Are you done with the DWS-160 online application?
If so, then you are definitely in the right blog post.
Your sole goal at this moment is to get a US non-immigrant visa by passing the interview.
Sounds great right. But what if you feel nervousness creeping inside of you?
Just like any interviews, it’s hard to suppress the jitters, but with any one-on-one interaction confidence can calm down your nerves and make the other person comfortable.
Boost your confidence with preparation.
5 Steps to Pass the US Non-Immigrant Visa Interview:
Step 1: Gather all the required documents.
After you book an interview online for US non-immigrant visa check your email. Print and bring all the documents along with other requirements in the interview:
- Confirmation letter
- DS-160 confirmation page
- MRV or Scotiabank fee receipt
- Valid passport (at least six months beyond the itinerary)
- Work permit or permanent resident card
- ID (e.g., driver’s license or provincial photo identification card)
- Certificate of employment. For live-in caregiver, a letter from the employer specifying the employee’s work record and itinerary may be asked by the consul. Don’t forget to include contact information for both parties.
- Current bank statement
- Current bills with your name and address
- Other documents required based on the type of visa
You may present only some of the documents listed above. Still it is best to prepare in case the consular officer ask for more proof of Canadian binding ties.
Step 2: Leave everything that is not necessary.
The US Embassy and Consulate in Canada do not permit the following items:
- Backpacks, bags, luggage, or large purses (purses 12 x 10 x 6 in. and smaller will be permitted)
- Food and beverages
- Sharp or bladed objects
- Any liquid or sprays
- Gadgets (e.g., camera, laptop, mobile, CD, MP3, cassette players, and keyless remotes)
- Strollers (acceptable in case by case basis)
Following the security procedures will facilitate the entry. You don’t want to ask for consideration to allow a prohibited item or, as a last resort, throw it away (just like my CD on which I save my visa photo).
Ask someone to come with you if you need to bring and leave a prohibited item before entering the Consulate. This is the safest way to have everything you need—including moral support.
Step 3: Study the sample questions for US non-immigrant visa interview:
- What is your job?
- How long have you been in Canada?
- Do you have any relatives in Canada or in USA?
- What is the purpose of your trip?
- What are the places you are planning to visit?
- Who will accompany you in the trip?
Most of the questions are also found in the DS-160 online form; review your personal copy and take note of the information especially the place where you plan to stay whether in relatives or friends.
The interview will last 5 minutes or more. (Mine lasted 15-20 minutes.) Apparently, waiting for your turn is longer than the interview. (If you plan to have a US visa interview in Calgary, your friend or relative can wait for you in the Calgary Public Library located across the U.S. Consulate General Calgary.)
Regardless of how long it will take, you have to say the right words. You have to convince the consul officer about the purpose of the trip.
So take time and relax in answering each question.
Credibility is everything.
If you pass (disregard if, positivity please), the consular officer will get your passport and give a copy of instructions on how to get your passport delivered.
Step 4: Dress for the occasion.
Show off your new sneakers or heels in another event. For the US non-immigrant visa interview go for comfortable, easy-to-remove clothes.
Your jacket and shoes will be examined. Wear slip-on shoes and just- the-right-fit pants that wouldn’t fall without a belt. And of course please wear socks with no holes.
You’ve worked hard to build confidence; don’t let any embarrassment crash your effort.
Step 5: Arrive on time. The last step, ironically, is the most crucial.
After all the documents and psychological preparation you need to have enough time for the trip and procedures in the Consulate: examining of belongings, checking of required documents, and waiting for the appointment.
Plan the trip, check the road advisory.
By all means do not be late.
Or worse miss the US visa interview. It’s not a pleasant experience to write a letter of request for another appointment. I’m saving the details for another blog post for those who ran out of luck.
Get Ready to Cross the Border
Shrug off any negativity.
Are you feeling the stream of confidence flowing through your nerves now that you know how to prepare and pass the US non-immigrant visa interview.
Go get the visa, your ticket to discover the wonders in fifty states of America.
Are you excited already—about the trip (no doubt) and the interview? Share your dream destination or ask (not so) relevant question.