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How do you complete a successful visa interview?

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2020 | Immigration Law

As an immigrant intending to settle in Georgia, you will need a visa. Without a visa, you cannot legally work or live in the United States for a long period of time. Going through the visa process often feels daunting and frightening. This is particularly true for the visa interview. 

Fortunately, there are ways you can prepare yourself for your future interview. With a few tips, you can come into your interview prepared and ready to go. 

Preparing in advance via rehearsal

The American University discusses tips for a successful visa interview. One tip is to remember the interview will happen in English. It may help to rehearse with a native English speaker before you take the interview. Do not bring any third party along with you, either. It makes a negative impression if the officer believes you cannot speak on your own behalf. As a minor with parents present, they should still wait in the waiting area. 

Be mindful of your time limit 

Quick interviews will help, as officers are often pressed for time due to the volume of their applications. Keep answers short and to the point. Create an easy way to identify the supplemental documents you bring for the same reason; you are working in a time crunch. 

You should also prepare yourself to address difficult questions. For example, if you have dependents in your home country, the officer may ask how they will support themselves in your absence. Giving off the impression that you must send money back from America could result in a denial of your application. 

If you do not pass the interview, you still have options to appeal the decision. As such, remember to keep an optimistic and positive outlook and treat the officer politely.