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USA Visitor Visa Interview Process – Tips to suceed at the tourist visa interview
This document will give you a detailed idea of what to expect at the visa interview and how to prepare for it. This document is composed assuming that the applicants are parents or parents-in-law of persons already in the U.S.
The visa interview has personal and consequently unpredictable factors involved in whether your visa application gets accepted or rejected.
Consular officers would really to see that applicants are honest, stay for the authorized duration, and come back promptly after that. They would not want anyone to stay illegally in the U.S. Even though the U.S. is a country of immigrants, it does not mean that anyone can enter the country for any reason.
Many people do not know the basic rules. Many people are not aware of the penalties for breaking the rules. If you get a business visa, it does not mean you can go to the USA and start your business over there.
If you get a 10-year multiple entry visa, it does not mean that you can stay in the USA for 10 years. A 10-year multiple entry visa means you can go to the U.S. anytime within the next 10 years.
For each visit, your actual stay will be determined by the date stamped in your passport at the port of entry. It is usually for 6 months. You can extend your stay up to another 6 months.
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- Wear formal clothes as if for a formal business meeting. The interviewing officer will always be an American (the interpreter, if required, may be local). If possible, a man should wear a tie. Americans always appreciate formal attire, so they will not find you over-dressed if you wear a tie.
- Arrive early.
You don’t want to miss your interview just because you got stuck in traffic.
- Do not get nervous. Be confident. You will be more confident if you have prepared thoroughly. Smile when you meet the visa officer for the first time. Do not show signs of nervousness, such as flickering eyes or trembling fingers, as that could go against you.
Look into the eyes of the officer while speaking.
- Each candidate should greet the officer with a smile and a “good morning” as soon as you enter the interview booth.
- Each candidate should have a confident posture and look at the interviewing officer straight in the eyes throughout the interview.
- Be confident in your answers, whatever you say. Make short, clear, and to-the-point replies, in a loud and clear voice. Do not tell anything that is irrelevant or not asked. By mistake, you could give some unnecessary information that may lead to your rejection.
- Be polite, do not argue, and do not ask unnecessary or unrelated questions.
Do not unnecessarily elaborate your responses as this may not work in your favor.
- Demonstrate respect in your language even if you do not feel this is being reciprocated.
- Often times you might not understand what the interviewing officer is saying because of his/her American accent and/or the microphone system.
If you do not understand one of their sentences do not feel afraid to say, “Beg your pardon; I did not understand you.” If he/she repeats the question, and you still do not understand, that is not a problem; do not panic. Calmly and confidently say, “Sorry, sir/madam. I still did not understand you.
Could you kindly repeat what you said?”
- If you know English, it is preferable to have the interview in the English so that you and consular officer can understand each other. Interpreters mess up sometimes.
- Consular officers are very smart in their profession.
They can figure out true intentions of applicants most of the time because of their training and experience. Some of them also may even know regional languages.
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- Consular officers are fond of asking “What if…” type questions Some examples are: What would you do if you won the jackpot in a Las Vegas casino? What if someone offers you a job in the U.S. at a very high salary? What if someone offers you a partnership in his business? What if some beautiful woman proposes to you for marriage? Consular officers may ask such questions to scrutinize the applicants. Do not give an answer immediately without thinking through it. If the officer suspects that your intention may be to stay in the U.S. and/or work there, your visa may be rejected. If you give answers, such as I will buy a house in the U.S. and stay there after winning the jackpot, I will accept the job offer or partnership and start working, or get married to the beautiful U.S. citizen girl and settle there, your visa will be rejected. When you are applying for a tourist visa, you are just supposed to tour the country and not just stay in the U.S. forever because of one or another reason.
- Be honest during the interview and while preparing the documents. The consular officer is not your enemy, and they is just doing their duty.
- For every question asked, when you are saying your answer, you should be prepared to simultaneously put forth a document supporting your answer and refer to the document in your answer. E.g. If the interviewer asks you what are your ties in your home country, for which you will return to your home country after your visit, and if one of the components for your answer is that our only grandchild is in the home country, then you should simultaneously present photographs of your grandchild and your family to the interviewer to strengthen your answer.
