Possible B1/B2 visa questions during the interview

Possible B1/B2 visa questions during the interview
iVisa | Updated on Mar 04, 2020

We are improving our B1/B2 application process to make sure it is up to date with current US visa policy. We will make this product available again soon. In the mean time, below you will find useful information to keep in mind about the US visa application process.

After you fill in the application form and you get the confirmation page, you will be able to schedule an interview. Of course, if you are under 13 or over 80, it is not mandatory, but in all the other cases, an interview is necessary. A lot of people worry about the interview. In most cases this meeting is over quickly but you should still prepare thoroughly. Many people get rejected because the interview goes poorly. That is why we came up with a list of the most common B1/B2 visa questions that the consular officer may ask. Remember to answer truthfully to all of his or her inquiries.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a United States B1/B2 Visa?

A US B1/B2 Tourist Visa is a traditional visa that is attached to a visa page on your passport. It is a temporary, non-immigrant visa, allowing the holder to travel to the US for business and tourism purposes.

How can I check if I am eligible for the US B1/B2 Visa?

To check your eligibility for the US B1/B2 Visa, you can use our Visa Checker. Choose your nationality and the United States as the destination.

How does the US B1/B2 Visa work?

The US B1/B2 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/B2 Visa system to process an eVisa. We apply and process your visa directly through the US government. We set up an appointment for an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to you.

What documents do I need to apply for a US B1/B2 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.

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae. You may be required to provide information about your current and previous education also.

  • 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/B2 Visa?

The application for a US B1/B2 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 individual 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/B2 Visa is approved.

Can I have my interview in a country other than my country of origin?

You can schedule the interview at the US embassy in another country, however, you should schedule an interview at the US Embassy from your country of origin.

What kind of questions are asked in the interview?

General questions:

  • Why do you want to travel to the United States?

  • Why have you chosen this time frame? Why not another?

  • How long will you stay in the United States?

  • Why do you need a visa with a validity of 6 months? Can you not fulfill your purpose in a shorter period of time?

  • Do you have a place to stay in the United States? Where?

  • How much do you think your trip is going to cost? Do you have the means? Can you show me? (bank statement, for example)

  • Did you book a flight for the United States?

  • Have you been to the United States before?

  • Who is going to accompany you on this trip?

  • Do you have travel insurance? If no, do you plan to buy it?

  • What do you do for a living?

  • What is your yearly income?

  • Will you come back to your country of origin?

  • How can I be sure that you will come back?

  • Do you own property?

  • Who will take care of the house while you are gone?

  • Do you have a letter of invitation? If yes, can you show it to me?

  • How many children do you have?

  • Where do you live?

  • Do you pay taxes?

  • How will you move from one place to the other when you arrive in the US?

  • Do you own a car?

  • Do you have siblings?

If you are visiting friends or relatives:

  • Who are you going to visit?

  • Is he/she sponsoring your trip?

  • Does he/she have a family in the United States?

  • What is his/her birthday?

  • Will you attend an important event in your friend’s/family member’s life? On which date will it take place?

  • What does your friend/family member do for a living?

  • What will you do when your friend/family member goes to work?

  • When was the last time you met your friend/family member?

  • For how long has your friend/family member been in the United States?

  • How much is your friend/family member earning per year?

Keep in mind that the list of possible B1/B2 visa questions can be longer. The consular officer is not limited in his/her questioning.

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

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