L1 Visa Interview Documents Checklist

By Tiara

As mentioned before, knowing what documents you will need for your visa interview is very important to make sure you do not waste time looking them up or buying duplicates.

In this article, I will go over all of the most common document types that every immigrant needs to have in their possession at a minimum during their visa interview. If possible, we can also look into getting some additional documentation as well!

We will be talking about these documents both before and after our visa interviews so that you are fully prepared. This way you will know what to do if something happens and you are no longer able to access a specific document.

I want to emphasize again how important it is to have a back-up plan.

Your plane ticket

It’s also important to have proof of your flight home. You can either bring this document with you or check online to make sure that it was received, as well as confirmation that there are no holds on your passport.

If you don’t have your flight home in hand, you can usually purchase a return trip at a later date from any airline website.

The letter of invitation

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This is one of the most important documents you will need for your visa interview, as it contains information about where and when the meeting takes place, along with who the interviewer will be.

You must also have this letter before arriving at the airport for your appointment. If you do not, you may be able to call or email your invitee to get this info, but it is best to know what document types are allowed to be taken through security.

In general, there’s nothing illegal about having copies of the letter, but if you want to carry any other items (phones/tablets etc), make sure they don’t go into an airplane cargo hold.

The letter of acceptance

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After receiving confirmation that you have been accepted into an F-1 visa, your next step will be to get ready for your appointment!

You can now start gathering all of your documents and things such as clothing, shoes, and favorite foods because you’ll need them later when you arrive at the airport.

Your L1 visa

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An L1 non-immigrant work visa is also called an O visa or Occupational Visitor visa. This type of visa allows you to live and work in the United States for up to one year, depending upon how long your job requires.

You must have proof that you will be able to pay your bills while living in the US and you must make sure that this money comes directly from your employer.

It’s important to note that most employers require their employees to keep a level head during interviews, as these days many companies are very thorough with their background checks.

! Important notes

Be prepared for your interview by having all of your documents ready. Make sure to check out our full list here. Also, don’t forget to research your company and what they look for when it comes to employment.

Personal documents

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Proof of your name, date of birth, address, phone number, and proof of employment are some of the most important documents you will need for your visa interview. Make sure to bring these items with you to the appointment, as well as copies if you have them!

Your passport can be used as identification at an immigration office, so make sure to bring it along with you. If your passport is due to expire within six months, then you do not need to go through the process of getting a new one or having it renewed. Just because your current passport expires in six months does not mean that you cannot apply for a new one!

You should also know what kind of visa you require before the interview. The format and content of each document type must be verified prior to the appointment to ensure proper approval.

Photo ID

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Make sure to bring your photo identification with you to the interview. This can be from-state issued IDs such as driver’s licenses, passports or military IDs, to out of state IDs that prove where you live in this country.

Your passport is one of your most important documents so make sure to always have it with you when traveling for business or for personal reasons.

Having only one of these things will not do you any good since you need to establish who you are for immigration purposes!

We recommend bringing both because having a passport means you can travel, and being able to prove who you are helps you get through the process faster.

Medical records

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Important documents that you will need to bring for your visa interview include a copy of an updated medical certificate, proof of insurance (on your health cover or evidence that you are in the process of securing such coverage), and verification that you have enough money to stay in Canada while you heal.

Many employers require their staff to be medically fit and able to work before being granted employment, so this document check is common during the visa application process.

Your employer may also ask about any ongoing health conditions or surgeries, if these have been discussed at length as part of the job application process.

Financial documents

l1 visa interview documents checklist

A good starting place to have in your possession before you go into your visa interview is to review these items! You do not need to bring all of these documents with you, but making sure that you are prepared for them can help ease any nerves and aid in ensuring that you do not miss anything important.

First, make sure to gather at least two weeks worth of paychecks. This way you will be able to compare one week to the next to see if there were any significant changes.

Next, it’s good practice to save up an adequate amount of money for the length of time that you will be here. It’s better to be a little over-budget than too under-budget, both for yourself and the embassy!

Last, we recommend having pictures of you and your family members as well as copies of each other’s passports. Make sure to organize this information and keep it separate so that it does not get lost.