- The purpose of the tour should be vacationing, visiting friends/family, or any other allowed activities.
- Always reply with correct answers. All data while applying for the visa and details of the answers given in your interview are computerized and maintained. If your visa is rejected once, you cannot be changing your details the next time you go for an interview.
- Your appearance should convey who you are. If you are a student, you should look a student. If you are an executive, you should look an executive. Your body language should convey friendliness, but that you are also serious about your goal.
- Mind your manners and refrain from unnecessary body movement.
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Consular Officer Didn’t Look at Documents
Many people complain that the visa officer neither asked any questions nor looked at any documents and rejected their application, which is not fair at all. It is not that in reality. Visa officers are experts in their profession, and they are appointed in consulates in foreign countries after extensive training.
Due to their vast experience, visa officers, many times, can figure out the true intentions of applicants just by looking at them. They can even figure out whether the information provided in the application and/or documents may be real or falsified. They do not need to talk to applicants in many cases.
You may be surprised to know what things they may know, such as the value of property in a given area, income/income tax ratios, and many other things.
In rare cases, the interviewing officer might say that, “I can grant a visa to only one of you two.” Be prepared for this situation. Ideally, both of you will to travel to the U.S. together, or both of you would to stay back in the home country together.
While one of you would not want to travel alone to the U.S., you might as well take the visa for one person. It is better than having both of your visas rejected. This way at least it will be easier for one of you two to get a visa if/when you apply next time.
Before going to the consulate, decide which one of you should get the visa if this situation occurs, and when the officer asks this question, confidently say, “In that case, you can give the visa to her,” or, “You can give a visa to me.
” Be prepared to give a good reason for the choice made between you two if the officer asks about it.
If You Get the Visa:
Immediately go through all the information on the visa stamp very carefully. Make sure there are no typographical errors in your name, passport, number, date of birth, etc.
written on the visa stamp. If there are any such errors, contact the visa application center to get it corrected.
Even a small error is not tolerable as it can cause trouble later on and should be corrected as soon as possible.
If You Don’t Get the Visa:
- That’s not the end of the world! It doesn’t change anything in life. Things will continue to be as excellent as they were before.
- We did our best. The rejection was solely due to a whim of the interviewing officer.
- We can always apply a second time. That’s something to think about.
The Day of Your Consular Interview for a U.S. Visa
If you are applying for a U.S. visa (immigrant or nonimmigrant) or green card from overseas, you will be expected to attend an interview at a U.S. consulate. The notice will tell you where and when to go for your visa interview.
When to Travel to the U.S. Consulate
If you do not live in the same city as the U.S. embassy or consulate, you will probably want to arrive there at least day in advance–and a few days in immigrant visa (green card) cases, because you will need time to complete your medical exam (at a clinic designated by the consulate) and to get the test results back.
On the day of your interview, it is also best to arrive early, in case of a long line. Do not be surprised if you then have to wait beyond your scheduled appointment time, however. The U.S. consulates often schedule applicants in large batches, telling all the members of each group to show up at the same time.
Who Should Attend the Consular Interview
In many cases when families plan to visit or immigrate to the U.S. together, only spouses and children age 14 and older must attend the visa interview. For children under 14, you might simply need to take their passports and application materials with you when you appear for your interview.
Be sure, however, to check the application procedures at the consulate where you will apply. Some consulates do require the children to appear in person for all types of interview, regardless of age.
Plan for Your Own Safety and Protection
Be careful of the possibility of crime around U.S. embassies and consulates. Local criminals know exactly where the consulates are and they know that many people going for interviews are carrying sizable sums of money.
Take whatever precautions are appropriate in your country.
Watch out for con artists who hang around the consulate, trying to convince applicants that they will not get through the front door unless they hand over some money first.
Upon Entry Into Embassy or Consulate
Here is what will ly happen when you arrive at the embassy or consulate for your interview. First, a clerk will check the packet of forms and other items that you have brought along, to make everything required is there.
