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USA Visa Applications – 20 Consul interview questions you could be asked and how best to answer them.

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For first – timers, it is sometimes intimidating to apply for a US Tourist Visa. Hearing ‘denied’ stories from your friends and relatives may add to your worries too. You thought, “If they have been denied of a US tourist visa, then what are the chances for me to get approved?”

My first tip for you, STOP being PESSIMISTIC. Stop attracting the negative vibes and start thinking that you have been approved already – even if your appointment is days or weeks from now. You know me, right? I believe in the Law of Attraction.Visa Experiences Around the World Trip - Filipina Backpacker in Bahamas

You see, when you keep on thinking that you will be denied, it will manifest during your interview. You will look nervous, your voice will crack, and the consul might feel that you are hiding something. That’s the perfect formula for a denied visa.

You wouldn’t want that. Would you?

Just so you know, aside from the documents required by the US embassy, it is also important that you know how to respond to the questions correctly. While it matters that your documents can prove that you will go back to your home country, you still need to have conviction during the interview proper.Visa

To help you prepare for your visa application, here are some of the basic questions during a US visitor/ tourist visa consul interview. Always remember, NEVER LIE. They already did a background check on you when you applied online!

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1. Why do you want to go to USA?

Say that you want to go on a tour and to see what USA has to offer.  After all, you are applying for a US TOURIST visa so your answer should be as simple as that.

2. Have you been to the USA before?

You might think that the best answer is YES, and you feel that this is your instant ticket for getting a visa. You are wrong! If you haven’t been to US, don’t lie. Just be honest because lying will get you nowhere.

3.Why do you plan to travel at this time?

Simply answer that it is your most available time or it is your annual leave from work. If you have other reasons such as having enough savings recently for the trip, then tell the truth.

4. Who are you going with to the USA?

Are you going with your relatives or friends? Just make sure you know the basic information of the people you are going with. If you wanted to meet your American boyfriend who you met online and never met in person, I highly suggest you ask him to visit you in the Philippines first!

5. Which places are you planning to visit?

It wouldn’t hurt to do a research of the places you plan to visit before you go to your interview. Let me know if you need further help with this and I would be more than willing to help you. I suggest that you start with the spots near your accommodation because it is more feasible.

6. How long do you plan to stay in the USA?

Carefully study your itinerary and base your answer from there. Or if you are an employee, check your leave credits and talk to your Human Resources representative on your allowed leaves. If you can bring a form or letter during your interview stating your leave credits, that can help as well.

Remember, if you get an approved USA visa, you’ll surely get a 10-year multiple entry visit visa!

7. Can you stay for a shorter period of time?

Similar to the above, you can defend and depend your answer based on your itinerary. And if someone from the US will act as your ‘tour guide’, simply say that you need to adhere with their schedule as well. Hence, a need for a longer time to stay in the US.

8. How much do you think will it cost you to stay in the USA?

This is why we strongly suggest that you create an itinerary for your US trip. This will give you an idea of how much you need to spend for the entire vacation. You can me and I could help you with your USA Itinerary, details here.

9.What do you do for a living?

Tell your job, your businesses and other side jobs, if any. This will give the consul an idea if your employer is credible enough. Similarly, they need to know that you are established in your home country and that you are not going to the US for greener pasture. Here are few requirements to strengthen your claim that you will be back and will not look for job opportunities while on ‘vacation’.

  • Certificate of Employment
  • Proof of Income for the last 3 months
  • Business permits
  • Bank statements

Be prepared and bring these documents on your interview, most of the time the Consul won’t ask you to show the proof! For people who work online, I know that feeling of not having those Income Tax Return report etc.. I highly suggest you print your income transactions on your Paypal account, if you’re a writer or a designer then compile all of your online portfolio.

10. How much do you earn for a living?

Just tell the correct figures. After all, these can all be seen from the documents you have presented during your online application. And if they feel that it is not enough for your trip, might as well prepare for the next question.

