Visiting the United States on Visit Visa is the dream of almost every second individual living in Saudi Arabia. This dream of moving or visiting U.S goes down the drain when your Visit Visa application gets rejected or when you are very near to your destination but you fail in the interview. That’s really heartbreaking! Visit Visa is not only difficult to get but also expensive and no one would like it to be rejected as it is time-consuming as well. Getting Visit Visa is a bit difficult also because some people betrayed the American authorities by utilizing fake or illegal means, overstaying in the country or running away from the sponsors. No wonder their strictness is well justified because they don’t need more violators to enter their country and so they need to filter such people properly. Therefore, the authorities would love to see such people who are honest enough to abide by their rules, stay for the given time and return after that.
So, if you are worried about the interview and have fear in your heart related to failing in the interview, you have landed on the correct article! Yes! We are going to give a brief overview of the interview and all the relevant tips which will help you clear this step in no time. There are sometimes slight errors or mistakes, as simple as lack of confidence which can cause the failure. The applications denied are far greater than the accepted ones! Following are the tips and the mistakes you should keep in mind for your interview.
Tips to get U.S. Visit (B-2) Visa from Saudi Arabia
1-Clothes: Don’t be overdressed. You should look as decent as your documents portray you. Wear formal clothes as if it’s a formal meeting because the person interviewing you is an American (the interpreter may be local). Americans favor formal attire so men can wear a tie as well. If you are applying as a student, look like a student formally dressed. Be decent, neat and simple!
2-Time: Value time and be punctual. Leave a bit earlier to reach the embassy/consulate because you don’t want to get late if you are stuck in traffic and because the lines in the embassy are too long.
3-Sequence: Eat, because the process takes half a day so have enough energy because you need to get in a couple of queues.
- The first line is for Getting inside the embassy.
- The Second line is for getting your interview number.
- The third line is for getting inside the building where the interview is scheduled (SEATED)
- The fourth line is for Photo screening purpose (you should not be smiling in the photo you brought)
- The fifth line is for Hand Prints
- The sixth and final line is the interview (SEATED)
4-Avoid: Avoid bringing food stuff and electronic items such as cell phones with you inside.
5-Show as if you love to visit U.S: Your interview lasts only about for few minutes. The main thing that the officer wants to make sure is that you won’t overstay in their country and you won’t adopt illegal means of staying in the country and return within the given time. You should reassure them and satisfy them that you are just going for a short period and have no intentions of staying extra. You should have enough proof for them to show that you will return for sure.
6-Be confident: Prepare thoroughly, this will help you stay confident. Don’t keep nervous expressions on your face or trembling hands which might put a negative image of yours on them. Smile and greet them nicely. Look straight into the eyes of the officer while speaking and keep straight confident posture. Officers are trained to read your expressions and body language. Always remember you need to convince them that you won’t stay there forever and you will return on time. None of your answers should show your intentions of settling or finding work there.
7-Clear answers: Give simple, clear, loud, to the point, short answers. Don’t tell them long stories or explanations. Giving unnecessary information might lead you to rejection. Avoid contradictory statements. Speak proper English
8-Be polite: Be polite in answering and never argue. Show respect. Do not elaborate your answers unnecessarily as it may go against you. Don’t ask irrelevant questions or question them back. Don’t be too aggressive with the idea of wasting your fee which you paid.
9-Appropriate date: It is easy to say that you want to visit the US anytime you feel like but choose and show an appropriate date which satisfies the American officials. For example, if you are a student, give them a date coinciding with your academic year to show that you will return upon finishing your studies. If there is work-related event, tell them the dates coinciding with it.
10-Documents: Have correct documents ready with you for safer side. Mostly it is seen that they don’t ask for your documents to view.
- Valid passport
- Birth certificate
- Visa DS-160 form page
- Application fee receipt
- Consent to travel for minors
- Employment/school/SEC certificate
- Marriage certificate (if married)
- Invitation from a US resident
- Bank records of last 3 months
- Any other documents for supporting your visit to states
11-If you fail: If you fail to convince the officials don’t get dishearten as it is not permanent. You can always apply again and mention the previous reason for rejection. Be prepared for tricky question like “what if….” Always think before speaking. It’s good if you support your answers with documents.
12-Prepare for questions like:
- Why do you want to travel to States?
- For how much time will you stay?
- Who is sponsoring you?
- Where will you stay?
- Can’t you finish your work in a shorter time?
- What does your U.S relative do?
- Will you come back after visiting?
- How will you assure us that you’ll return?