K-1 Visa Interview Questions – Fiance Visa Interview Sample Questions

So you fell in love with a US citizen and you are getting ready for your K-1 visa interview? In this article, we present some sample K-1 Visa Interview questions to help in your preparation for the interview. The K-1 visa is also known generally as the fiance visa.

K-1 VISA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS – FIANCE VISA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

You may be asked questions that are not listed here. This list is actually to help you prepare and give you an idea of what to expect during your interview. All you need to do is run over the questions below and make sure that you have an answer to each question. You do not need to memorize your answers. Research shows that when a question is not completely new to you, the level of anxiety is reduced considerably when you are being interviewed.

SAMPLE FIANCE VISA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU

  • What is your name?
  • When were you born?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Do you have any brother and sister?
  • Do you have any relatives in the US?
  • Where in US do your relatives live?
  • Have you ever be sponsored for a K-1 visa before now?
  • What happened to your previous K-1 visa application, what happened to your fiancé(e) – this is a follow up to the previous question if your answer was yes.
  • Have you ever been to the U.S?
  • Have you been approved or denied a US visa?
  • If so, on what type of visa did you travel on, how long did you stay and when did you return?  – The Visa officer has access to all these information, so be very truthful.
  • When are you going to travel to the U.S?
  • Why did you opt for a fiancé visa instead of a spouse visa? – The correct answer is that you are not yet married. You may also talk about why you prefer to get married in the USA.

K-1 VISA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR FIANCEk-1 visa interview questions

  • What is your fiancé name?
  • When was your fiancé born
  • What does your fiancé do for a living?
  • Where does your fiancé work?
  • What is your fiancé (e) current position at work?
  • Does your fiancé have any brother or sisters?
  • Where does your fiancé live? How long has he lived there?
  • What are his/her hobbies?
  • Has your fiancé ever been married?
  • What happened to the previous marriage (s)?
  • Does your fiancé have any children? How many? How old? Do they live with your fiancé?

FIANCE VISA QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND WEDDING

  • How did you meet your fiancé?
  • Have you meet in person? Where and When?
  • How long have you known each other?
  • Do you have photos you took together right now?
  • When was the last time you met with your fiancé/where?
  • When did you fiancé propose?
  • What do you love about your fiancé
  • How many times has your fiancé been here to visit you?
  • How do you both communicate with each other (Skype, chat, FaceBook, sms, phone calls, etc)
  • Where do your fiancé parents live?
  • Have you met your fiancé parents?
  • When and where are you going to have the wedding?
  • Did you have an engagement party?
  • Why are you getting married in the U.S. and not in your home country? – Mention the reasons why you and your fiance agreed to do the wedding in the USA.
  • Can you show me the proof of arrangements your spouse has made for the wedding? – You may want to show marriage invitation card, marriage hall bookings, and proof of shopping of clothes and jewelry, guest list etc

K-1 VISA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR FAMILIES

  • What do your parents think of this engagement, do they approve of it?
  • Did you make a formal announcement to family and friends about the engagement?
  • How do your family members feel about your plans to get married?
  • Will your family be there at the wedding?
  • How do you feel about getting married in the US without your family with you?

Many of these questions will not be asked. The interview process is usually very simple. What the visa officer is try to find out is whether you are truly planning to get married to your fiance because you love each other as opposed to doing it just for the immigration papers.

If you are truly in a romantic relationship with your partner, the interview would go very well. I wish you all the best as you prepare for your interview.

What is a K-1 Visa?

A K-1 Visa is a visa issued to the fiancé or fiancée of a UK citizen to enter the United States. A K-1 visa requires the foreigner to marry his or her US citizen petitioner within 90 days of entry, or depart the United States. Once the couple marries, the foreign citizen can adjust status to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States (green card holder).   Although a K-1 visa is legally classified as a non-immigrant visa, it usually leads to important immigration benefit and is therefore often processed by the immigrant Visa section of United States embassies and consulate worldwide.

