How to Prepare for the United States Visa Interview


Preparation is the key to success in whatever one is doing. Failing to prepare for anything means one is preparing to fail, which is the reason why one should never overlook preparation before taking any step-in life. Immigration to the United States as an immigrant leads one to taking a lot of steps that can be disappointing if one is not well prepared. Out of all the procedures one needs to follow to secure the United States visa, the visa interview is the penultimate procedure.  The United States visa interview is often carried out for each immigrant at various United States embassies in their respective countries. To secure the visa successfully with ease, it is very necessary for you to know how to prepare for the United States visa interview as an immigrant. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for the United States visa interview:

Arrival time – the United States visa interviews are conducted for immigrants who have applied for the United States visa at various United States embassies in their respective countries. When an immigrant applies for the United States visa, he or she will be given an interview date and time. The immigrant is expected to be at the embassy at the time allocated to him or her which is the reason why interviewers do not attend to any excuse from immigrants who fail to meet up with their interview time due to lateness. Missing one’s interview means one has forfeited the chance of securing the visa, which is the reason why it is important for one to be as punctual as possible when one is attending one’s visa interview.

Dressing – there’s an adage which says,” you should dress the way you wish to be addressed.” Appearance is one of the factors that can be used to determine the type of person an individual is. A lot of people do get rejected at important appointments due to the way they are dressed while some are also rewarded at important appointments due to the way they’re dressed too. The United States interview is a very sensitive interview which one can be denied if one’s dressing does not impress the interviewer. Wondering the best way to dress when going for the United States visa interview? The best way to dress when attending the interview is to make sure you are dressed formally and neatly regardless of the type of visa you applied for.

Facial expressions – when attending the visa interview as an immigrant, it is important for you to work on your facial expressions and nervousness. One of the reasons why people do get rejected at the embassy is because of nervousness and inability to show the right facial expressions at the right time. When the interview is going on, it is best for you to smile when necessary and never show your nervousness to the interviewer as it may give a bad impression. To prepare well for the interview, it is advisable for one to have a practice partner who you can practice how to attend an interview with before going to the embassy.

You should know about the ESTA travel application if you are from a visa waiver program country and you are planning a trip to the United States. Do I need a passport to travel in the US? Every citizen of a visa program country traveling to the US will need an ESTA.

Confident answers and respect – confidence is a very important factor when it comes to United States Visa interviews. Confidence shows how much someone believes in him or herself. The interview involves being asked a lot of questions that are expected to be answered truthfully by the immigrant. When attending the interview, you should always put it in mind that you must be as confident as possible when giving your answers so that the interviewer can have a deep trust in the answers you give. It is also very important to answer questions with utmost respect for the interviewer. Being rude to an interviewer reduces your chance of securing the visa.

Freedom to ask the interviewer to rephrase his or her words – a lot of visa applicants has been denied the United States visa due to their inability to communicate well with the interviewer. Most interviewers at the United States embassies do not speak loud due to the fact that they expect you to be attentive to What they are saying.


If you do not hear what an interviewer is saying to you, you should not try to answer the unknown question with instinct, you should rather say sentences like “I beg your pardon”, “excuse me”, “can you please repeat the sentence” etc. which is a good way to make the interviewer explain the questions to you.

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Erric Ravi
Erric Ravi
Erric Ravi is an entrepreneur, speaker & the founder of Storify News and Gurgaon Times of India He is the Co-Founder of The Storify News Times. Forbes calls him a top influencer of Chief Marketing Officers and the world’s top social marketing talent. Entrepreneur lists him among 50 online marketing influencers to watch. has him on the list of 20 digital marketing experts to follow on Twitter. Oanalytica named him #1 Global Content Marketing Influencer. BizHUMM ranks him as the world’s #1 business blogger.

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