You have a USA Visa Interview coming up and you are nervous, or you simply want to know what to expect? Being prepared for an interview is always useful and it can make you feel more relaxed and confident about your chances of getting a US visa.
The following tips might be helpful in passing your US visa interview, and getting that much-coveted visa:
- Dress properly
In an ideal world, appearance should not matter. However, first impressions do count, especially during an interview. What better way to make a good impression if not through your clothes? But beware, don’t wear revealing clothes or wear strong perfumes. (Keep these for parties!) Dress well, preferably in formals, to make a good impression. Your presence should be pleasing.
- Prepare well for your interview
Though a US B visa interview typically lasts for no more than two minutes, you must spare some time to prepare for it. You must review all information you provided on the DS-160 form and other supporting documents. This will enable you provide clear and confident responses to questions at the interview. You may also research on your proposed activity in the US If you wish to visit a friend or relative you may research on the proposed city or town where you will be staying including any known tourist attractions. If you are visiting the US for a conference or business, you must be able to have sufficient information relating to the planned activity. If you don’t know how to answer a question, it is better you say so, instead of making up answers that might actually damage your chances of getting your B-1 or B-2 US visa.
- Keep your answers short and to the point
Due to the high volume of applicants being interviewed in a day, all Consular officers are under considerable time pressure to conduct a quick and efficient interview. They must make a decision, for the most part on the impressions they form during the first minute of the interview. Consequently, what you say first and the initial impression you create are critical to your success. Keep your answers to the officer’s questions short and to the point.
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- Be truthful
We cannot stress this enough: Always tell the truth. The Consular officers at the United States Embassy are well trained individuals who are specialized in the visa interview process. It’s likely that they will detect your attitude and intentions. The US embassy will review your application thoroughly and any discrepancy they find will be a red flag. Be honest about everything that the consul will ask you, be it about your relatives in the States or your itinerary. Applying for a US tourist visa means that you’re planning to visit the US for tourism and not for anything else, likewise for a business visa.
- Be confident
Being overly nervous can cost you an American visa. You should be confident, meet the interviewing officer straight in the eye without being snooty and smile. Avoid nervous tics such as flickering eyes, darting to the sides, biting nails or trembling fingers.
- Be Patient
Visa officers may ask you some tricky questions to test your intentions, IQ, financial funds, etc. In such cases answer those questions honestly and be patient.
- Keep all required documents at hand
Keep all documentation arranged appropriately in line so that it could be easily accessible when asked for. Sticky notes on the file could help you finding the documents in the folder. Also, it is advisable to produce certain financial documentation to prove that you’re financial worthy to fund your trip and also take care of yourself abroad.
- Prove the ties to your home country
The most important aspect is to prove that you have a home in India to return to, as well as other proofs (social or economic) to ensure you will return after your specified visiting period in the US. You must be able to convince the visa interview officer that you have reasons for returning to your home country. “Ties” to your home country are the things that bind you to your hometown like: job, family, financial prospects that you own or will inherit, investments, etc.
- Never sound like a potential immigrant
You must clearly indicate in your answers that you are travelling to USA for temporary purpose only – business, pleasure or medical treatment and you will return to your home country soon.
Finally, we would like to let our readers in on the big secret about visa interviews: There is no secret! Visa applicants should just be themselves, answer all questions truthfully and enjoy talking to an American. We know for a matter of fact from our customer experiences that the Americans on the other side of the interview window enjoy speaking with every applicant and relish the opportunity to learn more about India and its wonderful people.
We’re sure, if you follow all of the above tips for your interview, you’ll have no reason to be nervous and it should go off without a hitch. Trust us, you’d be holding your visa to US soon!
So, are you excited already—about the trip (no doubt) and the interview? Or still having doubts? Want to know more about the US visa process? How to apply? What documents are required? What are the US visa fees? Get in touch with us now and let us help you on your journey to the United States!