How To Pass the U.S Visa Interview


FYI: This is a tourist visa, B1/B2 type. Credits: paonazario.com
FYI: This is a tourist visa, B1/B2 type. Credits: paonazario.com

"We as Filipinos, generally go through a long process when it comes to visiting other countries. One of hardest and most expensive visas to get is to the U.S. It costs $160 to apply and it takes up a lot of your time too. Iím sure no one will ever wish to get rejected. Let me tell you one thing, it is easy. All you need to do is to follow these tips. 

"Disclaimer: Following these tips will not guarantee a passing interview but it will surely help you in a lot of ways."

Credits: Paola Nazario 

1.PREPARE ALL THE DOCUMENTS A WEEK OR 2 BEFORE YOUR INTERVIEW.

"Important: Basing on the time that I spent in front of the interview officers (yes I was seated in front while waiting for my interview) Iíve noticed that 90% of the time, they only ask questions and do not require the interviewee to show any of their documents. Just to be on the safe side, have your documents ready."
Important: Basing on the time that I spent in front of the interview officers (yes I was seated in front while waiting for my interview) Iíve noticed that 90% of the time, they only ask questions and do not require the interviewee to show any of their documents. Just to be on the safe side, have your documents ready.
Important: Basing on the time that I spent in front of the interview officers (yes I was seated in front while waiting for my interview) Iíve noticed that 90% of the time, they only ask questions and do not require the interviewee to show any of their documents. Just to be on the safe side, have your documents ready.

3. BE AN HOUR EARLY.

"An hour is okay. Donít do more than that. The lines are long but as long as you arrive at least 30 minutes earlier the given interview time, you can enter. Bring a fan. Cold drinks can help too if you hate the heat but you will need to leave it upon entering. And if itís raining, bring an umbrella."

4. DO NOT BRING FOOD/DRINKS INSIDE


5. DONíT BRING YOUR CELLPHONE OR ANY OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES.


6. DRESS YOUR PART.

"This is important! Pick an outfit that makes you look like whatís indicated in your documents. Just make sure itís simple and decent. DO NOT OVERDRESS.

"Remember this: If your documents state that youíre a student, then you shouldnít be in a business attire, you should look like a student. Jeans and polo or a blouse would be good! 

"If your documents state youíre a businessman, then you should wear a business attire. No need to wear a coat and tie, please. 

"If your documents state youíre an employee, then wear something corporate. 

"In a nutshell, wear something that projects who you are and what you do, just imagine wanting to impress your boss, clients, schoolmates, etc. 

"Trust me on this. The line was long enough for me to observe other interviewees. There were many people in coats and ties and formal dresses who got denied. Officers can smell desperation. (I mean, who wears that to an interview?) Just keep it decent, neat and simple."

7. Be CONFIDENT during the interview.

"The moment they have received your application, they already made a background check for sure. So, what does this mean? You can never lie. How you make a living is very important but having high income will not guarantee your approval. All you need is your confidence when answering. The questions are easy, itís not like they are going to ask you to explain the immutable laws of physics. Being able to speak English properly is a major plus.

"One more tip: NEVER GIVE OUT INFORMATION or DOCUMENTS WHEN ITíS NOT ASKED. Keep your answers straight and to the point."

Just be confident and honest and hello U. S. of A!

Photo Credit: Assinger
Photo Credit: Assinger