USA B2 Tourist Visa Applications – 20 Consul Interview Questions You Could Be Asked and How Best to Answer Them

By Kach Umandap - Howe October 20th, 2016 Posted in Travel Blog, Travel Guides, VISA Application Guides 188 Comments

For first-timers, it is sometimes intimidating to apply for a US Tourist B1 / B2 Visa. Hearing ‘denied’ stories from your friends and relatives may add to your worries too. You thought, “If they have been denied a US tourist visa, then what are the chances for me to get approved?”

My first tip for you, STOP being PESSIMISTIC. Stop attracting the negative vibes and start thinking that you have been approved already – even if your appointment is days or weeks from now. You know me, right? I believe in the Law of Attraction.

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You see, when you keep on thinking that you will be denied, it will manifest during your interview. You will look nervous, your voice will crack, and the consul might feel that you are hiding something. That’s the perfect formula for a denied visa.

You wouldn’t want that. Would you?

Just so you know, aside from the documents required by the US embassy, it is also important that you know how to respond to the questions correctly. While it matters that your documents can prove that you will go back to your home country, you still need to have conviction during the interview proper.

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To help you prepare for your visa application, here are some of the basic questions during a US B1/ B2 tourist visa consul interview. Always remember, NEVER LIE. They already did a background check on you when you applied online!

1. Why do you want to go to the USA?

Say you want to go on a tour and to see what the USA has to offer.  After all, you are applying for a US TOURIST visa so your answer should be as simple as that.

2. Have you been to the USA before?

You might think that the best answer is YES, and you feel that this is your instant ticket for getting a visa. You are wrong! If you haven’t been to the US, don’t lie. Just be honest because lying will get you nowhere.

3. Why do you plan to travel at this time?

Simply answer that it is your most available time or it is your annual leave from work. If you have other reasons such as having enough savings recently for the trip, then tell the truth.

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4. Who are you going with to the USA?

Are you going with your relatives or friends? Just make sure you know the basic information of the people you are going with. If you wanted to meet your American boyfriend who you met online and never met in person, I highly suggest you ask him to visit you in the Philippines first!

5. Which places are you planning to visit?

It wouldn’t hurt to do research on the places you plan to visit before you go to your interview. Let me know if you need further help with this and I would be more than willing to help you. I suggest that you start with the spots near your accommodation because it is more feasible.

6. How long do you plan to stay in the USA?

Carefully study your itinerary and base your answer from there. Or if you are an employee, check your leave credits and talk to your Human Resources representative on your allowed leaves. If you can bring a form or letter during your interview stating your leave credits, that can help as well.

Remember, if you get an approved USA visa, you’ll surely get a 10-year multiple entry visit visa!

7. Can you stay for a shorter period of time?

Similar to the above, you can defend and defend your answer based on your itinerary. And if someone from the US will act as your ‘tour guide’, simply say that you need to adhere with their schedule as well. Hence, a need for a longer time to stay in the US.

8. How much do you think will it cost you to stay in the USA?

This is why we strongly suggest that you create an itinerary for your US trip. This will give you an idea of how much you need to spend for the entire vacation. You can contact me and I could help you with your USA Itinerary, details here.

9. What do you do for a living?

Tell your job, your businesses, and other side jobs, if any. This will give the consul an idea if your employer is credible enough. Similarly, they need to know that you are established in your home country and that you are not going to the US for greener pasture. Here are few requirements to strengthen your claim that you will be back and will not look for job opportunities while on ‘vacation’.

  • Certificate of Employment
  • Proof of Income for the last 3 months
  • Business permits
  • Bank statements

Be prepared and bring these documents on your interview, most of the time the Consul won’t ask you to show the proof! For people who work online, I know that feeling of not having those Income Tax Return report etc. I highly suggest you print your income transactions on your Paypal account if you’re a writer or a designer then compile all of your online portfolios.

10. How much do you earn for a living?

Just tell the correct figures. After all, these can all be seen from the documents you have presented during your online application. And if they feel that it is not enough for your trip, might as well prepare for the next question.

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11. How will you finance your trip?

Show proof that you have saved if any. Or if you are going to be sponsored, get the information from your sponsors. Know what they do for a living and get necessary supporting documents like bank statements, job certificate, tax details etc.

