Attending a US Consulate Interview

Be Prepared for Long Lines

US Consulates schedule several interviews each day resulting in long wait times for interviews. Although your interview may only last a few minutes be prepared to spend several hours at the US Consulate.

Know How to Explain Your Science

Be prepared to give your information and explain your science quickly, clearly and using non-technical language. Certain areas of science involving sensitive technologies are subject to greater attention and a lengthy review process. The reviewing officer may not have a scientific/technical background but he/she must understand what you do in order to process your request. You have the right to ask for an interpreter. Get the name and contact coordinates for the visa officer with whom you interview.

Dress to Impress

Wear appropriate business attire for the visa interview.

After Your Interview

If you have not heard back from the US Embassy or Consulate within sixty days, you should contact the US Embassy or Consulate and request information about the status of your visa application.