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US B1/ B2 Visa Interview Sample Questions and Answers

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US Visitor Visa Interview Sample Questions and Answers

Do you have a US visa interview appointment to attend and you are wondering what type of questions would be asked and how you will answer them? Then you are on the right article. In this post am going to list and discuss top US visa interview questions and how you should answer them. Bear in mind that you are not to answer your visa interview questions word for word with the answers we have here. This is a guide to aid in your US interview preparations.

Before we get into the sample US interview questions and answers, let us talk about the mannerism, mindset and attitude that you must have as a US visa applicant. I have had a lot of people tell me that they were denied US visa even when they answered all their questions correctly. What then is the problem? An interview doesn’t just have to do with what you are saying but how you are saying it, your tone, gesticulations, composure and expressions. The visa officer has been treated to see through your bluff so they can tell when you lie.

You can also read: How to Apply for US Visa in Nigeria

Don’t be Pessimistic

Judging from the number of sad faces coming out of the US embassy everyday, you can say that there are a lot more US visa denials than visa granted. I can say that only 10% of US visa applicants are actually granted visa. I believe that you have heard a lot “denied” tales from your family and friend and this adds to your worries. In your head, you tell yourself that if they can deny Mr. X a visa, then what are the chances that yours will be approved.

Stop being pessimistic, stop having such negative thoughts .As the saying goes: “As a man thinks in his heart so is he”, if you harbor fear and doubt about getting the visa, that’s what you will get. Uncertainty will show up in your interview. There will be a drop in your energy level, your will look tense, your voice will crack, you will be perspiring profusely and you will be edgy. This is a recipe for having your US visa application denied as the visa officer will think that you are hiding something.

Dress Well

While attending your visa interview, you are allowed to dress any way that you want to. However, how you dress portrays who you are. Skimpy and sexy dresses are cool. But will you be comfortable tell the visa officer that you are going for a Christian youth conference dressed like that?

Expressions and Gestures

Communication in an interview is more than just what you are saying. All visa officers are highly trained to listen to nonverbal communication you emit when you are being interviewed. The following are the top 4 non-verbals you should work on when it comes to attending a U.S visa appointment interview.

Eye Contact – Maintain eye contact with your interviewer as the need arises (while listening and speaking). If you do not maintain eye contact when you speak, it can be seen as you lack confidence or that you are lying. And if you look away when you are spoken to, it can indicate that you are not interested in what is being said to you.

Facial Expressions  – Go to a mirror and take a good look at your yourself.  First eliminate all negative facial expressions then replace with a smile. You do not need to keep the smile plastered on your face for the full length of the interview, but keep coming back to it.

Posture – Make sure you portray correct posture when walking, standing and sitting at all times. It helps to portray who you are.

Gestures — During your interview, gestures should be very limited. Don’t overdo it. When you use gestures, make sure they come natural and are relevant to the discussion at hand.

Now let’s look at sample U.S interview questions and answers:

For this sample interview, we are going to use a B1/B2 US visa applicant who is going to the US for vacation.

Primary Questions and Answers

Q: Why do you want to travel to the USA / what is the purpose of your visit?

A: I will be traveling for tourism purposes and to visit my sister. Since I will be visiting Dallas in Texas, I will be visiting places such as the Reunion tower, Dallas museum of art, African American museum, mockingbird station and neighboring towns. These places are drivable distance from my aunt’s home. Remember that you are applying for a US tourist visa so your answer should stipulate so.

Q: Why do you want to visit the US now?

A: Am planning to visit the U.S in summer when the weather is good for sightseeing. My sister (who is in the US) and I have arranged our leave from work during that time frame. I want to enjoy all tourist attractions immensely. You should do some research on the city you will be visiting in the United States. If you have a travel plan, show it to the interviewer.  We can write a well detailed travel plan in a short notice. Contact us at 0703378184.

Q: How long do you intend to stay in the U.S?

A: I will stay 3 weeks in the US. I intend to arrive the U.S on the 8th of August and leave on the 28th.If you have your flight reservation, now is the time to show the visa officer.

Q: Where will you stay in the US?

A: 81 Parkvillage Avenue Fairview, Dallas, Texas 75069. Memorize this address and make sure that it is the same address you filled in your DS 160 form.

Q: How much do you expect this trip to cost?

