UK Visa Interview questions and sample answers for visitors

Do you have an interview for UK visa?

When preparing for any type of interview, it is always wise to think of the questions you would be asked. In this article, you will find a number of UK Visa Interview questions that will help prepare you for your interview. I also suggest some answers that are appropriate for some of the questions.

A visa interview is used by the visa officer to get more details about your visa application. He or she wants to know if what you have written in your application is true or not. Therefore you must ensure that you have copies of all the documents you have submitted or referred to in your application. Also make sure that you have a good knowledge of the person who wrote your invitation letter if you are presenting one.

Visa Interview Questions for Young Man Visiting a sibling in the UK

  • How are you doing today?
  • Are you married?
  • When did you get married?
  • What does your wife do for a living?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • What is the purpose of your visit to the UK?
  • What does your sister do in the UK?
  • When did she leave Kenya?
  • What university did she attend?
  • How do you plan on spending your time in the UK?
  • Do you have any other siblings in the uk?
  • How do I know you would return to Kenya after your visit? – Talk about your family and your work. Tell the visa officer how precious your family is to you. State how important your community involvement is to you. Mention all your investments in your country and how you would not want to abandon them. Convince yourself about these facts before going for the interview.
  • Have you ever been to the UK? – Answer yes or no.
  • Have you ever applied to visit the UK? – Answer truthfully they have all the data.
  • When was the last time you saw your sister? – Answer truthfully. Prepare your answer.

UK Visa Interview Questions for Parents visiting their son’s family

  • Is anyone else traveling with you?
  • How many children do you have in the UK?
  • Does your daughter have any children?
  • How old are your grand children?
  • How long do you plan on staying in the UK?
  • When last did you see your daughter?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Where are you other children?

Some tips for UK Visa Interview

  • Dress formally for your interview
  • Study your application and make sure you can support every claim with a document
  • Arrive on time
  • Be confident
  • Answer questions clearly and loudly.
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Graduation Invitation Letter for UK visa

Graduation invitation letter for uk visaYou have completed your program or you are about to complete it. You need to invite your mum, dad, uncle or friends to your graduation ceremony. What you need is a graduation invitation letter for UK visa. This letter will be included in the application for visa that your guest will present at the UK embassy in their country of residence.

Please view  Other Invitation Letters for UK Visa here. Take note that some international Student offices in some UK universities can help with your invitation. You may want to find out if this option is available at your university.



The letter below is a sample that can be modified for your use. Just change the names, address and relationships as applicable. You will need to also add other plans that you have with your relative or friend in the UK.

You will also need to send some proof of your legal residence in the Uk. You may choose to scan a copy of your Teir 4 visa, the biodata page of your international passport and any other official document from the university about your graduation ceremony.

The Invitation letter should be addressed to the UK embassy or consulate abroad. You will however send the letter to your guest. You may choose to mail it to them or send a scanned copy to them.

Sample Letter of invitation for mother to attend Graduation Ceremony

Clarkson Court,
Hatfield, Hertfordshire,
United Kingdom.
AL10 9GY.

The Entry Clearance Officer
British Embassy, Nigeria.

Dear Sir or Madam

I am writing to invite my mother, Mrs Rosie False, date of birth  – May 27th 1945, nationality – Nigerian,  to my University of Hertfordshire graduation ceremony which will take place on  9th September, 2017 at 1.00PM.

While she is in the UK, she will be staying at my home from 1st September 2017 to 25th September, 2017. 

She will also be visiting some of the the sites in the UK while she is here. Such as, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Madame Tussauds and London eye.

I am currently just finished my MSc. in International Business at the University of Hertfordshire and enclose copies of my passport details page and my current student visa  (Tier 4).

Please contact me if you need further information at 077999999.

Yours faithfully,
[your signature] Janet False


Graduation Invitation Letter for Visa

Every year many international students graduate from US universities. Many of them would love to invite their parents and other relatives or friends to the United State, to be part of their graduation ceremony. In this post I outline how to write a graduation invitation letter for visa. You can use this format to invite your parents, your spouse, your siblings or even your friends. Simply update the relationship and adjust any of the letters below to suit your specific situation. Other invitation letters for US visa are also available.


