You are advised to consider the following matters prior
to your visa appointment, as you may be asked about each item.
Be definite and clear about your educational plans. You
should be able to explain precisely what you wish to study and why you chose
Salve Regina for your education. Be especially prepared to explain your reasons
for studying in the United States rather than your country.
Anticipate that the visa interview will be conducted in
English. Do not bring your parents or other family members with you to the visa
interview. You will create a negative impression if you are not prepared to
speak on your own behalf.
Ties to your home country
Demonstrate convincing reasons for consular officials to
believe that you intend to return home after studies in the United States.
Emphasize ties to your home country such as employment, family obligations,
bank accounts, family members at home, property or investments that you own or
will inherit, and clear explanations of how you plan to use your education to
help your country or pursue a career when you return home.
Be prepared to prove financial ability to pay for your
education and living expenses. While some students work part time during their
studies, such employment is incidental to their main purpose of completing
their education. You must show the consular officer that you have the annual
amount in U.S. dollars listed on your I-20. Your financial evidence should be
in the form of bank statements, affidavits of support, scholarship award
Because of the volume of visa applications, consular
officials are under considerable pressure to conduct a quick and efficient
interview. For the most part, they must make a decision on the impression they
form during the first minute or two of the interview. Consequently, what you
say first and the initial impression you create are critical to your success.
Keep your answers short and to the point.
Not all countries are the same
Applicants from countries suffering economic problems or
from countries where many students have remained in the United States as
immigrants will have more difficulty getting visas. Statistically, applicants
from these countries are more likely to be intending immigrants. They are also
more likely to be asked about job opportunities in the United States.
Dependents remaining at home
If you have a spouse and/or children remaining
behind in your home country, be prepared to address how they will support
themselves in your absence. This can be an especially tricky area if you are
the primary source of income for your family. If the consular official gains
the impression that your family members will need you to remit money from the
United States in order to support them, your student visa will almost surely be