Travel and Visa / Preparing for Visa Interview
F-1 Visa applicants who receive their I-20 from a U.S. university or academic program have to interview with a consular officer before they receive their visa.
During the few minutes of the interview, as an F-1 Visa applicant, you must explain how you will pay for school costs and living expenses. You also have to prove that you will not become an immigrant, but are going to return to the home country after studying in the U.S. If you cannot prove this, the consular officer is required to refuse the visa.
It is your responsibility to show:
"Ties" are the various relationships or possessions that bind you to your home country: owning property, having a bank account, having a job, having a husband or wife, and having other close family members or friends are some examples of why you would want to return home.
In cases of younger applicants who may not have had an opportunity to form many ties, consular officers may look at the applicant’s educational goals, long-range career plans and employment prospects within his or her home country.
Consular officers must decide in a very short time if you are qualified to receive a visa. Most cases are decided after a brief interview and review of whatever evidence of ties you present. An officer might also ask you other questions as well.