The student visa process can be a daunting prospect for international students. Most challenging of all, is often the interview with an immigration official; whether it be over-the-phone or face-to-face.
The following interview tips will help you to confidently prepare for – and carry out – a successful visa interview.
(1) Understand the Purpose of the Interview
The Immigration Official’s objective is two-fold.
- A decision must be made as to whether you are a genuine student and
- If you have sufficient funds to enable your stay in Australia
To determine this she will want to know:
(a) If the study programme that you intend to undertake is similar to one that you have already undertaken
(b) If you have enough money to cover your expenses while studying in Australia
(c) If your academic background, your work experience and your previous studies match your desired area of study
If you are prepared to show the interviewer your financial situation through:
- bank statements
- other form of semi-liquid assets
You will be at a significant advantage. You should be capable of showing a bank balance that will support you for a minimum of six months. Also, be prepared to prove that your purpose for studying in Australia is genuine and is a natural extension of your previous course of work and study.
(2) Project Confidence
Part of the interviewer’s role is assessing whether you have the confidence to be able to function successfully as a student in Australia. Here is where nerves can work against you.
If you are anxious, your natural confidence may be hidden, and you may fumble when answering questions and appear generally incompetent. If you are feeling uneasy about the interview, consult a counsellor who can coach you through the process and carry out mock interviews with you.
(3) Be Ready to Explain Why You Have Chosen Australia:
The interviewer will question you as to why you have selected Australia for your chosen study destination. Prepare this answer beforehand, focusing on the quality of:
- relaxed culture
(4) Carefully Prepare Your Statement of Purpose
The immigration official will generate many of the questions for the interview from the Statement of Purpose that accompanied your visa application. Make sure that you prepare this document carefully.
Keep in mind the necessity of proving that you genuinely intend to study in Australia and that you intend to return to your home country to utilize the skills obtained in Australia for your future career advancement.
(5) Prepare a List of Anticipated Questions
Go into the interview with half-a-dozen well-rehearsed answers to questions most likely to be asked of you.
Have your answers practiced and ready to go. If you are not confident with conversational English, pay for a couple of sessions with an immigration consultant, who can provide guidance and training.
Common Visa Interview Questions
- Why have you chosen to study in Australia?
- What do you intend to do for work in Australia?
- Are you in a relationship? How long-standing is the relationship?
- What would happen if your Visa got refused?
- Why are you applying to this particular University?
- What are you planning to do once your period of study in Australia has ended?