B1 B2 Visa Interview: Questions and Information

B1 B2 Visa Interview: Questions and Information

As you may know, the EVUS enrollment to travel to the U.S. is only available to eligible citizens who hold a current B1 or B2 visa.

These type of long-term visitor visas requires applicants not only to provide supporting documents but also to go through an interview process with the U.S. consulate handling their application. Of course, this can be a stressful time for travelers and especially for those who are applying for the first time.

However, it’s important to be prepared and confident during the interview. It may happen that foreigners with valid documentation, sufficient funds, and genuine reasons to visit the United States are denied their visa because they looked nervous during the interview to the point where the consul thought that they were hiding something.

Of course, the best way to arrive prepared is to know what to expect. Not all interviews are the same but there is a range of questions that are very likely to be asked. Keep reading to get an idea of what are the most frequently asked questions during the interview and find advice for applicants.

What questions will be asked in the U.S. visa interview?

You are likely to be asked several types of questions during the interview. These are designed to cover a range of topics, from your travel plans and reason to visit to your financial situation and genuine intention to return to your home country (the B1 and B2 visas are visitor visas that are not intended for immigration purposes).

You will find below a list of possible questions accompanied by tips on how to best formulate the answer. Remember that you must be honest and accurate to the best of your possibilities.

Why are you traveling to the U.S.?

Asking about your reasons is a normal part of the process. You should not overthink this type of questions: you’re applying for a visitor visa so you can be concise in replying that you wish to enter the U.S. for tourism or visiting friends and family.

Similar questions include:

  • Why did you choose to travel at this time?
  • Why have you applied for a long-term visa? Can’t you spend less time in the U.S.?

What is the itinerary of your trip?

Besides talking about the reasons why you intend to visit the country, it’s also normal to ask about your travel plans. Keep it simple but give as much detail as possible if you have already an idea of the places you want to visit in the U.S. This shows that you’re not withholding information and that you are thinking seriously about your time in the country.

Related questions include:

  • How long do you intend to stay in the U.S.?
  • Can you stay for a shorter period of time?
  • Have you already booked your plane tickets? (Remember that having the plane ticket ready is not a requirement).
  • Where will you stay in the U.S.?
  • Who else is coming with you?
  • Have you purchased travel insurance for your trip? Do you plan to do so?
  • How will you move from one place to another while in the U.S.?

How much do you expect your trip to cost?

It’s likely that you will be asked a series of financially-related questions. The reasons for this include establishing that you can fund your trip (or have a relative or sponsor who can do that for you), that you have a clear idea of what your travels will entail, and that you are successful in your home country with a stable job or business and are not coming into the U.S. looking for work opportunities.

Similar questions include:

  • What do you do for a living? (Supporting documents may be required).
  • How much do you earn for a living?
  • How will you finance your trip?
  • Who is sponsoring you?
  • Who will take care of your business while you’re abroad?
  • Can you provide your business card?
  • If you are retired, how much pension do you get?
  • Do you have a credit card?

Do you have any relatives in the U.S.?

If you’re traveling to visit friends or family in the U.S., it’s important that you provide as much information as possible. This may go from contact information to their personal and professional life. You may want to get in touch with your friends in the U.S. to make sure that they are happy for you to give this information and that you check that all of your memories regarding them are correct. If they’re acting as your sponsor, you may also need to ask them for supporting financial documents.

Similar questions include:

  • How long has your friend/family member been living in the U.S. for and what is their current status?
  • What do they do for a living? How much do they earn per year? (If they’re sponsoring you, you may need to provide proof of employment and other financial papers).
  • Where do they live? Can you provide their contact information?
  • How long has it been since the last time you saw them?
  • Have they ever visited you in your home country? When are they planning to visit you next?
  • Has anyone filed the green card petition for you?

Have you been to the U.S. before?

Most travelers are asked this question so that American officials can learn about the applicant’s visa and immigration history. This helps greatly in understanding the intentions behind the applicant’s wish to visit the U.S. Remember that most of this information can be checked and confirmed by the U.S. immigration authorities.

Related questions include:

  • When you traveled to the U.S. before, how long did you stay?
  • Have you traveled internationally before?
  • Did you ever extend your stay in the U.S.?
  • Have you ever been denied a visa before?

Will you come back after your trip?

It is paramount that the interviewer is convinced that you genuinely plan to return to your country after your visit is over. Therefore, there will be a series of questions meant to validate this.

Similar questions include:

  • How can you assure me that you will return to your country? (All ties and responsibilities, like work and relatives to take care of, should be included in your answer).
  • What property do you have here? Who will look after it while you’re away?
  • How many children do you have here? What about other relatives?
  • What is your permanent address?
  • Do you have plans to work in the U.S.?
  • Do you have plans to extend your visa?

Where does the visa interview take place?

Interviews for the B1/B2 visas take place outside the U.S., in a diplomatic mission (usually, a U.S. consulate). It is advisable to schedule your appointment in a U.S. embassy or consulate in your country of origin. However, in some cases, it’s possible to book it in another country.

After you have been granted your B1/B2 visa, if you hold a Chinese passport, you will be able to apply to register with EVUS. Although EVUS is not a visa but only an electronic system that allows the American authorities to keep better track of foreign visitors coming into the country and ease document checks at the border, it’s mandatory to register with EVUS before traveling. Fortunately, the whole registration (including the application form) can be completed online in minutes and does not require further interviews.

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