Next, a consular officer will meet with you, place you under oath, and review the contents of your application. Many consulates now conduct interviews through bulletproof glass windows that make you feel as if you are in a bank (or a prison).
The officer will probably start by reviewing your forms and documents. He or she may ask you questions that are identical to the ones on your forms. Since you will have reviewed these carefully, this should not be a problem. However, if you can’t remember something, it is much better to say so than to guess at the answer.
What Questions the Consular Officer Might Ask
You will have to answer questions designed to find out whether you really qualify for the visa. The questions will depend on what type of visa you are applying for.
If, for example, you are applying for a student visa, the officer may ask what you plan to do upon graduation, and will want to hear an answer that involves returning to your home country, not remaining in the United States.
For this as for any nonimmigrant (temporary) visa, the officer will ask questions designed to test whether you really plan to return home afterwards, such as:
- “What do you plan to do after you have finished your stay”
- “Do you have a job here (in your home country) that you will come back to?”
- “Do you own a home, and where?” and
- “Where do your closest family members (parents, spouse, and children) live?”
If you are applying for a fiancé visa (K-1) or a marriage-based visa, the officer will attempt to test whether your marriage or intended marriage is the real thing. He or she will probably start by asking general questions, such as how you and your U.S.
citizen fiancé or spouse met, when you decided to get married, and other facts regarding your visits or correspondence.If the two of you have already married, the officer may ask things how many guests attended the ceremony and how you have visited or corresponded with one another since then (if living apart).
If everything looks to be in order, the officer may ask only two or three questions—but can always ask more. If you have children in common, the officer is much less ly to question whether your marriage is bona fide. The interview itself can take as little as 20 minutes.
Visa Approval or Denial
If everything is in order, you'll either be asked to return another day to pick up the visa, or it will be sent to you via courier.
The visa will consist of a stamp in your passport and, if it's an immigrant visa, an envelope containing key documents. DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE! You'll need to give it to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer who greets you upon arrival in the United States. The CBP officer will examine its contents and do a last check for problems.
The stamp in your passport will indicate that you are either a temporary visa holder, a permanent resident, or a conditional resident.
Even if a problem arises in your case, officers rarely deny visa applications on the spot.
If the problem can be corrected or if you are inadmissible but are eligible to apply for a waiver, they will normally ask you to provide additional materials or a waiver application.
Politely ask that the officer or official to put any requests for more materials in writing, stating exactly what is needed and the reasons why. Then you might wish to consult an attorney for help.
Your visa has an expiration date. Six months is typical, so as to give people time to sell a house and get ready to move to the United States. Check the passport stamp for the date.
Some consulates might give less time (in which case you could ask for an extension, up to the full six months after the issuance date). Also make sure your passport won't expire before your U.S. entry.If you have unfinished business in your home country before the expiration date of the visa, it's best to travel to the U.S. before that date and return later to wrap things up.
US visa interview
Foreigners who wish to visit the US and are not included in the US visa waiver program, need to apply for a visa. When applying for a United States visa, every applicant will have to go through some certain procedures, including attending a visa interview.
This in-person interview is a meeting with a consular officer who asks a few questions to the applicant, who also hands in the required documents. The interview must be appointed in advance, and a fee must be paid for the processing of visa application.
This article will go through the whole process of a US visa interview, the visa questions & answers, so you can be prepared prior to your interview.
Before you appoint your interview, know that you must fulfill some tasks in advance, as gathering the required documents, and completing a Medical Examination. If you do not fulfill them, your application might be delayed or even rejected automatically.
Below, you will find these tasks listed, and also a guide how to fulfill each of them rightly.
Completion of a Medical Examination
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services wants every applicant to complete a medical appointment with an authorized physician in the country where the they will attend their interview.
By “authorized physician” we mean a doctor who is approved by the US embassy in your country. If you complete your medical check with another doctor, the consular will not accept it as valid.
