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Do's and Don'ts at Your Consulate Interview

Do's and Don'ts at Your Consulate Interview

At your consulate interview for your F-1 Student Visa, here are some do’s and don’ts:


  • Bring all the necessary documents like the appointment letter and you may want to bring any other relevant documents with you.

  • Support your answers with documents: You will be more persuasive if you provide supporting documentation to your interview. For example, if you state that you will be able to financially support yourself, then present your pay stubs and bank statements at that moment.

  • Be honest: Note that most of your information is in their system already, so you want to be honest with them about your immigration and personal background. For example, if they ask if you’ve been rejected before for a student visa, then you should tell them that you have.

  • Be professional: You should wear professional attire, get there early, and treat the consular officer with respect

  • Listen to the question carefully and respond accurately. For example, if the consular officer asks you to how your father will financially support you, then don’t explain how your mother will.

  • Ask the consular officer to repeat questions you don’t understand.


  • Talk too much: Listen to the question the consular officer asks you and concisely answer it. You don’t need to answer all the questions in too much detail.

  • Lie: You shouldn’t lie about anything especially about your past immigration experience to the US.

  • Argue with the consular officer: If you disagree with something the consular officer says respectfully say why in a calm tone and present evidence supporting your view.

  • Get there late


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