Top 10 Interview Tips for US Visitor Visa Applicants

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Written By Mani Karthik

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If you are a low-risk Indian travelling to the US, stay assured of a speedy entry into America. To facilitate closer business and educational ties between the citizens of India and the US, this is what an article published by The Wire, on June 27, 2017, had to say. These revelations were issued as an India-US joint statement, as a result of the talks between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

No matter how speedy the process can become, there is definitely one thing that can make or break your chances of entry into the US. It is the Visa Interview at the Embassy or Consulate. It is one of the two appointments that needs to be scheduled during the Visa application process.

The first appointment takes place at the Visa Application Centre (VAC), which allows you to have your fingerprints and photo taken at any of the five Visa Application Centre locations. The visa interview appointment at the Embassy or Consulate can be scheduled at any date after that.

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Common Question Asked During the Interview

  • Why do you want to travel to US?
  • How long will you stay in the US?
  • Where will you stay in the US?
  • Why do you want to visit the US only at this time?
  • Why do you require a 6 month Visa? Can’t your trip be any shorter?

Along with these questions, queries regarding your sponsors and relatives in the US will also be made. Any mismatch in the information can immediately get your Visa application rejected.

10 Tips that Will Help during the B2 Visitor Visa Interview

  1. Apply for the Right Visa: This is the most important factor in the US visa application process, since based on your visa type, the eligibility and requirements will differ.
  2. Provide Correct Information: Fill all the forms accurately to avoid any chances of visa denial and redundant processing.
  3. Stay Prepared: As mentioned above, any mismatch in information will go against you. When preparing for the visa process, do your due diligence and collect useful data that will assist you in every step of the way.
  4. Don’t be Late: You were stuck in traffic is not a good excuse to make in front of the interviewer for the US Visa application. It is better to leave home early to arrive early.
  5. Keep Your Appearance Clean: Try to wear formal clothes to depict your seriousness towards the interview and pay special attention to your hygiene.
  6. Stay Confident during the Interview: Stick to the information you have mentioned in your application form. However, do take care that you do not sound arrogant or overly confident during the interview.
  7. Don’t Answer More Than You are Asked: During the visa interview, some people end up telling stories and divulging irrelevant details to the person interviewing them. The key to a successful interview is to stay as simple and concise as you can.
  8. Take Care of the Language Barrier: It might happen that there is an accent and dialect difference between you and the interviewer. If you suspect such a situation, do not hesitate to ask the interviewer to repeat what they have asked or simply ask for an interpreter if you are still not able to understand, to avoid misinterpretations and misunderstandings.
  9. Maintain a Respectful Attitude Towards the Interviewer: There might be situations when you get irritated by the array of questions being bombarded at you, which can make the interview tiresome. However, take care to remain courteous and humble, no matter how long it takes and how many questions you are asked.
  10. Stay Prepared for the “What if” Type Question: Some examples are: what if you are offered a high salary job in the US, what if a US resident makes you a partner in his business, etc. These questions are commonly asked to scrutinize the applicants and detect if they intend to stay on in US for long or work there.

All the best!