Consulate Interview Tips for Indian National Applying for a Visa.

Indian nationals in India seeking non-immigrant (e.g job visas) status entry to the United States will be required attend an interview with officials at the U.S embassy or consulate. It is one of the most crucial steps in the process because it’s known that interviewers weigh what the applicant says in interview more heavily than what they have written in the application. It’s important that applicants be and fully prepared to accurately answer all the questions that may be posed, and have the documentation to back up what they say.

Interviewers are trained to sniff out an applicant’s intention to remain in the United States permanently, contrary to the provisions of their temporary visa. Be prepared for the interviewer to fire questions at you rapidly and expect you to answer quickly. “How did you come to work for the present company?” “What tasks and responsibilities will you have on your job?” will be the sort of questions you will be asked for a work visa. Also be prepared for more probing question, designed to cause the applicant to think deeply about possible actions in the future and provide clues as to the applicant’s motives. “What would you do if you fell in love with an American?” is common. “What would you do with the money if you won a lottery in the U.S.?” is another we’ve heard. (Hint: don’t say you would bring your entire family over from India.)

The interview process for visa applicants is frankly contentious, and many interviewees report that it is a distasteful experience. They know that one slip up can mean a denial of their applications. The good news is that the U.S. Embassy is developing a more friendly interview.

Be sure to schedule your interview at least three days in advance. Wait times can be long nevertheless, so make sure that you have not planned anything else important for that day. Almost everyone receives a decision on the same day, and if approved can expect to receive the visa within three days.