The visa interview is the most important part of the entire process of obtaining a visitor visa. Despite having all the documents and meeting all the criteria, visa applications often get refused. Knowing what to expect and being prepared for the visa interview can mean the difference between visa approval or denial. Below are a few tips based on people’s personal experiences.

It is not necessary to become nervous with the word “interview”. This is not like a job interview. However, it is an important process for you otherwise you would not have spent the time or the money to appear for this important interview. The most important aspect of yourself that you can relay to others is your self-confidence. Applicants who are well prepared, answer confidently and have a genuine reason to apply for a visa are usually successful in their quest for the visa.

The first essential step toward a successful interview is preparation.

General Preparation

• Be prepared by having information or general knowledge on what the visa is all about such as the process etc.
• Prepare in advance for most commonly asked questions.
• Reach the consulate at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
• Ask for an interpreter if you are not fluent or confident in the English language.

Document Preparation

• Fill out all the forms/applications neatly and completely.
• Be familiar with what you have entered on the form, especially if you have taken guidance from others. Frequently, elderly people who apply for a visa do not know what they have written in the application form because the sponsor fills the application for them.
• Answer the questions in the form truthfully.
• If obtaining copies of documents, ensure that the copies are legible.
• Verify the names, date of births, etc. match with the information listed on your passport.
• Organize your documents in proper logical order. A well organized and orderly set of documents will make it easier for you to find the right documents quickly during the interview, so you will not appear nervous

Physical Preparation

Image is often as important as content. What you look like and how you say something are just as important as what you say. So dress up nicely and smile.

Attitude Preparation

Provide to-the-point, clear, and concise answers. Do not provide any information that is not relevant or is not asked. (In many cases, this is where people make a mistake by giving unnecessary details that were not asked for).

• Do not argue.
• Do not ask unnecessary questions.
• Be polite.

During the Interview

• Greet the interviewer when you see him or her the first time.
• Communicate clearly. Do not hesitate to politely ask to repeat or rephrase the question if you don’t understand the question.