10 Tips for U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia

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 the U.S goes down the drain when your Visit Visa application gets rejected. In this article, we will share some tips for U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia and frequently asked U.S embassy Riyadh interview questions.

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. Recommended: How to apply for the U.S Visit Visa?

There are sometimes slight errors or mistakes, as simple as lack of confidence which can cause failure. The applications denied are far greater than the accepted ones!  Following are some tips for U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia and frequently asked US embassy Riyadh interview questions.

Tips for U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia

  1. Clothes for the U.S Visa Interview

Don’t be overdressed for the U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia. 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!

  1. Time

Value time and be punctual at U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia. 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. Avoid bringing foodstuff and electronic items such as cell phones with you inside.

  1. Sequence

Eat, because the process for the U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia 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)
  1. Show as if you love to visit the U.S

Your U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia lasts only 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.

  1. Be confident

Prepare thoroughly for the U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia, 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 their 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.

  1. 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

  1. Be polite

Be polite in answering and never argue during the U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia. 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.

  1. 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
  • Photographs
  • 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
  1. If you fail;

If you fail to convince the officials in U.S visa interview in Saudi Arabia don’t get dishearten as it is not permanent. You can always apply again and mention the previous reason for rejection. Be prepared for a tricky question like “what if….” Always think before speaking. It’s good if you support your answers with documents.

  1. U.S Embassy Riyadh interview questions

It is better to prepare yourself for the interview questions in advance. We have published a separate article for the frequently asked U.S. Embassy interview questions.

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