If you would like to find out more about what the US embassy is and how the interview works in order to get your visa you are in the right place. We will inform you about everything you need to know and help you in every step of the way.
This is a quick overview of the process but don’t worry, we have linked you the detailed and in-depth articles to each topic to make sure that you have all the tips and tricks you’ll need to pass your interview.
First things first - what is the US embassy? An embassy is the headquarters for US Government representatives serving in a foreign country and is normally located in the capital city of your country. It may have branches, known as consulates, in other cities. The primary purpose of an embassy is to assist American citizens who travel to or live in the host country. However, US Foreign Service Officers also interview citizens of the host country who wish to travel to the United States for work or education, which is probably the reason why you are reading this right now.
If you decided that you want to go to the States to jumpstart your career there then you will have to pass an interview at the US embassy. Follow the steps below to make sure that you don’t forget anything:
The day of your appointment can be very nerve wracking so it is important that you make sure that you don’t forget anything, since it is crucial to have all the information gathered beforehand. The documents that you will need for your appointment are the following:
- Your passport
- Two (2) passport photos – check U.S. Embassy website for dimensions
- Your DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status, obtained from the program sponsor in the United States and your DS-7002 Form or Training Plan
- Your printed SEVIS fee receipt, which is generated when you pay for your SEVIS fee
- Evidence of financial resources
To be fully ready with all the documents for the interview, click here. If you should need a guide to fill out your DS 160 Form, the online nonimmigrant visa application form, you can find one here.
Once you have scheduled the actual appointment and received the date and time it is time to get ready for the interview with one of the officers. The most important thing to remember during your visa interview is to remain calm! Being well prepared is extremely important. Answer all of the questions asked of you, and remember to be open and honest! Usual questions are as follows:
- What will you be doing in the USA?
- For how long do you plan on staying in the USA?
- Do you know anyone in the USA?
- Why have you chosen this country?
- What are your plans for the future?
For the best way to answer these questions, have a look here.
Final tips for the interview - practice your English and be prepared that the interview will be conducted in English and not in your native language. Dress for success will not go wrong here - as you know, there is no second chance to make a first impression. You must be able to show that you have reasons for returning to your home country and that you are not planning on staying in the US. Last but not least, be concise and keep your answers to the officer's questions short and to the point and do not engage the consular officer in an argument.
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