US Visa Interview In Nigeria: 10 tips for successful interview

Every year, Nigerians travel to the United States in their thousands. Of every Nigerian that has a successful visa application, another application is unsuccessful. This often comes during the visa interview process, because many of US visa applicants do not know the tricks involved in answering questions during the interview. In this article, we will show you ten (10) tips for a successful Uvisa interview. Also check how to book appointment with American embassy.

These tips were not just drafted by us but by experienced people who have had many encounters with the interviewers at the US consulates or Embassies in Nigeria. If you are planning to travel to the United States, you will do yourself a lot of good by reading this article till the very end.

Wasting no time, below are the ten tips for successful visa interview at the US Embassy in Nigeria:

  1. Ties to Nigeria: Under the US laws, Nigerians who want to leave for the United States are considered potential immigrants until they can prove beyond doubt, they are not intending immigrants. You must tell the Consular officer that you have things that give you stronger reasons to return to Nigerian at the expiration of your stay.

  2. Interview Language: You must have it at the back of your mind that the interview will be conducted in English language and not your native language. For students who are traveling to study intensive English in the US, be ready to explain to the interviewer how English language will be helpful to you while you are in the country.

  3. Speak for Yourself, Alone: Don’t go for the visa interview with your parents, relatives or friends with the hope to be spoken for. By going with such people, you will create a negative impression about yourself, and that will show that you lack what it takes to speak for yourself. If, however, you are a minor going for your study and you need to answer questions about funding, your parents should be in the waiting room.

  4. Understand the Program and how it suits your career plans: Except you can articulate your reasons for choosing a particular program in the US, you might be denied a visa as you will be considered having had no plan to study. Ensure you explain the effects that studying in the US will have on your professional career back in Nigeria.

  5. Be Concise: To be concise simply means to keep your answers to the Consular officer’s questions short and straight to the point.

  6. Note that you have 2-3 minutes for the interview. As a result, ensure that all your documents are clear at a glance to the interview officer at the embassy.

  7. Applicants from countries where many of the citizens remain in the US after study may have issues getting a visa. Ensure that you give a good reason if you are asked about job opportunities back home in Nigeria.

  8. Employment: Note that your plan is to travel to the US for study, not employment. Ensure that you sufficiently and clearly communicate your plan to return to Nigeria upon completing your study.

  9. If your kids and spouse would remain in the Nigeria, be prepared to tell the Consular officer how they will support themselves during the time you will be away in the US.

  10. Have Positive Attitude: You are at the embassy to answer questions, not to argue with the Consular officer. If your request is denied, take time to ask the officer about documents that you should bring in order to not be denied in your next application, especially if you are a student.

Source: Nyscinfo

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