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  • Writer's pictureThamys Gaertner

Biggest mistakes when applying for a U.S. Nonimmigrant visa

Applying for a temporary American visa is quite simple. However, applying for it without having much information or any professional support can be rather complicated and lead to many doubts. Avoiding mistakes when filling in the form and during the visa interview is fundamental to facilitating your entry process to the United States.

So, today we're here to clear up a question that we're often asked and that it's important for you to know, so that it doesn't happen to you too.


What are the biggest mistakes made when applying for a temporary visa at the US consulate? Here's our list of the biggest mistakes to avoid:

  1. Not answering honestly: When it comes to personal information, such as previous travel history, employment and intentions for the visit, it is essential to be completely honest. Trying to hide information or lying can result in your visa being denied.

  2. Lying about the purpose of your trip: Make sure that the reason for your trip corresponds to the visa category you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a tourist visa, avoid mentioning work intentions, as this could arouse suspicion.

  3. Buying tickets and booking hotels before you know if your visa will be approved: Wait for your visa to be approved before making any concrete travel plans. Buying tickets and booking hotels before approval can be risky, as there is no guarantee that the visa will be granted.

  4. Forgetting documents for the interview: Before the interview, check the necessary documents carefully, such as passport, completed forms, letter of invitation (if applicable) and financial proofs. Forgetting an essential document could result in your visa being refused.

  5. Arriving late for the interview: Punctuality is crucial. Arriving late can cause problems and, in some cases, result in the need to reschedule the interview, which can delay your process.

  6. Showing insecurity when being interviewed: Try to remain calm and confident during the interview. Be prepared to answer questions about your travel plans, the reason for your visit and how you intend to finance your stay.

  7. Giving too much information in the interview: Be concise in your answers. Answer questions directly and only provide additional information if requested. Avoid overwhelming the interview officer with unsolicited details.

  8. Being too confident in the interview can sound arrogant: Although confidence is important, avoid sounding arrogant. Answer questions respectfully and avoid excessive self-congratulation. Be honest and humble in your approach during the interview.

By following these tips and preparing properly for your interview, there is no reason to fear a visa refusal. All you have to do is pay attention, prove the information you provide (for example, demonstrate your ability to finance the trip, know the details of the destination and accommodation) and always tell the truth. Consulate interviewers are highly trained professionals who are used to dealing with a wide variety of people and situations on a daily basis. So avoid any form of dishonesty, as this could jeopardize your current and future applications.


So, what are you waiting for to get your temporary visa? If you have any questions about preparing for the interview or obtaining other types of visas, don't hesitate to contact one of our lawyers and arrange a consultation. We'll be happy to help you!


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