How Long Does It Take For The Visa Interview

By Tiara

When you receive your invitation to an interview, it can be hard to know what is happening during the actual visit. There are many things that could happen during the visa application process, so there’s nothing wrong with being curious about how long it takes!

It is totally normal to wonder how much time people spend before submitting their applications but unfortunately, no one really knows just how long it takes to get approved. This is because individual officers have different workflows they use to review documents and speak with colleagues about cases, etc.

While some countries have specific timelines for when applicants should expect to hear back, most do not. We recommend staying in touch as best you can by checking email and calling them once a week at the very least.

In this article, we will go over all of the important stages of the visa application process and what might take what amount of time. Hopefully, this will help you stay updated on when to expect a response and whether or not to make any changes to your application.

Prepare your documentation

how long does it take for the visa interview

Before you even pick up any luggage or shoes, make sure that you are completely prepared for your visa interview! You do not want to be caught unprepared due to not having enough documents or nothing at all.

Make sure to bring copies of everything: your passport, proof of residence, proof of employment (such as a payroll sheet), medical records if needed, and anything else that might prove who you are.

You do not have to show these things during the in-person visit, but it is good practice to do so. Some countries require additional paperwork or questions about items in your possession when you enter their country, which can only help your chances of being approved!

In some cases, they may also ask to see a copy of your lease, house deeds, or other important papers. This is totally dependent on what kind of visa you have, however.

Apply for the visa

how long does it take for the visa interview

After your application is accepted, the next step is to schedule an interview with a member of the embassy’s staff to discuss your plans and determine if you have enough money to stay in Canada.

This can sometimes take weeks or even months depending on when someone else drops out of the process, so it’s best to be aware of this potential delay before springing into action!

Most applicants will receive a notification about two weeks after their application was received confirming that they have been assigned a time for their visa appointment. This gives them time to make arrangements and gather all of their documents and clothes etc.

At this stage, most people are already too late as there’s not much anyone can do except wait. But don’t worry, we’ve got some tips for you here! Read on to see what you can do to prepare yourself for your upcoming interview. We also talk you through some things you need to know about travelling on a Canadian visitor visa.

Get to the visa application center

how long does it take for the visa interview

The next step is to get ready for your interview! If you have received word that you got through the online process, then you are already more than half way there!

Now that you know what to expect, you can begin preparing for your appointment by getting yourself as prepared as possible. You want to make sure that you are well rested and feel calm and relaxed.

Make sure that you have done your homework and read over anything material at least once before the day of your interview. Stay organized and be able to describe your trip from home to destination in detail.

In addition to having all of your documents and applications packed and stored, think about how you will transport them. Will it be by car? Train? Plane? Make sure you consider this early so that you do not waste time searching or buying tickets later.

The interview

how long does it take for the visa interview

After arriving at your destination, you will be picked up by a member of our staff or another company we work with, and taken to what is called an appointment site where you will meet with a Senior Director – that’s us!

At this stage, the senior manager will go through some basic questions about yourself and your plans for the country. This includes asking if there are any job offers or dependent employment in place while you are studying here.

Once everything is confirmed as authentic, the next step is to gather all relevant documents and proofs of identity and residence. At this stage, it’s very important to remember that no visa can be issued without these being verified properly. So, make sure you have checked them before you arrive!

After this, the interviewer will now begin the formal part of the process, which is the main reason people get hung up during the visa application process. This is when they ask you hard questions about why you want to come to Australia, what you plan to do once here and whether there is anyone who could help you out back home if needed.

Interviews like these vary in length depending on how much paperwork you have presented and how long it takes to verify each one. But overall, most applicants are given around half an hour to an hour per person for the whole group.

Wait for your visa

how long does it take for the visa interview

After receiving word that you have been invited to interview, the next step is to wait for your visit. This can be tricky as there are many different things that determine when you will be contacted by a recruiter or hiring manager about the job.

Most employers use online applications to gather basic information such as work history, education, and extra skills. These apps make it easy to quickly compare yourself with other candidates.

The employer may also ask some questions about you directly during the application process. For example, they might ask if you have any health issues or conditions, what kind of insurance coverage you have, or whether you take medication or have medical procedures done regularly.

They might even want to know something more specific about recent doctor visits, hospital stays, or tests. All this additional info helps them evaluate how you would perform in an employment setting so that they can decide if you are the right fit for their company.

There’s no telling exactly when you will be called for your interview, but we recommend being aware of at least one week before your scheduled time.

Get your passport ready

how long does it take for the visa interview

The next step in the process is to get all of your important documents together and be sure you have them with you during your interview. Make sure to also check out our tips for staying motivated before coming into the interview.

You will need this document, so make sure you are able to easily access it.

Arrive at the embassy or consulate

how long does it take for the visa interview

After you receive your invitation, you will be given a time frame to show up for your appointment. This is called a start date or arrival deadline. This is usually one or two days after they send out the invite!

Usually, this arrives by email so make sure to check that as well as your phone. Sometimes, it gets lost in the mail so they may call you to confirm it also.

Once again, try to arrive early if possible, just like for any other meeting. You do not want to wait around for too long because these interviews can take some time depending on how many questions they ask.

The visa will be mailed to you

how long does it take for the visa interview

After your visa interview, your application is either accepted or denied. If it is approved, then they may mail you the visa at that time, or ask you to come back in for it later.

If it is rejected, then you will receive a notice about this via email and/or phone. They will also tell you what documents you need to gather and pack up for your next trip.

By law, employers are obligated to give you 30 days notice of your departure date. This gives you enough time to prepare for your return home. Most times, they agree to waive this rule if you have proof of an impending return (like a job).