograph</li>
<li>School Transcripts</li>
<li>Standardized Test scores</li>
<li>SEVIS I-901 receipt</li>
<li>Receipt for Consular fee</li>
<li>Photocopy of Bio data page of Valid passport</li>
<li>DS-160 confirmation page</li>
<li>A certain amount of money to mail you the passport to your home address</li>
<li>Health information</li>
</ol>

<p>Are there any other materials missing in this list? Please add them, if any.</p>

<p>How long is the visa interview? I heard that it is just a few minutes long. What questions do they usually ask you? Please post if anyone has experienced one.</p>

<p>Should anyone accompany you in the visa interview? Parents?</p>

<p>Under what conditions do they reject your visa application? Is it very common?</p>

<p>I know that this is the tricky part. How do I show strong ties with my country? Should I show any documentation for that or just telling them will be enough. I read somewhere that you need to show employment letters :/ :/</p>

<p>I scheduled my Visa interview on May 10th as I got my I-20 early. Do you think the date is too early? I know that it can't be changed now. :/ :/</p>

<p>Any tips for the interview will certainly be appreciated. :)</p>

<p>Regarding the documents you need, your list is pretty complete. If you have tax documents, past and future employment contracts, things that prove you will go back to your country after your studies, I would take it to the interview. However, usually, they don't ask for half of these things. I-20 and SEVIS related documents are the most important. Interview...? Not really an interview when I went there.
I would expect questions like, why do you want to study in XYZ? What are you going to do after college? Why this particular college? How are you going to fund it? etc...</p>

<p>I wasn't asked these questions though. I turned in the documents, waited a little, paid the fee and that was it. I think it also helps if your English is very fluent and your accent is American, if you're going to the US. Some people couldn't even communicate and had to have people translate. </p>

<p>About rejection, I haven't heard of anyone that got rejected for a student visa. But since they do have the power to run a full background check, anything could get flagged, so it's hard to say.
Why do you think your interview is too early? The earlier you get it, the better. Less stressing over it and more time for your to prepare to leave. Also, I don't think your parents need to go with you at all. </p>

<p>Overall, the person that processed my VISA was young and very very cool. He even said something like "Study hard and have a good time!"</p>

<p>What kind of health information will you be taking?</p>

<p>As I know, some Visa interview will be less than 1 minute.</p>

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<p>Actually that is all the materials you need. Actually US ambassy website list all the thing you need to bring</p>

<p>How long is the visa interview? As I said, it won't be more than 2 minutes. I did one before, and it lasted only like 1 minute.</p>

<p>Should anyone accompany you in the visa interview? Parents? Well, they can definitely accompany you to the ambassy, but they definitely can't go into the ambassy and thus you need to do the interview all by yourself.</p>

<p>Under what conditions do they reject your visa application? Is it very common?
When they can't tell that you will come back from US after graduation, they will reject you. Is it common? Actually no. A officer once told me about 85%-90% students will get their F-1 visa.</p>

<p>I know that this is the tricky part. How do I show strong ties with my country? Should I show any documentation for that or just telling them will be enough.
Of course you'd better show the saving or the property document of you family. And you can also show great family ties in your home country.</p>

<p>The tip: always telling the truth, those officers are good at discovering lies. And have a specific plan about your future (of course, it has something about whether you will back to your home country)</p>

<p>Hey does anybody know how old financial documents are required? As in, do you show documents from the past year or the past 3-5 years?</p>

<p>I think a year is quite a lot. I actually brought only the last 6 months' record.</p>

<p>But this might be different in different region.</p>

<p>Thanks :)</p>

<p>1 month is quite enough I think.</p>

<p>Other responses will surely be appreciated :)</p>

<p>After you receive your I-20/DS-2019, approximately how long does it take to process your visa? If I receive my DS-2019,say, in late May or early June, by what date would I be able to get my visa done?</p>

<p>What is the "health information" we need to take?</p>

<p>you need to take your SAT score?? what for?</p>

<p>What kind of health info do we have to take?</p>

<p>I didn't need to take any health records or anything like that. I guess if you really want to, you could go with your immunization records, although I don't think those are required - wasn't for me at least. </p>

<p>You need to take your SAT and TOEFL scores - proof of English efficiency. SAT scores to show that you're intellectually as good as the US students. </p>

<p>It's better to go with too many documents than too few documents. A couple of my friends in Nigeria didn't go with their TOEFL scores to the interview cos English is the official language. The Consular Officer told them to go get their scores and be back the next day. Not everyone is so lucky.</p>

<p>Check your embassy's website and see what's required. I went with a ton of documents, and the Consular Officer only asked for my I-20; asked a few questions about my family. He was so friendly, and kinda young (prob early 30s). </p>

<p>A few tips:
Study</a> in the USA, Step 5 (Visa interview) | So You Want To Be Homesick</p>