Individuals who want to visit Canada to pursue their higher studies are required to obtain the Canada Student Visa. The application requires the applicants to submit the completed application form along with the required documents. Once the application is submitted, the applicant will need to make the payment of the applicable visa fee. After the visa fee is paid, the application requires the applicants to schedule an interview with the Canadian Embassy/Consulate. The visa interview is the final stage of the application process which determines whether the visa is getting approved/rejected.
During the visa interview, the consulate officers will ask questions and verify the details/documents provided by the applicants. Most of these questions are specific to the visa category and the type of visa programme the applicants have applied for.
The following are few of the common questions asked during the student visa interview at the Canadian Embassy/Consulate:
- How are you doing today?
Answer briefly about how you feel. You don’t need to get nervous here since these are few of the common daily-life questions. Say - good, thank you, how about you?
- Have you been to Canada before?
Say yes/no. If your answer is a yes, mention your previous travel and include details such as the purpose of the travel, the duration of stay, etc., if required.
- Why did you choose Canada?
You can mention about your past studies and future study plans in Canada with regard to the purpose of your travel. You may also need to explain why you are unable to find something similar in your own country. You can always highlight the access to world-class teaching facility in Canada as one of the reasons for choosing Canada for higher studies.
- Why did you choose that particular college/university?
Based on your research, you should be able to highlight the advantages of joining that particular college/institute/university. Additionally, you can always highlight the unique advantages of that college.
- Have you applied for any other college/university?
Be truthful and mention briefly about your applications. The Consular Officer may ask further questions to see how determined you are to pursue your higher studies.
- Which program will you be joining and why?
Make sure you are aware of the course/program start and end date. Do your research to understand the importance of the course/programme and highlight the benefits of it. Based on your past studies and experience, and your interest in that particular course/program, you can prepare a statement that describes how this particular program/course will help you build your career.
- Who is going to cover your expenses in Canada?
Depending on whether it is covered by your parents or a bank through a student loan, mention the details of it. This question will also verify the details provided by you the visa application form.
- Where did you study in India?
You need to mention the college/institution and city from where you completed your undergraduate course.
- What does your father/mother do?
Mention the occupation of your father/mother. The Officer may ask further questions to check the income status of your parents.
- Are you traveling with someone or alone?
Depending on your situation, answer this question with confidence and if possible, add the reason to it.
- Do you have any relatives/friends in Canada?
Answer in a yes/no. If you have relatives, mention your relationship with them. If your answer is no, make sure you answer without any hesitation and show your eagerness to meet new people and make them your friends and family in Canada.
- Where do you stay in India?<
Mention the name of the place and also express how much you would like to come back once the course/program is completed.
- Where will you be staying in Canada?
You can provide the address of your stay and mention whether it is a temporary arrangement or if you plan on living there until the end of your course/program.
- Do you plan to work in Canada?
If your visa allows you to work while studying, express your desire to work there to boost your career or to support yourself, however, if your visa doesn’t allow you to work in Canada, inform the Officer that you have no intentions of working in Canada and would like to return once the course/program is completed.
The Consular Officer may ask further questions based on the applicant’s profile. Questions pertaining to the duration of the stay, college/university are specific to the course/program. Just make sure that you are confident and truthful while answering the questions.
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