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Possible B1/B2 visa questions during the interview

Possible B1/B2 visa questions during the interview
iVisa | Updated on Feb 28, 2019

After you fill in the DS-160 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, the interview is a must. A lot of people worry about the meeting. There is no cause for concern, but you should prepare thoroughly. Many people get rejected because the interview goes poorly. That is why we developed a list of the most common B1/B2 visa questions that the consular officer may ask. Remember to answer truthfully and do not be over-confident or disrespectful. That will weigh-in in the decision of the consular officer.


General questions:

  • Why do you want to travel to the United States?
  • Why have you chosen this time frame? Why not another?
  • For 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 in 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 tax?
  • 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 live? On which date will it take place?
  • What does your friend/family member do for a living?
  • What will you do when you 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?

You should know that the list of possible B1/B2 visa questions can move on and on. The consular officer is not limited to what he/she can or cannot ask, and they can get pretty personal if the like. You should not take it as an offence and provide truthful answers. You need to remember that the interview is standard procedure, while the B1/B2 visa questions can differ from applicant to applicant. The officer can ask you 100 questions, while he needs just a few in some cases. The point is that the consular officer must reassure himself/herself that he/she made the right decision as far as you are concerned.

All we can say at this point is that it is a very good idea for you to research more B1/B2 visa questions. That way you will feel well-prepared for the interview.

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