Applying for a US tourist visa, in the Trump administration, is not the same as before. Rather, it has become tougher for foreign nationals, including Indians and, so has become the US visa interview for visitors. The updated policy for US visitor/tourist visas requires foreign nationals to define their plans for the first three months of their visit to the US in the application form and stick to the same during their interview with consular officers.
A little discrepancy between what they write in the application form and what they tell consular officers regarding “What is the purpose of your USA visit?” can result in visa denial or cancellation. Being true to yourself is one of the best US visa interview tips.
Why do you want to go to USA is the most common and crucial of the questions asked in a US visa interview for Indians. Parents of many Indians residing in the United States visit their children once in a year or two. Many of the visiting parents are senior citizens who feel like walking a tightrope during their first interview for the US visa. Some of them are under the impression that if they be honest and tell the visa officer that they are going to visit their son/daughter/family in USA, their purpose may be misunderstood as their plan to immigrate and the US tourist/visitor visa may be refused to them.
Do always remember, ‘Honesty is the best policy.’ Being honest in answering the unavoidable question – Why you are going to USA – during a US visa interview for Indians and others will increase your chances for visa approval. Visiting your son, daughter or family in the US is neither a crime nor an offence. Rather, it is a legitimate reason for why you are going to visit USA.
The other questions asked in a US visa interview for Indians are:
- Have you been to the US before?
- How long do you plan to stay in the US?
- Why do you plan to stay so long? Can’t you make it a shorter trip?
- Where will you stay in the US?
- Do you have relatives or friends in the US?
- Who is sponsoring your visit?
- What does your sponsor do?
- What’s your plan to do during your stay in the US?
- Have you booked your return flights to India from USA and availed medical insurance?
- What assurance do you have that you will return to you home country?
Most of the time, a USA visa interview lasts not more than 2-3 minutes due to a long queue of applicants. The interviewing visa officer tries to conclude in no time whether you are telling the truth. To be precise, you need to sound credible while answering the questions asked in a US visa interview. If you mince words, the officer may deem it as your intention to avoid certain questions or keep a lid on certain information. The officer’s doubts will culminate in denying visa to you.
As the interview goes like a rapid fire, the best way to respond quickly is to be prepared with credible answers to the questions usually asked in a US visa interview. You can also expect to be asked what you do for your living, what evidence you have to prove that you are related to the person you are going to visit in the USA, etc.
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