The medical examination includes a review of the applicant’s
- medical history,
- physical examination (which includes at least eyes, ears, nose and throat, extremities, heart, lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, skin, and external genitalia)
- chest X-ray
- blood tests.
After the check up takes place, the authorized physician will either hand to the applicant the medical examination results in a sealed envelope (Do not open it!) to submit them on the day of the visa interview alongside with the other documents, or will send the results directly to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate by himself (through mail, e-mail, or in person).
When you go to meet the doctor, you need to have with you the following documents:
- Your visa interview letter
- Your passport
- Passport-sized color photographs (the number varies from 2 to 4 depending on the embassy)
- A copy of your immunization records
Check the link given above for information on extra documents that might be required from applicants from different countries.
Register for Courier Service
Some of the embassies and consulates require from visa applicants to pre-register for courier services, in order to send their documents back by courier and not hand them back in person.
Visit the U.S embassy website to check whether you need to register for courier services.
Gather the required documents
The main part of every visa application for every country is without a doubt the application form submitted alongside the required documents. Every applicant no matter the age must submit some certain required documents during the visa interview. These are personal documents, documents on travel history, health history, security information etc.
The commonly required documents are as follow:
- Interview appointment letter from the National Visa Center (NVC)
- Passport – valid for at least six month beyond applicants intended date of entry in the US
- Two passport photographs according to the required standards
- Results of medical exam in a sealed envelope
- Translation of documents which are not in English
Depending on the type of visa you are applying for you will have to submit other visa-specific documents.
On the day of Interview
Before attending the interview take care to prepare in advance so when you go at the embassy you do not feel lost. You will be interviewed by a consular officer, as part of which process you will have your fingerprints scanned.
Arrive at the consulate
The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that you must be on time for your interview.
It is true that many times you may have to wait in a queue in order to attend the interview, thus meeting the consular officer an hour or more later than appointed.
However, do not risk to be there late, even if someone tells you there’s a queue at the embassy. Be there at least 10 minutes earlier just in case.
In case you are late just a couple of minutes, and there’s no queue then your interview will be dismissed. You will have to appoint another and wait for your interview if such thing happens.
Do not bring any foods, laptops, backpacks or big bags with you at the embassy. Take as less things with you as possible. Wear something comfortable but a little bit official.
At the entrance of the embassy you will go through a security detector, which in most of the cases includes a full body metal detector scan. After that you will be given a token for your interview and then your will have to give your fingerprints. An officer will scan your fingerprints, and give you further directions.
After fingerprinting, you will have to wait in a lounge area, where you must wait quietly for your turn. You will hear your name when it is your turn. Have your documents arranged earlier, so you will not have a mess in your hands when you meet the interviewer.
US Visa Interview Questions
Usually you are interviewed by one consular officer, who is often pretty friendly. There is a number of questions that are asked to almost every visitor, no matter what type of visa they are applying for. Then there are the visa specific questions that are related to the type of visa you are applying for.
Usually, the interviewer starts the conversation with a few simple questions, which you should answer fully and correctly. In general, the most commonly asked questions during an interview are as follows:
Why do you want to travel to the US?
Simply answer about the reason behind your travel. You do not need to talk a lot. Just answer in two-three sentences which clearly explain the reasons behind your wished traveling, i.e. “I am going to visit my aunt, whom I haven’t seen for a long time.She has been inviting me over for a few years now, and only now I have managed to find time to apply for a visa and make the trip.”, “The reason I wish to get a US visa is to visit the country and sightsee. I have been saving for a long time for this trip.
”, “I have gained to right to attend a conference / seminar / training.”, etc.
Why do your want to enter the US at this time?
Tell the interviewer the reason why you are wishing to visit the US exactly at this time. Give a reasonable answer, and try not to bluff.
Who will you be traveling with you?
If you are going alone tell so, if you will be going with someone else explain to the consular if these people will apply as your dependants or not, and also what is your relationship with these people.
How long will you be staying?
