You have submitted all your documentation, paid all your fees, and are now anxiously waiting to attend your interview to finalize the oftentimes tedious process of obtaining a B1/B2 Visa. Aside from actually visiting the United States, this is the day you have been waiting for. At this stage of the process you may be asking yourself, “now what?” You’ve submitted all the B1 B2 applications and documentation required, so what else do they want? What should you take with you to the interview? No worries, most of the work is already done. But there are a few things you need to make sure you address and provide at the interview.
The main purpose of the interview is to confirm and verify all the information you have submitted thus far, and at times to clarify any questions the officer may have. The key to a great interview is to be prepared. If you are nervous about the interview, knowing you are adequately prepared will surely help calm those nerves.
In applying for a tourist visa, you want to make sure you make one point very clear, you are visiting only and do not plan to immigrate to the United States. Again, the documentation you have submitted should already reflect this, so the interview will only serve to confirm this and to address any questions the officer may have or any additional documentation that needs to be submitted. This interview is usually very brief, so having all the needed documentation with you and in order will capitalize on the short time you have with the officer. Although short, this time is very important in avoiding prolonging your B1 B2 application process.
Below are a few B2 and B1 visa documents you should take with you on the day of your interview:
- A passport or travel document issued by your country. This should be valid for at least 6 months beyond you planned travel to the United States. If damaged, it may be wise to get a new one.
- Your appointment confirmation page
- Your D2-160 Application confirmation page
- Any documentation of past issued U.S. Visas – granted or denied
- Documentation evidencing funds needed to travel to and from the United States
- Documentation evidencing your residence
- Documentation showing your purpose of travel – Itinerary’s, invitations, letters etc.
- If you are simply visiting family – have information ready on where they live and useful information that can help the officer confirm (if they should ask)
- If you have ever been arrested or have a criminal record, certified dispositions of these events
- Documentation addressing any reason for a Visa Denial in the past, whether it be medical related, due to your criminal record or past contact with the immigration.
(you should definitely meet with a licensed attorney if the last two apply to you)
These are just a few pointers for which B2 and B1 documents one should take to their BI/B2 Visa interview. It is very important that you meet with a licensed attorney should you have any questions on the necessary documentation you need to provide at your interview.