Find below a sample invitation letter written by a student of New Jersey City University to invite his parents to attend his graduation ceremony. Take note that the letter is addressed to the Consular Officer but the letter should be SENT TO YOUR PARENTS. Please DO NOT send the letter to the embassy or consulate.  Follow this link for general information on writing invitation letters for visa

Invitation letter for parents to attend GraduationCommencement Ceremony

234 Cosgrace Ct
East Brunswick, NJ

Consular Officer
United States Embassy
United Nations Ave,
Nairobi, Kenya

Dear Consular Officer,

My name is James Brown and I am a student in F-1 visa status at New Jersey City University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. I am graduating in May 2017. A letter from my University verifying my graduation is attached.

I would like to invite my parents listed below to attend my Commencement Ceremony and other celebration activities that will be held on May 18, 2017 .

Dandy BROWN, my father who lives at 34 Kikuyu lane, Nairobi Kenya
Rosie BROWN, my mother who lives at 34 Kikuyu lane, Nairobi Kenya

My parents will stay with me during their visit, (and may visit a few other U.S. cities before returning home. It would be greatly appreciated if you could grant them a visitor visa so that they may join me to celebrate my graduation.

If you have any questions, I can be reached by email at or by phone at +1999-9999

Thank you for your time and kind consideration of the visa application.




Group Application for US Visa Process

group of musicians photoSome of my readers have asked about Group Application for US Visa. When I first got the question, I did not know if it was still available so I did a research and here are my results. Remember that I do not work for any embassy. I am just a guy who has been researching this topic for a while and I provide my research findings.  I always advice that you still consult an immigration lawyer for a more professional response.

Please take note that, what I explain below is really group appointment for visa interview. Each member of the group will still need to do their individual application. However they can attend the visa interview as a group.

Is Group Application for US Visa available in your country?

You will need to find out if it is available for your country. I found out that in some countries such as Nigeria, group application (or appointments) is no longer available. Each person is required to make their individual appointments and process their own visas. To find out if group application is available in your country, visit the US traveldoc website ( On the home page, select your continent and country of residence. Then Scroll down a little to find the link to Group Appointments.

Group Application for US Visa

How to process a Group Application for US visa (Group Appointment).

  1. Determine as shown above if group application is available in your country
  2. Select a Group Coordinator
  3. Visit the US visa application website or portal to ensure that each applicant has filled the application form.
  4. The Group Coordinator will also ensure that each applicant has paid the required application fees
  5. The group coordinator will then request a group appointment via the Us visa application portal.
  6. The US embassy will respond to the group coordinator via email (be sure to check your junk) wether the application is approved or not. If the group application is approved, then the coordinator can schedule appointments on behalf of the group. If the application to apply as a group is denied, then each member of the group would have to schedule their own appointments.
  7. The coordinator will need the following information to apply for the group.
    • Each member’s passport number
    • The MRV fee bank receipt number
    • The ten (10) digit barcode number from their DS-160 confirmation page
    • Passport issuance date and Passport Expiration Date
  8. Each member of the group must appear for the visa interview.  You should all be prepared to answer questions concerning your visa application. You will need to bring the following documents as well as others that you think would help your application.
    • A printed copy of their appointment letter
    • DS-160 confirmation page
    • One photograph taken within the last six months
    • A current passport and all old passports
    • The original visa fee payment receipt.

Are you qualified for the Group Application for US Visa?

A group according to the US embassy is five (5) or more people who are traveling together on the same date, and for the same purpose. If you meet these criteria, you can attend your visa interview as a group. The US visa processing center actually encourages group appointment in countries that the service is still available.

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China Visa Invitation Letter

Writing a China Visa Invitation letter is similarChina Visa Invitation Letter to writing an invitation letter to any country. The major difference is that the letter needs to be written in the Chinese language. If you are in China and you are planning to invite your friend to visit, this letter will serve as a guide to you.

This sample Visa Invitation Letter for China is also useful for people in the United States, Australia, Canada or any other country in the world. You can send it as a guide to your friend who wants you to visit them in China. In this case, this China invitation letter will serve as a guide. Make sure you remind your friend or host to write the letter in Chinese and send you both the letter and the translation.

Do you really need a China Visa Invitation Letter?

A letter of invitation from a friend in China will go a long way to show that you have contacts within China and that you have a legitimate reason for wanting to visit China. However, you can still get a visa without an invitation letter. All you may need to do is get a tourist company and draw up an itinerary for your trip. The itinerary will serve as a the proof of purpose for your visit.

Sample China Visa Invitation Letter

Here is a sample invitation letter written by a friend in China, asking a friend in the USA to visit him in Mainland China. This is just a guide, please edit it to fit your particular situation.

Sample Letter

Your Name and Address in China

Dear Consulate Officer,

This is a formal invitation for my friend Dave Salter who lives at 123 Kingsley Avenue, Queens, New York, USA.  to visit me for 3 weeks.  He is invited to stay with my family and I from January 13th 2017 to January 30th 2017.

