US Visa Interview Questions And Answers- Type of Questions Asked in US Visa Interview

US Visa Interview Questions And Answers- Type of Questions Asked in US Visa Interview- for B1 Visa, B2 Visa, F1 Visa, M1 Visa

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What type of questions are asked during US visa interview ?

If you want to travel to the USA and you're preparing to go to the US embassy or consulate for your US visa interview, you probably want to know the type of questions asked during a US visa interview. If so, you're reading the right article.

The type of questions asked during a US visa interview depends on the purpose of your trip and or the visa category you applied for. 

In this article we're going to look into the type of questions asked during US business and tourist visa interview (B1 Visa interview), US visitors visa interview (B2 Visa interview), US student visa interview (F1 Visa interview- academics), US student visa interview-  M1 Visa interview- for vocational training). 

I'll show you REAL visa interview questions and REAL answers provided by visa applicants (our clients) who successfully got their visa approved. I'll also show you the interview transcripts of those who failed the visa interview and couldn't get their visa approved. This would give you a better understanding of how the US visa interview looks like and how to answer your own interview questions on your interview day.

Again, I am going to cover the type of questions asked during US visa interview for those going for the US business visa interview, US tourist visa interview, US F1 student visa interview, and US M1 student visa interview.

Without delay, let's get started.

Type of Questions Asked in US Visa Interview- F1 Student Visa Interview

The US F1 student visa is issued to students who are going to the US to study i.e for educational purposes such as: 
  • Getting a Bachelor's degree 
  • Getting a Master's degree
  • Getting a PhD degree
  • Getting an MBA degree 
Shown below is a transcript from a REAL US F1 visa interview supplied by our client (student) who successfully got his F1 visa approved. 

F1 visa interview questions and answers

US Visa officer: Next on the queue, come

Student visa applicant: Good afternoon

US Visa officer: Good afternoon. Let me have your passport and application forms.

Student visa applicant: Here there are.

US Visa officer: Why did you choose this school?

Student visa applicant: The school's course goes in depth in an area I would like to specialize in.

US Visa officer: How did you get to know about the school?

Student visa applicant: Through research on the internet and also with the help of my lecturer in school. Dr. XXX- we research online together and he advised me to choose this school because of research in this XXX area. (I brought out a letter from the lecturer in school that states that the course will be relevant to industries in India and that I am an excellent student).

US Visa officer: Can I see your GRE test results? (I have about 1100 score)

Student visa applicant: Here it is

US Visa officer: I can see that you have low scores in your verbal; can I see your TOEFL: (100/120)

Student visa applicant: Here is my TOEFL score report

US Visa officer: OK index finger on the scanner, please

Student visa applicant: O.K. (puts finger on scanner)

US Visa officer: O.K, you can remove your finger. So how will this course be beneficial to you?

Student visa applicant: I could work in manufacturing industries because this course is highly needed in these places and it will help me get to the top of my career easily.

US Visa officer: What do you plan to do after your studies?

Student visa applicant: I plan to come back to India and make use of the education, knowledge and skills I have gathered from my studies to better use here as there is a lot of competition in this field in the USA, whereas the course will be highly appreciated here in India.

US Visa officer: I am going to ask you to come back on Monday for your passport. Take this (green ticket) for the collection of your passport.

Student visa applicant: O.K, Thank you. (Collects ticket)

US Visa officer: Good luck and all the best in your program

Type of Questions Asked in US Visa Interview- M1 Student Visa Interview

The US M1 student visa is issued to students who are going to the US to study for non-academic purposes i.e for vocational purposes or to learn a trade such as:- 
  • Learning how to make a movie at a film company in Hollywood
  • Learning how to fly an airplane in an airplane simulator at a flying school
  • Learning how to produce soap or milk or how the production line works in a factory
  • Learning how to broadcast on radio or TV
Shown below is a transcript from a REAL US business interview supplied by our client who successfully got his M1 visa approved. 

M1 visa interview questions and answers

Visa officer: Next applicant come to window 2

F1 visa applicant: Good afternoon

Visa officer: Why did you choose your school?

F1 visa applicant: They have the best on campus radio nationwide.

Visa officer: What are you studying?

F1 visa applicant: Journalism.

Visa officer: What will you do after graduating?

F1 visa applicant: Journalism. It's competitive and I am optimistic to find a job home or abroad. There is high request for professional journalist with good degrees.

Visa officer: Who is sponsoring you and financial documents?

F1 visa applicant: (I said my parents and showed my statements). 

Visa officer: How long do you intend to remain in United States?

F1 visa applicant: As long as my major requires of me.

Visa officer: Where did you hear about the school?

F1 visa applicant: Google search.

Visa officer: How many schools did you apply to?

F1 visa applicant: Two schools but only one gave me admission.

