Tourist Visa Interview: What Frequently Asked Questions?

The interview at the US consulate or embassy It is one of the most difficult steps for applicants of a B1/B2 tourist visa. Because it is the decisive moment to know if a US consular officer approves or rejects the application.

The decision is totally up to him and lor determines with a series of questions. In AmericanPost.News We tell you what this process is like so that you can prepare yourself and increase your chances of success.

The United States has more than 20 types of visas that serve different travel purposes: some are to enter to work, others to study, but the most common is the B1/B2, which is used to enter the USA for tourism, shopping and family visit.

For that reason, the B1/B2 visa is also known as the tourist visa. It is granted for up to 10 years and in each entry to the United States you can stay a maximum of 6 months, unless you request an extension of stay.

When does the interview take place?

1) The first step in applying for a visa is to fill out the DS-160 form. It is the most important step in the process because the consular officer’s interview will be based on the information you provide there. 2) Then an account is created at 3) The application payment is made. 4) biometric data is taken from the applicant in the CAS and 5) then the visa interview is carried out at the American embassy or consulate.

What documents are brought to the visa interview?

It is recommended that you also print your appointment confirmation with instructions and proof of receipt of payment. It is important to arrive 30 minutes before the time set in your instructions. Have an answer ready.

For the procedure, you will only need to present the printed confirmation of the DS-160 form and your valid mexican passport. However, it is recommended that you also print your appointment confirmation with instructions and proof of receipt of payment.

The consular officer will only ask for your DS-160 form confirmation and passport at the time of the interview. If the question session gets complicated and asks you to prove that you will return to Mexico after your trip or that you have financial resources to support the expenses, you can present other supporting documents.

A proof of employment demonstrates rootedness because it indicates that you have a stable job in Mexico to return to. Submit a student letter or certificate (signed by your institution) if you are still studying.

Are economic solvency test documents such as proof of payment receipts, account statements and proof of tax returns. It is very likely that you do not need to present them, but they are a precautionary measure.

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This is the process when you arrive at the embassy or consulate

It is important to arrive 30 minutes before the time set in your instructions. Have an answer ready.

It is important to arrive 30 minutes before the time set in your instructions. Upon arrival, you will go through a filter where they will check that you have your Mexican passport and DS-160 form. They will show you your place in line and give instructions. You cannot go to the embassy or consulate with cell phones, headphones, USB memories, electronic devices.

When it is your turn, you will go to the fingerprint confirmation area. You will be asked to place your fingerprints on a scanner to verify your identity. You will go through a security arch to check that you are not carrying prohibited objects. You will be asked to take off your belt and coat, but you can put them on once you have passed this filter.

You will arrive at a waiting area and be called to an interview with consular officers when it is your turn. The interview with the consular officer is in Spanish. It usually lasts less than two minutes, but it depends on each case and applicant’s history.

It will ask for your passport and form DS-160. It will be based on the latter to ask you the questions, so it is VERY IMPORTANT that your answers match the information you provided on the DS-160. If not, you may be faced with more questions to clarify your contradictions.

Based on the interview, the consular officer will decide whether to approve or reject your visa application and will give instructions on when and where to pick it up.

Frequently asked questions at the visa interview

Have an answer ready.

The questions change according to the case and the answers that the applicant begins to give. However, there are some that are very common. Have an answer prepared for the ones we listed because it is very likely that they will be formulated to you.

  • 1. Where in the United States are you traveling to?
  • 2. What is the reason for your trip?
  • 3. How long will your stay be and when do you plan to leave?
  • 4. Who are you traveling with?
  • 5. Where do you work? How long have you been working there and what activities do you carry out?
  • 6. Who will pay for your travel expenses?
  • 7. Where will you stay?
  • 8. Do you have relatives in the United States?
  • 9. Have you traveled or been to the United States before?

Answer only what they ask you. Stick to your DS-160 form and don’t get bogged down with stories that might confuse you.

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