Tips for a successful visa interview

Travelling is often considered as an escape from reality. While it gives you the chance to take a break, it also comes with multiple responsibilities. Some of these include applying for a visa, appearing for an interview, and so on. Such tasks, although trivial, can be stressful when they’re not handled correctly in advance

Thus, the first and the most crucial step before you travel is to apply for a visa and give an interview. These steps will only bring you a step closer to setting foot abroad.

In this article, we will help you understand how to nail that interview with grace (especially if you’re nervous):

General Preparation

  •     Run a little background research

First things first. It is important to collect some information or general knowledge on what the visa interview is all about.

  •     Know what to expect

Many of you might envision a face-to-face conversation. However, this may not always be the case. A visa interview at U.S consular posts is typically different. The applicant has to stand at a counter while others wait and watch in the background.

  •     Be punctual

Be it a job or visa interview, punctuality is the key. Always remember to reach the consulate ahead of time. So, see to it that you reach the embassy at least 30 minutes earlier.

  •     Address any potential language barrier

Now, some of you may have an accent. Well, in that case, see to it that you speak slowly. This will help the interviewer to understand your language clearly. And hey, if you’re not applying for a job that requires English, ask for an interpreter.

Document Preparation

  •     Familiarise yourself with your application materials

Certain questions that you will be asked at the interview will be addressed in your application materials. So, see to it that you take time before the interview to acquaint yourself with the details of your letter of support, and other supporting documents.

  •     Carry all the necessary documents

The interviewer may or may not always ask for your academic mark sheets, but it is advisable to keep them handy. Present those documents in a way that clearly indicates the significance of each paperwork.

  •     Organize the paperwork in a proper manner

Arrange your documents in a logical order. This is simply because a well-organized and systemized set of documents will make it simpler for you to find the right documents immediately during the interview.

  •     Ensure the copies are readable

If you’re getting any additional copies of the document, make sure that they all are readable. Check if the names, date of birth, and so on are matching with the original documents.

Physical Preparation

  •       Dress impressively

Always attend the visa interview in business attire. A well-ironed shirt and a pair of formal trousers along with a blazer or coat will do the trick. You can also wear formal Indian wear like Kurtis and leggings.

  •     Carry yourself with class

When speaking to the officer, stand tall and maintain eye contact. Do not speak casually during the interview. Carry yourself with dignity to create an impression.

  •     Speak confidently

We get it. You’re nervous. But hey, relax. Don’t let nervousness take over. Instead, put on a warm smile on your face, speak confidently, and deliver the best you can.

Attitude Preparation

  •     Give precise answers

The visa officers are pressed for time. So, they usually wrap the whole process in two minutes. These two minutes are extremely crucial for you as it gives you the time to build an impression that decides your fate. So, the best you can do here is to provide concise answers to them

  •     Maintain a positive attitude

Enter the room with a smile. If your visa is granted, thank them politely and leave. Do not engage the consular officers in an argument (even if you are denied a visa). The best you can do is try to reason out with them (without indulging in a fight).

  •     Speak for yourself

Many people often make the mistake of bringing their parents or spouses to speak on their behalf. But hey, guess what? It sends a wrong signal to the visa officer. A negative impression is created if you aren’t prepared to speak on your behalf.

Once you’ve nailed your visa interview with these tips, you need to sit back and wait to receive it at the doorstep. You can also track the visa status while sitting at home to find out about the updates!