United States Visa Interview Questions: Here’s What to Expect
Before being issued an immigrant visa or a non-immigrant visa for entry to the United States, you will be required to attend a visa interview at a U.S. Consulate. The purpose of the interview is to determine whether you are eligible for the visa for which you have applied, and to make sure all of the required documents are in order. In addition, your US visa interview will also involve answering questions as a participant.
It is important to answer all questions truthfully, and in as much detail as possible, as incomplete or untruthful answers can result in your visa being denied.
Types of US Visa Interview Questions:
The questions you will be asked may vary according to the type of visa for which you have applied, but there are general questions that you should expect to answer in any visa interview. These might include:
- What is your full name and address?
- Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime?
- Have you ever traveled to the United States?
- Have you ever been deported from the United States?
- Have you ever been denied entry to the United States, or denied a U.S. visa?
- Do you have relatives in the United States?
- Do you intend to work in the United States?
US Visitor Visa Questions
If you are applying for a visitor visa, you may expect questions about how long you will be visiting, where you will be staying, and how you will be supporting yourself during your trip. You may also expect questions about your home, family, and work in your home country. The purpose of these questions is to determine whether you have sufficient ties to your country, and that you do intend to return to your home country after your visit. The consular official may ask for documents showing property you own, proof of employment or enrollment in school, statements showing bank accounts and other assets, and the names and addresses of family members in your home country.
US Fiancé Visa Questions
If you are applying for a fiancé visa, or for an immigrant visa based on marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will be asked about your relationship with your fiancé or spouse. The purpose of these questions is to determine whether your relationship is a bona fide relationship, and not a relationship entered into solely for the purpose of immigration. These questions might include:
- When and where did you meet?
- How did you meet?
- If you are married, when and where did you get married? Who attended the wedding?
- Where does your spouse/fiancé live?
You should also expect questions about your spouse/fiancé, such as names and ages of their children, names of siblings, names of their parents, where your spouse/fiancé works, and their date of birth. If you know very little about your spouse/fiancé or their family, the consular official may suspect that your relationship is not bona fide, and your visa application may be denied.
You may also be asked health questions, such as whether you have been exposed to Covid or other communicable diseases.
Answers all questions truthfully and completely, and if you are uncertain or do not know an answer, just tell the interviewer that you do not know the answer or cannot remember. It is better to say you do not know than to give an incorrect answer.