Tips for applying United State visit visa

I receive many queries on daily basis regarding applying for United States visa. I have mentioned the complete process of applying for a visa in a below mentioned post however based on all of your question I have mentioned few tips that you can take care of while applying for a visit visa. These are only my suggestions and tips based on my experience so you should not take it very seriously because it might not make any difference to the approval of your visa application.

Timings:

Whatever time is assigned for your visa interview, make sure to reach 30 minutes in advance. You will have to take shuttle bus to the embassy to spare an hour for that. It doesn’t matter on what time your interview is performed so feel free to chose a time that suits you when you are asked to pick one.

Dress Code:

Americans are relaxed for the dressing however you should be presentable. It will not make a difference and will not increase the chances of getting a visa but if a person is dressed well he is taken seriously. I have seen many people dressed like clowns, please don’t do that. You don’t have to wear red shirt and tight jeans, also please don’t put your sunglasses over your head and put it in your pocket, its not cool.

Trousers: Dress pants are better but jeans is also fine if its plain. Jeans should not have any designs and it should not be torn.

Shirt: Dress shirt is better but a plain t-shirt can be worn as well. T-shirt should be of dark color without any printings. A plain T-shirt should not be of red, yellow or very bright colors that catches the eye.

Suit: You can wear a suit if you like however if the weather is too hot like it is in summers then spare yourself and wear something that suits the weather.

Language:

Its better to communicate in English if you can but if you cannot its better to ask them for a Urdu speaker. They don’t have any problem talking in Urdu but its just that, they can think that if you cannot speak in English how can you survive in United States? Also, if you cannot understand a question in English, do not give wrong answer or remain silent because it will put suspicion in their mind. Ask them clearly that “Sorry, I don’t understand, can you please repeat” They won’t eat you up for asking the question again but for responding incorrectly without understanding a question your visa can be rejected so be careful.

What Documents you need:

You should always keep one simple rule in mind when preparing documents. You should take all those documents with you that shows your commitment to stay in Pakistan whether its property papers or your business papers. According to United States Embassy website, applicants are encouraged to bring documents they believe will demonstrate compelling reasons to depart the United States and an intention to abide by the terms of the visa.

Original documents:

  • Take your original bank statements with you
  • Take original documents of any property or home you have on your name
  • Take a letter from your employer on company’s letter head stating that you work there on what rank at what salary and it would be better if they can mention that you are taking a leave from the company and will be joining back in a limited time.
  • If you are a student, get a letter from your college or institute mentioning that you are attending their institute as a full time student and your institute’s holidays are coming up. Your application should be in the time frame of the holidays otherwise the embassy will suspect that you will not rejoin the institute and will not come back.

If you are visiting a family member:

Family members cannot sponsor you visa and you should not have high hopes that just because you have a family member in United States. Having a family member whether he is a citizen or not doesn’t mean you will get visa for sure specially if you are a young male. Parents tend to get visa easily however brothers/sisters and extended family’s young male’s visa get easily rejected.

All you need from your family member is their address and contact details that will go straight in the form and you will also mention that you will stay at your relatives home because this way you will not need heavy bank statement for accommodation expense.

If you are going on an official trip:

You will need a letter of invitation from the company who has invited you or if your company is sending you a letter on company’s letter head mentioning the reason of your visit. If you have an official reason to visit then chances are very strong that you will get a visa considering you have solid grounds.

If you are going for a medical emergency:

Any family emergency is seriously considered and all the processes are expedited. Follow the link below for complete details.

http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/pakistan/niv_emergency_appointments.html

If you want to visit your fiance:

You can go to visit your fiance however you will need all his/her information to be mentioned on the form. You can visit her but you must come back after visiting her. Entering with the intention of marrying a US citizen is considered to be a visa fraud. US embassy would never grant you a visa if the visa officer will suspect that you are intending to do that. Even if you get married with tourist visa in USA you will still have to come back before the duration of your visa and after that your paper work can take place in Pakistan for green card.

If you are going for tourism:

You will not need anything extra for tourism visa. You would just need to know here you would be going exactly and where you would stay. If you want to visit multiple locations then you must know clearly their states, cities and names as it shows how serious you are in visiting United States. If you are married and going alone then do mention it to the visa officer so they know you have family in Pakistan. Usually they do not consider presence of your parents and siblings  in your home country however still mention that you have all your family and parents in Pakistan and you cannot stay away from them and you will come back.

