100+ Visa Application Interview Questions You Must Know - Bullet List

Many visa interview applicants are not always well prepared for visa interviews and they go and make costly mistakes that make their visa application rejected. In this post we have compiled a comprehensive list of all the questions you will like encounter during any visa interview. The questions may not be asked exactly as you are about to read 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 be encounter, you have to know the basic visa preparation tips.

  How to prepare for a visa interview

1. Prepare a “grab bag” of documents frequently requested

Get a clearbook to hold all the documents that embassies usually require and make at least five copies of each of these documents. Usually, the embassy will need to look at the original copy for verification purposes and then just keep a photocopy. Make sure that your photocopies are clear. It will save you the trouble of having to photocopy another clearer copy while at the embassy

Documents to include in this clear book are:

  • Birth certificate (must be certified by the National Statistics Office)
  • Marriage certificate* (if annulled, you will probably need a copy of your Marriage Certificate annotated by the NSO certifying that the marriage was declared null and void.
  • Latest Income Tax Return
  • For business owners, include business permits, business license and (audited) financial statements
  • Photocopies of previous visas you have been issued
  • ID pictures: Different embassies will have different size requirements, so when you have your picture taken, have the picture reproduced in different size dimensions. I suggest you get one picture taken in the standard 2x2 white background and one in the US visa size and Schengen size. (Note that for all visa requirements, both ears must be shown and women should not be wearing earrings.)
  • Proof of income and ownership such as land titles and or car registration documents

Keep all your old passports with other visa stamps as reference. It may not fit in the clear book, but it should be made part of your visa app “grab bag.

2. Keep a list of the countries you’ve visited

Update the list of countries you've visited the way you would update your CV. Many embassies require you to list the countries you have visited within a certain number of years. Some embassies will specify a time frame, some will not, so it is best to start from countries you have visited from 5 years back. Keep a soft copy of this list in your computer and update it each time you travel.

3. Make a checklist of the visa application requirements – and triple check that!

When applying for a Schengen visa via the Italian embassy, for example, a checklist of requirements (which you can download along with the visa application form) 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.

Double and triple check each requirement, line by line if you have to. It will be worth the trouble because there are varying specifications for each country.

Look out for fine print like required payment mode: Is a manager’s check required? Can you pay in Philippine pesos, US dollars or Euros? Tip is to pay in US dollars so you will not be subject to currency fluctuations. Remember to check for exact amount, e.g. if it says $58, bring $58 as some embassies will not offer change.

Double check the location of the visa processing centers as their addresses on the application forms may not be updated.

4. Have a standard template for letters of introduction to consuls

Embassies may require you to prepare a letter to the consul to introduce yourself and state your reason for travel. Make a standard template for this letter of introduction, save on your “Travel Docs” folder and just fill in whenever you need to apply for a visa.

This cover letter should have:

  • 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

5. Make your travel agent your travel buddy

Find a travel agent you can trust and make him or her your travel buddy. She can act as a semi-one-stop shop and help you book tickets and hotels that you won't have to pay for yet (you will want to wait till you get the visa before paying for a ticket or hotel), and facilitate travel.

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 applying for any visa interviews

1) When planning your trip, do not make the mistake of thinking your travel agent or the airline will be able to tell you if you need a visa. Make sure you find out for yourself. You can find out if you need a visa by going to the U.S. State Department website: http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html, there is a lot of terrific information to be found here including notes for Americans on safety and security overseas.

2) Make sure your passport has at least 4-6 blank pages, your visa won't need that many but many of the consulates require at least two blank pages; this is an easy excuse for them to give you a hard time. If you need more pages they're easy to get through the National passport processing office. You can find information the process on the State Department's website.

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 your passport does not meet the requirements, you must renew your passport.

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) Passport photographs. This is one I had a particularly difficult time getting my boss to do. Go to your post office or perhaps you have a drug store or photo processing store that takes passport photographs, get them, and if you are traveling a lot get a lot of extra photos. Most often you are required to submit two passport photographs with your visa application. You may get away with only providing one, you may get away with submitting a digital you took and printed on photo paper. It's not worth the risk. Get the extra photos.

6) 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 airline/travel agent.

7) Make sure you make copies of everything you send the consulate or visa travel service. This doesn't include your passport of course, but it's a good idea to make a copy of the first page in your passport just for your records. You will be sending your passport with your visa application and other paperwork.

8) Include a copy of your driver's license. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but just good policy. A lot of times a country may require this but neglect to mention or they may decide they want more identification information. This is a "Just in Case" preventative measure.

9) Do not forget the fee. If you are using a visa travel service, most likely you can simply provide your credit card number. If you are not, you will most likely have to provide a check for their fee as most of the consulates do not take credit cards.

10) A key challenge is the decision to appear at the embassy or consulate or simply overnight your application and materials to the appropriate place. In many cases, there won't be an option as the embassy or consulate is too far to travel to. If you are doing this on your own and are able, it may be prudent to go to the embassy or consulate yourself. Base your decision dependent on your time and patience level.

11) Finally, hire a travel visa service. These services are reasonable, quick and experienced. You do not save money doing it yourself and you certainly don't save hassle. Your travel visa service is there to help you with everything from completing forms to emergency turn-around times. Don't just go with any service. Investigate

Hope the post was helpful, if you have more questions kindly drop them in the comment box.

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