Top 5 Finance Related Questions to Expect on F1 Visa Interview

Undeniably, one of most important questions to encounter during an F1 visa interview will be related to finance. It can be challenging to convince the visa officer that you are financially capable of supporting yourself during your stay in the US for education, food and all other expenses.

When students are unable to prove that they can support financially during their stay in the US, their visa can be rejected. They do not want you to go to the States with insufficient funds and face trouble there.

So, here are the five commonly asked questions during an F1 visa interview and what you should keep in mind when answering:

Who is going to Sponsor Your Studies?

The visa officer is looking to double-check the information you have provided regarding your financial sponsors. It is outlined on your I-20 form whether you are covering the expenses through a scholarship or by means of family funds.

Tip:

You should honestly tell the officer the list of ALL people or sponsors who are helping to fund your education and stay in the United States.

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Are you taking an Educational Loan or Do you have a Scholarships?

If you are taking a loan from someone, who can be a sponsor, a bank or a relative, you should tell honestly who it is and how much you are taking. In the case of a scholarship, you should mention who is providing you with this scholarship money and why are they doing so.

Tip:

You can mention if the institution giving you scholarship that generally helps students with higher studies, or if it’s a company that wants you to work for them once you have completed your Master’s.

What is your Father’s Annual Income?

This question helps the officer to decide how heavily you depend on your family for finance and gives perspective to how well-off you are. You must explain in terms of how much he earns per year based on his paycheck and his tax returns. Clearly state his profession and how much he makes, including what he can contribute to your education.

Tip:

If the income is not that much, it may cause the officer to deny giving you a visa, deeming your finances insufficient. Hence, you must make sure you have other means of supporting the required amount for your educational expenses.

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Your Father’s income does not seem enough to be able to support you, how do you plan to overcome that?

As mentioned, you may be denied a visa if the income seems insufficient. Which is why you should have already devised a financial plan that includes other sponsors and contributors as well.

You can state in your answer how your mother, or siblings work as well and are willing to put in funds for your studies. You should state clearly their profession as well and how much they earn per year and can put in for your studies.

Tip:

Make sure the total funds and scholarships that you have collected are enough to afford your stay in the States for the required length of time.

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Can I see your Bank Statements? 
The visa officer will ask you for documents related to your finances to confirm what you tell him. You should keep your bank statements, latest transactions receipts, passbooks, scholarship affirmations and other related documents handy so you can show to the visa officer. Be truthful and mention only and all transactions present in proof.
 
Tip:

Having a series of transactions present in your passbook makes you seem financially capable and also seems more authentic. Always make sure you have all necessary documents that prove what you state in the interview otherwise the officer may not believe you.

Incredible academic abilities are of not much use if you cannot prove yourself to be financially capable. So keep these tips in mind. Good luck!

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