How to ace a Visa Interview
How to ace a Visa Interview - Obtaining a visa is generally the last stage of a long process of academic matchmaking and other formalities that a student going to any university abroad has to undergo. Almost all countries would want you to appear for a personal interview. And even immigrant-friendly countries like Canada and Australia do have an extensive evaluation process before they admit you in to their country. The US traditionally has one of the toughest Visa processes and it involves primarily an extensive interview with the visa officer, which will eventually decide whether you will take a flight to the country. The applicant will do well to try to make a good impression on the visa officer within the first two to three questions of the interview. The interview focuses on parameters like your seriousness, financial ability, and the intention to return to India on completion of your studies. In this article candidates can know all How to ace a Visa Interview.
Drawing on my experience of the visa process before going for my Master’s at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, I am noting down some of my learning and observations for the benefit of all students.
The interviewees are commonly asked about their motivation in choosing the university and the course that they have chosen. A sensible answer to that question is the preeminent position of the American universities in the world and the research opportunities that are available in the chosen university. The applicant may also like to inform the visa officer about the relevant research being done in that particular university and any information that they have found by speaking with some of the existing students, as a basis of their choice of institution and course. Such information demonstrates the seriousness of the students in their studies and also research.
Ability to pay
Another common question has to do with interviewee’s financial health and ability to pay for the education. It’s important to be precise and to-the-point in answering questions about your ability to pay. Any wayward answer will invite newer, trickier questions.
The applicants should quickly summarize the total assets that they possess to support, say, two years of Master’s education, and how it is split between liquid assets (LIC, fixed deposits, shares, mutual funds, etc.) and solid assets (property, etc.). The applicants should clearly inform the visa officer that they have collected liquid assets for first year of expenses, so that there is no shortage of quick cash any time in the US.
Many websites offer online tools that will, for a fee, evaluate your visa application package, help you put together your information, and even provide mock interviews. There are also face-to-face advisory sessions available. It is always preferable to go in for an approved consultant and do your basic research.
Having relatives living in the US is often the reason why people on temporary US visas may try to stay back there. So the visa officers gauge the possibility that an applicant might decide to stay back in the US after their graduation by asking, “Do you have relatives in the US?” If you do have relatives in the US, you may try to convince the officer that your family in India is well-to-do and is happily settled in India. The applicants are also like to say that Indian economy has been on the upswing and provides them good career options.
You will do well to be very particular about creating the ‘financial document summary’ that will further help the visa officer in evaluating your and your sponsor’s financial health. Another important point is to make sure that you arrange for funds that can cover your finances for at least 1.5 times of total expenses mentioned in the I-20 (invitation for enrolment) letter.
Questions in a nutshell
Why choose the particular country and why that specific university?
If there is no scholarship, who is sponsoring you financially?
Do you have relatives in the USA?
Will you immigrate to the US, given a chance?
Why would you come back after your education?
How will you pay back your loans, if any?
Does your degree have substantial job opportunities in the USA?
Needless to say that it’s advisable for you to greet the visa officer with a smile and not overdo things by wearing very formal clothes and affecting an American accent. Being honest is the best route to get that elusive visa!
Suruchi Wagah is Founder, Next Leap.
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I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?
Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.
Is there any age limit to take admission into Ph.D in USA?
The age limit which almost every University demands is 35 years. If anybody is above that they can might miss the chance to get enroll theirselves for phd.
This age is decided because phd is all about researching and writing ,they usually demand people who is also iinvolved in academics and departmental works.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?
Well I guess they are because they get very good six figure salary and have a great job security although it's stressing but still they like their job cause they got into it knowing the stress it may carry. Neurosurgery is very much in demand and is a very great speciality in medical field.
I hope my answer helps.
All the best.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in New York?
It will all depend upon the lifestyle and the office hours you put in the work. The number of opd days, OT days and the visit to the wards for rounds. It all affect the free time period for a doctor. In USA,you have to pay tax for the services thus it can be little less than what you make in india
Are US Neurosurgeons rich enough to live a comfortable life in the United States?
It will totally depend where are you working and what are you getting paid.
As US is anyways costly ,there lifestyle tends to change.Neurosurgeons in Us are paid according to their qualification as well as where they work
According to research
The average income for a neurosurgeon is $775,968
The middle range income is approx $704,170
the lowest paid are $350,000
And the top 10 % of the neurosurgeon get a pay of $1,229,881 per year!
So it totally depends upon your qualification and the place you work if you can have a comfortable life or not