Increased immigration, security concerns, economic factors, and other influences
in recent years have all led to a considerable change in the way U.S.
non-immigrant visas are granted, particularly regarding their categories,
preferences, and quotas. What has not changed, however, is the visa interview
process which allows immigration officers to screen through applications.
This step in the
immigration process tends to be a considerable source of anxiety and difficulty for
many individuals looking to visit, study, or work in the United States.
Fortunately, there are many ways that you can prepare for this interview
and know what to say when questioned.
Some of the most important factors US officers consider when interviewing
an applicant include:
Link to home country: An applicant’s ties to their home country, whether they be financial,
familial, business-related, educational, or otherwise, demonstrate that
they are not intending to permanently immigrate and are highly scrutinized
by immigration officers. U.S. visa consular officers always assume that
an applicant intends to stay in the United States unless they are convinced
that their foreign ties present a suitable need to return.
Finances: While having a strong financial standing can have a positive impact during
a visa interview, it is not required. America is not only for the rich,
and consular officers understand this. However, applicants must be able
to show that they have enough financial resources to cover their expenses
during stay in the United States.
Language: Having a strong ability to read, write, and speak English is important
not only for the interview, but also as a means of understanding American
culture. Generally speaking, applicants who are unable to understand interview
questions or answer them in a coherent manner may encounter difficulty
receiving approval from a consular officer.
Confidence: Consular officers like applicants who can speak for themselves in a one-on-one
setting in a confident manner. Lack of confidence or a hesitance to speak
about one’s travel plans may cause an officer to suspect that their
answers are invalid.
Dependents: Tying into financial standing, the number of dependents in an applicant’s
home country will be important. While it serves as a solid link to their
home country, having a large number of dependents at home may cause an
officer to question an applicant’s ability to support themselves
financially while in the United States.
Attitude: Having a positive attitude can do wonders to help your chances of approval.
Do not argue with a consular officer. Instead, remain polite and try to
understand what they need to make a favorable decision for your application.
Honesty: Lying to an immigration officer is the easiest way to have your application
denied. Remember, these people are trained professionals who will be able
to sense if you are trying to stretch the truth. Genuinely explaining
your situation and reason to travel will help you maintain a solid chance
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While these tips can help you know what to expect during your interview,
by far the best way to boost your chances of success is to enlist the
services of a knowledgeable attorney. At USILaw, our Montgomery County
immigration lawyers provide premier-quality immigration advocacy to clients
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