If you already know me you know I help couples get their fiance and spouse visas to immigrate to the USA. The ultimate goal for these couples is to have a happy married life living together in the USA.
I normally avoid talking about visitor visas. Because generally the people who ask me about visitor visas are intent on bringing their girlfriends, boyfriends, fiancee's or spouses to the USA. As far as US immigration is concerned, by definition, any visitor Visa applicant who has intent to permanently live in the USA is automatically ineligible. Realistically, what candidate is more likely to want to remain in the USA than someone who is in love with a American.
Visitor visas are certainly appropriate when foreign-born individuals have the time, money and interest to come sightseeing and visiting the USA and who have ABSOLUTELY no interest in EVER living in the USA. If this describes you, then the following tips should be useful.
Tip Number 1: Demonstrate you have no intent to live in the USA
Before the interview begins, the consular officer Automatically assumes you want to migrate to the USA. It is up to you to prove that that is not the case. It is up to you to demonstrate you have many good reasons to return and enjoy your life in your home country
How do you do that? By proving you are grounded in your home country by an established career, by business or property Investments, by your family and/or professional or social networks all based outside the usa.
Tip Number 2. Demonstrate you can afford the travel.
While it is true that a sponsor in the USA can offer to pay for your trip and expenses typically the consulate does not pay much attention to that when considering to approve or deny. Being able to pay for your own trip and having plenty left over when you return to home country makes your visa application much more likely to succeed.
Tip Number 3. Prepare what you will say in advance.
The consular officer interviews many candidates on the same day. He is busy and likely stressed, prepare what you will say to him to quickly summarize your situation. Prepare a 1 minute "Elevator Speech". Say what you plan to do while in the USA, and be sure to confirm why you will return who is paying for the trip.
Tip Number 4. Appear well dressed, confident and poised
You probably have heard the story or know someone personally who during their interview were denied within moments of appearing before the consular officer with their stack of documents untouched and not even glanced at.
This is because the consular officer is busy. At some embassies he may interview as many as 100 applicants in one day. As such he will often rely on visual clues to make his decision. If he feels an applicant doesn't quite "look" like a potential tourist and instead looks somehow urgent or desperate to get to the USA, he won't bother to continue. It will be "denied" and "next".
The way to handle this is to dress appropriately and be calm and confident. After all this interview is not a life altering event it is only an administrative step needed to be taken before going on holiday.
Overall about 70% of visitor visas are approved so if you are eligible and you follow these tips you should have a good chance of getting your Visa approved. Enjoy your holiday to the USA.
By Fred Wahl