B1/b2 Visa Interview Requirements

By Tiara

As mentioned before, employers require that you have a valid visa to work in Canada. This is dependent upon two things: whether you have Canadian permanent resident (PR) status or not, and if your visa has expired.

If you do not have PR status, then you cannot work legally in Canada. You will need to be repatriated back to your home country before being able to apply for a business visa.

On the other hand, if you do have PR status but your visa expires, you can still work while it is renewed, provided you meet all of the requirements for working after it expires.

Prepare a list of topics to talk about during the interview

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If you are invited for a business visa, then what topic you discuss in the interview will very much depend on which country your employer is from as well as whether you are being interviewed via video or in person.

In some cases, it may even be difficult to determine if you have been accepted into the program until you arrive at the location. This can cause issues, but it also gives you an opportunity to prepare ahead of time!

By having a few things prepared, this won’t matter too much.

Dress the part

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In addition to confirming your identity, attending an interview for a B-1 or B-2 visa requires discussing your intentions for traveling in the United States. You must be clear about what you will be doing while in America, as well as how long you intend to remain.

It is very difficult to deny entry into the U.S., so it is important to be prepared for your visit by having all of your documents ready and collected. Make sure to review our article called “What To Expect During Your VISA APPLICATION PROCESS” before arriving at the embassy or consulate. This article contains helpful tips on what to expect during your application process including timing recommendations.

We cannot tell you how many times we have been asked if there are any tips or things that can prevent applicants from being denied their visas. The best way to avoid this question is to dress appropriately for the situation and to prepare ahead of time. We recommend gathering as much proof as possible one week prior to the appointment.

Dressing properly for a visa application means wearing formal business attire or casual professional clothes.

Know the location

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These days, most countries have at least one consulate in every major city worldwide. While some may consider this convenience, it can also pose issues if you are not aware of which country your visa is from and what documents they require to verify that.

Most international locations have both an embassy and a consulate. The two are usually equal in size, function, and staffing. However, there will be one that is given more attention due to its larger status or higher volume of visas being processed.

The difference between the two is typically only in their budget. An embassy has limited funding so they must hire professionals to do things like prepare documents and conduct interviews. This is why they often have much longer hours than consulates.

A consulate is funded through local government sources and therefore does not need to spend as much money on services. They may even use free resources provided by organizations such as YourVisaGroup or VISA (the company).

However, even though these services are free, they still want to make a profit, so they ask for payment later. It is best to check out each individual site to see how much it asks for before submitting anything.

Plan for weather

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If you have an appointment, make sure you are prepared for it! Whether that’s having enough money to be able as you go or planning ahead by shopping or saving online, making sure your house is read and packed up, and what you will need for the interview is organized and in place.

If you know you will probably spend some time outside, then dress in layers so you can take them off as needed. We recommend doing this early in the day before things get too hot.

We also suggest bringing an item such as a book or phone charger to pass the time while you wait.

Bring your passport and visa

b1/b2 visa interview requirements

Starting in July 2020, there will be additional requirements for individuals who wish to visit the United States as a tourist or for work. These new regulations go into effect next month!

Under these new rules, every non-immigrant visitor (including those with a business or tourism purpose) must now also have proof of a valid health insurance policy that covers them while they are in America. This coverage can be through their employer, via nationalized healthcare plans like Medicare, or from individual policies.

More specifically, each person traveling internationally MUST HAVE INSURANCE THAT IS SUBSTANDARD OR ELIGIBLE FOR COVERAGE UNDER THE PPP PROGRAM – this includes any kind of medical, vision, dental, life insurance, etc.

This applies even if you only plan to stay for a few days, so make sure to check out all of your coverage before leaving for home! No one can travel to the US without it.

What makes this regulation unique is how expensive this requirement is for travelers. It is not free to purchase adequate coverage unless you’re already enrolled in an approved plan. Even then, most employers offer very limited benefits, if any at all.

So what does this mean for people planning international vacations? Unfortunately, this rule puts more limitations on which countries you can visit due to cost. Some places simply cannot afford the coverage needed to allow tourists to enter.

Tell your family

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Before you leave for an extended trip, tell your family members that you will be away for an unexpected amount of time. This way they do not have to make arrangements for your house or kids while you are gone!

Make sure to give them all the necessary contact information (phone numbers, email addresses), as well as when you expected to return.

This helps them know how to get in touch with you if something happens.

Tell your friends

b1/b2 visa interview requirements

After all, it’s in their best interest to make sure you get hired! If they see that you don’t meet the requirements for employment, they won’t feel comfortable letting you work in this country.

They will also be reluctant to help you find an employer in America or even hire you here if you can’t prove you have a valid visa.

So, try telling your existing social circle about these job interview rules.

Drink more water

b1/b2 visa interview requirements

After you greet the consulate officials, they may ask about your health or if you have any medical conditions. If they ask whether you are currently taking medication, tell them all of the medications that you are already on and what function each one serves.

Some potential employers check your job applications to make sure none of these medicines affect how well you work. In this case, your medicine could potentially impair your performance at the workplace so it is important to be aware of those before accepting a position.

Many people start drinking water after being given the initial interview questions but should really be drinking two glasses per person per hour until informed otherwise.

After leaving the embassy, it is advised to take some time to find appropriate transportation as not everyone uses public transport. Some may suggest waiting in a restaurant or bar for free drinks while others offer their services as a taxi driver.