We have identified common mistakes people make at visa interviews and actionable tips to avoid similar mistakes.
- Not being well prepared for an interview
Preparing for an interview is a must; therefore you should never show up for a visa interview unprepared. You should research on frequently asked questions and prepare your response to such questions. Ensure you have original copies of relevant documents readily available in case it is required.
- Incomplete documentation
Most visa applicants fail to attach enough documents required to support their application. I have been a victim of this and learned the hard way, so now I’d rather attach too many documents rather than too little.
- Not telling the truth
This is a common mistake people make at visa interviews. Some even tell lies that are irrelevant. No matter how good you are at lying, this is never a good idea. False information can have severe impact on your future ability to apply for a visa.
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- Providing unnecessary information or talking too much
In an attempt to convince the interviewing officer, most people end up talking too much or providing information that are irrelevant to their application. The problem with this is you may end up giving information that may require more proof or explanation which may not help your application. Limit your answers to the questions asked.
- Arguing with the interviewing officer
I see this happen a lot of times. Some people do this out of nervousness or where they feel they haven’t been given a fair chance. Irrespective of the reason, it is never a good idea to argue with the interviewing officer. You do want something from them, don’t you? Be coherent and polite even when it is not reciprocated.
- Appearing nervous
We know that interview at embassies can be quite intimidating due to uncertainties surrounding visa applications. Your body language says a lot, this is why it is important to be well prepared in order to boost your confidence, and to remain calm throughout your visa interview.
- Not dressing properly
If you want to be treated well, then it is wise to look the part. Decisions on visa approval are dependent on many factors which may include your appearance and ability to convince the officer. Therefore, you should make an effort to appear well.
- Inconsistent information
This is why preparedness is king. Providing conflicting or inconsistent information may negatively affect your visa application.
- Not communicating well
Your response should be clear and concise. Where you do not understand the questions asked during your visa interview, don’t be afraid to ask again or request for a regional language interpreter.
- Arriving late for your interview
You should always arrive early for your visa interview to avoid cancellation.
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