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Ten Tips to Prepare for a Visa Interview

1. Prove Ties to Your Home Country
  • Provide proof of plans to return to your home country.
  • Explain the benefit of your academic program to your home country.
  • Prove ties with family or other relationships.
  • Explain previous overstays in the U.S. clearly with documentation.
 2. Practice English for Interview
  • Practice English conversation.
  • Explain enrollment in the Intensive English Program.
3. Speak for Yourself
  • Do not bring parents or family members with you to the interview.
  • Be prepared to speak for yourself.
4. Be Brief
  • First impressions are very important as the interview may only last one minute.
  • Keep answers short and to the point.
  • Assure the consular officer that your main purpose for coming to the U.S. is to study.
5. Know Information about Why you Want to Attend DBU
  • DBU is a Christian University, which emphasizes discipline and good morals. Most parents feel comfortable sending their children to DBU (even if they are not Christians).
  • DBU is fully accredited to offer undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.
  • DBU has a low student to faculty ratio of 14:1 with more personalized attention in class.
  • DBU classes are available throughout the year including during vacations, which gives students an opportunity to finish their degree early and return back to their country.
  • DBU has on-campus dorms and apartments and is one of the safest campuses in the U.S.
  • DBU costs less than most other 4-year private U.S. Universities. This will ease the burden on your sponsor.
  • DBU is located in Dallas. The weather is suitable with moderate winters and dry summers.
6. Prepare Documents
  • Review documents thoroughly and have them neatly organized.
  • Provide brief explanations only.
7. Know Home Country Regulations
  • Understand the economic problems and conditions of your home country.
  • Research the visa procedures of your home country.
  • Know your future career/job plans upon returning to your home country.
8. Maintain a Positive Attitude
  • Be confident, be prepared, speak clearly and give short answers.
9. Answer Dependent Issues
  • If your spouse and family are remaining in your home country, explain how they will support themselves in your absence.
  • If your family does decide to join you at a later time, have them apply at the same post where you applied for your visa.
  • If your spouse is applying for an F-2, realize that dependents cannot under any circumstance be employed in the United States.
10. Denials
  • Do not engage the consular officer in an argument.
  • Ask the officer for a list of documents they would suggest you bring in order to reevaluate the refusal. For more information, click here.
  • Obtain the reason you were denied in writing.
  • Make an appointment for reapplication.
  • Contact DBU immediately.


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