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5 Tips for a Successful E and L Visa Interview

The day is quickly approaching for your interview at the U.S. consulate. Yet, you suddenly feel that something is missing, or even worse, you start wishing you can time travel so you can prepare yourself better to face the interviewer.

You know your attorney submitted your application and at this point, you have tripled checked the list of documents you have to bring to the interview. And then it hits you…is there anything else you can do to have a successful interview? You bet there is!

1. Dress for the occasion. Show you are respectful of the interviewer and the event through the appropriate outfit, makeup, and overall presentation. Remember you only have one opportunity to make a great first impression.

2. Make eye contact and stand up straight and confident. Look into your interviewer’s face. Be polite and courteous. Address your interviewer respectfully.

3. Study the information that was submitted with your case. This way, if you are asked a question, your answers will be consistent with the information the interviewer already has. Talk with your attorney and ask about possible technical questions you may be asked and how you should answer them.

4. Make sure to fully review and understand your business plan before the interview. You must be able to clearly articulate your business and growth plans. You must feel confident about your venture and be able to provide solid yet concise answers to the interviewer’s questions. Being able to communicate your business intentions with your own words shows that you are a trustworthy applicant and exudes confidence.

5. Keep your answers to the officer's questions short and to the point. Listen carefully to the interviewer and make sure you answer what they are asking. Do not provide information that was not asked for or give long explanations that could end up confusing the interviewer.

Following these tips will help you succeed in your goal of securing a visa. Good luck!