12. Do you have relatives in the USA?

Never lie or deny this even if you won’t visit them on your trip, you must know their names and a few basic information including their status in the US. Sometimes, it would help if you have photos with you to further prove your claim.

13. Do you have friends in the USA?

Similar to the above, know their names and also the basic information but if they’re not really significant to you then just say so.

14. What are their exact addresses?

Try to get their exact addresses before the interview. Don’t just say that they live in Los Angeles or in New York but rather, be specific. Review the information before you go to the interview and always come prepared esp if you mentioned about them on your online application.

15. (For visiting Relatives/ Friends) How long have they been living in the USA and what are their current status?

I strongly encourage that you spend time chatting and interviewing your relatives and friends in the US if the purpose of your visit is to meet them. It will really help you to become more confident in front of the consul.

16. (For visiting Relatives/ Friends) Where are they working and what will you do during the office hours?

As I have said, get as much information because the consul would like to know if you are just making up stories. Expect to be bombarded with questions. The questions might be redundant but that’s how they will know if you are indeed telling the truth. And when asked what are your plans during the hours and days that your ‘sponsors’ are working, you can say that you are planning to go on short solo day trips near the area so that you can maximize your stay.

17. Do you have plans of working in the USA?

HUGE NO, and never attempt to work in the US while you are there on a TOURIST VISA. Otherwise, you might get deported and will never see US soil once again. Never even mention that you’re looking for opportunities. NEVER EVER!

18. Have you already booked your plane tickets?

Look for possible booking dates and say that you are eyeing on those dates for your US trip. Have the flight details ready, if possible but don’t pay for the flights yet until you get your visa approved. The flight ticket is not a requirement!

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19. Have you traveled to other countries before?

Be honest because they will know if you haven’t. Everything can be validated easily and they have the means to check if you are telling the truth. I always tell my travel coaching clients that it’s better if you get more passport entry stamp from any nearby countries esp those that are visa-free or visa-on-arrival for Philippines passport, you can check the list of those countries here.

20. How can you assure that you will come back home?

Show the letter from your employer, if you have any. If you have businesses that you currently take care of, explain it. Or, you can tell them that you don’t plan on ruining your travel records because you still plan to see more places in the future.

My general tip, BE PREPARED and NEVER LIE! These consuls are trained to know if you are lying, so always have the best intentions if you are going to the USA. We want you to have clear records so you can travel the world without facing challenges in the future.

If you need further help with your US Visa application, contact me here. I’ll be also releasing some prepared Itinerary that you can use for visa applications.

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Note: I am not a ‘travel agent’ but I can help you with your online application. Let me assist you in preparing for your interview. I can also assist you in organizing your requirements and I can even suggest an itinerary which is obviously all-important when you apply for a visa.

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188 thoughts on “USA B2 Tourist Visa Applications – 20 Consul Interview Questions You Could Be Asked and How Best to Answer Them

  1. Hi, am Edith from Uganda,
    My online boyfriend who stays in Missouri US will be visiting me next year in April and it will be our first time meeting, hez planning to spend 2months here in Uganda then I go back with him to the US on a B2 visa
    My question is, what are chances of my visa being approved coz it will be my first time travelling outside my country??

  2. Aslam Shahzad from Pakistan. Questions and Answers for VISIT Visa to USA at US Embassy Islamabad Pakistan

  3. I’m applying US tourist visa together with my 4 yo daughter without her father.. Can you give us tips and sample questions from consul? Im planning to take her to LA (Disney, Universal studios, zoo museum and beach). How much do they want on my account for them to approve it also? How to hear from you, thanks!

  4. I’m in a long distance relationship for almost two years, we didn’t meet my boyfriend yet and he requested me to spend my Christmas vacation in his places in the Library ,South Carolina of America. It will be my first time to travel out of the country, can I ask on how to increase my chances to get my tourist visa approved because I’m still students I don’t have an income yet but my boyfriend will be sending me enough money to cover my trip. Thank you.

