What Happens In A Visa Interview

By Tiara

What happens in a visa interview depends mostly on what you are willing to share with potential employers. If you don’t want to tell them anything about yourself, then probably best to look into getting some more basic employment before applying for a visa.

There is no need to get overly dramatic or emotional during your visit, but be aware of possible questions and how to respond to them.

It is very helpful to have a few things prepared, such as answers to the most common question types (tell us about yourself, why you are coming to Canada, etc.).

Be sure to check out our article: How To Prepare For Your Visit As A Companion Application.

Dress the part

what happens in a visa interview

Now that you are all dolled up, it is time to get into your actual interview. While some companies have elaborate procedures for their interviews, most require only a half hour – an average of around twenty minutes per person.

Mostly, what happens during this time is they will ask you some general questions about yourself, and then move onto more personal ones. These can include asking about your education, career goals, or anything related to your job search.

They may also ask if there are any health issues you’re aware of, or if you use medications. All employers are legally obligated to verify your employment eligibility so make sure to let them know if you’ve been convicted of a crime, or are currently facing one.

When meeting with each other employee, try to be casual and speak honestly. We recommend using “I” and not “you” when referring to others because it sounds less accusatory. Also remember that these individuals coming together to help you achieve your dreams is giving you exposure so be honest but focus more on how you can contribute than what disadvantages you had as a student or worker.

! Important reminder: never share private information such as bank accounts, social security numbers, or medical records unless authorized to do so.

Prepare your resume

what happens in a visa interview

After you dress for your appointment, then what happens next is preparation! You have already picked out some clothes to wear so now you need to make sure that you are well prepared with yourself and your belongings.

You should always be one minute ahead of schedule because there may be a delay or it could be close to the end of the interview. So, if you want to be ready when you arrive, leave enough time to do things like run quick errands after the airport.

And remember, even though this is an important meeting, nothing is guaranteed until you get the job! No matter how well prepared you are, something can still go wrong, but being as prepared as possible will help mitigate the effect of any delays.

Plan to spend around half an hour prepping for the interview. Make sure everything is packed and organized before leaving home.

Come prepared

More than two-thirds of employers check employment histories before hiring, so being ready for this is important. Checking references and conducting additional interviews are standard practices when gathering information about someone seeking a job.

In fact, most employers require you to provide your reference list and interview ahead of time as part of the application process. This gives them enough time to speak with those references and ensure that their stories line up. It also helps prevent people from lying about you to get another position.

Interviews for visa applications are usually shorter than what we would call an “in person” meeting. This can be difficult for some people who may become nervous or distracted during a longer conversation.

Make sure you’re well rested and prepare yourself mentally for the upcoming interview. Also, do not drink any beverages other than water one day prior to the appointment unless you have been medically cleared to do so.

Some things cannot be left at home, like picture proofs or letters of recommendation. You should already have these, but now they will really matter! Make sure to pack them in advance and/or review them immediately before the interview.

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol days before the interview as they could affect your performance. We recommend doing both three days beforehand to maximize your chances of getting approved.

Tell them you’re there to get a job

what happens in a visa interview

Now that you are fully prepared, you must make sure that your preparation is thorough. As mentioned before, being confident will help you feel more at ease. Make sure to have done enough research about the company, and know what they want from their employees.

Do not fake anything or appear as if you do not know what you are talking about- this would be very obvious and potentially disastrous for you!

If something seems weird or off, say it with confidence and try to determine why it made you nervous. There may be some part of the interview that makes you uncomfortable, but remember that these interviews are mostly just social events so use the appropriate level of etiquette and chat like everyone else does.

Make a good first impression

what happens in a visa interview

Now that you are ready for your next round of visa interviews, what most people do not realize is how much it matters how they dress and present themselves to the consulate or embassy. This can make a big difference in how you feel before, during, and after the interview!

What some applicants fail to consider is that their appearance will be seen by several different individuals at various stages throughout the process. For example, if you attend the interview in casual clothes with messy hair and dark eye makeup, this could influence the way the interviewer perceives you as an individual and professional.

On the other hand, if you prepare ahead of time and wear business formal clothing with natural looking light makeup, this would create a more professional image. Both situations are fine, but just make sure you are aware of what effect your attire has on others around you.

Another thing to remember is that the timing of when you apply for visas is totally up to you, so don’t over-stress about whetheror not you should plan to come back from the country earlier than expected. However, we recommend doing everything possible to avoid coming back early because you might need to return later than planned!

Also, try to arrive early to the appointment to get comfortable and have time to review any notes or materials you have prepared.

Follow the instructions

what happens in a visa interview

What happens in a visa interview depends mostly on what you do! If you prepare well, follow all of our tips, and be aware of your responses to questions, then I very seriously doubt that anything bad will occur.

A lot of people are nervous before their first visa interview. You should not worry too much about this though because there is a myth that most applicants get rejected due to nerves. This can sometimes be true for new visas but it is definitely untrue for experienced candidates who have proof of employment and sufficient money to stay in Australia.

There may be some cases where small things make us question if an applicant is really able to live and work here long term (for example, if they lie about being married or about owning a house), but these cases are extremely rare.

We also recommend doing research to find out more about the country that you are visiting so that you are as informed as possible. But aside from that, just be yourself and focus on having a good time.

Know the company and your potential new employer

what happens in a visa interview

Now that you are all ready to attend your visa interview, it is important to know what to expect! You will be meeting with someone from the visa office at the embassy or consular agency where you would like to live.

They will probably ask you some questions about yourself and your plans for staying in their country. Then they will get to asking you certain questions related to your intended job and life here. This includes things such as if there are any health conditions you have, whether you work alone or with others, etc.

At this stage of the process, most people start to feel nervous. Don’t worry! Most people are nervous before their first job interview but once you go through the process several times, you can help prevent unnecessary nerves.

You can research the organization online and learn how past applicants were treated. Also, do not underestimate the power of knowing some basic French! If possible, try to speak a few words so you are comfortable. Yours could mean the difference between getting accepted and turned down into another country.

Be honest and sincere

what happens in a visa interview

Even though there is no salary or job offer at this stage, coming to an interview with a good attitude will put you ahead of the game.

Interviews are usually a two way conversation – they focus more on what you say than who asks the questions. So try to be as focused on talking about how you can contribute to the company as them asking about their company.

And don’t forget to look the part too! If you seem nervous or distracted, then that will not go well for you.

Running late is also very unprofessional so make sure your phone is fully charged and have yourself a snack or drink before arriving.

Having these things ready will help you feel relaxed and prepared. We all know nerves of silence can lead to something happening, so being aware and prepared will aid that process.