So, if your parents are planning to visit USA on a B1/B2 visa, you (and your parents) have a few things to worry about. The first big one is the interview itself. Once you’ve scheduled the interview and filled up the DS160 form online, it’s a wait for the big day.
I’ve been there when I brought my folks to the USA while I was on an H1 visa and boy, the kind of uncertainty and anxiety you go through! You’re worried about what questions the officer at the consulate will ask.
US Visa Interview Questions for Parents Visiting USA
Here are some of the top visa interview questions for parents visiting the USA.
- Why do you want to travel to the US?
Explain the reason legitimately. Ex: I want to visit my grandchildren.
- How long do you propose to stay in the US?
Explain how long you intend to stay in the US, this shouldn’t be too long than 6 months.
- Where will you stay in the US?
Tell me exactly where you will be staying. If it’s with your children, give the address. If it’s a hotel, give proof of your booking.
- Who will pay for your visit?
It should ideally be yourself, if not let them know and show them proof of funds available. Ex: Bank statement.
- Can I have the contact details of your son/ daughter?
Try to memorize contact details including phone numbers and addresses of your children. You will need it at more than one place throughout the journey.
- Do you have relatives in the US?
Let the officer know of their details if you have any relatives in the US.
- What visa does your son/ daughter is having?
Tell the officer what type of visa your son/daughter holds. For example, an H1B visa (work visa), an L1 visa, or a green card.
- Where does your son/daughter work or is studying?
Remember the company/college name and its location.
- Have you booked your airline tickets?
It is ideal to have booked tickets or planned your itinerary. Share details if you have it.
- Who is accompanying you on the trip?
If you are traveling alone, let them know. Share details of the other person as well.
- What do you do in India?
Tell them where you work. If retired, let them know. What they’re trying to find is whether or not you have the intention to return. (I think.)
- If you are working, how will you take leave for so long, or if it is business, who will take care in your absence for so long?
Explain what arrangements you have made.
- What is your annual income?
If you have any income, show proof and give the right figure. Ex: Pension, Rs.10 Lakhs per annum.
- How can you assure me that you will come back?
Let them know whatever responsibilities you have here in India. For example, a job or a business to take care of. Another child to take care of. Or a land/house to maintain. Give legitimate reasons, don’t makeup anything.
- How many children do you have?
Be honest and let them know who they are and where they are.
- Do you pay income tax?
If yes, let them know. Provide proof if asked.
- Where do you stay in India? Please give the address.
Always memorize your address. It should be the same as printed on your passport.
- Do you own any land in India?
If yes, show documents supporting it.
- Do you have any medical conditions?
If yes, let them know. They may ask how you are going to cover medication during your visit. Get a visitor’s insurance and show records of it.
- Will you come back to India?
You should be saying yes to this as you are going on a visitor visa.
All the best! Follow these tips, and you should be all set.