History of the K1 Visa Category

The K visa category was established in the 1970, during U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The U.S military required that Vietnamese citizens who wished to marry a U.S soldier obtain both an exit visa from the Vietnamese authorities and an immigrant visa from the U.S embassy. Obtaining this document was a time consuming process and involved acquiring medical and police clearance for the Vietnamese citizen, and notarized Embassy certificates from the American. Many couples could not complete the process before the soldier had to depart for the U.S.

On April 7, 1970, congress passed Public law 91-225, which amended the immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and created the K visa category.

Documents Required for UK visitor Visa

The United Kingdom of Great Britain commonly known as the UK is a sovereign country in Western Europe. Lying off the coast of north western coast of the European mainland. The UK is the 78th largest sovereign state in the world and the 11th largest in Europe. It is also the 21st most populous country, with estimated 65.1million inhabitants. If you need a visa to visit the UK, here are some documents required for uk visitor visa. (Standard Visa).

There are six (6) types of visas you can apply for, namely;

  • Work visa

This work visa is designed to attract professionals from all industries to occupy key positions or jobs. This type of visa requires an applicant to have a job offer before they can apply. It is important to note that the UK Company offering you a position must have a sponsor license in order to issue you with a certificate of sponsorship before you can apply for the visa

  • Visitors Visa

This visa is required by mainly foreigners who wish to enter the UK for short stays. Generally the visitor’s visas are valid for 6 months. In some cases, they can be issued for longer periods such as 1, 2,5, or 10 years. However, those with longer term visas can still only stay in the UK for a period of 6 months at a time. Almost without question, countries in the Schengen Area – a coalition of 26 mostly European countries as far as north as Norway and as far south as Greece – allow tourist to visit for up to 90days without a visa.

  • Youth Mobility Visa

This type of visa allows young people to come and experience life in the UK for up to 2 years. Successful applicants will be free to undertake any type of employment throughout their stay in the UK with the exception of self-employment subject to certain exceptions. Visa holders may also engage in privately funded studies, voluntary work and au pair placements.

  • Family Visa

This type of Visa allows UK nationals, UK permanent residents and EEA-nationals residing in the UK to sponsor partners, parents and children to remain in the UK. Family members who are successful in receiving sponsorship through a UK family visa will be able to access the same benefits as the main applicant in terms of work rights, and rights to education for the children

  • Study Visa

This visa is for students who intend to undertake any educational program at a United Kingdom institution in a full time course. This student visa is flexible and allows students to participate in both short and long term courses of at least 6 month in duration. To qualify, students must have a confirmed offer of enrolment from a licensed education provider, be able to maintain and accommodated by a host while they are studying and show that they are able to pay their course fees

  • Business Visa

This type of visa includes flexible visa types that permit successful business people and their families to carry out businesses in the UK. Applicants will have to demonstrate that they can establish themselves well in the UK. These visas can lead to UK permanent residence and British Nationality

VISA REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid travel passport

This is a document that shows you are a bonafide citizen of a country with all relevant information of you as a person, which is usually issued by the immigration department of your country.

  • Application form-the UK visa form has to be filled online
  • One passport sized photograph on white background. This must not be more than 6 months old (45mm*35mm wide)
  • Visa fee

Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferrable visa application fee, sometimes reffered to as the MRV( machine readable visa). The Visa application fee must be paid whether a Visa is issued or not. The type of Visa for which you apply determines the fee amount.

  • Evidence of permission to be in UK if you are not a national of the UK. E.g. Visa, green card, residence permit etc.
  • Photocopy of passport data page

This is the information page in your passport, which contains your photo and personal details such as your name, date of birth, nationality, etc. This page is traditionally located at the very back of your passport or at the front.

