Most people may not be aware about it but the United States Embassy Manila has recently implemented updates on its nonimmigrant visa interview process. If you are headed there for your visa interview, here are important reminders you should be aware of.,
First, arrive at the U.S. Embassy at least 15 minutes before your appointment.
Some may tell you that applicants have to make it there several hours before the appointment but that isn’t really necessary. Waiting in line for hours outside the Embassy isn’t a requirement, although it has become sort of a tradition among applicants.
Second, be sure to have the required documents at hand.
For a nonimmigrant visa interview, you will only need to bring:
• Interview appointment letter
• DS-160 confirmation page
• Valid passport
• 2” x 2” photo
• All expired passports and U.S. visas, if any
Perhaps unknown to others, the DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application) form has been designed to contain sufficient details about applicants. This way, interviewing officers will mainly depend on it to determine whether an applicant qualifies for a visa or not. With this in mind, accuracy is crucial when it comes to filling out the information in the form.
Third, undergo pre-screening and electronic finger scanning.
As you arrive at the Embassy, proceed to the pre-screening windows where staff will check the information in your DS-160. Afterwards, you will undergo electronic finger scanning.
Finally, be interviewed by the consular officer.
Last but definitely not the least, you will have to go through an interview with a consular officer. This part is usually the most challenging of the process since every applicant’s case is unique and there isn’t a sure way of getting approved. The important thing here is that you answer the questions in a truthful and relaxed manner.
Should you have any concerns or questions, feel free to approach Embassy personnel. They are always willing and ready to lend a hand. Or you could also check out the official website for additional information at http://manila.usembassy.gov/nonimmigrant-visa.html.