How Long To Wait For Visa Interview

By Tiara

It is very hard to wait for your visa interview, whether you are waiting for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or a regular tourist visa. You have to be extra careful about how you spend your time while you’re waiting, as there is a limited amount of time that you can be admitted into Australia as a visitor.

If your travel plans include attending a major event, such as a football game or a music festival, then it would make sense to find out when the event is being held and if it has a ticketing system so you don’t need to buy tickets at the gate.

Finding out more information about the event will help you decide if it is worth planning a trip around it and/or buying a ticket. If not, you could look forward to watching the event live online!

By doing some research before your visit, you will know what to expect and how long you should be prepared to stay outside of the event to watch it.

Know your country's embassy or consulate location

how long to wait for visa interview

Having this information can make a big difference in how long it takes to receive confirmation about your visa and what time you need to be at the appointment.

Many countries offer visa-free entry for tourists, but there is always a fee attached to use their services. These are usually paid when you arrive in the country, so it doesn't much matter unless you're traveling during very busy times (summer vacation season, for example).

Some of these visa free programs have you apply online, while others require an interview at the foreign embassy or consulate. This could mean waiting around for hours outside or being assigned a specific day and time slot at the embassy months in advance!

Luckily, there is some helpful info here for you to refer to. Many major international airlines include all of the appropriate visa information in their in flight manuals and web sites/apps, and many national tourism boards publish similar information.

Prepare your application

how long to wait for visa interview

It is very important that you prepare well for your visa interview. You do not want to spend time waiting for your appointment while also having to re-organize or start from scratch due to lack of preparation.

Make sure that you have done all of the following ahead of time!

Check out our list below of things to make sure you are prepared for your visit.

Meet your embassy or consulate application staff

It is very important that you feel comfortable with the people you will be meeting with during your visa interview. Make sure their responses seem natural and do not appear fake or nervous.

Be honest, but no need to go into too much detail unless asked! Avoid talking about things that can affect your job or life outside of work – this includes politics and religion.

Some countries require workers to be members of the country’s “national minority” which usually means being Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist. If you are part of such a group, mention it then focus more on your career (not because of the nationality, but because of the rule).

There is never an ideal time to apply for a visa so don’t worry if you over-apply or under-apply at first.

Pay the application fee

how long to wait for visa interview

Along with submitting your visa application, you will need to pay an additional application fee depending on how long it takes to receive confirmation that your interview has been scheduled. Most countries have several time frames in which to receive this information, so there is no set number of days to wait before calling or emailing back to confirm your appointment.

Most embassies and consulates ask for at least a week’s notice of the interview as they have other commitments during the workweek. If you are only notified a few hours ahead of the meeting, then you should still call or send them an email confirming the appointment.

It is very difficult to coordinate all meetings and interviews while working full-time, so do not worry about missing your chance if you do not get notification within a couple weeks. Some employers even require two months’ notice, so double that amount of time when waiting for your reply.

Provide all the required documents

how long to wait for visa interview

It is always best to be as prepared as possible for your visa interview. This includes having enough time to prepare, bringing appropriate materials, and being aware of what needs to be done ahead of time.

It’s very common to get nervous before a job interview but outside preparation can help you feel more confident. By being familiar with the organization and the setting, you will know what to expect and how to behave.

You don’t want to overprepare like crazy though, that would probably make people uncomfortable. Just remember, this is part of your career so don’t hesitate to try some things out!

Be sure to review the rules and regulations for working in Canada. You do not need to bring these into consideration when applying for a tourist visa however once again, it is good to be informed.

There are many ways to find out about Canadian immigration laws. Some of the sources include websites, government publications, and talking to others who have immigrated here previously or are living here now.

Confirm your appointment with the embassy

how long to wait for visa interview

It is very important that you confirm your visa interview time with the consulate or mission in London where you will be interviewed for your VISA!

Visas are usually organized through the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., but some countries outsource this process to another country’s diplomatic office. By knowing who conducts your interviews, we can learn something about the politics in their home country as well as how they handle themselves professionally.

It’s also worth noting that the timing of an interview isn’t set in stone. Visas are often delayed due to lack of availability at the embassies. If you find yourself waiting for hours outside the consulate, there may not be much you can do other than wait it out.

But don’t worry too much! The media reports frequently talk about how busy consulates have been because of all the applications flooding in.

Dress the part

how long to wait for visa interview

On day one, you’ll need to make sure your dress code is perfect! If you have white shirt and pants business casual will do just fine but if not then we suggest wearing something more formal.

We recommend keeping it simple and neutral- black or gray dress shirts and dark blue or black leather shoes are great starting points. Make sure your hair is done properly and any last minute touch up products used are natural.

General tips: Do not over pack so only bring what you need! You can always buy extra things in the airport. We recommend buying online as there may be limited availability at stores.

And remember, this goes for both days of the interview! Over packing could cost you time waiting for transportation back home, or having to purchase new items while traveling.

Know the visa application process in your country

how long to wait for visa interview

Finding out how long you have to wait for your visa interview can be tricky depending on where you are applying and when! There’s no standard time frame that is guaranteed, so it’s best to know what’s expected of you within the Vietnamese immigration system.

In some cases, there may not even be an interview unless you submit enough documents or proof proving your relationship to Mr Vuyis van Staden, the person who owns the house you’re staying in.

If this happens then he will probably let you stay for free while you look for another place to live. But don’t assume this will always happen! In fact, most people I spoke to said they were never asked about the housing situation during their visa interviews.