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How to clear your Canadian study permit interview

Learn the necessary information needed to clear your Canada study permit interview.

In this article:

What is a Canada study permit visa interview?

Visa interviews are not mandatory for obtaining a Canadian study permit. After reviewing your application, the visa officer will decide if he/she wants to conduct an interview before authorising your study permit. You will be informed in advance if you need to come in for the interview. Typically, they will ask you to clarify a few things you mentioned in your study permit application.

What is asked in a Canada study permit visa interview?

Since the visa officer will ask questions clarifying the things you mentioned in your study permit application, the questions will typically be about your background and future plans. 

Types of questions

Study plans:

  • Why do you want to study in Canada?
  • Why and how did you choose this university?
  • What is the specialisation of your degree, and how do you think this will help you?
  • What are your future plans after finishing your degree?
  • Do you plan to work while studying?

Qualifications:

  • Tell us about your educational qualifications.
  • How good are your English language communication skills?
  • What are your GRE/TOEFL scores? Are you satisfied with them?
  • Do you have prior experience studying abroad? How will you handle assimilating to the new culture?
  • Have you received a scholarship to study here? 

Personal/Financial:

  • What is your current source of income?
  • What is the estimated cost of the course you plan to do in Canada?
  • How are you going to support yourself financially while studying in Canada?
  • Is your current employer sponsoring you to study?
  • What do your parents do? What is their annual income?

Tips to prepare and ace your Canada study permit interview:

  • Read through your application and be sure of all the information you have mentioned there.
  • Research and have the necessary information about Canada, the city, the university, and the course of your choice.
  • Go through your financial plans, budget, and estimated expenses.
  • Work on your English language communication skills. You can start by talking to your friends and family in English and watching Canadian films/series.
  • Practise. Try answering the sample questions mentioned above in front of a mirror. Notice your body language and work on it. Practice with mock interviews at home. Ask one of your family members to be the visa interviewer and answer their questions.
  • Dress to look neat and smart. Wear professional clothes to set a good impression.
  • Be punctual. Many students like yourself will most likely have their interviews on the same day. If you are late, you will give a negative impression from the start, and your interview might be rushed.
  • Walk-in with confidence and greet the visa officer with a smile. This way, you can start the interview on a positive note.
  • Pay attention to the questions and answer with brief and straightforward answers. This part will be easier if you practise in advance.
  • Be honest. Remember that the purpose of the interview is just to check if your intentions to study abroad are genuine. You don’t have to lie if you do not know the answer to a question. Also, remember that the visa officer will have the experience to find out if you are lying.

Finally - be yourself! Talk about your life and admissions genuinely and maintain professional decorum, and you will be fine.