The process of obtaining a visa in the United States actually consists of two stages – the preparation of the questionnaire and an interview. And the fact of obtaining a visa is strongly influenced by objective factors that cannot be changed and subjective, which can be corrected in their favor. We will talk about them.
The article was written based on both personal experience in obtaining a visa in the United States, and the experience of those people whom I advised.
I don’t care why you need a US visa and talk about popular B1 / B2 tourist visas that many use as a step to stay in America forever. The purpose of the trip is exclusively yours, but remember that obtaining a cherished visa depends not only on the correctness of filling out the application form, but also on whether the visa officer believes your history.
It often happens that people do not believe the true stories, and vice versa, stories made up for the purpose of immigration work out.
Objective factors affecting the receipt of a US visa
Briefly about what can not be fixed in the visa application form
Relatives in the USA. I do not advise hiding the presence of relatives living in the United States – it will only get worse, the same goes for cases when parents or one parent live in the States.
Age and gender. It is clear that it is extremely difficult for a single girl or a boy of 20-25 to obtain a visa, but it’s worth a try, as there are many other subjective and objective factors. If the other factors are against you – work, income, travel history, you will either have to risk money and go to the embassy in spite of everything or wait a bit and during this time you will have to change something for your own good.
All other questions of the questionnaire either do not affect the receipt of a visa or can be treated creatively.
Subjective factors affecting the receipt of a visa in the United States
I called them subjective, because some of the data, as well as my own history, can be presented in different ways. Accordingly, the result will also be different. You will either receive a US visa or NOT.
Job. It is rightly considered an important factor of binding to the motherland. A good paying job increases your chances and vice versa. Work does not have to be the so-called “official”, that is, with the entry in the workbook. She just has to be. Of course, there are many verification programs, but not everything is so straightforward.
Work is considered any source of income, even unofficial. The main thing that it was legal, I hope it is clear and true.
The questionnaire should indicate the main source of income. You can conduct business training, you can rent apartments or do needlework – knit items for sale. This is all your work.
What should be the income for a visa in the United States
There is no direct connection, but income should allow travel to the States for tourist purposes. For example, for a trip to New York for 10 days you need at least $ 1,200 – $ 1,500.
Legend or purpose of a trip to the USA
You can tell the truth that you are going to your second cousin’s wedding to her granddaughter’s wedding and do NOT get a visa, or you can write a story about going to visit the auction of agricultural equipment in New Mexico, although you are actually going to work as a truck driver. These are two real stories. In the first case, the person did not receive a visa, but the future truck driver is already plowing the expanses of Idaho in a large, brilliant truck. I do not urge to lie – but simply cite real examples.
So, the legend is the main subjective factor. Legend should be linked to your life in your homeland. What did I mean by that? If you are an IT person, you may well go to the conference on new digital technologies, but an invitation is necessary. But to go to the exhibition dedicated to mobile communications can be without an invitation, for example, in order to get acquainted with future partners.
Are you a young lady who makes a living by renting apartments? Then you can safely say that you are going to New York for Christmas sales, shopping is a great reason to fly to New York. If you are a successful entrepreneur (this should be seen from the questionnaire), then you may be going to Las Vegas, and an avid tourist who has several Southeast Asian countries in the asset may say that he is going to see US national parks.
The history of your previous trips
It really matters when obtaining a tourist visa and in the event that the goal is pure tourism. If you have not traveled anywhere except Turkey, you shouldn’t compose that you are going to travel for tourist purposes in America – most likely no one will believe you, even if this is true.
If there is no travel history, higher chances are those who are going to a seminar-conference-exhibition or to visit friends. If the travel history is rich – feel free to say that you are going to travel around America, for example, California — a state rich in sights.
Increase the chances of using bus tours and a couple of Schengens does not work, it is a waste of time and money. Better change the purpose of the trip in accordance with your activities.
If you want to increase the chances of getting a visa in the United States in this way, then for a year or two, travel to distant countries, then go to the embassy again. This is a reliable, but long and costly path that is not suitable for everyone.
This is a negative factor for obtaining a visa in the United States, but not always. If you are just going to travel, then you need English within the school curriculum and you can indicate in the form that you do not know it.
But if you are going to look for partners at the exhibition or are going to refresher courses – English is needed and their knowledge will be checked for sure, just the visa officer will switch to English.
Behavior at the visa interview
Your goal of obtaining a visa and traveling to the United States may be true, or it may not be true, which is no secret. Visa officers also know this. But they often believe fictional stories and DO NOT believe the truth.
I risk being captain-obvious, but experience shows that all who have been refused a visa in the United States make similar mistakes. So read again, even if you all know what you think.
- Answer confidently, all your intentions must be combined with your lifestyle.
- Answer short and accessible, no one likes complicated multi-pass stories.
- Answer sincerely, but make it clear that the refusal of a visa will not be a huge tragedy for you.
- Do not be afraid and do not worry. Stinging and trembling in the voice – a sign that you do not get a visa. Just calmly answer the questions, without anguish and unnecessary showing. Smile but do not abuse. Do not try to please the officer – it is useless.
- Remember and believe for yourself that you are going to speak at the interview. Key questions may relate to the purpose of your trip, your work at home and your income. The interview lasts no more than 3-4 minutes.
- Dress simple, like in the office or in the movies. So as not to distract the visa officer from work. I think you understand me.
Plan your goal of traveling to the USA correctly, formulate the right type of occupation and source of income, correctly evaluate your travel history and your chances of getting a visa will increase. Checked on yourself.
The most important thing
At the visa interview the consultant who helped you with the documents – will NOT be, you will not look in the Internet for tips either. Rely only on yourself and everything will turn out.