  5. Thanks very much for assistance on questions and answers, butt sir, can you enlight me questions can ask o my business of selling phone ,laptop gadget, CCTV etc Thanks

  6. Hi My I’m in Singapore currently and Planning to visit my BF this July.If sponsored ang holiday what are the possible supporting documents na pwede ko i provide..

    ~Thanks a lot

  7. Hello, so I’m actually in a long distance relationship with my boyfriend and it’ll be the first time that we’ll see each other. He’ll be visiting the Philippines first then he said I should go with him to tour the US. The problem is, I’ve never been to any other country before and the USA will be the first country that I’ll go to. How can I possibly increase my chances of getting the visa if I haven’t travelled internationally and I don’t have the money nor the time to so so now? My interview is scheduled in 2 weeks and I just happen to read about your article now.

    1. It’s possible you stand a high chance of getting the visa if you answer the interview questions appropriately and with less pressure.

  8. I am a Ghanaian and we are a number of four attending a funeral of our late sister in the US , what are the likely questions should we expect and answers?

  9. First question for the Non Immigrant Visa Tourist visa ask. What is your Purpose going to US? for your Advise I will answer like this: My purpose going to US is to see your Beautiful Country and visits my relatives particular in California

    Is this Good answer please help me and advise me

    Thank you

  10. How much it cost if i asknyou to assist me on my online application and organised my requirements and my itenirary how much you will ask from me??
    Thanks..

  11. Hi i live in the philippines i just want to ask if there is any chances of having a US tourist visa if i am a call center agent for 2 years in my current company with 25k php monthy income, my company already let me to file a 15 days leave, already travelled in malaysia and dubai. while i am in dubai way back 2016 my cousin ask me to get a job just resign if i don’t want it, so tried less than i month i resigned bec i do not want to work abroad, my question is, will the consul deny my US visa application since i told to the immigration that i will be having a vacation in dubai but i worked there?

  12. Hi Greetings , Anyone can suggest any website/agency providing Itenerery for US Visit visa application . Thanks in Advance .

  13. Hello there. I applied for the us visa on 2013, On that application I put my father’s childrens, they are from another mother, I got denied in 2013. Now i have applied again and i put all the information about my father but i did not put his 2 children on the application, because i have never met them and i have not contact with them. Do you think is a problem that i put them on the first application and i did not on this one? Thanks

  14. please ma’am I want to know the posibility of me getting a visa
    my Uncle is the one sponsoring for my trip to the US but he havent send any Document to me so far
    as he is in The US
    am going to visit him now am worried
    though I know so many things like were his staying
    his office adress
    is there a posibility that I might get the Visa
    it on the 8th of October thanks

  15. What if mam/sir I have no work here for now and my boyfriend is the one will sponsor my whole trip..but I’m just there to visit him…and I don’t have plan stay there and I want to go back to the Philippines cause I’m the one taking good care of my mom

  16. I’m worried that I do have schedule for interview now but my renew passport is coming by 17th if this month . What should I do with my schedule for interview ?

  17. Its very helpful and thanks for your help. I have an upcoming Interview to go.. Can you please help me with an invitation letter.

    1. Hey Solomon,
      It’s a bit complicated to make an invitation for you as no one knows your intentions for visit. You have to remember that you have to be fully aware the content of the letter.
      Anyhow, wishing you Good luck!

  18. I HAVE APPLIED VISA WITH MY WIFE AND I HAVE A INTERVIEW DATE 17-09-2019 . MY VISA HAVE BEEN DENIED LAST YEAR JUNE 2019 THEN I HAVE APPLIED WITH MY WIFE AND MY SON .I HAVE REQUIRED YOUR GUIDANCE IN THIS REGARD.
    THANS

  19. Hallow sir / madam
    I hope you’re doing well.
    I just want to ask few questions about tourist visa for USA and and some best answer to say about interview to consular.

    Please reply…
    Waiting…

    Thanks !!

  20. Please am caleb from Ghana and my mom and dad will be going to an interview on 15th August 2019 but their own the staying visa please can you help us with some of the questions because this is their second interview at the America embassy they were refuse on he first interview thanks and wish to hear from you

  21. What is the difference between some one funding the trip and the contact person?
    Is it a must to move with my job appointment letter to show that I work for a certain school or a recommendation is enough?

