Top 100 Commonly Asked Visa Interview Questions You Must Know

Many visa interview applicants are not always well prepared for visa interviews and they go and make costly mistakes that make their visa application to be rejected. In this post we have compiled a comprehensive list of all the questions you will encounter during any visa application interview. The questions may not be asked exactly as listed here but they will be very similar.

During any visa interview, try and be truthful and sincere because if you try to play smart, you may probably be caught which will result in your visa refusal.

Before we list out the visa interview questions you would probably encounter, you have to know the basic visa application tips.

How to prepare for a visa application interview

Below are the steps to prepare for any visa application interview and you must make sure you follow every step mentioned here. 
  • Gather all the visa original visa application documents into a single file or envelope
Get an envelope and put all the documents that embassies usually require and make more than one copy of each of these documents. The embassy will need to look at the original copy for verification purposes and then just keep a photocopy, this is done in almost every embassy. Make sure that your photocopies are clears so as to avoid ugly events.
The common documents that you must have intact include: 
  1. Birth certificate
  2. Marriage certificate if you are married
  3. For business visas or trips, include business permits, business license and financial statements
  4. Photocopies of previous visas you have been issued
  5. ID pictures: Different embassies will have different size requirements, so when you have your picture taken, have the picture reproduced in different size dimensions.
Keep all your old passports with other visa stamps as reference.
  • Make a checklist of the visa application requirements – and triple check that!
When applying for a visa via an embassy, for example, a checklist of requirements is mandatory in the list of documents to be presented to the visa processing center. It is not a standard requirement for all countries, but a checklist is definitely a good thing to have on hand. Make one of your own if your destination country does not require it. This will make everything easy for you.
Double check the location of the visa processing centers as their addresses on the application forms may not be updated.
  • You must have a good letter of introduction
Some embassies do require a letter of introduction to show the reasons and plan of your travel, your letter of introduction should include

Header with your name, contact details and if available, your visa application reference number
Reason for travel
Duration of stay
Mention of other countries you have visited
How you will fund your trip
Day by day travel itinerary as an attachment

Visa interview questions commonly asked during visa applications.

Now that you know the basic visa interview preparation tips,below are the visa interview questions you will like encounter at the embassy during any visa interview.

  • Are you married
  • What does your spouse do
  • How long have you been married
  • Do you intend to find a spouse in the country you want to travel to
  • Are you travelling alone or with someone
  • Will you choose another trip or another country if you have the opportunity
  • Why do you need a 3 months, 6 months,1 year or 2 years visa
  • Can you show us your bank statement
  • Are you on any scholarship
  • Do you have health insurance for the trip
  • Are you in a relationship
  • Do you have a job leave or approval
  • Do you have a child or children
  • How many children do you have
  • How old are your children
  • What do your children do
  • Do you have any family member or members in the country you are travelling to
  • Do you know anybody involved in terrorism
  • Do you know anybody in the university you want to go and study abroad
  • Do you know the annual income of your children
  • Do you pay taxes
  • Do you want to get a masters degree after your undergraduate degree
  • Do you have grand children
  • Did you apply to other universities
  • Did you get admitted to the university you want to go and study in
  • Have you booked your flight
  • Have you ever travelled to any other country
  • How long are you going to stay in the country you are travelling to
  • How did you know about the university you want to enroll in
  • Why did you choose the university
  • Will you return during the valid visa period
  • How long are you going to stay
  • How long have you been working in your company
  • How many siblings do you have
  • Where do your siblings live
  • What jobs do your siblings do
  • How many children do your siblings have
  • Do you own a business
  • What kind of business do you run
  • How many employees do you have
  • How much do you earn
  • How much will the journey cost you
  • How will you spend your time when your relatives leave for work
  • How much pension do you get
  • Is this your first time in the country
  • Is your daughter or in-law pregnant
  • Is any of your child married
  • What are your plans after you return
  • What does your father do
  • What are your plans after you return
  • What does your mother do
  • What do you do in your country of residence
  • What do you know about the country you are visiting
  • What do you know about the education in the country you want to visit
  • What does your company do
  • What does your child do in the destination you are travelling to
  • What is the visa status of your child
  • What is your educational qualification
  • What is the purpose of your visit
  • What is your daughter’s birth date
  • What are your parents birth dates
  • How much does your partner earn
  • What is your universities yearly cost
  • What Property do you have in your home land
  • What will you do if your visa application is rejected
  • Will you seek employment in your destination country
  • When last did you see your child
  • When will you travel to your destination
  • Where are you going to stay
  • When did you finish your undergraduate studies
  • Which company do your work for
  • Which countries will you visit from your destination
  • Who will pay for your trip
  • Why do you want to travel to your destination when you already have a job
  • Who lives with you
  • What do they do
  • Will you do business in the destination you are travelling to
  • Will your spouse join you
  • When are sure you will come back to your home country
  • Why do you want to visit your destination only at this time
  • How long will you stay
  • Do you have any child studying in your travel destination
  • Where is your child studying
  • What is your child studying
  • When did you retire
  • Do you have a car
  • How many servants do you have
  • Who will take care of your house when you are away
  • Do you have your passport number of hand
  • How much are you carrying for your trip
  • Will you marry in your destination if you have the opportunity
  • Will you work part time in your destination country
  • What if there is no job
  • What will you do if you win a jackpot in your destination country
  • If you are offered a high paying job in your destination country will you accept
  • Do you know anything about the destination you want to go to
  • What is the location or city you want to stay inyour destination
  • Who are you staying with
So above are the visa interview questions you will likely encounter in most visa application interviews.

What you should know before you make any visa application

Below are the important factors to consider before you apply for any visa:
  1. When planning your trip, do not make the mistake of thinking your travel agent will be able to tell you if you need a visa. Make sure you make research for yourself to avoid bitter situations.
  2. Make sure your passport has at least 4-6 blank pages, your visa won't need that many but many embassies require at least two blank pages.
  3. Make sure your passport isn't going to expire for a while. The passport's expiration date must be greater than six months from the date of entry for the visa you are applying for, if not then you must renew your passport or the you might be denied a visa.
  4. Your visa application. This is where you really need the assistance of a good travel visa service. You'll find that many of the visa applications are quite confusing. There are language usage differences that may have you scratching your head. If you are not sure, ask, do not guess, errors on forms can be costly.
  5. Include your travel itinerary. Most applications require you include your travel plans as proof of entrance and exit dates. This would be the itinerary you get with your tickets or from the travel agent or the airline you are traveling with.

        Common questions asked during an American visa interview

The questions above are also asked during an American visa application interview. You should be smarter when answering interview questions for an American visa because they tend to capitalize on your mistakes so that you might be denied a visa. Go through each of the questions one after the other and practice how to answer them.

      Frequently asked Schengen visa interview questions

All countries including Schengen countries that require an interview before issuing a visa do ask similar questions but in different patterns, so if you have practiced how to answer the visa interview questions listed earlier, you will not have issues during your Schengen visa interview.

In conclusion, you just have to be smart in answering any visa interview question because it determines if you will be granted or denied a visa

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