Dave Salter is a good friend of mine. We have been friends since Jan 2002 when we attended the Michigan State University together. (You can say one or more sentences about your relationship)

During this visit, I hope to show Dave a few places in Mainland China. Dave is responsible for his travel cost to China.

Yours faithfully

Your Name  and Official Signature.

Please do not forget to sign the document. It is not official without a signature. You do not need to sign the English translation of the letter.

Applying for the Chinese Visa

To apply for the Chinese visa, you would need to find out the exact procedure in your home country. You will also need to fill out a visa application form.

How to Apply for a visa to visit the USA – B1/B2

You live in Africa or Asia and one of your friends in the USA wants you to visit them in say New York. How do you go about that? Do you just buy your ticket and fly to the USA? Not at all. It’s not as easy as that. You need to get a visit visa! The consulate of the USA need to give permission to you to visit the USA. How do you apply for a US visa? This is what this article is about. In it I show you the steps on How to apply for a visa to visit the USA from Nigeria. The steps will be the same for most countries. All you may need to do is find the US immigration website for your country.

Do you need a visa?

Before you spend all your energy studying and reading all this material on how to apply for a visa, you need to be sure that you need a visa. There are some countries that the USA has agreements with and as such their citizens would not require visas to visit. Please take a look at this list to confirm whether you need a visa or not to enter the USA.

How to apply for US visa – The Visa Wizard

How to apply for a us visa - Visa Wizard The visitor wizard on the US immigration website is a very useful tool to help with the visa application process. The wizard guides you to the website that you need to be on as well as the cost implications and the list of documents you would need. It also leads you to the application form that is appropriate for you as an individual.

All you need to do with the wizard in enter your country of citizenship and the reason for you travel. The wizard would then send you to a page where you can access the specific information for your home country.

Here is a list of steps to follow to obtain a US visitor visa if you are a Nigerian. This is where the visa wizard will lead you to if you choose similar options.

Steps to take – How to apply for a US visa

Here is a summary of the steps to apply for a visa

  • Get your passport photograph ready (specification for photo )
  • Fill the online form DS-160 for Non Immigrant Visa
  • Schedule an Interview
  • Pay the visa application fee
  • Gather the documents required for the interview
  • Attend your visa interview
  • Pick up your visa if issued

Visa Office in your country

You will need to visit the us embassy website for your country to get the most accurate and specific information about the visa application fees and required documentation.

All you need to do is follow this link to US embassies in the different countries of the world, select your country of residence or citizenship.

Time to apply

It is important that you give yourself a lot of time to secure an interview, prepared the documents and attend the interview.

I hope you apply and get the visa.

Sponsorship Letter for UK Visa

What is a Sponsorship Invitation Letter for UK Visa?

A Sponsorship letter for UK visa is very similar to an invitation letter for UK visa. The main difference between them is that the sponsorship letter contains a declaration that the host will be handling some or all of the expenses of the guest.

When writing an invitation for your guest you are free to include in the letter that you will be responsible for the travel costs as well as the accommodation costs of your guest(s). With a sponsorship letter for visa, you will need to show proof that you can actually handle these costs.

A simple invitation letter on the other hand does not need to contain any declaration of support. All you need to include in an invitation letter is that you want your guest to visit you, Mothers- with sponsorship letter for uk visaas well as details about yourself and the guest.  The Visa Officer will not appraise your guests application for visa based on your income. The application for visa to enter the UK would be appraised based on the income of your guest.

Should the visa officer believe that you do not have adequate funds to sponsor your guest, the application will be denied or more documents will be requested. In many cases, what we have is a sponsorship/invitation letter for UK Visa.

A sponsorship/invitation letter contains both the invitation and the declaration of sponsorship. The declaration of sponsorship does not have to be full. For full sponsorship it is advisable that you fill out and sign a formal Declaration of sponsorship which can be obtained from the UK visa application website.

Sample Sponsorship Letter for Uk Visa

This letter is written by a UK citizen to invite his Mum to visit him in Manchester. His mum is retired and living on a modest pension in Kenya. He and his wife will be sponsoring his mother’s entire trip to the UK. This letter will be sent to his mother in Kenya along with COPIES of all the necessary documents. His mum will then attach them to her application to the British Embassy in Kenya.