  22. Hi!
    Im jasmen and my boyfriend was planing to get me to bermuda hamilton. His asking to the bermudian immigration on how to get a filipina fgf to his country. And the immigration said that she only need a transit visa only that then she can fly. So i need your help and advices on how to get a transit visa to new york and whats the documents needed..

    Im hoping for your response.. Thank you!!

  23. Hey! So, I want to apply for a US tourist visa soon, but I’m just a bit worried it might get denied because of these:
    1. I am a fresh graduate. I recently got a job, but I am not regularized yet
    2. I got a J-1 visa last 2017 and I have a temporary Social Security number (with DNS authorization)

    Will it be grounds for denying the visa app? How can I have a better chance in my application?

    Thanks

  24. Hi! i already has an appointment on next month of this year. I will accompany my Senior citizen mother and i tag along my child who is 24 yo because i dont want to left him alone here. My husband is OFW, my other child has her own family that’s why.
    Mother was invited by her sibling whos my Aunt , and I also have a sibling there.
    We just want a tour, and see US as long as my mother was not too old and sickling.

    Whats our chances? Can you give me some points or tips for this interview?
    thankyou!

  25. Very helpful tips Ms Kach, but I have question regarding number 14, exact address of relatives.

    I only have distant relatives in the US na di ko rin close. I declared them, pero di ko alam address nila and wala rin akong ways to contact them, as i’ve said, di ko sila halos kilala. I only know the State where they are. So red flag ba to? Hirap rin kasi mag bigay ng address tapos baka di mag match sa pag verify nila edi mas lalong lagot. hehe

    1. To follow up on this question of mine. I already got approved. So for this case, I just told the consul, “distant relatives”. Then he asked where are they and I just said Hawaii. No exact address, he didn’t divulge on the details.

      I must say, the US Visa application is almost certainly, 90 percent luck and this luck significantly goes down if you applied in the Philippines.

      I applied here in Tokyo where I currently work. The US Embassy here doesn’t have that vibe of rejection as most Japanese are approved (by the way, the Japanese don’t need B1/B2 Visa to visit USA as tourists so they’re mostly applying for other types of visa, usually for study in the US).

      To be honest, I was prepared to waste the application fee as i have a hunch that i will be rejected (sorry I’m pessimistic. lol). I actually have no long plan of going to the US, I just applied spontaneously because i got frustrated that we are even required a Transit Visa to the US when I was planning to go to South American visa-free countries. So i just told myself to apply full B2 Visa. lol. That said, I have no itinerary going to the US, I just put some random hostel in my DS160 form and thought of a generic tourist place to go when asked in the interview.

      Part of my feelings that I had no chance of getting approved is because I’m single, I’ve only been living in Japan for 7 months, and most of all, I have zero proof of ties to PH and of course in Japan. My profession is also quite in-demand in the West so it’s another red flag. Aside from that, my travel history is mediocre as I have only been to 3 countries so far, 2 of them in visa free SEA, and the other one is here in Japan. That’s all, and that is not anywhere near “extensive travel history”.

      I did have proof of stable and active income but i don’t have millions. They only asked for bank book and payslips, not bank certificates as they’re aware of temporary loan schemes.

      The interview itself, i was not really confident and my nervousness is quite apparent. So this is another red flag to consul supposedly. I have even answered something that do not match in my DS160 but it’s unintentional and an honest mistake. The consul didn’t raise it though, and at the middle of the interview, the consul went somewhere with my documents in his hand and at this point i knew i fucked up. After he came back, he just asked some few more questions without even looking at me, just chewing bubble gum and typing in his PC.

      The funny thing is, i thought he hesitated to approve my visa as he said a long “hmmm” but followed by, “ok your visa is approved and it will be sent back to you in one week”. I was speechless but managed to croak “thank you so much” and left still in disbelief. lol

      So, as I was saying, this is just luck.

  26. Hi ma’am ! I am a retired nurse from Saudi 3 yrs ago. And we have our alumni homecoming to be held in San Francisco, California on oct. 3 to 7, 2019. I just want to meet my classmates for 28 yrs I’ve not seen them. Invitation letter was already sent to me. Will they allow me to have a tourist visa ? I travelled already to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. I want to know how I will process my papers. My first interview in the US embassy was 8 yrs ago when I was in Saudi and I was denied. Pls reply me on what I will do. Thanks ma’am !

