How to Prepare For a Visa Interview

When you apply for a visa for travelling abroad, there are specific criteria that you must fulfil in order to be eligible for the travel permit.  These terms and conditions of course differ from country to country and are usually more stringent as far as European and North American countries are concerned. For instance, USA regards all foreign nationals visiting its shores as prospective immigrants even if the applicants have applied for non-immigrant visas.


Therefore when you’re applying for a visa for travelling to a foreign country (especially the US, UK, Canada or Australia) you should be able to convince the consular officer that you don’t have any intentions of settling down. Furthermore, apply at least a month ahead of your expected travel date so that the embassy or consulate office gets sufficient time to process your application thoroughly and give you an interview date. The following guidelines will surely help you to confidently prepare for a visa interview.


English Only

You can take it for granted that the language of communication would be English with respect to your visa interview (except for some specific countries). So, it goes without saying that you should be able to communicate in fluent English just as any local or native speaker. Your interviewer should have the impression that you’d be able to express yourself in English when you communicate with the local population.


Speak Up for Yourself

You should always speak up for yourself and speak directly to the embassy official. If it is you who is applying for a visa, then you should be mentally prepared to speak directly to the concerned authority and not let your parent or any family member speak for your sake. Your application might be turned down if you’re not willing to communicate directly. In case you’re underage and applying for a higher education program, you’d still need to speak directly. Only in matters that concerns funding for your academic program, will your parents be allowed to speak.


Be Succinct

Since consular or embassy officials have to conduct innumerable interviews on any given day, they are under considerable time constraint and will try to finish your session as quickly as possible. They’ll mentally decide whether to give you a travel permit or not in a couple of minutes. So, what you articulate in the first few minutes will mean the difference between your getting the visa and your application being turned down. Your answers should be brief and to the point.


On Your Dependants

If you’re leaving your family behind when you are travelling, be prepared to explain in a reasonable and practical manner about how they’ll fend for themselves when you’re abroad.  In case you’re the sole earning member in your family, you’ll have to reply in a tactful way. Irrespective of your financial condition, your answer should not in any way give the embassy officials the impression that you’ll be remitting money to your family after you land in the country. If you’re a student applying for a visa, you should be able to convince the authorities that your objective of visiting the country is to pursue academics and academics only. If you want your family members to get united with you sometime later, then you should suggest them to send in their applications to the same branch of the embassy or consulate you had applied.


Keep All Your Documents Handy

The embassy official will be able to make out immediately whether all your documentations are in order or not. They’ll also be able to tell instantly if they’re significant enough. Keep all your notes and essays short so that the interviewing official can go through them quickly.


Finally, you should bear in mind that you should not argue with the official or interfere with him or her. In case your application is turned down, ask the officer about the proper documents that you’d need to submit. Always keep a positive attitude. 


Last Updated On:14/09/2013

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