After you find a wide range of common questions, please take note of some information below to pass a US visa interview:
2. Show proofs of strong ties to your country
The purpose of the interview is to weed out those who may have the intention to hide in the US as illegal immigrants. And now that a president is using all means to keep immigrant workers out and increase jobs for US citizens, expect a more meticulous screening process.
So how can you overcome the odds and increase your chances of getting a US visa?
According to the US Embassy, the following factors can increase the possibility of your US visa application getting approved:
The more countries you have visited before the US visa application, the better your chances of getting approved.
Extensive travel experience is a piece of evidence that you never overstayed your welcome in any country in the past. That you will most possibly do the same thing in the US.
If you haven’t been to any country, start earning stamps by visiting neighboring Asian countries, rather those that also require visas like Japan, South Korea, China, etc.
In case you have a recently released passport and the Consul asks for your travel history, present your old passport with stamps to confirm that you have indeed traveled to many countries already.
A trip to the US is expensive, so you must prove to the Consul that either you can support yourself or someone else will cover your expenses.
You should back this up by showing your bank certificate/s.
The Consul doesn’t look at your financial status to ensure you could afford your US trip. They review it to ensure you have enough assets to compel you to come back to your country.
Therefore, if you have little to no money in your bank account and zero property under your name, the Consular officer will recognize you as someone who got nothing to lose and potentially stay in the US as an illegal immigrant.
However, as long as you could prove that you have enough income and can specify the source of this income. You also have the chance to be approved.
Meanwhile, applicants from rich families are not licensed to rejection. They can still be denied if they can not pinpoint where their money comes from. Or they are fresh graduates who only rely on their parents’ money.
Established career/tenure in the company.
A stable job is one of the strongest proofs that you will come back to your hometown as soon as your US trip is over.
If requested, please show your certificate of employment and other documents that could attest to how many years you have been working in your popular company.
Those who are applying for a US visa with their family are more likely to be approved as applicants with the potential to be illegal immigrants who usually apply alone.
- Provide properties/assets in your country
- Registration in a school/university (for students).
- A business sponsoring the visa (for US work visas).
3. Wear decent attire.
The US Embassy doesn’t impose any dress code on US visa applicants. However, that doesn’t mean you could go to your interview wearing anything you like.
- You should treat it as your usual job interview.
- No need to wear suits or too formal cloth but don’t go there with a simple T-shirt and shorts either. Smart casual is ok.
- Avoid wearing excessive pieces of jewelry to impress them. If you are a student or employee, you can wear what you usually wear every day in your job.
4. Keep your answers short and simple.
Remember one essential rule when answering the interviewer’s questions: Less talk and less mistake.
Only provide the information requested and never volunteer information that is not being asked. This is not a speech contest or a beauty pageant so you will never be judged by the length of your answers.
If you are fluent by nature, this is the time to hold back. Giving long answers to simple questions will make you appear extreme and even suggest to the Consular officer that you can be hiding something.
So for example, if you are being asked what you will do in the US, just give a short response like “To have a vacation” or “To visit my relatives.” Only provide additional information when you’re asked to.
The interviewer does not care if your relatives are sick or not, who your cousins are, and what family history you have, no matter how enthralling it is.
More importantly, don’t be too naive and say that “you will be looking for opportunities in the US.” At this point, you are probably aware already that it is one of the sure ways to ruin your chances of getting a US visa.
Don’t argue with the interviewer either. If you are unable to hear the question properly or if you need clarifications, simply ask him/her to repeat or clarify it for you.
Regardless of the result of the interview, discuss with the Consular officer with the utmost respect.
5. Be honest.
This one’s basic knowledge but you will be surprised by how many applicants are denied a US visa by lying through their teeth.
Always remember that the Consul officers are trained to spot liars and they have been doing it for years so it’s almost impossible to fool them.
In other words, don’t even attempt to make up stories. The interviewers are encouraged to expose fabricated stories down to the smallest details.
They are keeping a record of every information you share. So, you fail the interview the first time and come back for a second chance, there is no way you can peddle the same lies all over again.
To put it directly, don’t lie to the Consular officer’s face as it will backfire faster than you have ever imagined.
Also, you should practice your English as often as possible.
This will help you communicate with the officers in the embassy or consulate. This will be helpful in your future studies. There are a wide range of ways you can practice. For instance, watching American TV shows, listening and translating your favorite music songs, reading books in English, and many others is ok.
6. Be confident.
Don’t ever think the US visa interview is also a life-or-death situation.
For one, it is a visa and getting denied isn’t the end of the world. It will also put undue pressure on yourself to “perform” and in so doing look desperate to get a US visa.
You can’t fake confidence. It will come directly if you trust yourself and know deep inside that you’re not hiding anything.
If you are not planning on becoming an illegal immigrant, why feel nervous?
So the best that you can do is to continue calm and be yourself. Don’t pay more attention to other nervous applicants or those who come out of the Embassy with “denied” stamps.
Listening to your favorite music, reading a book, doing positive self-talk or trying anything to keep your composure until it is your turn to be interviewed.
Don’t let the Consul officers intimidate you. Remember, they are interviewing because it is part of their job.
Look at them as a co-equal. Differently, it will get on your nerves and run the risk of becoming speechless in the middle of the interview.