To gain entry to a foreign country you must be approved for a visa. In the U.S., there are two main types of visas for foreigners to obtain: a non-immigrant visa, for temporary visitors, and an immigrant visa for those that are moving permanently. One of the most important elements of the visa application process is the interview. Your performance during this interview will decide whether you are granted a visa. After applying for a visa, you will be contacted by the National Visa Center with an interview date.
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Things you need
- Birth certificate
- Evidence of assets
- Court records
Read over your National Visa Center (NVC) interview notification and note the date, time and place of your interview. It is crucial that you are there on time with all of the necessary documents.
Get ready for your medical examination by selecting an approved physician and making an appointment.
Get two colour photographs taken of you. These are the same as passport pictures and can be taken at the photo centre of most pharmacies.
Get all of the required original documents together to bring to the interview. These include your appointment letter, birth certificate, passport, evidence of assets. It also includes any court, prison and military records, and colour photographs. It's not necessary to bring documents that have already been submitted to the NVC.
Study the U.S. embassy/consulate general-specific interview guidelines. These are specific to your country of origin and outline all security information you should know about your interview location.
Study the important visa interview notices. These are tips concerning what to do, and what not to do during the interview, and what to expect in the interview.
Tips and warnings
- Search the U.S. Department of State's website for further information if there are any questions you have about the interview process. The frequently asked questions section is especially helpful.
- Don't be nervous about your interview. If you have legitimate reasons for wanting to enter a foreign country, you will be fine so long as you strongly communicate your plans while in the country.
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