Visa officer: Your visa will be ready on Wednesday

Type of Questions Asked in US Visa Interview- B1 business visa interview

The US business (B1) visa is issued to travelers who are going to the US for business engagement such as:
  • A). Educational related affair (not for schooling)
  • B). Conference
  • C). Professional
  • D). Negotiating a contract 
  • E). Scientific
  • F). Settling an estate
  • G). Business convention
Shown below is a transcript from a REAL US business interview supplied by our client who successfully got his visa approved.

US business visa interview questions and answers 

B1 Visa applicant: Good morning, Sir. How are you today?

Visa officer: Fine. And you?

B1 Visa applicant: Fine sir

Visa officer: Why do you want to go to the United States?

B1 Visa applicant: I am going on a business trip on behalf of my company

Visa officer: Where in US are you going to?

B1 Visa applicant: South Carolina

Visa officer: Where do you work?

B1 Visa applicant: I work with XYZ Company

Visa officer: How much do you earn?

B1 Visa applicant: $2,100/month

Visa officer: Where else have you travel to before?

B1 Visa applicant: I’ve been to Malaysia, Kenya and Tanzania

Visa officer: Why did you travel to Malaysia?

B1 Visa applicant: for business

Visa officer: Are you married?

B1 Visa applicant: Yes

Visa officer: What does your wife do?

B1 Visa applicant: She works at XYZ health center

Visa officer: How much do you have in your account?

B1 Visa applicant: $8,300

Visa officer: What does your company do?

B1 Visa applicant: (I explained in one concise sentence)

Visa officer: Congratulations, your visa has been approved

B1 Visa applicant: Thank you, sir

Type of Questions Asked in US Visa Interview- B2 visa interview

The US Tourist (B2) visa is issued to travelers who are going to the US for engagements such as:-
  • A). Tourism 
  • B). Vacation
  • C). Visiting friends or relatives
  • D). Seeking medical treatment
  • E). Participating in social events
  • F). Participating in a short recreational course of study that will not be used for credit toward a degree (for example, taking a cooking class while on vacation)
  • G). Participation in amateur events such as musicals, sports, contests, etc., as long as the participant is not being paid to participate.
Shown below is a transcript from a REAL US Tourist visa interview supplied by our client who successfully got his Tourist/vacation visa approved. 

US tourist visa interview questions and answers

Visa officer: Good morning. Please give me a minute... (then he's typing and typing and typing on his computer)

B2 visa Applicant: (waiting)

Visa officer: I am sorry.. Good morning

B2 visa Applicant: Good morning (with a smile)

Visa officer: What are you going to do in the US?

B2 visa Applicant: I am going on vacation........in New York 

Visa officer: Why New York?

B2 visa Applicant: It has the attractions I want to see

Visa officer: Give me examples

B2 visa Applicant: Staten Island, Ground Zero of the WTC, Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, etc

Visa officer: Cool. How long do you plan to stay?

B2 visa Applicant: 11 days

Visa officer: That seems like your usual duration (he was looking at my passport and visa stamps from other countries)

B2 visa Applicant: Yes, I love short trips

Visa officer: Where and when was your last trip?

B2 visa Applicant: Italy, during the Easter holidays

Visa officer: What other countries have you visited?

B2 visa Applicant: I've been to France, Germany, the Netherlands, UK

Visa officer: Why do you have the Spain "denied visa" stamp in your passport? (showing me)

B2 visa Applicant: It was an official trip but my office in Spain did not notify the Spanish embassy here 

Visa officer: Ok. Where do you work?

B2 visa Applicant: I work at XYZ company

Visa officer: For how long?

B2 visa Applicant: for over 5 years

Visa officer: Who is your biggest client? (I made a joke) saying "me"

B2 visa Applicant: (I smiled saying "No" and mentioned one of our big client)

Visa officer: For real? How long have you had the client?

B2 visa Applicant: A little over 2 years

Visa officer:  are you married?

B2 visa Applicant: No, but I am engaged (flashed my ring)

Visa officer: Oh, congratulations. When is the wedding?

B2 visa Applicant: February next year

Visa officer: Oh, cool. What does your fiance do?

B2 visa Applicant: He is an engineer

Visa officer: Where does she work?

B2 visa Applicant: She works at XYZ company (a top oil company)

Visa officer: Oh, cool. Will you be seeking medical treatment in the US?

B2 visa Applicant: No

Visa officer: Your visa has been approved (handed me a white paper and circled the address for Pick up) and said "Pick up your passport at XYZ address in 3 days. Enjoy your vacation

B2 visa Applicant: Thank you

The interview goes on. Order the complete successful B1/B2 visa interview questions and answers PDF. Or go to the second article to learn more about US business and Tourist visa interview questions and answers.

IMPORTANT: Both the B1 and B2 visa are also called "visitors visa" because both are always for short visit. 

If you're interested in scheduling a meeting with a US visa officer before attending your interview, see schedule a one-on-one meeting with a US visa officer

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