Dear Atty. Gurfinkel:
I am very anxious and nervous about my interview at the US Embassy, which is in a few weeks. I am truly entitled to my visa (I haven=t committed any fraud), but I have heard a lot of stories about the interview. I really want to do well and avoid problems at my interview. How can I best increase my chances of success at the interview?
Very truly yours,
Of course, no one can “guarantee” that a visa will be issued to anyone, regardless of how a person feels or conducts himself or herself at an interview. Only a Consul can issue a visa after being fully satisfied that all the legal requirements have been met by the visa applicant. However, here are a few tips, which might help in proving your eligibility for a visa at the interview.
1. You should resist the temptation to tell your whole life story and family history to the Consul in response to every question he asks. Consuls are extremely busy and have a lot of interviews to conduct throughout the day. They don=t have time to listen to a long story in response to a short question. When Consuls ask questions, they are simply trying to determine your eligibility for the visa, per the requirements set forth in the US immigration laws.
2. Stick to the subject and get straight to the bottom line in your answers. Sometimes, the Consul will ask a question calling for a “yes” or “no” answer. If that is the case, then answer the question directly, and don=t go around in circles with answers that do not address the questions being asked. In other words, be brief with your answers, but make sure they address and satisfy the Consul’s concerns. Of course, if an answer requires an explanation, then you should provide that explanation, but make sure you get to the point.
3. Listen to the Consul’s question before you start answering. If you start talking before his question is finished, you may be answering a question he is not even asking, and rather than speeding along the interview, you actually will slow it down.