It is not unusual for a US visa interview to last for about 2 to 5 minutes, sometimes slightly longer.
Consular officers normally review the applicants’ application forms in advance. Come interview time, they already expect the answers they will get and only need the applicants to confirm or clarify them.
On the other hand, the applicants must come to the US Embassy on time at least about 15 to 30 minutes before your appointment schedule.
As much as possible, leave your gadgets at home as they are not allowed inside the building. Otherwise, bring those companions who will take care of it as you go inside for the interview.
Here’s an overview of the procedures:
Pre-screening: You will be welcomed by embassy personnel who will request for your hometown passport and 2 x 2 pictures to be affixed on your DS-160 form. In case you did forget to bring pictures, you can avail of rush ID pictures at the photo booth situated in the waiting area of the US Embassy. People asked a few questions like your name, civil status, or citizenship but nothing substantial like what they ask in the US visa interview.
Fingerprint-scanning: Another embassy personnel will lead you to the next station where your fingerprints will be scanned. When the procedure is over, you wait for your number to display on the overhead screen. When it shows up, head towards the interview booth for the US visa interview.
Interview: The last and most crucial among the three, the US visa interview decides the fate of your US visa application. Instead of an office, there are some booths designated for the interview. Hand over your passport to the consular officer and plan to answer the questions that may be fired at you. Most of the questions are based on the data you have provided on the DS-160 form so ensure that you provide consistent and honest answers. Present supporting documents only when requested.
If it is any encouragement, the US visa interview is quite quick and you will get the result right away.
In case you get approved, the Consul will hold your passport and have it delivered to you after about five working days. If having denied, the Consul will return the passport to you along with a blue slip with an explanation of why you got denied.
1. Know the commonly US visa interview questions.
This is like a cheat sheet but one that you don’t need to memorize. Remember, you should never sound rehearsed robotic, or unnatural. Know the likely questions that may be asked so you can never be caught off guard and end up speechless during the interview.
Based on some research, here are some of the US visa interview questions you should be prepared for:
Are you get married?
Make sure to early enough commit to memorizing the exact marriage date and marriage details (in case you did get married). Any wrong or insecure answer in years of marriage might be seen as an attempt to give an untruthful answer. If you are not get married, you should simply mention you are unmarried or divorced.
Are you traveling with someone else?
Answer simply with a yes or no. Also, be sure to clarify the relationship you have with the person accompanying you on the trip.
Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
Answer frankly with a yes or no.
Can you reschedule a shorter trip? Why do you need a month’s visa?
Mention your hobbies to sightsee different tourist destinations, and that you cannot do that in a short period. However, you express your complete readiness to reschedule your plans and shorten your trip if needed.
Can you show your bank statement?
Make sure to not show any hesitation when you provide the document of your bank statement to the official.
Do you enjoy any scholarship?
This is another question you should undeviatingly answer with a yes or no. In case you have a student scholarship, please mention the name of the institution beginning the scholarship, together with the amount of financial support it covers.
Do you have covered health insurance for this visit?
Provide evidence of the covered health insurance for the period of staying in the Schengen Area.
Do you have a job-leave support letter from your employer?
Simply confirm the possession of this letter from your employer and offer it to the official. In case you do not have such a document, it is ineffective trying to convince the official about having your employer’s authorization to leave the job during the travel period.
Do you have any children? How old are they, and what do they do?
You can have difficulties quickly recall children’s job title, their exact birth date, their name of the company, university or school. That is why we should suggest you prepare yourself and memorize such information early enough, to avoid giving a hesitant answer during the visa interview.
You can answer with you do not have any children yet – in case you are married with no children you should state you are unmarried with no children, and directly state the number of children and their gender – if having children. Anyhow, make your answer a direct one.
Do you have any relatives or friends living in the Schengen Area?
Make sure to make a list of all the family members and friends living there early enough before the interview. In case you have forgotten to mention anyone during the interview, the embassy may consider it an attempt to skip the answer.
Do you have any relation with any person in the latest terrorist activities?
Try to not take it some question as a cautioning. Answer the question sincerely and without hesitation. Tell the official that you do not have any relatives involved in these activities and express your sad about such acts. Also, you show the official you are against such awful acts and individuals who commit them.
Do you have any relatives or any known person studying at this university?
If seeking a student visa, you declare the names and relationships with your relatives or friends that are currently studying in the university in an area where you have been admitted to study.
Have you applied to other universities; Did you get admitted to other universities?
State names of the universities where you applied for admission to if you applied in more than one, agreeably mentioning if you got the permission to study at any of them, despite the one you chose studying to.
Do you know the exact annual incomes of your son/daughter?
You should state the annual incomes which your children earn. Consult your child on his/her amount of net annual earnings before the interview, offer it correctly this particular information to the official.
Do you pay income tax?
Yes is the answer the umpire wants to hear from you. Also, you can provide a piece of evidence for that. Therefore, show you are a responsible citizen who pays its taxes.
Do you plan to pursue masters or doctoral studies after you achieve bachelors?
Express your concern regarding the current Bachelor studies, but you mention that there might exist the possibility for you to consider this opportunity in the long-term future.
Does your son or daughter have any children?
The answer should be easy, yes or no. Also, you may state the number and gender of the children of him/her.
Where are you going to stay?
Because you may travel across the Schengen Area, during your stay in Schengen Area, make sure to mention the place where you will accommodate during this time, instead of giving detailed information about all the places you will visit. Make sure of the answer in full conformity with the proof of accommodation provided amongst other application supporting documents.
Some other questions:
- Who Lives With You Now And What Do They Do?
- Why Do You Think The University Is Giving You A Scholarship?
- Will Your Wife/Husband Go Together With You On Your Trip?
- I Don’t Think You Will Come Back, What’s Your Comment?
- How much expense do you expect from this trip?
- When did you retire?
- How much pension do you get?
- Can I see you Business/visiting card?
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