11. How will you finance your trip?

Show proof that you have savings, if any. Or if you are going to be sponsored, get the information from your sponsors . Know what they do for a living and get necessary supporting documents like bank statements, job certificate, tax details etc.

12. Do you have relatives in the USA?

Never lie or deny on this even if you won’t visit them on your trip, you must know their names and few basic information including their status in the US. Sometimes, it would help if you have photos with you to further prove your claim.

13. Do you have friends in the USA?

Similar to the above, know their names and also the basic information but if they’re not really significant to you then just say so.

14.What are their exact addresses?

Try to get their exact addresses before the interview. Don’t just say that they live in Los Angeles or in New York but rather, be specific. Review the information before you go to the interview and always come prepared esp if you mentioned about them on your online application.

15. (For visiting Relatives/ Friends) How long have they been living in the USA and what are their current status?

I strongly encourage that you spend time chatting and interviewing your relatives and friends in the US if the purpose of your visit is to meet them. It will really help you to become more confident in front of the consul.

16. (For visiting Relatives/ Friends) Where are they working and what will you do during the office hours?

As I have said, get as much information because the consul would like to know if you are just making up stories. Expect to be bombarded with questions. The questions might be redundant but that’s how they will know if you are indeed telling the truth. And when asked what are your plans during the hours and days that your ‘sponsors’ are working, you can  say that you are planning to go on short solo day trips near the area so that you can maximize your stay.

17. Do you have plans of working in the USA?

HUGE NO, and never attempt to work in the US while you are there on a TOURIST VISA. Otherwise, you might get deported and will never see US soil once again. Never even mention that you’re looking for opportunities.. NEVER EVER!

18. Have you already booked your plane tickets?

Look for possible booking dates and  say that you are eyeing on those dates for your US trip. Have the flight details ready, if possible but don’t pay for the flights yet until you get your visa approved. Flight ticket is not a requirement!

19. Have you travelled to other countries before?

Be honest because they will know if you haven’t. Everything can be validated easily and they have the means to check if you are telling the truth. I always tell my travel coaching clients that it’s better if you get more passport entry stamp from any nearby countries esp those that are visa-free or visa-on arrival for Philippines passport, you can check the list of those countries here.

20. How can you assure that you will come back home?

Show the letter from your employer, if you have any. If you have businesses that you currently take care of, explain it. Or, you can tell them that you don’t plan on ruining your travel records because you still plan to see more places in the future.

My general tip, BE PREPARED and NEVER LIE! These consuls are trained to know if you are lying, so always have the best intentions if you are going to the USA. We want you to have clear records so you can travel the world without facing challenges in the future.

If you need further help with your US Visa application, me here. I’ll be also releasing some prepared Itinerary that you can use for visa applications.

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Note: I am not a ‘travel agent’ but I can help you with your online application. Let me assist you in preparing for your interview. I can also assist you in organizing  your requirements and I can even suggest an itinerary which are obviously all important when you apply for a visa.

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  1. Hello Mr cach I RECIEVE A LETTER OF INVITATION FROM A AMERICAN FRIEND and ive been recently at embassy for interview but i get denied for a visit visa B2, on december 27 , but my friend call me to reapply as possible for november is that ok or i should wait along ?

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  2. A blessed day Ms. BZFLAG,I want to visit my weak uncle, last week only he rushed to the hospital for emergency happened in their house. He wanted to visit us again here in the Phils after a long years but his doctor not allowed to travel, will you please help me to have a tourist visa even if I have no work here in the Philippines? But I assured you that the eldest son of my uncle give me an Affidavit of Support if needed. God bless.

  3. Hi Ms. BZFLAG, i admire how confident you are, I have my sked interview this coming Oct 24 and i feel nervous maybe its because im not fluent in English, do you think it maybe a reason to be denied, anyway im thinking it positively and hoping for a US VISA, I need more info. Hope you have time to talk with me. God bless.