How much money you should show in your Bank Statement:

This is the most frequently asked question by everyone. Bank statement is for the reason to show that you can carry your own expense and would not be a burden on states. If you would be staying at your relatives place then you don’t need to show much funds however if you are staying at a hotel specially if you are planning to visit any attractions then you would need to show more money. There are no clear guidelines on how much money you need to show on your bank account however the more the better. I am giving suggestion here but they might not be accepted by the US embassy, they are just guidelines.

If staying at relative’s place: If you are staying at your relative’s place for around a month in United States then $1000 bank statement would be sufficient however if you want to spend 2 months then $2000 would be better, for around 6 months $3000 would be better.

If you are going for tourism: If you are going for tourism and would stay at a hotel then for a month $2000 or more would be a good amount because for visiting a single attraction is very expensive e.g. one day entry ticket to Disney World park is around $100 per person per day and the cheapest hotel on famous locations can cost you around $100 per night so you should calculate the money you would be needing beforehand, then memorize all those locations and have those funds available in your account.

If you are going on company’s trip: If your expenses are covered by your company then you should get a letter from them that your expenses are covered. If  you have this letter from your company then you would  need a very small statement just for day to day expense e.g. even $500 statement would be sufficient too. If your company is not covering your expense and you are going on your own business tour then you must show a heavier statement depending upon how many days you are intending to stay in United States. If you want to stay for one week in a hotel and attend some meetings or conferences then around $1000 would be fine however if its for around a month then $2000 or more. If you are running your own business then its is always perceived that you have money so show a fat statement to make your chances of getting the visa even stronger.

Other important tips:

  • Make sure to mention your reasons for coming back to Pakistan e.g. your study, your job, your business, your property, your parents or family etc.
  • Be confident, if you have a genuine case then you must not hesitate for anything otherwise they would think that you are suspicious.
  • There is no harm in not knowing English, if you can’t speak clear English do not speak it, instead ask for the interpreter. I never understand why Pakistani feel so shame telling that they can’t communicate in English, American’s understand that and they arrange for the interpreter if you request so. Although if you are going on a tourism trip where you would be alone then they can object that how you would communicated when you reach United States.
  • Make sure to arrange all your documents so you can present anything they ask for easily because I have seen many people looking in a huge pile of documents and sometimes throwing them on floor but still they don’t find the desired documents. Take your time and apologize for any delay to avoid any awkwardness and look into your documents, if you are confused you would mess up so be confident.

190 thoughts on “Tips for applying United State visit visa

  1. ahmed hassan Reply

    Dear sir/ma’am
    i want to visit USA for pure visiting purpose along with my wife and 2 kids (one is studying in LUMS 2nd year and the other is doing Alevels) i do not have any sponsor since none of my close relatives live in usa, only a few friends whom i did mention in the form. is it okay if i apply without a sponsor letter? i do have my ticket booking and hotel bookings done. waiting for your reply, thank you!

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Sorry couldn’t respond earlier. Sponsor is not a must. If you can manage your expenses and have a good bank statement then you can apply along with your hotel details as your address where you will stay as a tourist.

  2. Alia Reply

    My friend’s husband wants to go America.his brother diagnosed cancer.he applied for visa accompanied with wife.how much chances of wife to get visa ,leaving behind 3childran for 15 days only.

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Alia,
      I am sorry can’t respond urgently, I try to help others whenever I get s chance. Chances are always 50/50 and you have to apply to see if you will get a visa. She should get visa depending upon their bank statement and ties within the country.

  3. FZNH Reply

    Is there a possibility that the Visa Counselor asks for your confirmed Air Ticket as an evidence to see how much serious are you visiting the US for specific reason.

    I have applied for non-immigrant visa to attend a marriage ceremony. There is hardly one and a half week between my interview date and the ceremony itself which I have to attend. So, I was wondering if they may ask for my confirmed ticket to see if I will go or not.

