K-1 Visa Interview

By Tiara

The most difficult part of any visa process is deciding when to ask questions.
You do not want to seem like you are trying to test the other person, or to make them feel uncomfortable by asking too many questions.

However, it is important to understand the visa process before the interview so that you are prepared.

By being well informed, you will know what should be asked and how much should be asked.

This way you will be more relaxed and able to focus only on talking about pleasant things.

Dress the part

After arriving at your visa interview, you will be met by an officer that will ask some pretty formal questions. They may even request to do additional research or proof of employment. This is totally normal!

Overall, your dress code does not matter too much unless it directly relates to what kind of job you have. For example, if you are applying for work in healthcare, then wearing white can be helpful to show professionalism. If you work in finance, black fits better than jeans with a leather jacket.

If possible, try to arrive early so you can relax and refresh before the meeting. You should also bring copies of documents like passports, visas, and receipts. Many people don’t know how to use computers, so make sure to pack yours.

Once again, practice makes perfect! Doing this once is already worth the effort, but twice is almost guaranteed a good time.

Research the company

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This week’s task is to do some research on your new employer! While it may be tempting to simply show up at the workplace, this isn’t the best approach.

Firstly, employers are allowed to ask about your intentions while visiting their site. If they wonder if you’re there for work or if you’re just passing through, you won’t look very professional.

Secondly, even if you're not looking to apply directly, going onto an employee's page can give them clues as to whether they'd feel safe around you. You don't want to find out later that someone could've been offended by something you said or done.

Thirdly, most job applicants use social media to announce their plans to search for employment. By showing up unannounced with no connection to anyone at the firm, you risk being seen as a person who doesn't like what you hear about the company.

Prepare your list of questions

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After arriving at the visa interview, you will be given an appointment time for your consultation. This is important to know as you want to make sure you are not late for your meeting!

You will then meet with an officer that will go over your case and ask some general questions. These may include asking about your employment, whether you have family in Australia, if you plan to study here, and more.

After this, they will get into specifics about why you are coming to Australia and what programs you will be attending while here. At this stage, they may also ask you about any criminal charges or convictions you hold and/or are facing at home.

They will probably confirm your name, date of birth and nationality in these conversations so do not forget those!

Once everything has been discussed, the officers will give their opinion and decide if you can stay in Australia or not. If you receive a visa, it means you have been granted permission to enter the country for a set amount of time.

Know the date and time of the interview

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Now that you have received your I-129F petition, you will need to schedule an appointment with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to discuss your application!

It is very important to know the exact day and time of your visa interview as this will be one week after the filing of your I-129F paperwork.

Be sure to check our visa bulletin website where you can find out when your personal visit at USCIS has been scheduled.

This information also appears in your receipt email from ETABS, which we mentioned earlier.

Make a plan for what you will say

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Before your interview, make sure to check out the visa website and gather all of your documents! You can also visit our article here: How To Check If You Are Eligible For A Non-Immigrant Visitor’s Visa.

In addition to having everything ready that we mentioned before, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of how long your stay in Canada should be. Many people are not aware of this so we wanted to give some information about that too.

Canadians can apply for an extension to their current stay if they feel that they will return home within a short period of time. This is called a “Return to Status” or RTS. An example of this would be if someone was only allowed to come to Canada for one year to work, but they planned to remain longer than just a year. They could apply for an extension until they left Canada.

There are two ways to do this. The individual can either self-extend their entry permit by themselves or ask for permission from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

If a person does decide to self-extend their entry permit, then they must notify CIC at least 30 days prior to leaving Canada. It is important to remember that doing this may affect other parts of your immigration process.

It is best to discuss this with an attorney first to see what options are available to you.

Book the appointment with the consulate

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After arriving at your visa interview, you will be given an appointment time at the Consulate or Embassy of Switzerland in your home country. This is where you will meet with officials to discuss your travel plans and whether you have enough money to stay in Switzerland for your visit.

It’s very important that you arrive early for your meeting so you can settle into your new life calmly and comfortably. While it may sound crazy, being well prepared helps you feel more relaxed and confident.

Tell your friends

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After all of this, you are now ready for your next step: telling your loved ones that you’re leaving!

Tell your family members, close friends, and coworkers that you will be away for an extended period of time. Some people may need help with their kids while you're away, so make sure to talk about child care arrangements ahead of time.

For parents, tell them when your shift starts and what time it ends so they have a better understanding of routine. This way, they can plan around your schedule.

And if you do decide to bring your dog or cat along, remember to pack up some food and medicine just in case there is a delay at the vet’s office.

Everyone will miss you, but hopefully only for a few days. The rest of the world has also been through something similar, and they'll get back to normal soon. For those who love you, a little break will probably feel good too.

Bring your passport and a hard copy of your resume

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Now that you are fully prepared, it is time to gather all of your documents and go into your visa interview!

It is very important to arrive early for the appointment so that you do not have any delays.

Some things to remember before coming in include: make sure your phone is full voice and data signal (no bars), carry an adequate amount of extra money as there may be some tourist sites or restaurants you want to visit, and pack yourself well ahead of time.

At this stage, you will need to prove both employment and residence status in Canada, so bring these documents with you.