A: $4000 dollars. I have set aside enough money to cover for my flight and shopping. As I will be staying in my sister’s place, I won’t be paying for accommodation. Show the visa officer your bank statement(s), pay slip and any other document to show that you can afford the trip. However, if your relative will be taking care of the sponsoring your trip, you should let the consular know. Be prepared to show any the following documents from your sponsor to the visa officer:

  • Bank letter
  • Employment letter
  • Letter to the consulate
  • Invitation letter
  • Income tax documents
  • Marriage certificate
  • Proof of green card
  • Original birth certificate

Q: Have you been denied a U.S visa in the past?

A: Yes/No. If you have been denied a visa in the past, you will need to tell them why. If you do not know their reasons for denying you a visa in the past, tell them. If you have been issued a U.S visa in the past, let them know.

Q: Is your sponsor married?

A: Yes she is married to Emeka Igwe and has 2 kids, Peter and Paul. You should have enough information about your sponsor’s family. For example, name(s) of spouse and kid(s), ages, names of the organization they work for, job descriptions, how long they have been staying in the U.S, etc.

Q: Can I have the contact details of your sponsor?

A: Her phone number is +12345678921 and her email address is abcderfsd@gmail.com. Memorize their contact details and make sure they are the same with what you filled in your US DS 160 application form.

Q: What do you do for a living?

A: Am a medical doctor. I work with a private hospital, Kings Clinic in Abuja. As a general surgeon, I perform operations and procedures on the human body. You should show your ID card at this point.

Q: How much do you earn?

A: Am paid N300, 000 after taxes. Show your pay slip or bank statement to the visa officer.

Q: How can you assure us that you will come back home?

A: “I will definitely return home because I have 15 relatives in the country, and I also have 2 commercial buildings I inherited from my  dad, besides; I have my wife and a kid to take care of”. Or “I do not intend to ruin my travel records because I still plan to see more places in the U.S in the future”.

Other possible US visa interview questions include;

Q: Have you traveled abroad before?

A: Answer truthfully

Q: Do you have any close relatives in the U.S?

A: Answer truthfully

Q: Are you going to work when you visit the U.S?     

A: Answer truthfully

Q: Can I see your leave approval?

A: Answer truthfully

Q: Who will take care of your business/family when you are visiting the U.S?

A: Answer truthfully

Q: How many siblings do you have and where do they live?

A: Answer truthfully

Q: Do you have a car?

A: Answer truthfully

I hope this article helps. If you have a question or you want to make a suggestion, use our comment area below. Thank you

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58 Comments

      1. Yes I did that but was wondering why and I also found out that a lot of people that went for follow up were eventually not given

    1. I applied earlier this, actualy it was january, in the application where you are asked if you have any relation or immidiate family in the U.S. the agent filled NO. But realy i have 3 uncles in the U.S . Now of them who is like a father, infact he raised me is inviting me and my family. How can i filled YES in the new application now knowing that i have filled NO before. Secondly what wil be the best answer to give if am asked why NO and YES

  1. I had an error in my D’s160 form, but I have corrected it on a new form, and should I still go to my interview with both old and new D’s160?

    1. Hello Japheth
      You will attend your interview with the new DS160 confirmation page. The serial number to your new form should be evident in your interview appointment booking. You can discuss with us at 07033378184

  2. Please what are the likely questions for someone going for a conference being ask n will also sponsored by an NGO tks in anticipation

  3. pls i want to go for family visa but my wife and daughter have the visa last yr they went to usa to celebrate by daughter first yr birthday pls what are the document i need to take for my interview vcos i want to also go with them this yr….

  4. Having issues booking an interview date. Saying something like name or previous email not matching. Not clear though

  5. I have been rejected visa 3times 2015/2016 respectively. I got married late last year. I have scheduled another appointment with my wife (Couple) Pls, what’s my chance of getting approved visas this time. Thank you

  6. Please I have an invite to attend a church convention in USA, what are the likely question to expect cos the interview date is in may 2018..

  7. Also documents to take along,I will pay for tickets but on the invite letter, its stated that the church has made reservation and will take us around for some site seeing if we are interested

  8. Please my hubby was given an invitation to a conference in us and we have the intention on going on a vacation with the kids. Please how should we fill the form and since we r sponsoring the journey ourselves, should we also indicate it. Urgent answers please.