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Confirm tickets are not needed. You can buy a ticket in a day. You csn tell the visa officer the same that you will get a confirmed ticket once you are accepted for a visa

  4. naveed Reply

    hello i am a dual national of Pakistan and South Africa, using S.African passport, im married in Pakistan, i wanna travel to US with my wife she holds Pak passport. is there any issue for applying in Pakistan on S.African passport. i think normally interviewer tells to apply from your country of origin. il be gratefull if u reply me via my email address as i wont be here on this blog

  5. Moon Reply

    Sir In 2009, I only applied for education visa but i was rejected twice times as my brother at that time applied for asylum. The ambassador told me you can only apply when your circumstances change. Now brother asylum case has solved and he got US citizenship. we all family members want to meet him including my Mother, Father, One Brother and me. we want to visit there only for few months. My brother is there from 11 years. Please guide me. can we all apply or only a few members? I am female and age is 24 years.

    • Admin Post authorReply

      You can go and meet him. I cannot tell you if you or everyone will get a visa. All depends on how you present your case, your circumstances, financial background.

  6. saleem Noor Reply

    hi my name is saleem.. i want to apply US visit visa with my wife and three kids. i have some questions to ask.How much statement i required. I have two account one is salary account as im doing job and other is my side business account should i have to mention both accounts statements. and i have properties but not on my name like im a sleeping partner.. partnership deeds i have. most important my brother in law is american citizen and we dont want to ask him for sponsor ship letter. i we apply what will be the answer if visa officer ask us why dont you ask your brother in law for Sponser

    • Admin Post authorReply

      If you have enough money to cover your travel expenses the there is no need for anyone to sponsor you financially nor the officer will ask such question. If you are staying at your brother in law home you will just need his address to mention it on visa form

  7. Mariam Reply

    Hi iam a teenage 17 years I want to apply us visa my aunt cousins live there and fiance too which visa is suitable for me ? I meam which visa has more chances of acception.

  8. tahir iqbal Reply

    dear sir i have applied visot visa from kuwait in 2008 but rejected bcoz there i dont have bank account my wife and also that time i dont have kids that time.now i am in pakistan since august 2008.doing my cloth house good running annualy earning 10 to 15 lakhs.i have good savings good bank statement also have 3 kids in pakistan.i have my brother in usa since 24 years he also sponcerd me in kuwait & also will in pak .so plz give me some valuable tips for applying usa visit visa

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Your circumstances has been changed so you can try again. If you are going alone leaving behind wife and kids thats a plus but people apply as family too and get accepted. It depends on how you present your case

      • tahir iqbal Reply

        thanks admin reply me.sir i am planning to apply in end of decembre.i have good bank statement & good balance.i want to go alone for two months.but now i have my fresh pasdport & in 9 years i did not travel any country is it any problem for me

  9. M Rashad Shahzad Reply

    Sir, I am an airline employee and I have free tickets all over the world, I have done 5 international visits of different countries since last four years , can I get visit visa of us

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Rashad, I am in no authority to tell you if you will or will not get a visa. Only visa officer can tell and you will have to apply to know the answer. It depends on your ties. Are you married, age, salary, kids, home, reason for visit, assets, bank balance etc. The visa officer will judge on the basis of that.

  10. Uzma kazmi Reply

    Hi I’ve been approved visit visa twice(5 years)..I’ve been visiting to US for last 8 years .. my kids are US born.. what are my chances of getting visa approved next time? My family is in US too..what questions I might be asked by the officer and what should be my response?

    • Admin Post authorReply

      If you have not overstayed in your previous stays chances are good. They usually ask why do want to go and you can explain it to them.

  11. tahir iqbal Reply

    sir plz reply me about visit visa.how much bank statement & balance in my account for visa.my brother is a usa citizen he is sponcering me so plz telle the good valuable information

  12. fatima Reply

    my mother apply us visa but rejected my sister us green card holder her husband nationaltiy in us my sister paregneted 1 month after deliver but embassy reaject visa why my sister need my mother but US embassy people foolish just saying go again try wahooooo 20 thousand pay kya hai what is this jb reajected karna tai 20 thousand vapas do US embassy never understand people problem 20 thousand ne US embassy ko hazam ni ho gai

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Fatima, don’t be upset, wo log apnay hisab se decision letay hain or bilkul emotional ho kar nahi sochtay. Kai baar esa ho jata hai. App ye dekh kar k kya unho ne kya objections lagayi hain dobara visa apply kar saktay hain. Interview confidently dain. Un logo ka English accent kabhi sahi se samajh nahi aata is liye better hia unhain kahain Urdu main baat karni hia wahan Urdu bolnay walay log bhi hotay hain.

