How is the visa interview going at the embassy?

If you want to get your VISA for the United States, you will not be able to escape the interview at the US Embassy. This is one of the most decisive steps in the visa application procedure.

The achievement of the latter will depend essentially on the smooth running and outcome of this meeting with the American authorities. To put all the chances on your side, you will have to prepare yourself in advance, not to arrive late, to be dressed for the occasion and not to forget any document.

Please note that persons travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) will not be interviewed for their travel authorization.

What documents do you need to take with you to the embassy to obtain your visa?

For your interview at the U. S. Embassy, please take these with you:

  • Your passport.
  • A Chronopost envelope with your address written on it.
  • The DS-160 form you filled out for the VISA application and your SEVIS number.
  • Documents proving your creditworthiness (pay slips, statement of account, etc.) and your ability to support yourself during your stay.
  • The letter of commitment from your sponsor.

But don't take away.

  • Your computer.
  • Water, food and water.
  • Your keys, as well as any other metallic gadget, because they will be stolen at the security checkpoint and cannot be taken inside the Embassy.

If you need to fill in digital documents, this is already planned and possible in the embassy.

How is the visa interview going at the embassy?

Please note that you will have to arrive on time, as any delay could be a disadvantage. Upon arrival, after the customary security check, pick up your number at the ticket machine and go to the callers' waiting room. When your turn arrives, give your ticket and your file to the agent in charge, who will take your fingerprints. You will be redirected to another maintenance agent.

How will the interview be conducted?

As a reminder, this interview will be aimed at verifying your real intentions regarding your stay in the United States. The consular officer will ask questions to ensure that you have a strong connection with your country of origin and that you are motivated or compelled to return.

In other words, you don't plan to stay illegally in the United States at the end of your presumed right of residence! If you have no bad intentions, then you have nothing to fear. The interview will only last a few minutes and will certainly be conducted in your native language. If not, you can ask to be assisted by an interpreter.

Questions from the embassy during your visa interview

In fact, each interview is different and the questions vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for. So you will have to expect questions that you haven't even thought of. Anyway, if that happens, just answer it simply and frankly.

Here are a few basic questions that you can answer:

  • Why do you want to go to the United States?
  • Why do you want to study/work in the United States?
  • Which universities/companies have you applied to and where will you study/work? How do you plan to finance your studies? (For students only)
  • How do you plan to finance your life on the spot? How do you plan to support yourself locally?
  • Where will you live?
  • Do you have a family? Are you going to take him there? What's she gonna do about it?

How do you know if you will get your visa after your interview at the embassy?

Your interview will result in two outcomes: Obtaining your VISA or refusing your application. In the first case, you will be informed of your situation as soon as the interview ends. You will then receive your passport in the Chronopost envelope that you have brought along within 48 hours.

In the second case, you will receive a document explaining why your VISA has been refused. You will be informed when and how you can collect your passport. Please note that you have the right to re-apply for VISA, but only if your situation has changed since your first application.

How do you dress for a meeting with the American authorities?

Although there are no dress requirements, it is very important that you make a good impression. A neat appearance, although it does not guarantee the visa, will give a good image of you and will make the agents look like you are more confident. What to wear in concrete terms? The city outfit is the least risky and undoubtedly the most appropriate: Suit and tie for men, suit for women.

The rule is very simple: Don't get noticed! Adopt a sober style, without the slightest eccentricity (overly make-up, dress too short, etc.).

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