Most people believe that visa interviews are difficult to pass, and even some believe it’s practically impossible . Well I think they might be right but of course there are simple tips that could make visa interviews look like a piece of cake.
I have handled many visa application process for students travelling out of the country and these are some simple tips we give our students prior to their visa interview.
MAKE SURE YOUR DOCUMENTS ARE COMPLETE
This is a very important step, because any missing document could mean automatic visa denial irrespective of how well answered the question asked by the consular. This is the reason why people would be surprised when they are denied visa and might probably think it was some sort of bias whereas they might have been missing a document or two.
This is why it is compulsory you check multiple times to be sure you have got all the documents requested by the embassy. You could also make a list of required documents and cross them out as you check through your files, this method is practically easier.
PRACTICE COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Anxiety is a very common problem in visa applicants, most of them may normally find it hard to express themselves and the consular might misread this as you hiding something.
Get your answers ready, practise common interview questions weeks before the D-day. Express yourself clearly, there is no cause for anxiety or fear.
MAP OUT A PERSONALITY
This is a simple behavioural hack, you simply map out a certain personality that inspires confidence and you imagine yourself as the person during the interview.
You are Morgan Freeman and the interview is just a scene in a movie, easy.
RESEARCH YOUR DESTINATION
The only questions that might throw you off balance during a visa interview are basic questions about your destination.
Most visa applicants, especially students, might have obtained admission in countries by the help of an agent or relative and as such have no knowledge about their destination.
How do you convince the consular you are going to study when you do not know anything about the university you are going to study.
VISIT THE INTEVIEW VENUE A DAY BEFORE
This is important because most times its quite difficult to locate the venue and no matter how early you might have left for the embassy you may still end up late.
Check out the venue and find out the easiest way to reach there on the day of your interview. If you had be going to the embassy by public transport then it had be good to find out where the bus stops are located, if you are driving to the embassy, find out the parking rules, so that you are not stuck with a car and you cannot find a place to park.
ARRIVE THE EMBASSY OR INTERVIEW VENUE EARLY ENOUGH
You probably may not need to be told about this as it is common knowledge.
You should present an hour or two before the interview time, as it would help you calm down and loose any form of tension and anxiety you would definitely have.
You should also interact with the other candidates present, do they possess a document you didn’t bring along, find out as this could you figure out some things before it is too late.