Visitor Visa Interview Preparation

Visitor Visa interview is the most important part of the entire
process of obtaining a visitor visa (also known as tourist visa or B2
visa). Despite having all the documents and meeting all the criteria,
visa applications often get refused. Knowing what to expect, and being
prepared for the visa interview can mean the difference between visa
approval and denial. Below are a few tips based on people’s experiences
about visitor visa interview preparation.

Don’t get nervous with the word “interview”. This is not like a job
interview. However, it is an important process for you otherwise you
wouldn’t spend the time and money to appear for the interview. The most
important thing that you can carry with you is your self-confidence.
Applicants who are well prepared, answer confidently, and have a genuine
reason to apply for the visa are usually successful in getting the
visa.

The first essential step toward a successful interview is preparation.

General Preparation

  • Get some information or general knowledge on what the visa is all about, the process, etc?
  • Prepare for most commonly asked questions.
  • Reach the consulate a little early.
  • Ask for a interpreter if you are not conversant or confident in English.

Document Preparation

  • Fill all the forms/applications neatly and completely.
  • Know what you have filled in the form, esp if you have taken
    guidance from others. Frequently, elderly people who apply for visa do
    not know what they have written in the application form because the
    sponsor fills the application for them.
  • Answer the questions in the form truthfully.
  • If getting copies of documents, ensure that the copies are readable.
  • Verify that the names, date of birth, etc, are matching with the information in your passport.
  • Organize your documents in proper logical order. A well organized
    and orderly set of documents will make it easier for you to find the
    right documents quickly during the interview, so you will not get
    nervous.

Physical Preparation

Image is often as important as content. What you look like and how
you say something are just as important as what you say. So dress up
nicely and smile.

Attitude Preparation

Provide to-the-point, clear, and concise answers. Do not provide any
information that is not relevant or is not asked. (In many cases, this
is where people make a mistake by giving unnecessary details that were
not asked for).

  • Do not argue.
  • Do not ask unnecessary questions.
  • Be polite.

During the Interview

  • Greet the interviewer when you see him or her the first time.
  • Communicate clearly. Do not hesitate to politely ask to repeat or rephrase the question if you don’t understand the question.