The Interview

Important guidance for attending a visa interview

You will go through airport-style security screening. 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 websiteIf you have recently entered the UK following international travel, your appointment must take place in compliance with UK quarantine requirements following international travel.  This may vary depending on which country you have traveled from.  Please see the UK government’s website for further details.

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.

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