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What questions will be asked when I apply for a visa?

If you are coming to the U.S. for work, to visit or in the hopes of reconnecting with your family, you have somewhat of a difficult road ahead of you in terms of meeting immigration requirements. The federal government will ultimately decide whether to grant your request for a visa or not only after first considering several factors.

When you are in this situation, it is crucial that you are prepared for the application and interview processes. By planning ahead, taking the situation seriously and seeking support from a legal representative, you can anticipate the tasks and obstacles that may lie ahead. For instance, many people wonder what questions they will be asked during the immigration process.

There are a multitude of questions that federal agents may ask immigrants. Many of the questions will be based on the reason for immigration. For example, a person moving to the U.S. to get married will typically be asked far more personal questions than a person coming to the country for employment purposes.

However, some basic questions you should be prepared to answer include:

  • Where do you plan to live?
  • What is your life like currently in your country?
  • Are you able to work?
  • What is your financial situation?
  • Do you have family in the U.S.? 
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
  • Why do you want to come to this country?
  • What relationships do you have with your family?
  • What is your education background like?

Of course there are many other questions that can be asked, but this is just a small sample of typical questions you should be prepared to answer.

It is crucial that your answers are truthful, clear and concise. However, this can be more difficult than people anticipate. People can be scared, nervous and intimidated at an interview which often impacts their behavior and responses. This is why it is essential that you are prepared. Discussing the process thoroughly with an immigration attorney can help you understand what to expect.

Source: FindLaw, "Immigration Interview Do's and Don'ts," accessed on Nov. 17, 2015

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