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Examples of US Business visa interview questions (B1)

Examples of US Business visa interview questions (B1)
iVisa | Updated on Feb 28, 2019

Traveling to the United States for business purposes entails that you get a US Business visa, otherwise known as a type B1 visa. After you fill in your application, you need to schedule and attend an interview with a consular officer. He or she will ask for several documents, but you will receive a lot of questions as well. You need to be truthful in your answers. Keep in mind that the person running the interview will decide whether or not your application is granted, as well as the duration of your stay in the US.

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Below, you will find several examples of US Business visa interview questions (B1).

General questions:

  • Why do you want to travel to the United States?
  • How long will your visit last?
  • When will you go?
  • Can I have a copy of the invitation letter?
  • What do you hope to achieve?
  • Who is paying for your visit?
  • Who will you meet in the US?
  • How much money do you make? Do you pay tax?
  • Where exactly in the US will you go?
  • Where are you going to stay in the US?
  • Why can you not have the meetings via video conference or phone?
  • Are you going alone?
  • Are you married? Is your spouse traveling with you?
  • Do you have children? Are they traveling with you?
  • Do you have friends or relatives in the US?
  • Do you have a sibling?
  • What is your qualification?
  • Where will you land in the US?
  • How will you go from one place to another?
  • Is there a colleague who will accompany you? What is his/her name?
  • How can you guarantee me that you will return to your country?

If you are an employee:

  • What company are you working for?
  • What is the activity field of your company?
  • What do you do?
  • How many years of experience you have in your field of activity?
  • For how long have you been with your current employer?
  • What about the previous?
  • How many employees does your company have?
  • What can you tell me about your current project? If you are a business owner or partner:
  • What does your company do?
  • For how long have you been an owner/partner?
  • How many employees does your company have?
  • Is there someone to take of your business in your absence? Who?
  • Can you show me your company’s tax returns and balance sheets?
  • How much is your yearly turn over?
  • What was the profit last year?
  • Where is your company’s office?

If you want to attend a conference:

  • How did you find out about this conference/exhibition?
  • Have you attended any other conferences in the past? In your country or abroad?
  • What do you hope to achieve by attending this conference?
  • Why do you want to go to this conference?
  • What is the conference about and how is it related to what your business does?

Please keep in mind that the list can continue. The US Business visa interview questions above are meant to just give you a clearer picture of the kind of questions you will receive during the interview. For the consular officer, there is nothing off limits. You may even receive questions of a more personal manner.

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