  4. Hi im interested to apply for a US tourist visa but i have a pending immigrant application.Will it affect the approval of my application? Im a nurse by profession and has worked in the US for almost 3 years.Pls help me on the process of obtaining a tourist visa.Thanks.

  5. hi ms.kach. i’m planning to get a us tourist visa hir in dammam saudi arabia. is it easier to get approved hir while im working in the kingdom ? wat are the requirements and tips about getting approved ? thank u😊

  6. Hello there, I don’t know where to start my tears over flowing. I need help regarding my sister denial.

    I’m here sitting next to my mother who fighting for her life, we been here in the ICU for 15 days, she have intracerebral hemorrhage.

    My sister just recently apply to her tourist visa to see my mother( that nobody know when she will be waking up).we had all the document from the hospital medical record to the Doctor’s letter.

    My name is lolita a US citizen who asking a help for my sister tourist visa. Please help sister to hold my mother for her last breath.

    Any reply with this email would greatly appreciate. Thank you and God Bless

  7. Hi BZFLAGi, I have bf online we dont meet yet. Because of his business at home can’t leave and he got 6yrs.old daughter.. he suggest to visit him and he sponsor for everything.. What kind of documents he need to send me.

    Thanks betty.

  8. Hi BZFLAG, I recently applied on a business USA visa and got rejected twice. My employer had given me an opportunity to train in the US. But so far, I was the first one to be rejected in our team. That time, I was working for less than 2 year, had been to one country only. Today, I’ve been to 5 countries already and will be going to Japan soon, and my salary’s increased too. Do you have any suggestions on how I can have higher chances of getting a US VISA next time? I was told being young and a female were a few of the red flags they’d seen in me.

    1. we have same experienced, missed all business trips cuz of denied visa. I have another interview Next week and worried if will reject again. Last question i remembered was “r u single”? when i answered yes he handover my passport and says i can apply again anytime😩

  9. Hi. Thanks for the info. My sister is getting married and she and her husband wanted me to attend the wedding so they want me to apply for a tourist visa. I am currently unemployed but I have a bank account will that be enough proof for the embassy that I will go back to my homeland? Thanks

  10. Hi miss katch thank you for helpful information. I’m planning to apply this year, i have some question hope you can assist me. Thanks

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      1. Hi BZFLAG,
        I am going to get married in the US and I am planning to bring my sisters there to attend.
        They are 42 and 43 of age. They both have their family here in the Philippines. One of them has an established work here . The other one is a housewife since. husband is a seafarer. Both of their sons are still studying still. Do you think they will have a good chance of getting approved?

        Thank you so much

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  11. I’m carolina working in libya for 15 years planning to apply a tourist visa on march shall i apply now ?i will go for holiday on march in the philipines for 3months….

  12. Great post as always, BZFLAG! This is extremely beneficial for those who’d always wanted to go to the US, but is always denied a visa! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  13. on my application in the US Embassy they always asked if im married since im a gay i told them i am partnered and showed them our bond ring it helped me

  14. Hi miss kach,,good eve..i read your tips how to apply in US as a tourist visa..i need more info,and more information..i hope u have time for me to talk..god bless you always.pls msg me back.as soon us possible..

  15. When it comes to travel, I have absolutely no plans of going to the USA. It’s just that I got curious and decided to read the questions. I think you have a good suggestion with one thing being very clear. HONESTY. For me, I cannot take it when I have to be scrutinized. I feel that to question my character is a violation of my person. That explains why I am not going to the USA, and instead, go to countries where I do not have to go through the process of proving I am worthy of being their visitor.

  16. HI miss kach.. Thank you ..very informative and clear information.. Looking forward for your more blogs soon.. Been a fun for a couple of months now.. By the way.. What are the easiest way to get a fiancée visa and how? Thanks in advance! Godbless..

    1. There are no tricks in applying for a fiance visa. Everybody has to go through the same process. I will advise you to do it yourself though, instead of hiring a lawyer to do it on your behalf. Goodluck!!

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