  • Letter of invitation

This letter is given to you by someone who is already a resident or a citizen of the Uk. With this it shows, that you actually have a destination and accommodation when you arrive the Uk

  • Financial proof, original bank statement (at least 6months). This information shows or supports your claim that you will be able to support yourself while in the UK and not be an inconvenience to others around you.
  • Birth certificate for children travelling with parents

This is required so that the ages of the children travelling with their parents can be ascertained

  • Applicants travelling on an official business should attach a letter of invitation/confirmation of training/conference, with full details of the company authorised representative; physical address and phone numbers.
  • Supporting letter from sponsor/friend

This is a letter written by your sponsor to the embassy stating if he/she will be responsible for your accommodation, funding your stay or if you will be staying in a hotel which will involve your sponsor showing evidence of the booking and address of the hotel.

  • Utility bills
  • Details of hotel/flight bookings
  • Marriage certificate if applicable

HOW TO APPLY FOR UK VISA

Step 1: You can apply for your UK visa at any UK Application Centre closest to you in your country of residence

Step 2: Visit the UK immigration and visa website to find out the type of visa you should apply for. From the UK visa and immigration website, you will find out about your application fee and also book your appointment with UK visa Application Centre.

Step 3: After you have filled the form online, you will be given the GWF number, you should take note of this number because you will need it later. You will also receive an email confirming the your appointment date, the location and the required document to take along

Step 4: You will need to register your details after you have booked your appointment.

Step 5: attend your appointment at the UK application Centre, you are required to bring along the following:

  • Printed copies of your online application form appointment confirmation
  • Your passport and other required document such as

-Financial evidence

-Medical report

-Two colored passport

-Birth certificate

-Marriage certificate

-Court records(if you have been convicted of a crime

-etc

There is a gradual process after payment of your visa fees; your photo and fingerprints-biometric will be done at the Application centre. After this has been done, your visa fee will no longer be refundable.

Don’t be late for your appointment. Make sure you arrive at the date and time stated on your confirmation email. If you are late your application process may be delayed as you will have to rebook your appointment

 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Applicants are required to submit their application forms after you must have fulfilled the entire requirement as stated by the embassy. This submission is usually done at the embassy application centres. The Embassy expects that all information given is totally genuine else this can lead to denial of such visa application

VISA PROCESSING

Visa application processing can take within four to six working days. However, some visa applications can take more time especially those that have special attention in crime or history of rejection

COLLECTION

You will be informed when the Visa is ready and told when to come and collect it depending on the times the Embassy operate which will be communicated to you as well. You are expected to come with your application check list, original photographic ID and a photocopy of bio data page of passport. You will be alerted for collection when your passport arrives back at the UK application centre

Note: Third party cannot collect your document on your behalf, except you are a government representative, a parent collect for your child or children or you are collecting on behalf of your family if you applied together.

Documents required for US visitor visa – B1 / B2

This post is one of those post that is born out of the need to answer a particular question over and over again on this website. Each time some asks what are the documents required for us visitor visa or what are the documents required for a US tourist visa, i give them the same answer. So here is the answer for all those that have this same question?

Official documents required for US visitor visa – From the government website.

The best place to get an up-to-date information about US visitor visa is from the US immigration department. You can find a list of the required document for US tourist visa by visiting – https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visitor.html

In addition to visiting this website, I will suggest that you navigate from the webpage above to your country specific webpage. I have discovered that the visa office in each country may require a slightly different list of documents. Always check the website for your country to confirm that you have the updated list of required documents. Here is a link that will help you find the website for the US Embassy in your country. https://www.usembassy.gov/

Mandatory Documents required for us tourist visa – All classes of Applicants (B1/B2)

