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5 reasons why your student visa will be rejected

April 14, 2014 15:13 IST

Image: You must be able to establish your purpose and intent of travelling abroad.
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Be watchful about what you say in the visa interview for it could be held against you. 

Your higher study dreams can come crashing down on your face if you are not amply prepared for your visa interview.

There is nothing more disappointing than getting your visa rejected even after having secured I-20 from a much sought-after college.

Every visa category has some underlying eligibility criteria set forth by the consulate / embassy and your interviewer would want you to establish them during the interview.

While your luck may have a miniscule role to play in the whole process, you must not leave any stone unturned.

So what can be the probable reasons why the officer may possibly turn down your application? Read on...

1. No intention of returning to your home country

If the visa officer/s have a slightest inkling that you do not have any intention of returning to your home country, it becomes a very strong ground for visa rejection.

You must be prepared to prove your strong roots in India in the way of strong family ties, businesses or immovable property.

The visa officer wants an assurance that there is something strong that binds you to your home country and that you are travelling abroad for education purposes only.


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2. Financial inadequacy

Image: Your financial health is crucial for granting you a visa.
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Your academic credentials, unluckily, is not the lone deciding factor for you to get a visa.

The visa officer would want to make sure that you have sufficient funds to sponsor your education and living expenses for the intended period of stay before issuing a visa.

If the financial documents fail to convince them of your financial eligibility, this again becomes a pretext for visa denial.

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3. Lousy conduct and meek body language

Image: Punctuality and proper dress code helps you score in the interview.
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You have too much at stake to be casual during your visa interview.

Arriving late for your visa interview is a slip-up as Americans always like to be punctual.

The way your dress again speaks volumes about your attitude.

Dressing up very casually is something that does not go down well with the visa officers and can displease him/her.

Another thing they care a lot about is your body language.

They expect you to come across as self-assured, well-bred and well-mannered individual and if you look nervous or under confident, you are going to get yourself into hot waters.

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4. Incorrect information

Image: Avoid sharing incorrect or false information with the visa officer.
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Lying to the visa officer is perhaps the last thing that you would want to do in a visa interview.

We strictly warn against furnishing false information or documents to the visa officer.

If caught, you can get even permanently denied entry to the US.

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5. Unimpressive academic credentials and lack of knowledge

Image: Be sure to have all the information before heading to the interview.
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The visa officer wants you to demonstrate your credibility as a good student.

Additionally your English language skills too have to be reasonably good.

Mediocre GPA and bad GRE scores can also become a deterrent to getting F-1 Visa.

If at all you have a backlog, you must be able to justify it.

Moreover, ranking of the school you plan to attend also matters to a certain extent.

Make sure you are well informed about the university you intend to attend and spare no efforts in creating an impressive credential.

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