Tips for a Successful Interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate:
Anticipate that the interview will be conducted in English.
Interviews are generally very brief.
Keep answers to the officer?s questions short, but to the point.
Organize your supporting documentation so that it can be logically presented without hesitation or fumbling through a briefcase.
Do not take family members or friends with you to the interview.
Maintain a positive attitude: be friendly, courteous and confident that you will receive the visa.
Be prepared to discuss what you expect to get out of your education.
Share information about your academic achievements, thus far, in your own country.
Be sure to mention if any family members completed his/her higher education in the U.S., and have now returned to your country.
Be aware that F-2 dependents cannot, under any circumstance, be employed in the U.S. J-2 dependents can apply for work permission, but income cannot be used to support J-1 student. You must show sufficient financial resources to support dependents.
Be prepared to discuss family, business or social ties you will be maintaining in your own country.
If you are married, especially with children, and your family is remaining behind in your own country, be prepared to address how they will support themselves in your absence.
Be prepared to show evidence that sufficient financial resources (at least equal to the amount indicated on the I-20 or DS2019) are readily available for your support.