  1. Valid International Passport – Make sure you visa is still valid for at least 6 months after the date you pan to leave the USA after your visit. This means that if you plan to visit the USA from July 1st – July 30th, then your passport should be valid till at least December of that year. If you have Old Passports with visas on them, carry them along with you to the interview.
  2. Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page – When you fill out the DS-160, you get a confirmation page at the end of the process. You will need to print a copy of it and bring it with you to your visa interview.
  3. Application Fee Payment Receipt – If you are required to make payment before your interview, then you need to take the receipt with you. In other countries you may need to go to the interview with a Bank Draft.
  4. Photo – You will need to upload a soft copy of your photo. So get it ready and print a copy to take with you to the interview.
  5. Copy of the Visa Interview Appointment Letter

Supporting documents required for US visitor visa – B1 / B2documents required for US visitor visa or tourist visa

In addition to the mandatory documents, you may also need some documents to support the claims you made in your application form. Here are some of the documents you may need to prepare. Documents that show the following:

  • The purpose of your trip – Although an invitation letter is not mandatory, it is a good document to show the purpose of your trip. If you are going to visit a friend or family, a letter from them is an obvious proof of the purpose of your trip. You may also prepare a document from a tourism company showing the list of places you plan on visiting. A booking of the hotels or places you plan on staying (DO NOT MAKE PAYMENTS to these hotels).
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip – These are documents that show your ties to your home country. Birth certificates of your children, Letters from your employer showing that you are on vacation and all other documents that shows that you plan on returning to your home country immediately after your visit to the USA.
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip – You should prepare your bank statement, pay slips and business documents to show that you have the ability to pay for the trip. If you will be sponsored partially or fully by your host, then you will need those documents from your host. Take note however that if you are being fully sponsored, it will be difficult for you to show that you will return to your home country after your visit.

How do I know which Document to take to the visa interview or not?

The rule of thumb is to take all documents that you think will be helpful to you. However do not bring out any document that the visa officer does not ask for. If you volunteer too much information, you may not have documents on you to support those claims. Now that you know the documents required for a US tourist visa, you can start preparing.

Your Turn

I hope this page has answered your questions. If you need a more comprehensive document in PDF format that you can print out or read on your mobile device to prepare you for a visa interview, then visit our page on visa interview help.

If you prefer to scout the internet to compile your own resources. Here is a list of visa interview questions for B2 Visa

Make this page richer. Add your suggestions of documents required for a US visitor visa. Leave a comment or ask a question.

How to get a US Visa without Invitation Letter

Visiting the US? No invitation letter necessary

Are you planning visit the USA as a tourist, and you do not have an invitation letter? You can apply for a B2 (tourist) Visa without having someone in the USA to send you an invitation letter. We have created a guide that will take you through the entire process of getting a visa without an invitation letter. Although procedures vary in different embassies and consulates, there are a few processes that you need to go through to get a visa.

The Invitation Letter for Visa is not Required

It should be noted that when you are applying for a non – immigrant visa, you will never be asked to show your invitation letter. Therefore, you should not be worrying, because your application won’t be refused if you do not have an invitation letter. There are other more important documents than this letter that you must have with you. Here is what the USA visa office has to say about the invitation letter.

US Consulate on Invitations

Here is the whole process of getting a US visa without an invitation letter

Everyone who wants to enter the USA as a tourist, must apply for a visitor visa. This can easily be done at every U.S Embassy or Consulate around the world. Visit the place and they will provide you with the necessary information.

What documents do you need to get a visitor visa?

First of all, you will need some evidence of a financial support. You will be asked to show the appropriate documentation where the authorities can see that you have enough finances to support yourself during your stay in the USA. A bank statement that shows your current balance would be enough.

Filling out the application form is another important part of the process. You can do this online, or you can go to the USA Embassy in your country and ask for an application form. Once you fill it out, you must provide a suitable photo of yourself which is part of the application documentation. The photos must be in color, taken within the last few months on a white background with your face facing the camera.

Once you are done with the application, you must provide an evidence that shows that you will go back home to your country. Most of the applications get denied simply because the applicants do not submit an evidence of ties to the home country.