One week, three months, two days,etc, just give the amount of time you are planning to remain in the US. These questions are just a warm up for the questions to come. The consular officer has all this information in your application in his hands, but however he will just try to get into the real talk this way.
Who is sponsoring your trip?
This is a question they ask just to make sure where your money is coming from. You will be presenting to the interviewer a statement on your bank account and other documents, so of course they know who will be sponsoring your trip.
However, answer simply and clearly. Tell the consular officer that you have your own savings from your income, and if not, tell them the name of the sponsor and your relationship with him / her.
If you feel the interviewer is giving you space to talk more about the issue, tell him your sponsor’s occupation and other details that will prove to him you have a strong connection, and there is a strong reason why this person is sponsoring your trip.
Do you have any relatives in the US?
A question that is usually asked to show if the applicant has a reason to stay in the US. This one of the main thing that the consular officer will try to find out about: whether you have a reason to remain in the US and not go back to your country once your visa is about to expire.
Do you have any intention on remaining in the US?We all know that even if you do have an intention to stay in the US, you will not be telling that to the consular. This question is asked so you have a chance to prove to him you have no such intention.
You should be very convincing. Tell them the strongest reasons why you have to get back to your country upon you visa expiration.
Show that you have very strong ties to your country, by telling them you have family, kids, pets, friends, property etc.
Who will take care of your house / property / children / pets while you are away?
If you have children or pets, you will have to show to the consular the people who will look after them, and your relationship with that person. The same with house or property.
What do you work in your home country?
Talk about your profession and what you work. Try to be as specific as possible. Tell the interviewer about the company / organization / institution you work in and what they do, and also for how long you have been working there.
Have you been to the US before?
Even if that has been an illegal entry or you have overstayed your visa, you must tell. The embassy already has a register with everything about you, therefore it has no use to lie.
Where will you be staying in the US?
If you have booked a hotel, show your hotel booking and tell the interviewer a bit why you have chosen that hotel. If you will be staying over at friends or relatives show their invitation letter and describe your relationship with them.
Other questions might also be asked as if you are married, your annual income etc.
Throughout the whole interview try to convince the interviewer that you have no intention on staying in the US after your visa expires, and that you have strong reasons to return back to your country.
What happens if I don’t show up for my interview?
If the applicant does not show up at the embassy for their scheduled interview, they must contact the embassy or consulate as soon as possible and inform them on the causes that have made impossible attending the interview. One must act this way, otherwise their case might be terminated and fees that have already been paid will not get refunded.
How to prepare for VISA interview for MS?
If you are an MS aspirant, few things you tend to focus on more and few things are left behind. One of the things students ignore to pay heed is their preparations for getting a VISA for MS. No, in the beginning you don’t need to make any arrangements for VISA, but what’s prudent is to collect the information well in advance for future reference.
That’s the reason we bring in this topic to provide you with the detailed information about your VISA preparation. You don’t need to do a thing. Just read on and you would find that this information will turn out to be very helpful for your future aspiration of pursuing MS.
Preparation for VISA is the final stage. Once you shortlist the college you want to get admission into, you need to send your applications to them. Within 2-3 months you would receive response from the universities that whether you are being selected for the admission or not.
Once you receive the response, this part is tricky to choose which university you should choose. First think about your aspiration and then validate it with the constraints you have – budget, cost, time, duration.
Lastly talk to any alumni about the job prospect and then choose the university.
Once you choose the university, the university is supposed to send you a form called “I-20” form. It’s a special type of form which is being issued by the university stating that the selected students are granted admission and explains to the US Government that you are eligible for F-1 Student Status.
Within 3-4 weeks since you receive the response from the University for Admission, “I-20” form should reach you. If not, you need to enquire in the respective university about the same.Because without “I-20” form you won’t be able to be eligible to receive F-1 Visa!
Many universities require few documents for verification before they send the “I-20” form.
The required documents may be Affidavit, Financial Assistance, Bank Statement etc.
Procedure to apply for VISA
It is important for every MS aspirant to know about the procedure of applying for VISA so that in future you don’t need to face any critical or emergent situation.