  9. My Girlfriend in United state sent me an invitation and it was written that she is inviting me over so we can get married in the state and the wedding will be on Nov 20 What type of visa will I apply for ?

  10. What are the likely question is i will be asked when going for conference under sponsorship of his company?

  11. I will be having my interview in next 2 month with my wife we have our wedding and we want to for our honeymoon pls I will like you to guide me towards it…

  12. Good day……i meet someone online as a friend and we have been talking for the past two years now and she want me to visit her in Chicago US…….she as sent me invitation letter and some other documents and my interview is September 7 can the US embassy grant my visa???

  13. How many days, weeks, months or years can I reapply for USA visa after been refused visa for the first time

  14. God Day, I Have Interview On Octorber With My Spouse And Kid But The Problem I Have Is Am Not That Fluent In Communication And If I Go For Interpreter They Do Mess Up At-times And This Is Our First Time Travel What Should We Do Reply At Shape Pls, Thanks

    1. All you need is to put yourself together…consulars are humans like you..so since you know the reason why your applying for visa,…I have an interview on Monday 27/08/18 so be yourself ,what will be will surely be for good I pray.

  15. Hello,
    please while I was filling the ds-160 form, I started that I was going to pay for the trip. The reason why I said so, is because my aunt outside the country which I want to visit, will send me the money, and I plan to present her financial statement. Hope there wouldn’t be a problem, as I stated that I would pay for the trip?

  16. Good Mrng, I have an invitation for a conference and also an invitation frm a friend for a visit, can both invitation be used 2geda?

  17. My Uncle gave me an invitation letter to US dated June 25th 2018, because of my job scheduled for the past one month, i didn’t apply, So on the 7th august 2018, i processed the US application form and the date of appointment available is on the 4th of December and does not tally with my invitation letter and leave letter dated October from my office, please i need a closer date, if not this month August or before 20th of September will be ok for me thanks.

  18. pls, what are the materials needed for interview at the us embassy. Am attending D’s for the first time.

  19. I was been denied twice by the VO in my US visa interview. I was applying for B2 application, the question is easy and I answer them very well. But after the VO finished checking my bank statement he look to the computer and tld me that ‘sorry I can’t give you a visa right now’. The reason why I am going to the US is for tourism purpose and to visit my GF.

  20. All you need is to put yourself together…consulars are humans like you..so since you know the reason why your applying for visa,…I have an interview on Monday 27/08/18 so be yourself ,what will be will surely be for good I pray.

  21. Good day am married but I want to go alone….what’s the answer for this question…(1)..why can’t you go with your family?whatvan I say?

  22. Good Sir/ma I have Bn denial us visa 2 times but my hubby got d visa he went for conferences now me and d kids want to apply for Easter break next year but appeared dis year does it really make sense

  23. Good day sir, this is very interested article,please can you advice me how to prove to the US consular my Strong ties to my homeland.because have been denied under section 214(b).and
    i have reapply and my interview is december, 2018

  24. I am going for tourism with my wife and 2 kids in Dec. I work with and earn over 700k a month. My wife earns 250k monthly. What documents would I carry with me when going for the interview. What are the likely questions considering I haven’t traveled outside Africa. Been to Ghana with family on vacation

  25. Good day, I am going for health management conference this month, please I need most common question they will ask me, the way I can dresses as health management. thank you so much

  26. I appreciate this guidelines.But i want to ask,as a business man ;if im asked my salary what should i respond?Also secondly if im married but separated should also be my response if i’m asked?

  27. Good evening,
    please i have UAE resident visa which is going to expired by 2021 and I want to apply for tourist visa please what is my chance in US embassy and i will like to apply for tourist.

    Regards

  28. Nice update!
    I just need a guide on how a group interview is like. We all are going for a conference in the US. Thanks in anticipation.

  29. I have been planning for U S A interview what are those questions they may ask me and I never went for such interview b4

  30. I was denied wit my ex wife doing America lottery around 2013 or 2014 and we are both not together anymore but have remarried now wit a baby now. So, we are both planning to go on B1B2 as family.moreso,how can I confuse d VO that I have business doin n other property which I can’t leave behind. Pls help me wit advice on my email bellow

  31. Please I made mistake in filling form ds160.i don’t remember some of the information my brother filled for me. Please how do I go about it

  32. About my status in the application, I filled single but I am actually going for my bridal shopping in Houston, Texas. Will it affect my chance of been approved or what should I do?

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