What is a Credibility Interview?

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) implemented credibility interviews to make sure that only "genuine students" are granted a Student Visa to study in the UK. A credibility interview may be required of you as a part of your visa application.

The credibility interview is a crucial step in the visa application process and can mean the difference between a visa being approved or denied. This is true of all the documents you present, including those proving that you have had enough money on hand for the necessary amount of time.

The UKVI generally considers the following factors when determining whether a visa application is a legitimate student:

  • The educational background, future ambitions, and objectives of the student.
  • The financial and personal conditions of the student.
  • The circumstances of the student's dependents will also be taken into account if they plan to travel to the UK with them.
  • The student's justifications for visiting the UK.

A significant financial investment and a substantial decision are required to study in the UK. The interviewer wants you to be able to clearly describe why you chose the programme you did, why you decided to come to the UK, and how you came to that conclusion after conducting extensive research.