9 FAQs for U.S. visa interview in Saudi Arabia

In the process to apply for a U.S. visit visa, an immigration officer at an embassy in Saudi Arabia asks you some questions in an interview. Here are the generally asked questions.

1-What do you do for a living? How much do you earn? Be careful while answering this question. You need to tell the officer concretely that you have been doing your current job for X number of years and earning that much a month.

The information provided in the application form should match with the information you provide in response to this question.

2-Why do you want to travel to the United States particularly?

  • I want to attend my cousin’s son’s wedding, therefore, I have applied for a visa.
  • I have researched a lot about the attractive tourist places in the United States, therefore, I will like to visit those places.
  • I would like to travel to the US because my elder sister is undergoing a serious operation and she needs me badly.

3-How many countries have you traveled to (together)? This is his next expected question. Although you have already provided this information in the visa application form, still he wants to listen to it from you.

Keep in mind, if you have answered that you want to visit the USA as you love traveling and tourism, he will be checking how many other countries have you traveled to before?

Obviously, if you want to go to the USA but have not visited other neighboring countries like UAE, Turkey, Bahrain, Europe, your application is suspicious.

4-Why do you want to go in this particular season there?

The winter season is very rough in the U.S, therefore, I would love to explore the place in the spring season.

I have heard that the Christmas festival comes with amazing shopping sales, deals, and discounts; moreover, I want to explore the black Friday sale too. This is the main reason I am a shopaholic.

The weather in the coming month will be perfect for my road trips to the far country areas with my daughter.

5-How long would you stay in the United States?

  • I am planning to stay there for at least 2 to 3 weeks.
  • I will stay there for a month only because I have to get back to work.
  • My vacation span consists of 2 months so I will not stay longer than 2 months.

6-Where do you intend to stay in the United States?

I will live with my son-in-law as he is residing in California. (Same address as mentioned in the visa application form.

7-Do you have any family members living there?

Once again, this question has already been asked in the application form and you have answered it there. But that question was only related to Blood relations. A question about family members should be answered broadly. Yes, my uncle with his family lives there and I am planning to stay at his place.

8-How much is the expected cost of your trip?

  • With airfare, accommodation, food, and expenses, it makes a total of US $6100.
  • My son is sponsoring me.

9-Questions about Marital Status

Keep in mind that the officer wants to know your marital status. If you are applying for a visa alone, he will ask you if you are married? If you are married and applying for a visit visa alone, there are chances that you will not come back to your home country. So, the chances of visa rejection are increased.

If you are applying with your wife, it is understood that you are married. So the next question will be, when did you get married? Do you have any children? If you get married recently and you don’t have any children, you have few commitments and ties which will bring you back to Saudi Arabia. Your visa application is risky now.

If you are applying with school-going children, it is a safer condition as you have more ties which will bring you back to Saudi Arabia. 

If he suspects that you are planning to visit the USA for the delivery of your child, he will try to let you know that the U.S. government will not pay any of the medical expenses there.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.