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A US Visa Experience

A US Visa at last, just B1 to be exact but somewhat fulfilling . After several hours of anxiety and waiting for a make or break interview with the consul , I nailed it. It came after several weeks of document preparation of course .

So here are some tips that I gained from the experience which may help :
1. Take time to read the instructions that comes with the DS157 form.
2. Fill up carefully the DS156 online and the DS157 manually.
3. Prepare the documents needed . If you have invitation letters , official letters from the company or any important documents that may be connected with your purpose of visiting the US , review them and make sure they are complete and authentic.
4. Prepare documents that may establish "strong ties" with Philippines ( reasons that will make you comeback). These may be in the form of bank statements , land titles , car registrations , existing contracts and others (some even brought photos of their family). I was not asked to show it to the consul but just bring it to be sure.
5. Come early on the day of the interview and make sure all your documents are with you.
6. As much as possible wear something smart casual and comfortable.

Some tips during the interview:
1. Be cool and keep an eye contact with the consul.
2. Answer all questions honestly.
3. Provide the additional documents he may ask . Be polite in giving honest reasons if those documents are not present.

Additional Tips:
1. Ask questions, some friends or colleagues that have undergone the application process can tell you a thing or two.
2. Read some forums regading the topic.

I find myself lucky in situations like this. On some interviews and applications (which maybe for employment or otherwise) I usually nail it on the first try. Marriage , of course is another story . Ill try to nail it the second time I suppose (hahahah)..


joms said…
can't help but to laugh in these lines:

"I usually nail it on the first try. Marriage , of course is another story . Ill try to nail it the second time I suppose"

just keep on nailing and don't screw yourself :) sheesh, i was supposed to comment on your US visa experience but, that one made a hard hit. haha. apir!
Marvin said…
yeah right...maybe ill just screw around till somebody nails me hahaha

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