- Mar 05, 2018
- - 0 comment
American Visa Interview: 3 Things you Should Know
One of the interviews that send much fear and anxiety through the spines of applicants and candidates is American Visa Interview. These interviews for applicants in Nigeria are normally scheduled to hold at the Abuja or Lagos Embassies. These are Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, Abuja and U.S. Consulate General Lagos Office, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos respectively. Many Nigerians believe the Americans are not really happy to have Nigerians visit their country which makes it hard for candidates to get approvals for their visa applications. This is actually wrong as shortage of Travelers to the US means less Revenue for Airline companies and Tourist attractions in the US. This also affects Diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Consular Officers are not interviewing applicants to make sure they don’t get into the United States. Rather they are interviewing to make sure they are not approving the entry of a terrorist or fugitive into their country. A terrorist is capable of killing people and causing chaos in a Nation. The terrorist can also work as a spy and build a strong network worthy of promoting infiltration by threats.
Sometime ago a 25 years old Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab who planned to bomb a Airplane conveying 300 passengers from Amsterdam to Detroit was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012. This was an act of terrorism. Cases like this coupled with the high rate of Cyber Crime and Advanced fee fraud among Nigerian youths have made the United States increase the factors to put into consideration before allowing visitors into their country. These Consular Officers therefore have some parameters used to evaluate a Visa applicant before putting approval into consideration.
When a fugitive is granted entry into the United States, it paints a bad image of the country as one that harbours criminals and promotes crime. America doesn’t want to be guilty of this that is why those whose crimes are discovered after they travelled are being extradited to face Judgement.
Considering this factors you may want to keep three things in mind before going in for an American Visa interview. Your Appearance, Ties to your country and the integrity of the information presented at the Consulate.
- Your Appearance: Appearances say quite a number of things about who you are. This is one of the things consular officers use to evaluate applicants. Looking at dress codes ranging from traditional, formal, smart casual, business casual, and casual, Which one should you wear for you interview? Traditional attires communicate culture and so is not often scrutinized. Traditional wears is a reflection of where we are coming from in Nigeria. This could be the babban riga for Hausas, Apkoche with red hat or wrapper for igbos and Iro, Bubba and sokoto for Yorubas.
- Ties to your Country: This one of the parameters consular officers use to evaluate the possibility of an applicants' return to Nigeria. Some of the strongly considered ties include Family, Job, Property, Wealth internally acquired and Investments. Although some Married visa applicants consider options of leaving their family behind and sending home money when granted visa, the consular marriage as a serious busines which will make you want to come back to Nigeria if they grant you visa. It is assumed that love keeps couples together and married people are more responsible. Those who are engaged through either proposal or family introduction are sometimes given concession.
While visiting the US a gainfully employed Nigerian is expected to return to resume work. Hence working class applicants are sometimes taken more seriously especially when working in reputable companies like banks, oil companies and telecoms companies as a full staffs. This does not nullify the fact that contract staffs could also have their visa application approved but the fully employed staffs stand better chance. Due to the fact that working class citizens also flee from Nigeria sometimes they are also seriously evaluated during the interview. A worker with bad key performance index could be at the verge of losing his or her job. A reputable company may have loans not performing well and may be at the verge of closing up. These factors may prompt working class applicants to find escape means out of Nigeria. The Consulate sometimes have memorandum of understanding with companies which makes it possible for them to provide support information and ensure their staffs are not potential migrants.
- Integrity of Information: The Consular officer is always very careful to see that information given by the applicant is true. If the Officer discovers one lie in the given information, it will create a wrong impression in the mind of the interviewer. Most times they consider the other information as lies. This happens when one single lie is detected. Many applicants go for interviews with large files containing different document to back up their claims. The officer has an average time for interviews and will hardly look through those documents. Some applicants are aware of this and try to take advantage of the short time to tell lies that may not be further verified. The Consular officers sometimes take the pain to evaluate documents to the point of confirming office appointments, school certificates and statement of accounts. Trust me you don’t want your interview to get to this point. If the happens you become very afraid as you would have succeeded in creating a much tensed up atmosphere. Most Consular officers understand human psychology and ask same questions back and forth with different statements. When such questions come again in a different way you may not be careful enough to remember that you have been asked before. The officer is just trying to confirm that the answer you provided earlier does not contradict the new one. EG, the officer can ask; “where are you going to in the US” and you say Chicago. He can ask another question as so you will be in Newyork City throughout your time in the US? Once you give another state different from Chicago as earlier said you may be in some serious trouble. There is really no big deal in them approving the Visa of applicants; it is just that they want to conform to rules set by the Department of State Security and US immigration.