Before August 2012, the VISA norms were different. But since August, 2012, the students are required to book an appointment for the Offsite Facilitation Centre (OFC) for Biometrics (photo plus finger prints) and for VISA interview.
We would discuss the procedure in short and lucid way so that it becomes easy for you to remember.
Step-1: Preparation for DS-160 Form
DS-160 form is for non-immigrant VISA application which needs to be filled before anything else. The purpose of US Government while getting this application form filled is simply to collect all the information about you and to ensure that the VISA you are seeking is for temporary travel to the United States.
You need to go to this website – https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ and fill up the application. Once you fill up the application, take the print DS-160 barcode confirmation sheet and email the confirmation page to yourself for back up and future need.
Step-2: Registration with the bank/s
You need to pay certain fees for VISA Application. You would need to pay US $160 for VISA Application. Along with that you are required to pay VFS Service Charges and Bank charges. That means the total amount you need to pay for the complete procedure is Rs.9, 000 approximately.
You need to pay the amount via Cash or DD/Cheque. The most preferred banks are Axis Bank and Citi Bank.
After the payment, bank will issue a VISA fee receipt in duplicate where a 10 digit barcode number will be given. You need to use this barcode number for scheduling your appointment.
Know that the fees you will pay for VISA application will be non-refundable and you must appear for the VISA interview within 1 year (365 days). The year will start to be counted from the day you would purchase the fee receipt. If you fail to appear for interview during these 365 days, the fee receipt will no longer be valid.
Step-3: Pay SEVIS Fee
Not only for VISA Application, but you also need to pay SEVIS Fee which is a prescribed few required to pay for Service and Exchange Visitor Information System. The fee is US $200. Once you pay the amount don’t forget to print the receipt. You are required to click the following link for payment: https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/
Step-4: Appointment for VISA
This is the last step in VISA application process. You need to schedule your VISA interview date using the barcode and fee receipt.
Once you schedule your VISA interview date you need to book another appointment with OFC (Offsite Facilitation Centre) at least one-two days prior to the VISA interview.
You can schedule OFC appointment using this link: https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=English&country=India
Required documents to carry during VISA & OFC Interview
The documents required for scheduling OFC and VISA interview are of immense importance. Without them you won’t be able to schedule any interview. Let’s look at the essential documents required for OFC and VISA interview.
Documents required for booking OFC interview
- The 10 digit barcode number you received from the DS-160 confirmation page
- You need to mention the date you paid the fee
- Finally your passport number
Documents required on OFC interview day
- You need to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your desired period of stay in the United States. For example, if you would to stay in US for 2 years, your passport should be valid for at least 2.5 years. There may be country specific agreements which may provide exemptions on the validity.
- You also need to carry your DS-160 confirmation page print out
- And lastly, your appointment confirmation page
Documents required for VISA interview day
- First of all, you need to carry a printed copy of your appointment letter
- You also need to carry DS-160 confirmation page
- A photograph of yours taken maximum 6 months prior, not more
- Your current passport and all old passports (if any)
- And finally the original VISA fee receipt (Make sure it’s original, not the Xerox copy)
The information discussed above is very critical for successful completion of your MS application process.
Though it’s the final stage, but keep this information handy so that when you need to make quick decisions about applying for VISA you don’t need to go here and there for info.
Just open A4Academics, click on this article and whatever information you need about VISA for your MS application would be at your fingertip.
Visa Interview Tips
Traveling to the U.S. on a visitor visa? Perhaps the most daunting step of the entire visa process is the visa interview, in which a consular officer will ask you questions about your travel plans and the purpose of your trip.
The thought of being interviewed by a U.S. government official can be overwhelming, but keep in mind that the interview’s purpose is simply to determine whether or not you meet visa requirements. Knowing what types of questions will be asked and what to expect throughout the process can set you up for success.
So read on for visitor visa interview tips – as well as sample interview questions!
How to Prepare for a Visitor Visa Interview
Follow these visitor visa interview tips to ensure you’re ready when the day of your appointment finally arrives!
