Frequently Asked Questions in Canadian Student Visa Interviews

Canada has become one of the favorite destinations for students all over the world. The quality of education and the range of opportunities that Canada offers are the main reasons why students are choosing Canada for their international education. Like all the other countries, Canada also has a set of rules and procedures when it comes to granting student visa. The visa interview is a daunting yet simple process that the students need to clear to get the visa. Practicing interview questions beforehand can help students ace the interview without any hassle. 

The usual questions asked in the interview will revolve around the choice of university, why Canada, study plan, etc. 

Here are some of the most common interview questions that are asked to students during their Canadian visa interview. 

Frequently Asked Questions in Canadian Student Visa Interviews

1. How are you doing?

This will possibly be the first question asked as the student enters the hall. The question is to make sure that the interviewee feels comfortable and to help them feel less nervous for the interview. It doesn’t mean that the answer to this question can be lousy, they evaluate your string from the time you enter the space, so make sure to answer succinctly and exactly.

2. Have you been to Canada before?

The answer should be a simple yes or no. If the answer is yes, then you will have to mention the time you visited the country, as well as the purpose of the visit and the extent of your visit.

3. Why Canada? 

Another common question that interviewers ask the students is about the reason why they chose Canada. Make sure to be as unique and well-researched as possible. The question will require you to have a deeper understanding of Canada and the university you are applying to. You have to be very clear about your reasons for choosing a Canadian university over an institution in your home country. The quality of education and the faculty can be mentioned here.

4. Why are you choosing this particular university?

The answer to this question should be precise and relevant. And to answer this question, make sure to learn and understand the features of the course and the benefits of earning a degree from that particular university or college. You can also mention the ranking of the college in any of the international journals and publications. You can also mention the exclusive electives that the university offers, if any.

5. Which program are you joining?

The brochure of the program has to be read, and important points like the start and end dates of the program should be communicated when this question is asked. The program's curriculum and how it will help you advance your career should be clearly stated. The personal thoughts on why you have chosen the program need to be articulated before so that you don’t unnecessarily pause and drag the answer. 

6. Do you know any of the faculties at your college or the program that you are joining?

This question also has to be started with yes or no. If the answer is yes, then you need to tell the professor’s name, how you know him, and if you are related. If the answer is no, then you can say that you have done research on the faculties and are very aware of how the faculties of your college stand out. 

7. Did you get any scholarships?

If yes, then mention the scholarship and its name. You also have to communicate about the scholarship amount that you have received. The benefits of the scholarship, if any, apart from the monetary benefits, have to be discussed in the interview. If you have not received any scholarships, make sure that you convey to them that you are trying hard to get one.

8. What are the other tests that you have appeared in?

In this question, they are talking about the language tests or any other entrance tests that you have cleared to apply for getting admitted to a college or university. Tests and scores have to be indicated to the interviewer. The scores of the GMAT or GRE and the scores of language tests like TOEFL, IELTS, OET, etc. If you haven’t received the results yet, make sure that you tell them that you are awaiting the results. 

9. Who will cover the study costs?

The source through which your fees for the program and your living expenses are paid has to be mentioned here. Details about the educational loan or whether financial assistance is provided by parents must be stated clearly. Do not try to bluff or pass irrelevant information, as the documents will be checked thoroughly, and if the answers are not matching, it might lead to the rejection of the application.

10. Where will you be staying in Canada?

The details of the accommodations have to be communicated at this stage. This should be discussed, whether you have college-provided housing or are staying with family or friends. 

11. What do your father and mother do for a living?

The answer will include a good overview of the occupations of both your father and mother. The relevance of this question is to confirm that they are financially stable and will be able to provide you with financial support.

12. Where do you live in the country?

Here, you need to provide the exact address of your home. Also, mention that you are going to miss your country and will return right after the course. The scope of the degree in your home country can also be communicated, if they ask.

13. Where did you study in India?

The educational background can be talked about here. Your previous college and school information can be indicated. The name of the degree, duration of study, and location in India are some hints to the answer that you can give. 

Understanding your motive and how invested you are in study in Canada is the foundation of all these questions. If you are clear on your goals, then these questions will not be a challenge and will help you easily glide through the entire interview process. Being precise and to the point will help you perform well in your visa interview.

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