Credibility Interviews

The Home Office has announced a scheme that will allow Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) to request an interview with students in order to ascertain that the student's intentions to study in the UK are genuine.

The process is carried out in two stages; students will be given a short interview lasting around 5 minutes at the point when your biometrics are taken. Students may then be called back for a further in-depth interview.

What happens if you are called for an interview?

It is essential that if you are called for interview, you are able to satisfy the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) in the following areas. (This is not a complete list and is only intended as a guide. You can be questioned regarding any aspect of your background or study plans):

  • Ability to speak English (regardless of IELTS score)
  • Knowledge of intended course of study/Coventry University
  • Academic/Employment background
  • Future Plans
  • Finances

If you are called to interview you must attend. Remember to prepare carefully and request a transcript at your interview appointment.

During your application process please ensure that you check your junk mail as this could be an email from the Home Office asking you to attend an interview. If you fail to attend an interview your application could be refused automatically.

Further assistance

Finally if you have been called for a further interview, do not panic. Take the time to read Coventry University’s guidance regarding credibility interviews.

You can also contact the International Student Support team at for more advice about how to prepare.

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