1. Schedule an appointment for your visa interview in the country in which you live. (While you may schedule your interview at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate, it may be more difficult to obtain a visa outside of the country where you permanently live.) To find the nearest embassy or consulate—and its contact information—search for your country of residence at USEmbassy.gov.
2. Check the typical wait time for your country. Understand that wait times vary by location, visa category, and even season, which is why it’s important to apply early. You can check the wait time for your embassy or consulate under “Appointment Wait Time.”
3. Pay the non-refundable visa application fee. This is a $160 fee that may be required before your interview. Citizens or residence of certain countries will be required to pay an additional visa issuance fee upon visa approval. To determine whether you’ll owe an issuance fee, select your nationality under “Prepare for Your Interview” at the state.gov “Visitor Visa” page.
Is a Visa Interview Required of All U.S. Visitors?
In general, visa interviews are required of all travelers between the ages of 14-79. Interviews are not typically required of applicants 13 years and younger or 80 years and older—though consular officers reserve the right to require an interview of any visa applicant, regardless of age.
4. Gather the required documents. Prior to your visitor visa interview, you’ll need to ensure you have the following:
- Passport that is valid for 6 months after your planned departure from the United States
- Nonimmigrant visa application Form DS-160 confirmation page
- Application fee payment receipt (if payment is required prior to the interview)
- One printed photo that complies with visitor visa photo requirements (in case your photo fails to upload to the online Form DS-160)
Note that the embassy or consulate may request additional documentation in order to ensure you are qualified for a U.S. visitor visa. Additional documents could include evidence backing the purpose of your trip, your intent to depart the country on a certain date, and more.
You may also be required to provide proof of funds to cover medical expenses incurred on your trip. One way to evidence these funds is to purchase travel medical insurance Atlas America insurance, which provides policyholders with access to a visa letter that can serve as proof of medical coverage.
5. Prepare for your interview with practice questions. Read on to discover some frequently-asked visitor visa interview questions to help you prepare your responses and calm your nerves.
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Visitor Visa Interview Questions
As you prepare for your visitor visa interview, remember that there’s no reason to fret – all you have to do is answer the questions as truthfully as possible and provide documentation to support your responses. Preparing in advance is a great idea, as it can reveal whether there are additional documents, certificates, or records you would be wise to bring with you to your interview.
Use the following visitor visa interview questions to help you prepare for your visa interview:
|What is the purpose of your trip?|
|When you answer this question, it’s important to be honest, as the purpose of your trip determines the type of visa you need. According to the U.S. Department of State, “Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country.”|
|How do you plan on financing your trip to the U.S.?|
While there is no set amount of funds you are required to show, you want to prove that you can cover all costs associated with your trip. This may require you to estimate the cost of return travel tickets, lodging, boarding, domestic travel, and medical expenses, notes Path2USA.
To prove you have the financial resources to fund your trip, you may want to bring bank statements, credit cards, and/or pay slips. A travel medical insurance policy could help demonstrate your ability to pay for medical expenses by showing that you have coverage for unexpected injury or illness.
Note that if you are unable to cover your entire trip cost yourself, the U.S. Department of State does allow evidence that another person will cover some or all of your costs.
|Where are you going to stay during your trip?|
|As part of the visa application process, you should determine where you are going to stay while you are in the U.S. The address should correspond to the one on your visa application. If you are going to be traveling around the country, then be prepared to provide a list of all the places you plan to visit as well as your planned accommodations.|
|Have you been to the U.S. before?|
|Answer this question with a simple yes or no, but be ready to explain the purpose of any previous trips. You may also be asked where you went, what you did, and where you stayed.|
|What guarantee is there that you will return home before your visa expires?|
|One important factor your consulate officer will focus on is whether you have ties to your home country that provide you an incentive to return. You can show this incentive by providing evidence of real estate that you own back home, family members you’ll want to return to (birth certificates and marriage certificates may apply here), or proof that a job is waiting for you upon your return.|