Sign up for Courier Services
Some embassies need you to sign up for courier services so that they can return your documents after the interview, whether you are successful or not.
Before the interview, check with your interviewing embassy to determine if this procedure is required.
You may simply return to pick up your passport and visa after it has been processed and becomes available at various embassies and consulates.
Obtaining Documents and Evidence
After you’ve completed the medical, the following stage is the interview. You will have previously planned this, but now you must complete the critical step of acquiring all of the relevant documents.
The interview preparation method will differ significantly based on the visa you’re looking for.
Whatever documentation is necessary, such as birth and marriage certificates, you must bring the originals. It’s also a good idea to include copies.
Your passport must be valid, and it must have at least many blank pages free of stamps or visas. It should be valid for at least six months from your anticipated date of entrance into the United States.
If you’re concerned about this and your passport is about to expire, you should have it renewed right away. Similarly, if you don’t have enough room in its pages.
Two-color passport photos with a white backdrop measuring 2 inches by 2 inches (5 cm by 5 cm) should also be supplied. When having your photos taken, remember to follow US embassy/passport laws. Wearing glasses or caps is not permitted, even if done on a daily basis.
You’ll need the DS-260 confirmation sheet from your visa application, as well as any financial papers you’ve been requested to supply and proof that you’ve paid the required costs.
Check your police reports twice. You’ll need to get them updated if they’re more than a year old.
You must also provide police reports for every countries where you have been registered to live. So, if you’ve been a nomad for a while and lived in numerous different areas, make sure you give enough time to apply for the required reports from each nation.
Any papers that are not in English will require translation. Remember that your visa interview will be performed entirely in English. If you require a translation, you must supply one.
Bring any affidavits of support, sponsor paperwork, or financial accounts from your petitioner. This may include, for example, a statement of intent to marry your American spouse within 90 days after crossing the border.
Don’t forget to include your sealed medical exam findings, if they haven’t already been submitted straight to the embassy.
Download and print this visa document checklist, then look through it well to see if you’ve missed anything.
It is critical that everything be maintained nice, orderly, and in working condition. You’ll need to be able to access anything if and when called upon.
Documents that are torn, damaged, or spoilt are unlikely to be accepted. As soon as you know you’ll be applying for a US visa, you should get a hard-cased binder to keep everything together.
If you forget anything, even if it seems trivial, the entire procedure will be delayed, the interview may be cancelled, and you may have to start over. In the worst-case situation, you may be denied a visa.
One final word of caution while assembling your documents: each visa is unique, therefore it’s critical that you focus on the documents YOU NEED for the visa you’re applying for. At this time, mistakes can be expensive.
Preparing for the Questions
You’ve collected your documents and double-checked that they’re all legitimate, up to date, nice, tidy, and original. When it comes to preparing for a US embassy visa interview, you’re almost there.
The interviewer will ask you a series of questions, which may vary depending on the type of visa you are asking for.
A K-1 fiancée visa applicant will be asked different questions than a student visa applicant.
That being said, there may be times when various questions will overlap, and the following are just a few examples of what to expect.
- Why are you travelling to the United States?
- Have you ever visited the United States?
- Do you have any relatives that reside in that area?
- What is the location of your family?
- What is the phone number for your boss?
- Where are you planning to travel in the United States?
- Have you ever been to X?
- Do you understand English?
- What are your plans once you arrive?
- Who is paying for your trip?
- Have you ever been charged with a crime?
- Have you already purchased plane tickets?
- Where are you going to stay?
- What is your profession?
- What is the occupation of your husband/wife/spouse/son/daughter?
- Do you have a spouse?
- When do you plan to marry your American fiancee?
- Are you returning home at the conclusion of your trip?
- Are you a member of any terrorist organizations?
- What assurances do you have that you’ll be coming home?
- What do you plan to do when you finish your studies?
It’s a good idea to go online for sample questions pertaining to the visa you’re looking for – this is just one example of the kind of questions your interviewer could ask.
Some questions may appear unexpected, but they are designed to ensure that you have done your homework thoroughly. With that in mind, have a friend or family member randomly ask you questions from a sample sheet oriented toward your desired visa.
This will assist you in practicing for the real interview on the day so that you do not become overly anxious and can provide clear, correct, and brief replies.
Remember that the interviewer would love to be able to give you your visa – they aren’t purposely sabotaging your prospects and are on your side. However, if you are unable to answer their queries, things may become difficult.
They also encounter a lot of faked visa forms, time wasters, and unlawful visa attempts, thus they are well-versed in spotting real bogus applications.
You should also keep in mind that they take this procedure extremely seriously, and you should as well. It may appear amusing to make up stories about being a member of a terrorist group, but they will not notice the humor and you will most likely be imprisoned. Never make light of formal visa interview questions.
Finally, if all of your documentation is in order, they are quite likely to ask only a limited number of specific questions. That is why it is critical that you arrive at the interview properly prepared with outstanding documents.
Many individuals are concerned about what they should dress on the day of their visa interview, and what you should and should not wear on the day might vary depending on your circumstances and location.
While first impressions are crucial, it is not required to arrive dressed in a suit and tie, but it is advised that you wear something clean, sophisticated, and comfortable. Make sure your garments are also well-pressed.
Dress as well as you like, but avoid anything that may give the incorrect impression, such as unsuitable slogans on T-shirts, displaying too much flesh, or anything that could be regarded offensive.
You should dress as if you were going to a regular job interview. It is critical that you have bathed and shaven (if required).
Naturally, you’ll want to present yourself in the best possible light to your interviewer on the day.
Arrive early – in certain circumstances, arriving up to an hour before your interview is beneficial. These things take time, and other appointments may run late, but you may be able to be seen earlier than expected, which will reflect favorably on you if you’re prepared to go.
Always be kind and respectful, particularly if things aren’t going your way for whatever reason.
Aggression, yelling, or forcefully arguing with your interviewer will result in an unsuccessful visa application and removal from the premises.
Be nice and friendly, and demonstrate to the interviewer that you are a pleasant person. Say please and thank you with a smile.
Try to remain calm and confident. If you’ve done your homework, this should go through, and the embassy personnel will notice. This will undoubtedly benefit your chances of approval.
Above everything, be truthful. The instant they suspect you of altering facts or lying, the game is finished. They’ll figure it out in no time, and it’ll drastically jeopardies your chances of receiving the visa.
If you are denied the visa this time, you will want to be able to reapply at a later date having behaved properly so that you are genuinely permitted to try again.
Security on the Day
As one might think, US embassy security is quite stringent all over the world.
Every country, in fact, takes embassy security very seriously.
As a result, it’s important to review the security standards for the specific embassy you’ll be visiting.
These can be found on the website of the appropriate embassy.
In brief, mobile phones and liquid containers, as well as any sealed containers, food of any type, sharp items, or battery-operated/electric gadgets, will not be authorized.
Backpacks and baggage must be checked in.
Don’t be caught with your keychain pocket knife or anything similar. Even though it appears random, it may result in you being denied entrance.
At the entry, you will be subjected to metal detectors/security scanners, just as at an airport. Check to see whether you have any metal things on you.
Any goods not permitted into the embassy will be confiscated by the security personnel and retained until you depart. They will give you a chit or voucher so you can claim your stuff after the interview.
When it comes to embassy security, don’t screw around; always follow their instructions.