Consular Interview Tips

In your visa interview, you'll need to show that you do not intend to immigrate to the United States and that you have a residence in a country outside the US where you will return. The burden of proof is on you, so be prepared.


  • Expect the interview to be conducted in English. If English is not your native language, practice English conversation before the interview.

  • Consulate officers are under pressure to conduct a quick and efficient interview. The first thing you say and the initial impression you make are critical.

  • Make your answers to the officer’s questions complete, but keep them brief. Listen carefully and be sure that you understand the question fully; ask the officer to please repeat any question you don't understand.

  • Be organized. Have your supporting documentation ready for presentation in case you're asked. Don't bring papers with you to the interview unless you are prepared to show the documents to the consular officer.

  • Be prepared to discuss what you expect to gain from a US education how you will use this experience in your home country after graduation.

  • Be friendly and courteous to the consular officer and try to appear confident that you will receive the visa.

  • If you are subject to mandatory military service in your home country, be prepared to explain how you will meet this requirement.