Indian students who want to visit New Zealand to pursue their higher studies are required to apply for the NZ Student Visa. The application process requires the applicants to submit the completed application form along with the necessary documents. Once the visa fee is paid, it will allow the applicant to schedule a visa interview with the New Zealand Embassy/Consulate.
The visa interview is the last stage of the application process where one of the Consular Officers will ask questions to assess the applications. Based on the details/documents provided by the applicants, the Office will ask questions to determine whether the applicant qualifies for the visa.
Follow are few of the common NZ Student Visa interview questions:
Where did you study in India?
Mention the name of the college/institute and the city from where you completed your undergraduate program.
Why did you choose New Zealand?
Start highlighting the benefits and advantages of studying at that particular college/university in New Zealand and how it is going to benefit your future plans and career.
Do you have any relatives or friends in NZ?
If you have any relatives, mention your relationship with them. If you have any friends, mention how you know them and for how long. If you do not know anyone in NZ, don't hesitate to mention.
Have you visited NZ earlier?
Based on your situation, answer Yes/No. If you have visited earlier, say yes and provide a brief explanation of the nature of your visit, duration of stay, etc. The Officer may ask additional questions.
Why did you choose that particular college/university?
Explain why you have applied for a specific college/university. Go through the website of the college/university to understand the benefits of joining that course/program and highlight the benefits when asked by the Officer.
Have you applied for any other college/university?
Answer Yes/No and provide a brief explanation to support your decision.
Where do you stay in India?
Mention the name of your city/town followed by the address, if required.
If your visa is approved, where will you be staying in NZ?
Mention the address as per the visa application form completed by you.
Tell me more about your course?
The Officer may ask questions pertaining to the course content, commencement and end date, course fee, etc. Make sure you answer these questions with confidence.
Who will cover your course/program and travel expenses?
Whether your parents are covering your expenses or a bank through a student's loan, you will need to submit the necessary documents (proof of sufficient funds) to support your claim.
Are you planning to work in the NZ?
If your visa allows to work either on or off campus, mention your desire to work, however, if your visa doesn't allow you to work in NZ, refrain from saying yes. Instead, stress on your ties to your native country and mention your plans to come back to India after the course/program is completed.
What does your father/mother do?
Mention their occupations. The officer may ask additional questions to check the annual income, etc. to ensure your travel expenses are taken care of.
The Consular Officer may ask more questions to assess your profile and also to check if you qualify for the program. Depending on your location and the NZ Embassy/Consulate, make sure you arrive before the scheduled interview time. You will need to go through security checks and a queue before you appear for the visa interview.
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