A trip to the United States of America is a dream for many, from the Empire State Building and Times Square in New York to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, one thing is for sure – the USA has it all! The interview process can be quite stressful, especially if you’re not sure how to prepare for it. The visa interview is a very important step that could be intimidating to some people. But don’t worry! Below you will find some tips on how to pass your visa interview.
STEP 1: DRESS APPROPRIATELY, DRESS FORMAL.
If you were going for a job interview you would dress formally wouldn’t you? Well, this should be no different, even if it is a tourist visa you are applying for. The interviewer would likely be dressed formally and so should you. Dress nicely. You don’t need to wear a suit but it is more respectful if you wear neat clean cloth since first impression can mean a lot.
STEP 2: ARRIVE EARLY AT THE EMBASSY.
They will serve you on a first come, first serve basis. So if you’re lucky you will be finished early as well. early morning appointments are usually the best
STEP 3: GO ALONE.
Do not bring parents or family members to your interview. The consular officer wants to speak to you and not your family or friends. a negative impression is created if you are not prepared to speak on your behalf. But if you are minor applying for a high school program and need your parents there in case there are questions for example; about funding. They should wait in the waiting room.
STEP 4: VISUALIZE YOURSELF GETTING A VISA.
Picture yourself successfully getting a visa after the interview. this visualization will give a positive outlook and provide mental support.
STEP 5: PRACTICE YOUR ENGLISH AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.
Anticipate that the interview with the interview officer or consular will be conducted in English and not in your native language. So one suggestion here is to practice English conversation with a native speaker. This will help you communicate well with the officers in the embassy or consulate.
STEP 6: HAVE ALL THE AUTHENTIC DOCUMENTS ON HAND.
Gather all the documentation you need to take to the interview. this is the most important step in your preparation to go for the interview. During the interview you must have enough evidence for you to get a visa. It should be clear at a glance to the consular officer what written documents you are presenting and what they signify. Please note that lengthy written explanation cannot be quickly read or evaluated, remember you will have 2-3min for the interview time. If you’re lucky.
STEP 7: BE CONCISE
All consular are under considerable pressure to conduct a quick and effective interview, because of the volume of application that are received on a daily basis and they must make a decision within the 1st minute or 2 of the interview. Consequently, what you say first and the initial impression you create are critical to your success. make sure to listen carefully. Think before you answer, and keep your answers to the officer’s question short and to the point.
STEP 8: TIES TO YOUR HOME COUNTRY.
First things first you need to know that all applicants for non-immigrant visas are viewed as intending immigrants until they are convinced they are not under the united state law. So therefore you must be able to show that your reasons for returning back to your country is stronger than those for remaining in united states. “Ties” to your home country are the things that binds you to your homeland, hometown or current place of residents. These typically include: your job or business, family, property you may own, or anything you can think of. Though every individual’s case is different, if you are a prospective student, the consular may ask you about specific intentions or other relationship, educational objectives, grades, long-long range plans, and career prospects in your home country and there is no magic explanation or single documents, certificate or letter which can guarantee visa issuance.
STEP 9: DEPENDENTS REMAINING AT HOME.
If you have a spouse or children, make sure to mention them and how they will support themselves while you’re abroad. Be prepared to explain how they will support themselves in your absence. this can be an especially tricky area if you are the primary source of income for your family. If the consular perceived that your family will need you to remit money from the united states, your application will almost be denied. And if your family decides to join you at a later time, it is helpful to have them apply at the same post where you applied for your visa.
STEP 10: STAY POSITIVE.
Be confident, stay calm and smile. Project a positive and confident image, do not engage the consular officer in an argument and you are going to have a successful visa interview.