The Interview

Important guidance for attending a visa interview

You will go through airport-style security screening. Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), everyone should wear a face mask if they are aged 11 or over. You can choose to buy a mask or make your own. Click here for information about how to make a face covering (sew and no-sew tutorials are available).

You must not bring laptops or bags above cabin-baggage size to your appointment as they not are permitted into the building and there are no storage facilities available. To save time, we recommend that you keep the number of small bags and belongings that you bring with you to an absolute minimum.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, you must reschedule your appointment through your account on the Visa Appointment Service website. If you have recently entered the UK and you are subject to mandatory quarantine, your appointment must take place after the 14 day quarantine period.

Interviews are by appointment only.  Applicants aged 14 – 79 are required to appear in person for an interview with a consular officer.   You are required to bring your Appointment Confirmation letter with you. You will not be admitted more than 30 minutes prior to the time shown and arriving too late may result in the cancellation of your appointment. You can expect to be at the Embassy or  Consulate for approximately two to three hours.

The interview with a consular officer is the last step in a two-step process and typically lasts just a few minutes. Prior to the interview staff will collect, data-enter and review your application. A set of your fingerprints will be electronically scanned.

Note: The decision to approve or deny the application will be based on the information you provide through your application form and in response to questions during the interview. However, the consular officer may ask for evidence of the following:

  • Funds sufficient to cover all expenses, including tuition, while in the United States. Such evidence may include detailed bank statements of your or your parent’s accounts showing that adequate funds are available for transfer, evidence of scholarships and/or combination of finances which will meet the estimated total expenses.
  • A residence abroad to which you intend to return at the end of the stay in the United States. This is generally established by evidence of family, professional, property, employment or other ties and commitments to a country other than the United States sufficient to cause the applicant to return there at the conclusion of his/her authorized stay.

There is no set form that this evidence must take, and no set amount of funds required. You may bring any documents that you have available that you believe may help demonstrate your eligibility to receive a visa in case the consular officer asks to see them. Please note, applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa is not primarily a document based process. You should not attempt to give any documents to consular staff unless they are specifically requested from you during the interview

For more information on attending your nonimmigrant visa interview, please see our instructional video: