Skills for the US Visa Interview

If you are scheduled for your visa interview, you know how stressful it can be. But here are a few things to help you prepare for the questions.

Firstly you should have any and all documents ready well in advance. We recommend at least 2 weeks and maybe even a month. Now don’t expect them to ask to see your documents. As a rule they will only ask you questions. But it does happen sometimes that they may ask you to document something, so you want to be prepared. The types of documents you might need are:

  • Valid Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Bank Certificate
  • Proof of Marriage.
  • Letter of Invitation by your resident relative
  • Income tax returns are good, but not necessary if you are a student.

Make sure you get up early enough to be at the office an hour before your interview. Before you go you should remember that you will not be able to bring food into interview building, though you will be able to buy refreshments. You are going to be doing a lot of waiting and going from room to room, and lots of standing in line and filling things out so be prepared.

As far as personal accoutrements, leave the cell phone at home if you possibly can. They are not explicitly prohibited, but much will depend on what security wants. If you absolutely must bring it, turn it off entirely; this is particularly important for the interview itself. You will probably be instructed to do this anyway. Dress should look like the application you’re applying for, maybe one level of dress higher. If you’re an business executive, wear a suit, not jeans. If you’re a student, wear slacks but not too dressy.  Overdressing gives off signs of desperation, and there is absolutely no evidence that the better you dress the better your changes for being approved.

Finally, talk like you know what you’re talking about. Be natural, but not cocky. Be polite, not subservient. Be prepared, not disorganized And this should go without saying: DON’T LIE.