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Travel Tips: How to Ace Your Visa Interview

by Stephanie Koathes Jul 15, 2019

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Depending on where you want to travel, you might need a visa. Visa applications and all the supporting documentation can be tedious to compile and the interview can be even more stressful. If your next vacation is hinging on a visa interview, these tips will help to make sure everything goes smoothly.

  • Start preparing all the necessary documentation well in advance of your interview. This means that if there are any issues, for example, an incorrect date on your job letter, you’ll have plenty of time to fix it.
  • Print the embassy’s list of required documents that you’ll have to present when you go for your appointment. Make a checklist and tick things off as you go along. If you’re 100 % clear on what you need to have, and you check things off methodically, you reduce the risk of forgetting something important.
  • Organise your papers in one folder and keep them in a safe place. Don’t have things helter-skelter or you might end up misplacing something.
  • Know how you’re going to pay. Some embassies will only accept a certain currency or won’t accept a certain type of card, for example. You might be able to pay in cash, but a stipulation might be that the bills have to be in perfect condition. Check the embassy’s guidelines.
  • Be prepared to answer an array of questions that have nothing to do with your planned trip. You’ll likely be asked about your job, your living situation, travel history, education, family situation, etc.  
  • Have details in mind. You will need to explain your travel itinerary so have an idea of specific things you want to do or places you want to visit. Answering the visa officer’s questions without too much hesitation shows that you are familiar with the documentation and itinerary you’ve presented. 
  • Leave a good impression. Your application and supporting documents are very important, but so is the impression you give during your interview. Be on time, be respectful and dress nicely.
  • Be confident. Don’t show overt nervousness or worry. You deserve to get the visa and have an amazing vacation.

Sources: Schengen Visa Info, Stabroek News