Dr. David K Pillai Answers FAQ about Student Visa Interview
Are you preparing to fly to the Philippines for studying MBBS? Is your student visa interview for Philippines upcoming? Well, this interview is an important phase which often proves intimidating to the aspirants. Post clearing it successfully, they shall receive a valid visa from the Philippines embassy at their home country. Hence, to ease this stress, Dr. David K Pillai has answered some of the FAQ about student visa interview.
Being the chairman of Kings International Medical Academy, Dr. David K Pillai is the best person to guide the young aspirants. He has pioneered in transforming the medical education scenario in India, making it highly affordable for middle-class families. The leader has also facilitated the study of medicine in Philippines, one of the top destinations for MBBS, at low cost by collaborating Kings International Medical Academy with Davao Medical School Foundation, Philippines.
Hence, to ensure to ace the Philippines visa interview, get your queries answered by the renowned educationist, Dr. David K Pillai.
FAQ about Student Visa Interview
1. What is the correct way to introduce before a visa official?
As you walk in smartly, wear a smile on your face and take a seat once you are asked to. Greet the officials with good morning or good afternoon, and then introduce yourself by starting with “Hi! My name is …….” Next, mention your place of residence, educational details and your inspiration behind this career choice. Make sure to detail about your family only when necessary.
2. Is a handshake allowed?
“Yes! Of course,” says Dr. David K Pillai. A firm handshake signifies confidence and allows you to begin the interview on a positive note.
3. How tough is student visa interview for Philippines?
It’s not tough at all if you are well-prepared and confident.
At Kings International Medical Academy, students are trained meticulously through regular mock tests which prepare them for the interview well before the actual one. Hence, it helps ease their stress and keeps them confident when facing the Philippines visa officers.
4. How should a candidate answer the questions?
According to Dr. David K Pillai, “Candidates must pay attention to what the interviewer asks and answer to the point. While they can speak in a conversational way, straying away from the actual question might leave a negative impression.”
5. What should you do if you are unable to understand the interviewer’s questions?
In case you struggle to understand the interviewer, do not hesitate to let him/her know about it. You can be direct.
Suppose the interviewer is too fast for you to understand, politely say, “Could you please talk a bit slowly?”
Again, if you are unable to understand any question, you can request, “Can you kindly rephrase the question?” or “Can you please repeat what you said?”
Also, frankly inform the official if you don’t know answer to any question. Bluffing is certainly not an appreciable behaviour.
6. How long the interview session continue?
A Philippines student visa interview can last for 15 to up to 30 minutes.
7. What type of questions does the officials ask during the interview?
Philippines student visa officials typically ask questions about your choice of university, study plans, financial status, academic capability, post-graduation plans, employment plans, etc. They will ask how MBBS in Philippines is better than the courses offered in India. You may also have to state your reason for choosing the South Asian country instead of any other country.
8. Which things do officials check while conducting the interview for student visa?
When appearing for the interview, remember that you already have an acceptance letter from Davao Medical School Foundation in Philippines, the institute where you have applied for medical studies. Visa officers check your intentions of travelling to the other country rather than just gather facts from you. So, be yourself and honest. Do not exaggerate or overstate anything about yourself.
9. How can a candidate increase his chances of student visa approval?
- The renowned educationist, Dr. David K Pillai, has highlighted a few ways which can help a student qualify at the interview.
- Talk about strong ties with India and clear your intentions about returning to your home country.
- Practice English conversation extensively as Philippines is largely an English speaking nation.
- Be presentable and learn to speak for yourself. Bringing parents or someone else to speak on your behalf creates a strong negative impression.
- Make sure you are clear about your reasons to choose medicine as your career.
- Highlight education as your main purpose of travelling to the Philippines.
- Maintain a positive attitude always.
10. Can your student visa application get rejected?
Yes! Officials may often reject a student visa application on various grounds, such as:
- Insufficient or inappropriate explanation for one’s reason to study MBBS in Philippines
- Discrepancies in documentation, producing false documents or those in your regional language
- Breaking any visa rule
- Mismatch of information provided
- Sharing unnecessary details with the visa interviewers
- Poor performance during the interview
- Being nervous during the interview
- Having an criminal record
- Inability to communicate clearly with the visa officials at the time of interview.
- Expressing insufficient ties with India and your intention to not return after completion of education
- Unfavourable travel history
Kings International Medical Academy, India’s leading residential coaching institute, provides complete guidance to aspirants who will fly to the Philippines for pursuing MBBS. Starting with visa application to interview till settlement at the foreign land, assistance is offered for everything under the guidance of Dr. David K Pillai.
Recently, respective authorities have opened visa interview process for MBBS aspirants from Kings International Medical Academy who have previously applied to study in the Philippines and waited for almost 2 years due to the pandemic. This has been made possible by Dr. Pillai who stayed in the South Asian country for 2 months and also ensured his students get to resume their studies immediately. Soon, they’ll fly to fulfil their dreams.