Can She Get a US Tourist Visa?
- 0.1 Can She Get a US Tourist Visa?
- 0.2 More about your girlfriend getting a tourist visa here:
- 0.3 Good Visa Data From a Philippine Source
- 0.4 Can I Even GET a Visa?
- 0.5 His personal advice: Be honest
- 0.6 He also urged people not to “inflate” their financial status.
- 0.7 “Do not inflate your economy. People will come in and say, ‘I make $2,000 a month’ when in fact, they make far less than that,” he said.
- 0.8 The US Tourist Visa Interview Is All Important
- 0.9 1. Not Preparing Well for the Interview
- 0.10 2. Not Providing Complete and Truthful Information
- 0.11 3. Providing Incomplete Documentation
- 0.12 4. Providing Unnecessary Extra Information
- 0.13 5. Inconsistent Information
- 0.14 6. Arguing with the Consulate Officer
- 0.15 7. Having Poor Communication
- 0.16 8. Having too Much Communication (talking too much)
- 0.17 9. Appearing to be Nervous
- 0.18 No One Can Work Miracles
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This is a frequent question for me here at PhilFAQS.com, where I try to answer the FAQS (frequently asked questions) about living in the Philippines.
As always, with a question on US Tourist visas, the answer is yes, no, or maybe.
Good Visa Data From a Philippine Source
In addition to what I know on this subject and in addition to some of the information I regularly monitor on the Internet, I came across a very useful series of articles being published by GMA News recently.
Usually when you see someone answering questions like this you always wonder (or at least you should wonder), how much expertise does the person posting the information actually have?
Well, that’s what makes this information particularly valuable, because it comes direct from US Consul General Michael Schimmel, the second in command at the US Embassy, Manila and the gut who is directly responsible for the day to day operation of the visa system. Can’t get too much more authoritative than that.
Can I Even GET a Visa?
Well, that’s a good question.
Here are some of Consul General Schimmel’s comment. Read and heed.
If a visa applicant showed up for an interview at the United States Embassy in Manila with a kodigo or cheat sheet, he or she could lose the chance to get a visa.
In an interview with GMA News Online on Thursday, US Consul General Michael Schimmel said having a cheat sheet was definitely “not a good idea.”
He mentioned that a visa consultancy company near the US Embassy was recently caught providing people with false documentation, including a cheat sheet, to place them in jobs in the US, usually in care centers.
Instead of bringing a kodigo, Schimmel advised that it would be better if people would “simply be comfortable with the conversation and anticipate some questions that you’re always going to be asked like ‘What will you do there?’”
Schimmel said consular officers will “probably ask you a few questions: if you’re being hosted, how long has your friend been there? Is she a citizen? Does she have family there? That sort…”
“Questions, as you can imagine, will help the officer determine that the purpose of your trip is as what you described it to be, and that you’re likely not to stay longer than the prescribed time,” he said.
His personal advice: Be honest
Schimmel said the advice he can give to US visa applicants is to be honest.
“Tell the truth in the interview. Do not omit information,” he said.
“Sometimes people in their application deliberately slide over the question of siblings in the United States. When it (the application paper) says: ‘Are any of these people in the United States?’ do not think that the presence of your brother or sister is going to compromise your status. It makes perfect sense that you’ll be visiting your brother or sister, so tell us the truth about that,” he said.
He also urged people not to “inflate” their financial status.
“Do not inflate your economy. People will come in and say, ‘I make $2,000 a month’ when in fact, they make far less than that,” he said.
Schimmel said the embassy just wants to know whether the applicant has enough resources to travel to the US.
“Again, it isn’t a standard, but I think it’s good reason that we want to see the resources for you to take this trip and not go bankrupt,” he explained.
He also said people should not lie about their work status.
“Don’t exaggerate your stay at the company, give us the truth about that. Because again if you misrepresent the facts, not only will you be denied the visa immediately, but it’s possible that you’ll be rendered ineligible forever,” he said.
Schimmel said “that’s an unfortunate situation because years later, you might have an opportunity to immigrate to the United States and that episode of lying would compromise that as well.”
“So tell us the truth. That’s the number one recommendation. The number two recommendation, of course, make certain that the presentation you offer represents a reasonably stable situation,” he said.
In a previous GMA News Online article, Schimmel said many Filipinos seem to find it intimidating to obtain a US visa.
“There is a certain mystery to the US visa process that we hope can be dissolved,” he said.
Facebook page selected questions sent to them via Twitter using the hashtag #TheVisaHour.
The project premiered on January 20 this year. (Click here to view the latest Visa Hour episode on February 24.) –
Rose-An Jessica Dioquino/ELR/HS, GMA News
The US Tourist Visa Interview Is All Important
In addition to Consul General Schimmel’s VERY IMPORTANT “No Kodigo” advice, here are some very important tips on how avoid common interview mistakes:
1. Not Preparing Well for the Interview
Being prepared for interview can better equip you for the interview. A prior research and preparation for commonly asked questions and their appropriate answer will be helpful during the interview.
2. Not Providing Complete and Truthful Information
It is very important that you provide complete and truthful information. Any incomplete/false information can lead to unnecessary delay. False information can have severe impact on your future ability to apply for US visa. It may also cause you lot of frustration and legal actions against you.
3. Providing Incomplete Documentation
Must carry all the required documentation with complete and authentic information. Read all the prerequisites and prepare all the documents accordingly. Keeping your documentation well organized can also leave a positive impression on the consulate officer.
4. Providing Unnecessary Extra Information
Do not give away any information voluntarily which is not being asked. In many cases, people trying to be over confident and over smart give out more detailed answers than is required. This may trigger additional related questions which may not work in your favor.
Question: Why do you want to go to the US?
Wrong Answer: I want to see how USA is and if I like it I want to stay back with my son.
Preferred Answer: For tourism purpose and/or to spend some quality time with my son/daughter.
5. Inconsistent Information
Inconsistency in the information about what you provide in the documentation and what you say during the interview can go against your case.
6. Arguing with the Consulate Officer
Never ever make any arguments with the consulate officer. If you want some information ask in a polite manner.
7. Having Poor Communication
Poor communication is the number one reason reason that affect your case in a negative way. If you’re not good in English, you should request for a regional language interpreter.
8. Having too Much Communication (talking too much)
Remember, you are the one being interviewed and not the other way around. So, keep your communication brief and to the point. Speak only when asked for an answer.
9. Appearing to be Nervous
Being confident can bring positive results. Especially, in case of visa interview where a consulate officer has to rely on limited information provided by you. Their judgment is highly influenced by the way you react to questions, your body language, and the authenticity of you answers.
No One Can Work Miracles
But keeping calm, KNOWING YOUR Information before the interview (as in when you say you’re visiting a sister, wouldn’t you think it would sound a bit more believable if you could just recite her address and phone number)?
WHEN I tell this particular technique to many people you know what answer I get back?
“But that’s hard”!
Well in the words of my former drill instructor, TSgt Clarence D. Marshall, “Well awe no shit, troop, did you think think was going to be easy”?
The US Embassy, Manila says that about 80% of B1/B2 applications are approved. If you apply yourself to the job at hand you ought to be able to avoid the bottom 20%, don’t you think?
What else do you need to know about the US Tourist Visa.