The Visa Officer
British Deputy High Commission

Standard Visitor Visa application for – Mrs Grace Kikuyu, Passport No: 1237777

Dear Sir /Madam,

I  Andrew Kikuyu am pleases to provide this letter of invitation for my mother Mrs Grace Kikuyu who resides at 34 Mango Road, Nairobi, Kenya.  She intend to visit us for holidays for 6 weeks from October 1st 2016 until 15th of October, 2016.  Mrs Grace is a retired teacher and widow of my dad Mr Thomas Kikuyu.

I am the Network Administrator at MicroMana, an IT company based in Manchester, UK. Please find enclosed herewith my payslips and bank statements in which my salary is deposited.

My wife an I own a 4 bedroom bungalow at 234 Swan Street, Manchester, which is of sufficient size to accommodate my mother during her stay in the UK. Enclosed is a copy of our Title deed for the house and copy of our Council tax bill and utility bill.

I will be responsible for my mum’s travel costs, maintenance, accommodation and care and shall ensure that during her stay in the UK, she does not have recourse to any public funds. I also undertake to ensure her return to Nairobi, after visit in the UK.

Should you require any further information, please contact me on +44-123-12345 or  e-mail


Andrew Kikuyu

• Copy of British Passport
• Copy of 6 month Salary statements
• Copy of 6 month bank statements
• Copy of Title deeds for our house
• Copy of Council tax bill for our house

Is a Sponsorship Letter for UK Visa Required?

Although an invitation letter is not required for the application for a Uk Standard Visitor Visa, it is advisable that you get one. It acts as one of the supporting documents for the visa application.

It is important however to note also that there are more important and required documents and information that the guest must provide. Click here to see a list of other required documents.

A sponsorship Letter however is required because it is the document that shows how the guest plans to pay for the trip to the uk.

If you are sponsoring your guest financially to the UK, you must provide this document as well as the signed Declaration of Sponsorship form. Otherwise you could just fill the form and attach it to a regular invitation letter.

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Sample Invitation letter for a friend to visit Nigeria

Here is a sample invitation letter written by a Nigerian citizen to invite a friend from the USA

House 2, line 3
Generation Estate,
Lugbe, FCT,

John Gray
93 Compton St,
Kingston, Ontario
Canada. K7K 5Z4

Dear John,

Letter of invitation for Visa Application to visit Nigeria

This is a formal invitation for you to visit me in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria for three weeks from the 10th to the 30th of April 2016.

During your visit you would be staying with me and I will be responsible for your transportation while you are here.

I hope to take you to see some sights while you are here and I trust that it will be fun just as it was in Canada.

I have attached a scanned copy of my Passport!

Your friend

(insert signature here)

Sade Adu

Guest details:
Name: John Gray
Address: 93 Compton St, Kingston, ON K7k 5Z4
Date of Birth: 30 of June 1980
Occupation: Teacher
Relationship : Friend
Passport no:XXXXXXXX

Host Details (Enter your details)

Date of Birth
Passport no:

Once you have typed out the invitation make sure it is signed before you send it off.


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Ecrire une lettre d’invitation pour le visa Canadien

For those who prefer the letter in French! Here is a sample invitation letter in French!


Une lettre d’invitation est d’habitude nécessaire si vous allez visiter un ami ou un membre de la famille. Tout ce que vous avez besoin de faire est de demander à votre ami de vous envoyer une lettre d’invitation. Envoyez-les toutes les informations vous concernant et laissez-les écrire la lettre. Je vous propose de leur demander de vous envoyer la lettre par voie postale, ensuite, vous pourrez placer celle-ci dans une enveloppe pré-timbrée dans votre paquet d’application.  L’enveloppe pré-timbrée est importante car cela montre une forme d’authenticité. Cependant, avant d’envoyer la lettre, demander à votre ami de scanner la lettre signée et de vous envoyer une copie par courriel. Vous utiliserez cette copie si vous ne recevez pas le courrier à temps. Mes amis et ma famille ont utilisé la lettre scannée plusieurs fois et cela a bien fonctionné. Toutefois, je vous propose d’utiliser la copie originale.

Quand j’ai écrit ma première invitation il y a quelques années, je n’avais pas d’idée à propos de ce qu’elle devrait contenir. Donc, j’ai été sur le site de l’Immigration Canada et j’ai trouvé un guide. Vous pouvez trouver le guide ici – Guide pour lettre d’invitation pour l’immigration au Canada.

Voici ce que devrait contenir la lettre d’invitation. Cette liste est adressée à la personne qui écrit la lettre. Envoyez-leur simplement un lien à cette page pour un bon fonctionnement.

