C21 Visa Interview

By Tiara

Recent developments in immigration have ushered in an era of visa overstay. People are traveling longer than originally planned, or staying past their allotted time due to expired visas. Some even forget they have an entry visa and stay longer because it expires!

This article will talk about what happens when someone with an exit visa stays in the country longer than intended and how employers can be protected from illegal workers. It will also discuss some warning signs that could indicate someone has an invalid visa and may need to be investigated.

It is very important for employers to check both your employment eligibility as well as whether you have an active work visa before hiring you. If you do not, then this article and its related tips will help prevent issues during the recruitment process and legal action taken against your employer.

Know your visa process

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Finding out more about visas is one of the most important things you can do if you are planning to travel overseas. Visas for business or tourist trips require you to apply at least a month in advance, so keep an eye on the news to see what countries have recent openings and close dates.

Visas are only given to people who are allowed to enter that country, so make sure you know what restrictions exist for any country! The length of time needed for each visit depends on the type of visa you have as well as how long you plan to stay in the country. Some must be done within two weeks of entering the country, while others can be extended once here.

Business visits usually last around a week, however it may take longer depending on what kind of businesses they will meet with. Tourist visas are shorter typically a day or two because they only want to confirm that you will be leaving after your trip.

Prepare ahead

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Before your visa interview, you will need to do some preparation. This includes having all of your documents ready, knowing what services or locations are needed for the meeting, and figuring out how long it should last.

You can use the time before the interview to look around the area or building where the interview is being held and get a feel for the surroundings. You want to be as comfortable as possible during this important part of the process!

At the same time, make sure you don't overdo it by looking too busy. If necessary, keep in mind there's a good chance someone else could take care of that task for you.

While most people prepare with their passport and application form printed off-line and then uploaded later, we recommend doing both at the same time here.

We also suggest printing off our tips for attending an oral visa interview and putting those into place. These tips include things like letting yourself enough time to arrive at the location, understanding why the visa decision was made, and making sure not to talk about anything related to immigration laws or regulations.

Confidence is everything

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Are you nervous before your C-visa interview? Most visa applicants are not comfortable with what to expect, let alone feel confident about their preparation. But having some level of comfort or confidence in yourself will help you relax and focus more on the conversation being had, instead of worrying about whether you picked the right notes for this week’s meeting.

Conversational interviews are tricky things. They can easily go either way. If you are too relaxed and informal, then you may forget that you are talking to a potential US immigrant. Or you could say something completely wrong and look very dumb!

That would definitely hurt your confidence.

On the other hand, if you overprepare and talk at such a fast pace that you lose track of what you were trying to say, then you have also lost touch with your initial goal which is to show America how well you fit into their society.

To be successful during your C-1/2 visa interview, you need to find a balance between these two extremes. Being too stressed out or nervous will only make it harder to convey your message and relate to others.

Luckily, there are certain strategies that can help anyone prepare for their visa interview. In this article, we will discuss one easy way to improve your mental preparation.

Practice interviewing

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After you receive your invitation to interview, it is important that you are prepared! While it may feel like a drag to be asked about things that you have discussed before, this can actually help you out in two ways.

First, if you do not remember much about the company or their field of work, these questions will help refresh your memory. Secondly, even if you do know some key points, being able to back them up under pressure can win you credit!

Practice talking through potential topics with people close to you. If possible, take an appointment outside of work to ensure no one overhears. Then, as soon as the conversation shifts, talk yourself through each topic quickly so you don’t lose momentum.

We recommend using someone else’s phone for this so there is less chance of being distracted. Luckily, we have done all the hard work for you!

We have created five practice interviews via Google Hangouts which contain a variety of industries, job functions and levels. You can choose any one of these at a time to get some quick tips and feedback from us over the telephone.

Tone it down

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After you greet them, make sure to maintain an appropriate level of calm. Do not get too stressed out or excited about the visit!
You want to seem relaxed and professional, so keep your tone soft and steady.

And try not to talk too much either. The interviewer will be listening for clues as to whether you are over-talkative or quiet at a natural pace.

Don’t get too personal

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As mentioned before, staying focused on topics such as children, health issues, and significant others are all good things to discuss in an interview setting. If you feel that your conversation is getting off track, try to shift the focus back onto those areas or onto questions of the interviewer’s choosing.

If you do find yourself becoming distracted, ask if there is anything else he/she would like to talk about. More often than not, they will agree and give you more opportunity to show off what you know!

The C-1 visa is for professionals (age 30+) with special skills that can be leveraged within Canada. These include professional trainers, educators, or consultants who work with young people, career experts, or academics. Professionals working in healthcare also meet the criteria for this visa.

So, how does the Department of Immigration monitor whether or not the person meets the requirements? They use two sources – LinkedIn and Google+.

By looking at their profile on LinkedIn, it helps determine whether someone is actively pursuing employment opportunities in Canada. It also confirms whether they have any education or training beyond their degree level. By searching their name plus ‘Canada’, one may also confirm if they have received Canadian certification or licensure. This could be through a university, institution, organization, etc.

Google + provides information on whether anyone tagged them as being interested in moving here.

Be proactive

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After you have received your invitation, it is time to start preparing for your visa interview! While some of this preparation can be done in advance (like doing your research), other things can only be done days before the appointment.

Making sure that you are well prepared will help ensure that you do not waste any time at the meeting. Starting early also gives you more time to find out if there are anything or anyone that you should speak with ahead of time.

General tips: remember that you are being interviewed by a member of the consulate’s staff so try to keep an informal tone and be friendly and approachable. You want to make them feel comfortable, so ask questions about their family, work and hobbies.

You don’t need to do anything special or dress up specifically for the interview but thinking ahead can give you a head start and help you relax more.

Confirm your appointment

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After arriving at the embassy, you will need to confirm your appointment with staff. If this is done within 24 hours of arrival, it should be easy!

However, if you do not check in with an employee within that time frame, then these things can get tricky.

Firstly, the ambassador may decide they would like to meet you later or even cancel the meeting. This could mean waiting for another visa window, which is very difficult as there are only limited numbers of visas available each month.

Secondly, the employees working at the embassy have quotas to fill so it is possible that they will be too busy to see you. Even though they may want to help you, they may not have enough time.

In both cases, this could result in you being rejected from the UK and having to start the process again. We recommend confirming your interview as soon as possible after arriving at the embassy.