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Top 7 Mistakes To Avoid During A Visa Interview
03-08-2018, 06:56 AM,
Top 7 Mistakes To Avoid During A Visa Interview
Getting a visa is not difficult. You simply need two
things- complete documents and confidence. You will
definitely get your visa. However, this is not always the
case. There are avoidable mistakes that may happen
during the visa interview that will obviously ruin your
chances of being issued a visa. To forestall these
possible problems during your visa interview, Jumia
Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares some
mistakes to steer clear of.
1. Inappropriate Answers
You should be prepared for your visa interview so that
you do not give irrelevant and inappropriate answers. If
you are not able to predict what visa interview questions
are, you will not be able to give genuine and well-
thought-out answers for visa officials. That is why it is
essential for you to be familiar with the common visa
interview questions, to properly plan in your head your
answers early enough before the visa interview date.
2. Skipping questions or giving false answers
Whenever you apply for a visa, the interview is simply a
way for the diplomatic office to meet with you and
understand more in depth if the information provided in
the visa application form is correctly offered. Trying to
avoid answering questions of the visa official, does not
protect you at all. Also, giving fake information does not
give you any good result, as the diplomatic office will
reconfirm all the information you provide during the
interview and in the application form.
3. Inappropriate appearance
The way you appear during your interview, including your
outfit, shoes, makeup, body posture and even the
amount of perfume you wear can go a long way in
determining the outcome of the interview. Remember
that the first impression is everything and, usually, you
cannot get the second chance to leave the first
impression, so give it the needed importance instead of
trying to improve it another time.
4. Incomplete supporting documentation
Appearing in the interview half or inappropriately
equipped with the needed documentation to support the
accuracy of the information provided in the visa
application form, will absolutely decrease your chances
to get a visa. Instead, make sure to consider early
enough all the visa requirements and ensure they are
5. Unnecessary information
If you have been asked a question, make sure to
understand it well. Exaggerated answers and not required
explanations are not supposed to be given in visa
interview. The visa official is not interested in losing a
day hearing unneeded and irrelevant information. The
official only wants to get specific and clear information
that directly asks you.
6. Nervousness
What destroys your answers during the interview, is
appearing there full of nervousness. Even though your
visa application and supporting documents, as well as
your physical appearance, are as they should,
nervousness, over-confidence might be destroyers of
your interview.
7. Lateness
When you have a visa interview appointment, the
embassy or consulate will communicate the exact date
and time of it. As such try to arrive at the embassy or
consulate where your interview will take place, at least a
few minutes earlier. For example, if you have a visa
interview at the US embassy, there is no room for
lateness the gates open as early as 6: am. It is advisable
you book a hotel near the embassy so that you won’t be

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