  13. yasmin Reply

    asslam o alikym my grandmother is amarican citizen she wants me to go with her for help can i try she canr trave

  14. Adan Reply

    Asslamoalaikum….
    Mry uncle USA Mn hty hn ab unhn nationality bhi mil chuki hy ….r unhn ny hmra case submit krwya hy …..3 families ka …..to kitna time lg skta hy??? Mny suna10 to 12 years ….
    Us sy pehly Kuch ni hoskta??
    Can u tell me …..???plxx ….

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Wa alaikum salam, yes it could take more than 10 years. No one can tell yoy when.

  15. Mariam Reply

    Hi,
    I am 17 years old and student of Alevel (ii). We’ll have winter vacations so my sister was planning to go USA for winter vacay as she is by birth national and i wanted to go with her for vacations too. I’ll come back after 15 days , is there any chance that i’ll get visa and what steing reason should i give them ?

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Wa alaikum salam, if you are a student do mention that you have to continue your studies when you come back. I an not sure if you will or will not get visa as chances are 50/50

  16. Farrukh Reply

    Dear Admin, your web blog is all the more interesting and informative whether a first timer or an umpteenth visitor. I’m 48 years old. I have been visiting USA since 1988 since then it was a regular visit every year until 2001. In 2002 I got married and my family responsibilities increased. Prior to 2001 visa fees were either gratis or very reasonable too. As I work in an airline mybticjets are fairly discounted so not a big expense. I now have 3 children and wife. Kids are grown up so i plan to take them to USA . I have a elder brother brother and sister there both married and well settled. What are likely chances of approval for entire family ?

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Farukh, Families get a visit visa all the time. You need to show your ties to the Pakistan. A stable job and food bank balance can increase the chances. You can mention in the applocation that you want to visit your brother and also you will just need his address if you have a good bank statement.

  17. Aamir sagheer Reply

    Assalmualikum brother how are you.brother I have apply for US visit Visa and in November 2017 may they give me interview date brother please give me tips how I get US visit Visa and how they and what kind of questions…. please please help me

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Wa alaikum Salam,

      This post is about tips. Please read it and stay positive.

  18. Unknown Reply

    Hello admin,

    I am studying Apparels from Textile Institute of Pakistan, currently in 7th semester, it’s a 4-year degree programme (8 semesters).
    I am interested to visit an Apparel Exhibition (Texworld USA) to enhance my knowledge also to get some tips from buyers (for my Thesis).
    I visited Heimtex Exhibition (Germany) this year in January (as we have semester break in January).
    My parents would be bearing all my expenses.
    I will get a letter from my university (signed by dean) that the student is visiting for his thesis research.
    Also, I have the pass of Texworld exhibition.
    How many chances I have to obtain a visa?

    • Admin Post authorReply

      You should apply, usually the young adults have lesser chances of getting visa however since you have a stronger motive you might have a chance. Your parents should be writing a letter that they are bearing your expenses and give their bank statement. You must emphasize on coming back and completing your degree physically in Pakistan. You can submit your thesis while in USA so it might be a negative point snd they might think you won’t come back.

  19. Kashif Reply

    Hello,
    I intend Applying for B2 — US Visa.
    please review and pass your comments/suggestion/tip.
    my bio data is as under :-
    age 47 ( traveling alone for tourism)
    married
    3 kids
    Retired from Armed forces, in OCT- 2016.
    I have presently approx. PKR 1.5 Million in my personal Account.
    Presently into a partner ship in an on going business with a friend.
    Receive monthy pension from Govt of Pakistan.
    I have personal property in my name.
    Visited , China – Thailand – UAE in 2017
    previously visited UK- UAE- Saudia in 2006/ 2007, 2012 & 2015.
    Presently holding valid visa for UK & Australia.( 06 months each valid till April 2018)
    Was granted UK visa in 2010/ 2011 & 2013 , but dint travelled .
    Plans to travell , to UK then to US for chrismas.. and back to UAE for New Year….
    please suggest chances & Suggestion.
    Regards.
    KAS

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Salam, I believe you have good standing in getting a visit visa however as chances are always 50/50 anything can happen. Having a UK visa will be helpful and you can clearly mention the date when you are planning to reach back to Pakistan. Such questions when asked should be clearly answered as confusion in replying back might cause suspicion. Best of luck

  20. Billy Reply

    Hello sir i don’t know what to do i have a girlfriend in Ohio we are together for like 3 years she can do anything for me idk what to do how she can she come over here please tell me and she is 18

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