Interview Tips

Tips to crack the Immigration Interview:
Under the new regulations, selection standards are more objective and clearly defined. It is expected that in most cases visa officers will be able to make a decision to approve or refuse an application based on the documentation provided by the applicant without a selection interview.

However, in some cases, an interview may be necessary for a number of reasons. Especially, if you do not meet the pass mark in effect and are applying under "Substitute Evaluation", you are more likely to be called in for an interview to decide if there are reasonable grounds to exercise positive discretion.

The following are some of the important questions that the ambassador asks during the interview for the student visa

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The following are some of the important questions that the ambassador asks during the interview for the student visa
  • Why did you choose this university and how did you find it?
  • Why did you select Canada for higher studies? Isn’t this course offered by any university or college in your country?
  • Why did you select this course? Is it relevant to your previous studies?
  • Can you tell me the location of the university/college?
  • What is the scope of your course?
  • What is the course structure?
  • Do you intend to work in Canada after completion of your studies?
  • What do you intend to do after completion of your studies?
  • What are your future plans?
  • What benefit will this course bring to you?
  • How much money can you earn after your completion of studies?
  • Who all are earning members in your Family?
  • What is the course commencement date?
  • What will be the total cost of studies per year?
  • Have you researched your career prospects?

Tip: You should go through the website and handbook of your university or college carefully. Pen down some highlighted features such as World ranking, the research facility, the faculty profile, Alumni profile etc. Visa officer wants to know the reason behind joining the particular University or college. You should also mention the reason how you learned about the university or college.

Tip: You should mention the quality of education in Canada. If the course is not available in your home country, you can tell the Visa Officer that it is not offered in your country. If the same course is available in your country, highlight the differences in the quality of education and the course structure in your country and Canada. You should convince the Visa Officer that doing this course from Canada will add value to your profile.

Tip: You should be very clear about your future plans after doing this course. Prepare a good statement mentioning about: How course is relevant to your previous degree, how this course adds value to you profile, why you are interested in doing this course etc.

Tip: You should do some research on your university/college before visa interview. You should know its exact location and the location of different campus as well (if any). Location might be one of the reasons that you selected this particular university/college, so make sure that you know its exact location.

Tip: Prepare a good statement mentioning about: How this course adds value to your profile and how this course will benefit you when you return to home country after completing your studies.

Tip: Visa Officer wants to know if you are well aware about the course. Go to the graduate school website and find out the course structure (Semesters and subjects) of your program.

Tip: Visa officer wants to know your intentions weather you have plans to return to your home country after completing your studies or not.. You should read the immigration policies carefully on Embassy website.

Tip: Visa Officer wants to know your future plans and your approach towards our career and seriousness towards it. Most of the students in interview show strong ties to home country and family.

Tip: Your answers should reflect clarity of thought, clarity of your intentions and strong ties to your home country.

Tip: You should be clear about the benefits that the course would give you, mention that your profile will be good enough to get you a good opportunities in home country once you do your course. Mention how your home country is growing and how you want to be a part of that growth. State some technical words expressing the advancements in your field.

Tip: Since you intend to return to home country, so you should mention the amount in your local currency. Be authentic and realistic and don’t mention any unrealistic figure. Do some research on how much an Alumnus of your University is earning and what is the average salary package in an industry you are targeting to work.

Tip: Visa officer wants to know if you have a strong financial background. Mention your Father, Mother, brother who all are earning.

Tip: You should remember the exact dates. Please read your offer letter and broacher carefully before Visa interview.

Tip: You should be well aware of your tuition fees and other expenses and how they will be met. Mention the tuition fees and the living expenses.

Tip: Your answer should reflect clarity of thought, clarity of your intentions, and strong ties to your home country.