Are you looking for some last minute prep for your student visa interview? Here goes a quick list of top 6 interview tips that will come handy for obtaining a student visa to Canada.
1. Get your Documents in Place
You will get a list of documents to bring along to the visa office on the day of the interview. Go through it thoroughly to make sure you forget nothing, for, even the smallest mistake can cost you heavily. Besides all the mandatory documents, you may like to gather all necessary documents that prove your stakes in returning to India after your education.
2. Make a Conscious Effort to be 100% Honest – Leave no Ambiguity
Visa Officers are experts at detecting lies. Be honest in all your answers. It helps to be succinct during the interview – keep your answers short and accurate. Even the slightest ambiguity can result in a failed application. Don’t give a wrong or an ambiguous answer even by mistake – if there is something you do not understand in the question, politely ask them to rephrase it – but do not risk giving an incorrect response based on limited understanding of the question itself.
3. Be Well Prepared with Information about Your Course and University
This will help you answer the visa officer’s questions on why you wish to study in Canada. Your answer should reflect your focus on quality education and cultural exposure alone, and not on finding work in Canada. Talk about how your chosen course will help you hone your skills and how you will be able to use them when you get back home to India.
4. Have an Answer to why You Cannot Study the Same Subject in India
Better research facilities, more cultural exposure and networking opportunities, more refined course strategy or unavailability of the same course in India – whatever be your reason for opting to study in Canada, prepare to explain it well. Back up your answer with tangible data, and use technical words to convince the interviewer of your case for studying in Canada.
5. Be Clear about Funding and Sponsorship
Visa regulations demand that a student going to Canada for the purpose of getting an education be capable of funding his/her tuition and living expenses without a pressing need for seeking part-time employment. Be ready to explain all the sources of your funds if you are self-sponsored; if a parent or guardian is going to be sponsoring you, furnish the officer with all the necessary details. In case you are getting a fee waiver or a scholarship, you could probably face a question on how much and exactly why you are getting it – therefore, organize the reasons in your head before you head to the interview.
6. Remember the Exact Dates of Your Last Visit to Canada, if Applicable
If you have been to Canada before, the interviewer may ask you about your trip. You should ideally remember your exact arrival and departure dates besides the purpose of visit.