U.s. Immigrant Visa Interview Questions

By Tiara

Many people are not aware of what types of questions U.S. immigration officials ask during visa interviews. They also don’t know how much influence these interview questions have over whether or not you get your desired immigrant status in America.

With that being said, it is very important to be prepared for your visa interview!

There are three major areas where most individuals make mistakes when preparing for their visa interview. These three main areas include knowing the law, thinking about potential consequences of giving false answers, and forgetting totally about timing.

This article will talk more about the third one but first let us discuss the second one – thinking about possible negative outcomes of telling lies.

Thinking About The Consequences Of Giving False Answers

It is extremely difficult to say something dishonestly in an immigration setting without getting caught. This can happen at any time during the process so it is best to be honest from the start. Unfortunately, lying in this manner is not good if you want to stay in America as a resident alien.

Giving false information could hurt your chances of staying in the country long term (or even deny someone else employment due to dishonesty). Therefore, before attending your visa interview, you should make sure that you have done all of your personal business and left no trace behind.

Why are you interested in a visa?

u.s. immigrant visa interview questions

The United States government grants most immigrants visas for two main reasons: to come to America to live, or to work here.

If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to start your own business, then working in the U.S. is a great way to develop it. If you want to study at a university, a student visa can help you that goal!

There are many types of non-immigrant visas, but what we’re talking about here are employment (or labor) visas. These include things like B1/B2 tourist visas and F1 student visas.

The more specific job descriptions there are of these visas, the easier it will be to determine if someone meets the requirements. For example, anyone can say they want to work as a doctor, so that doesn’t really set much of a bar. You would need to prove that person could do medical work though before giving them a visa.

What are your skills?

u.s. immigrant visa interview questions

Visas are issued to individuals who want to live in America as residents or for business purposes. To be able to work in the United States, you must have a visa. Obviously, being able to speak English is a prerequisite but there are also many other non-spoken requirements as well.

For example, most countries require employers to do criminal background checks on their employees before they hire them. It is the same in the US so it is no surprise that almost every employer requires this of potential hires.

Because of this, most people with immigrant visas already have a job when they arrive in the country. However, staying in employment while waiting to settle can sometimes pose a challenge since immigration laws give priority to workers over employers looking to hire new ones.

This can make it hard to survive unless more immigrants aren’t allowed into the country. So what kind of jobs can't wait?

I've written several articles about ways to earn money while living off campus including tips on becoming an online tutor and doing freelance writing. But even those things may not be easy if too few foreigners are available to do them.

If possible, try to find out which types of visas are close to approval and go through that process first. That way you don’t have to worry about finding a job until later. Sometimes people's paperwork gets held up though, so I would recommend keeping an eye on state department websites to see if any announcements have been made.

Do you have any criminal records?

u.s. immigrant visa interview questions

Beyond your passport, visa application, and entry into the United States, there is another important piece of information that can determine if you are allowed to enter or not-criminal history! If you need to know what kind of criminal activity an applicant has been involved in, then they will likely be asked this during their interview process.

Some examples of questions like this include: “Have you ever committed a crime?” or something slightly more specific such as, “Did you commit fraud by using fake documents to apply for a job?” There are many different ways to ask this question, so make sure you are familiar with them all.

In some cases, it may seem obvious whether someone has done anything wrong or not. For example, if someone applies for a student visa and lies about being enrolled at a university, then that becomes pretty clear. However, other things may not always indicate a bad person. For instance, if someone applied for employment but was found to be lying about their past experiences, that does not mean that they are dishonest people. It could just be because they were trying to gain access to valuable knowledge or resources.

So, before going through the immigration process, do yourself a favor and check out our article here on how to research immigrant visa interviews! You want to make sure that everything is legitimate and fair.

Have you ever applied for a visa before?

u.s. immigrant visa interview questions

A lot of countries require applicants to prove that they have visited their country at least twice within the past five years. This is called the Visit Test. Applicants are usually asked about their trip during this test, as well as what kind of visas they had while in the country.

There’s also an Employability Test which looks more closely at how well prepared individuals are to live and work in the targeted country. These tests vary slightly from one country to another, but most look at whether or not someone has certain skills or experience.

How would you feel about living in another country?

u.s. immigrant visa interview questions

Living abroad is a very expensive proposition, even more so if you don’t speak the language. There are of course costs related to moving here, but the true expense comes when you start working and trying to earn enough money to live on as well.

It can be quite difficult at first, especially since most countries have their own languages they use for work. Finding employment isn’t easy either, unless your English is exceptional or you have some kind of certification like an advanced degree.

For many people, however, speaking basic conversational French or Spanish will get them through most of their initial months here. It’s also helpful to know how to cook a few things because it’s hard to find good food everywhere.

There are several ways to learn how to survive in a new city with little money. One way is to join a local club or organization that focuses on helping immigrants enjoy the community by offering activities, social events, etc. This not only helps you meet other people, but it gives you something to do.

What are your plans after getting the visa?

u.s. immigrant visa interview questions

It is very important to be clear about what you plan to do next while applying for a US immigrant visa. As mentioned before, most visas have an expiration date so it is important to know when your visit will end. Some can even be extended if needed!

It’s also important to consider how much money you will need for your trip. Many people struggle with this due to costs of living in America being higher than where they live now.

Making sure you have enough money for the length of time you expect to be there is essential to not running out suddenly. In fact, some countries require at least six months’ worth of income as proof that you will be able to pay for your stay.

Lastly, many immigrants must report back to their country once they have left so make sure you define your return journey clearly and check whether there will be any extra paperwork involved.

What are the requirements for a visa?

u.s. immigrant visa interview questions

A non-immigrant visa is given to individuals or groups of people with specific reasons. These include visiting for business, studying, traveling as a tourist, and working in the United States. The process for acquiring this documentation varies slightly depending on your reason for seeking entry into the country, but all visas require you to meet certain criteria.

The most common type of non-immigrant visa is the F1 student visa, which allows holders to study at an accredited institution here in the US. This two year document can be renewed many times while you are in school, so it is important to stay organized!

Other less popular types of visas include workvisas and tourismvisa’s, both of which require applicants to prove they have enough money to return home after their trip. Tourist visas are even more easily obtained than a Work Visitor visa, since they do not require proof of income.

There are also extra documents needed when applying for certain types of visas, such as when coming to America for education. Medical records, proof of enrollment in college courses, and letters of recommendation are some examples of additional materials that must be included when applying for these specializations.

What are the costs of a visa?

u.s. immigrant visa interview questions

There is an additional cost for every immigrant application you complete in America. This includes applications such as I-485, PERM, CAP, etc., and it also includes any documentations that need to be gathered or submitted during your process.

The fees vary from country to country and even city to city within a specific country. Some documents can be free but some require paid services or extra documentation verification procedures.