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Examples of US Business visa interview questions (B1)

Examples of US Business visa interview questions (B1)
iVisa | Updated on Jul 03, 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 some 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. Below, you will find information about the US B1 Visa and several examples of interview questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a United States B1 Visa?

A US B1 Visa is a traditional visa that is affixed to a visa page on your passport. It is a temporary, non-immigrant visa, allowing the holder to travel to the US for business purposes.

How can I check if I am eligible for the US B1 Visa?

You can use our Visa Checker to check if you are eligible for a US B1 Visa. You need to choose your nationality and the United States as the destination.

How does the US B1 Visa work?

The US B1 Visa is issued electronically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United States Government.

Travelers, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers like us around the world can use the United States B1 Visa system to process an eVisa. We apply and pay for your visa directly to the US government. We set up an appointment for an interview at the Unites States Embassy or Consulate closest to you.

What documents do I need to apply for a US B1 Visa?

To apply online, you will require the following:

  • Your passport, valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States.

  • Digital photograph.

  • Travel itinerary, if you have already made travel arrangements.

  • Dates of your last five visits or trips to the United States, if you have previously traveled there. You may also be asked for your international travel history for the past five years.

  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae. You may be required to provide information about your current and previous education and work history.

  • Other Information. Some applicants, depending on the intended purpose of travel, will be asked to provide additional information when completing the online application.

How can I apply for a US B1 Visa?

The application for a US B1 Visa is really easy. It has only three steps:

  1. The first step will ask you to fill in your general information. You also need to choose the processing time from the options mentioned above.

  2. The second step will ask you to revise step one and make the payment.

  3. The last step consists of a questionnaire and a photo upload. It is at this point when you need to upload your passport scan. Other documents may be required as well, but it depends on personal circumstances.

Click here to start. After you are done, you submit your form and wait for us to set up an appointment for an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to you. In case you need assistance to fill your application, iVisa has a fantastic support service that you can call 24/7.

What happens after I have applied?

Next to your application online, you will need to schedule your interview at the US embassy. Before your interview, we will send you a comprehensive package on what to expect during your interview and provide a checklist of things you must bring with you. Immediately after that, you will know if our B1 Visa is approved.

What kind of questions are asked in the interview?

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 B1 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.

I have more unresolved questions, where can I find more info?

You can start chatting with one of our customer service representatives by clicking here. They will be ready to help you 24/7. Alternatively, you can find more info and FAQs here.

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