Visa Interview

Now, it is time to schedule a meeting with a consular officer of the USA Embassy in your country. Do not forget to take all the documents with you on the day of the interview. During the interview, the consular officer will determine whether or not you are eligible to get a US visa and if you are, they will approve it within the next few days or immediately (it depends from the country you live in).  Once you get an approval, they will give you instructions on how you can get the necessary documents along with the visa. The length to stay will be determined by the officer, but if you are visiting for the first time, you won’t be allowed to stay longer than six months.

Business Invitation Letter for UK Visa

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What is a Business Invitation for UK Visa?

There are many reasons why people decide to visit UK and one of them is for business purposes. Individuals who wish to visit the UK must provide the necessary documentation that will serve as an evidence that they will leave the country before the expiration of the visa. One of the required documents for UK visa is the business invitation letter. It is recommended that you have the purpose of your visit detailed in the letter as you would do for all invitation letter for visa. Regardless of whether you wish to attend a business meeting, interview, business event or sign contracts, you will need to apply for a uk standard visa.

Please note that the UK Business visa has been replaced by the uk standard visa. It is the same visa you would obtain if you are a regular tourist to the UK. Read more about how to obtain this visa here: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa/overview

Some business activities covered by the uk standard visa include:

  • conferences, meetings or trainings
  • specific sports-related events
  • performance by an artist, entertainer or musician in the UK
  • research by an academic

These are just a few of the reasons why you may need a business invitation letter. Each letter would have its own specific format. You should always ensure that the purpose of the visit is clearly stated in your letter as well as the details of the person being invited.

Sample Business invitation Letter for UK Visa

Here is a sample business invitation letter for visa addressed to the embassy or uk consulate. This sample letter is written to a business associate who lives in Kenya. The company in UK has written a letter to invite him for a meeting in London. The purpose of the meeting is to determine area of expansion for the partnership in London. This letter is addressed to the consulate and as such, other document that prove that there has been an ongoing relationship between the guest and the Host Company should be enclosed with the visa application.

Sample Letter

CNBD COMPANY LIMITED
100 Cromwell Rd,
Kensington, London SW7 4ER
United Kingdom
+44 871 896 5632

March 2, 2017

To the UK Consulate:

[FULL ADDRESS IN KENYA]

Dear officer of the UK Embassy

I would like to invite the following individual to visit the United Kingdom for business purposes:

Name: Marc Jameson
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 1985 – 04 – 23
Nationality: Kenya
Passport number: 25698745

Mr. Jameson is an associate partner of CNBD company. During this visit, we will be able to discuss about the possibilities of expanding our business and opening new offices in other cities in the United Kingdom. The cities and the places will be discussed and determined during the visit.

Mr. Jameson will arrive in London on June, 1st, 2017 and will stay for 15 days. He will stay in the hotel “London Eye” in London during the whole period. Mr. Jameson will visit a few other cities for business purposes and leave UK on June, the 15th, 2016. Since, this business collaboration with Mr. Jameson won’t be the first and the last one, we would appreciate if you could issue him a multiple entry visa.

Mr. Jameson is our associate partner and one of the biggest investors in the CNBD company, which is one of the most successful companies in the UK. Our company will take the complete responsibility for his stay by covering all travel and stay expenses.

In addition, I am sending you the necessary documentation related to the stay of Mr. Jameson as well as his personal information.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Sincerely,

Jamie Richardson,
JamieRichardson@cnbd.com
www.cnbd.com

[signature]

This letter is also and invitation for business meeting letter.

uk business visitor visa supporting documents

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.

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.

 

SAMPLE GRADUATION INVITATION LETTER FOR UK VISA – FAMILY OR FRIENDS

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.
{Date}

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.

GRADUATION INVITATION LETTER FOR VISA FOR PARENTS

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
088916

[DATE}
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 james.brown@njcu.edu or by phone at +1999-9999

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

Sincerely,

Signature

James BROWN

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 (http://www.ustraveldocs.com/). 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.

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.