Vying for an education in the United States is not new in India. Every year, more than two lakh Indian students fly to this federal republic country in order to pursue science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and other courses. The most stressful phase for a student starts with the confirmation letter from the destined university/ institution.
The prospective international students might have done exceptionally good at the abroad entrance examination besides academics that resulted in the confirmation from the university; however, this alone will not bring the success. One has to crack the US visa interview as well.
All students should be familiar with the types of student visas issued by the US. An international student who wishes to enter the United States requires a student status, which can be gained with the F1 visa, J1 visa and M1 visa. The F1 visa is the most popular one which enables the student to work for 20 hours a week or less.
After the confirmation from the university, there will be a number of questions jostling them constantly regarding the visa interview. During this stage, prospective students will find misleading answers to their questions. Get rid of them. Here are some of the myths regarding the US F1 visa interview.
Only Academics Are Considered
It's very obvious that an unknown person with access to your grade sheets will initially judge you based on your academics and achievements. They will surely consider the scores of abroad entrance examinations such as GRE, GMAT and IELTS while issuing the visa. However, only students who have a good score will get the F1 visa - this is a myth.
The visa officers consider the approach of the student besides their ambition to pursue the course in the USA. However, if the documents such as funding and medical are unclear, they will not consider them though you have done well in the academics.
Education Is The Way To Settle In USA!
Your sole goal should be to gain education and skills while pursuing a degree in the USA. If you display your eagerness to settle in the United States post your education, the visa officers will deny your application. Always keep in the mind that you have applied for the student visa, not a Green Card. So prepare the answers accordingly.
Recommendations Will Help
You might have cracked a seat in the world's top university, Harvard, but the decision to issue the visa will be in the hands of the visa officers. Either the recommendations or your academics will help you in this case. No other higher power including a US senator could change the act.
Immigration Officers Are Rude
It is often heard that the consular officers at the embassies spread across the country look for all the possible ways of rejecting a visa, which is not actually true! After all, it is their job to ask you questions and get the facts.
Only Limited Visas Are Issued
There are no limitations on the number of visas granted. Depending on the applicants' entries and their academic and personal qualifications the student visas are issued.
English Proficiency Is Required For A Visa
Not exactly. The language proficiency is required but not at the cost of denying the visa application. The academics and scores in entrance examination will speak about your language skills. However, visa officers also consider the honesty, if you say you lack in the language proficiency.
You Should Return To Your Home Country Immediately After Your Education
Students who choose the Optional Practical Training (OPT) will enable the students to work for at least one year in the USA to gain practical knowledge in your field of study. If your visa officer asks questions related to work after your studies, be positive and reply that you would like to work to gain practical experience.