My US Visa Interview With Tips To Get A 10-Year Valid Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa
By DAN FORTEZA
I entered the US Embassy building at 9:55AM and I left the building at 11:00AM with a visa-approved look on my face. My US visa interview ended up well.
My US visa interview happened this morning (19th-March)
My schedule was 9:45AM.
At 9:30AM, I was already at the waiting hall inside the US embassy.
At 9:55AM, we were directed to go inside the Embassy building. There are three (3) stages of the application:
2. Finger Print Scanning.
Of course, the most interesting part is the INTERVIEW. I was telling myself the whole time “You got this!”, “You can rock this!”, “Kill the interview, Daniel!”.So there I was, queuing to the interview.
As I moved closer to the interviewing windows, there was a Filipino couple in front of me and the woman told me “Sir, you can go first”.
First, I didn’t know why but then I suddenly realized they’re avoiding the interviewer on the leftmost side because she talks loud, she dominates you, and she keeps rejecting the applicants lining up to her. The recent one was a Filipina lady who is married to an American guy. By the sound of the interview, she was rejected because she did not provide proof of any sort of income and she only depends on the remittances of her American husband.
And so next is me.
That’s the time I got really nervous! Here are the interview details. I tried to remember it as much as I can to capture the thought.
ME: Good morning, Ma’am (*hands over my passport*)
INTERVIEWER: Good morning. (*looks at her computer*) What will you do in Los Angeles?
ME: Vacation, Ma’am. Sightseeing. Backpacking style.
INTERVIEWER: What do you intend to see?
ME: Hollywood… Hollywood Walk of Fame (this is the time I went blank), Ro-rodeo drive (*me trying to remember the places in L.A.*), uhm…Venice Canals, the famous ones.
INTERVIEWER: (*sees my Turkish visa*) Oh you went to Turkey, what did you do there?
ME: I went backpacking, Ma’am. I have been to 21 countries before.
INTERVIEWER: How do you fund your travels?
ME: I have a work here in the Philippines, Ma’am.
INTERVIEWER: Which type of company?
ME: I work at (*states the company I work for*) as a Mechanical Engineer.
INTERVIEWER: No, I mean which kind?
ME: It is an engineering firm, Ma’am.
INTERVIEWER: But what does your company do?
ME: (*I went blank again*) It is a company where….we buy equipment.
INTERVIEWER: Buy equipment?
ME: Hmm how can I explain? Um basically we’re a contractor and like a middleman between the Client and the vendor where we buy equipment to make a power plant (*I suck at explaining haha*). It’s in the Oil and Gas industry.
INTERVIEWER: Alright. (*types…looks at her computer*). What other countries have you been to?
ME: Recently Ma’am I went to South America (*she cuts me*)
INTERVIEWER: Yeah, you have a Peru stamp. Where did you go to Peru?
ME: I went to Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
INTERVIEWER: (*types*) What college degree did you finish?
ME: Mechanical Engineering.
INTERVIEWER: Which school did you graduate from?
ME: Sorsogon State College.
ME: SORSOGON State College.
INTERVIEWER: When did you graduate?
ME: April, I don’t remember the exact day but it’s April 2006, oh sorry, 2011.
INTERVIEWER: How do you travel so much despite your work?
ME: I normally file a leave for only 4 days to 1 week. The one in South America is 2 weeks because I sacrificed my Christmas vacation for that trip.
INTERVIEWER: Who do you live with?
ME: I live alone, Ma’am. I rent a room.
INTERVIEWER: Where is your family?
ME: They live in my hometown, in Sorsogon. It’s about 600km from here.
INTERVIEWER: Where else did you go in South America?
ME: Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador.
INTERVIEWER: (*types*) Backpacking in Los Angeles. Interesting. How do you do backpacking?
ME: Ma’am, it is a kind of low-cost travel where, for example, you rent at hostels.
INTERVIEWER: Do you have relatives in the US?
ME: No, Ma’am.
INTERVIEWER: Your visa is approved. You’ll have this in one week.
ME: Thank you so much!
Yep! She did not ask for any documents. The interview was 5-8 minutes long I think. It went fast. But I must admit the first minute of the interview, I was nervous and shaky.
I know you’re nervous, too. And it’s okay. But just like myself, you’re gonna rock this!!! Just be true to your intentions but also make sure you established your rootedness to the Philippines. You need to convey to them that you will return after your touristic trip. That is very important. Like in my case, I have to come back to work after my trip.
Feel free to read a separate blog I made on How To Apply A US Visa With Your Philippine Passport HERE. It is a step-by-step guide to apply for your US Visa.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a reply below. I will respond as soon as I can to help you somehow. That’s a promise.