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U.S. Interview Tips for Visa Stamping in Canada and Mexico

When going to Canada or Mexico for U.S. visa stamping, take all the relevant documents that you can think of with you. It never hurts to be over-prepared. You should also smile and look confident. When asked a question, give a short, simple, to-the-point answer. For example, “I do computer programming” is a sufficient answer when asked what you professionally do for a living. Don’t try to give elaborate or highly technical answers as they may not understand, think that you do some very complicated work, think of you as a national security risk, or hold your application and ask other irrelevant questions. Answer only what they ask, no more and no less. Use your discretion, and don’t try to be smart.

You are not allowed to take any electronic devices into the U.S. Consulate—not even a cell phone or car remote. You are not allowed to carry any backpacks or bags inside the consulate. Examples of the items not allowed inside the consulate include cell phones, beepers, food, firearms, umbrellas, electronic devices, cameras, sharp items, cigarettes, liquids, aerosol, glass items, perfumes, cologne, cosmetics, toys, memory sticks, diskettes, CD’s, remote controls, car alarms, lighters, key chains, medicine (one pill is allowed), badge holders, big metallic clasps, and gel pens.

For persons with children, food and candy are not allowed. Only bottled milk is allowed. If you are going for visa-stamping purposes with your kids, make sure that you feed them properly in the morning. Carry some good food with you and leave it in the car or with the agent.

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Sample Questions – Interview

  • What type of visa do you need? 

  • What do you do for a living? 

  • What does your company do? 

  • What does that software do? 

  • Are you single or married? 

  • Do you have any family in the U.S.? 

  • Has your company applied for your Green Card?

  • How many employees does your company have? 

  • How long are you planning to stay in the U.S.? (Give the same date or year as your current LCA expiration date.)

  • How many programming languages do you know? Which ones?

  • How many foreign languages do you speak? 

  • Where are you from in India? 

  • Why did you change companies or employers? 

  • Where did they interview you? 

  • Where did you change companies or employers? 

  • How long have you been working with this company? 

  • Have you ever been out of status?

  • Have you ever had any problems with the police?

  • Who are your company’s customers? 

  • Who is your client?

Sample Questions – Port of Entry

  • What do you do for a living? 

  • Where do you live? 

  • Can you show me any proof of your address?

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