Votre lettre devrait inclure les informations suivantes à propos de la personne étant invitée :

  • Nom complet.
  • Date de naissance.
  • L’adresse et le numéro de téléphone.
  • Votre lien de parenté.
  • La raison du voyage.
  • Combien de temps la personne que vous invitez à l’intention de rester.
  • Les détails sur le logement et les dépenses.
  • La date à laquelle votre invité(e) compte quitter le Canada.


Votre lettre devrait aussi inclure les informations suivantes à propos de la personne qui écrit la lettre:

  • Nom complet.
  • Date de naissance.
  • L’adresse et le numéro de téléphone au Canada.
  • Son emploi / sa profession.
  • Votre citoyenneté ou votre résidence permanente.
  • Une photocopie de document prouvant votre statut au Canada. Par exemple, un certificat de naissance canadien si vous êtes né au Canada ou une carte de citoyenneté canadienne si vous naturalisé citoyen canadien. Si vous êtes un résident permanent, vous devez envoyer une preuve de votre statut de résidence permanente ( une copie de votre RP ou votre preuve IMM 1000 d’entrée).


Exemple de lettre d’invitation.




Le 27 mars 20XX


Chers papa et maman,

Suite à notre conversation téléphonique, veuillez prendre cette lettre comme invitation officielle pour visiter Montréal. Veuillez planifier de venir aux alentours du 10 juin 20XX comme cela, vous pourrez rester 2 à 3 semaines et ainsi célébrer mon anniversaire avec nous le 28 juin 20XX. Ce sera une bonne opportunité de voir votre premier petit-fils, Johnson. Tous mes amis et les membres de l’église ont tellement envie de vous voir encore.


OlaLekan Adekoga



Nom: Dr. Babajide Adekoga.

Adresse: 1sallest, Ebutte Metta, Lagos, Nigeria.

Date de naissance: 12 mai 1940.

Téléphone: + 2348032173333.

Lien de parenté: Père.


Nom: M. Titilope Adekoga.

Adresse:1 salle st, Ebutte Metta, Lagos, Nigeria.

Date de naissance : 12 août 1948.

Téléphone: + 2348032173333.

Lien de parenté: Mère.



Nom: Mr Olalelkan Adekoga.

Adresse:  #102, 234 Sherbrooke Ave, Montreal, Quebec. H4g 2k2, Canada.

Date de naissance: 28 juin 1978.

Téléphone: 1-514-444-2233.

Statut au Canada: Citoyen.

Profession: Ingénieur informatique, réseau Nortel.


Nom: Mrs. Temitope Adekoga.

Adresse:  #102, 234 Sherbrooke Ave, Montreal, Quebec. H4g 2k2, Canada.

Date de naissance: 5 décembre 1980.

Téléphone: 1-514-444-2233.

Statut au Canada – Résident permanent.

Profession:  Comptable, Royal Bank.




Sample Letter from Employer for UK Visa

Sample Letter Written by Employer detailing the purpose of your visit

When visiting the UK for a business meeting, conference, seminar, religious convention or any other business occasion, there is usually a need to show what this purpose of such visit are. A well written invitation letter is usually an adequate proof. However it is advisable to also get a letter from the company of the visitor detailing the purpose of the business visit.

Sample Letter from the Employer

Below is a sample letter. The names on it are fictitious but this format has been used and visas have been issued using this format. There are other formats that can be used. The most important thing is for the information required to be on it.

Remember that this is just a sample and we are not in any way connected to the British High Commission. Please Note that a Business Letter MUST be written on the company Letter Headed Paper.

Writing an Invitation Letter is just one piece of the puzzle, your guest may need help with Visa Application or Interview.


Startech  – The Technology Experts
23 Herbert Macauley Road, Ebutte Metta, Lagos, Nigeria.
Tel: 324-1- 8661 1678,

20 January 2012

The British High Commission
(Address in your country)

Dear Sir/Madam,

Visa Application for Mr Samson Omokala: Passport No – 12333333: Date of Birth 30 June 1973

This is to confirm that Mr Samson Omokala is an employee of our company Startech Nigeria Limited. He is the Regional Sales Manager for the South-East Region of Nigeria.

Mr Omokala has been with our company since Dec 2005 and he earns about £40,000 per annum. He is being sent as a representative of our company to the Annual Conference for Widgets, Titled – How to Sell widgets in the next decade. The conference is slated for July 3- 5 2012. His expenses will be fully covered by the company.

Should you require further information, kindly email me at

Yours faithfully,

David Serr
Executive Vice President

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