What to Do if a Visa Interview Goes Awry

For many types of visas, including a K-1 fiancée visa, applicants must attend an interview with a consular official or other immigration official in order to be granted the visa. In many cases, this is not an issue because the interview goes smoothly. However, what happens if the interview goes awry?

The first step to take is to ensure that you do everything in your power before the marriage visa interview to secure a good interview. This means reading your interview letter and following the instructions to the letter. Arrive well in advance of your interview time and bring all required documentation. Arrive dressed neatly and ready to wait. Being pleasant and well-prepared makes the interviewer’s job easier and can ensure that you get the interview started on the right foot.

Keep in mind that the vast majority of visa interviews go well; approach your interview expecting everything to be fine. Chances are, you will be given a fair chance to qualify for the visa. If, despite your efforts, the interview seems to go wrong, try to remain calm. Continue to calmly and honestly answer any questions put to you. Do not engage in an argument with the visa interviewer, even if you feel that you are not being treated fairly. Continue to act professional. That way, the interviewer cannot reject your visa application due to your behavior. Showing aggressive behavior in a  consulate or embassy is also serious and will generally result in the interviewer calling security.

Even if your interview has not gone as well as you hoped, you do have options. Once you leave, take notes about what occurred during the interview. Note the interviewer’s name, location, and the date. If  your visa is rejected and you feel that the interviewer was unfair, you can appeal the decision. If the interviewer did anything illegal during the interview or you feel that your visa has been rejected due to bias or prejudice, consult with a qualified immigration attorney to get advice about your situation. An attorney can help you understand your rights and can help you secure a visa to the US if you qualify.