  27. Hi,
    am so being thankful bout the blogs u made for us,, it was very informative and helpful, BTW am asking me a favor bout the itinerary, would you mind to help me.
    am looking a right people just to get my wish for this coming of my birthday in july.
    thank you!

  28. Hi,maam um cherrie my partner visited me here in phil.last march
    And we got married in simply way
    And he bring the papers going back to USA.after 2 weeks of stay.and now he started apply visit visa for me so that i can go there.what could be the possible documents could i bring if i will report for interview in the embassy? And were married last march do i really need to change my surname?he applied visit visa for 90 days.pls help me.thank you

    Cherrie

  29. Can u give me some tip for C1 transit visa?? Requirements and some possible questions. Salamat po.

  30. Hi Miss Kach, I’m so glad reading your tips and suggestions. It would really help a lot. Actually, I’m planning to apply for a tourist visa with the help of my friend in US, both of us wanted to celebrate Christmas together. With this matter, how much money will I need for a 2 week vacation in US? And is it possible to be approved though I didn’t travel any countries so far or I don’t have any stamp in my passport that I’ve been travelling other countries before? Thank you so much. Your reply would be a great help tho.

  31. Hey, What should I answer if asked whether this is my first time applying for us non immigrant visa, if I had participated in the green card lottery.

    1. Di po kayo pinoy? How can you possibly participate in a green card lottery (known as diversity visa) if you’re a Filipino, as Filipinos are barred for diversity visa since in its launch in 1995?

      FYI, ang green card lottery po ay para sa mga nationalities na may maliit na representation sa US. Napaka dami pong Pinoy sa US kaya di tayo eligible for green card lottery.

  32. im booked to go to the U S in june,my old passport with my valid visa has expired,i have a new pass port and have been advised that i can still travel to the U S so long as i take my expired passport with the valid visa in and my new passport to present to the american customs,
    is what i have been told about being able to travel taking both passports correct

  33. I have some questions my visa application submitted on April 11 but until now I’m still waiting it’s takes so long visa for Japan In philippine

  34. I live in Canada and my wife is in India. I have applied for my permanent residency here in Canada and have recently added my wife to my currently processing application. Since it is going to take a while before she can move in with me, I’m planning on applying for US B2 visa for my wife. I do have a B1/B2 visa and have travelled to US multiple times. Only travel history my wife got is that she visited Maldives with me. She works full time in India for an IT firm. She got no property under her name. I’m sponsoring her. What is the best way to convince the consul that she will return after vacation? What are the chances that she might get visa approved? Any suggestions/tips is appreciated.
    Thanks

  35. what if the person is a student and has no income or bank account? but the family in the usa will provide accomodation and pay for plane tick

  36. Hello sir..i was denied last march 22 for a tourist visa. I am currently working as a public school teacher for almost 23 years. I really didn’t know why the consul did not approve me. I answered all her questions. Like..
    Purpose in going US
    – i want to visit my relatives maam
    What place?
    – california
    How long do you stay?
    – 3 weeks only maam
    Have you gone to other countries?
    – yes maam..dubai and singapore
    What did you do in dubai?
    – visit my daughters
    What did your daughters do in dubai?
    – they are working maam
    What are their works?
    – the eldest is a nurse and the youngest is civil engineer
    How many children do you have?
    – only two maam..there in dubai

    Then she told me ” unfortunately your visa is not approve.

    What’s wrong sir?

    Just wanted to know because i will be having interview again on may 3..thank you!

  37. Hi Miss Kach,My online boyfriend want me to visit him in USA,and He hired an agent to make my visa.It really work?or I still need to go consul?thank you

  38. Hi,

    I want to travel to USA for my first wedding anniversary in April but in 2016 my visa was dined ( may be I was single at that time). What are the changes as I have my employers letter,bank statement, account maintance letter and have no intentions to stay in USA. It’s just a visit. What should I do??

  39. To all my kababayan, why insist to apply to this shitty country who gets millions a day in Ph and keep turning down the application without clear reason but they will tell you that you can re-apply again? It’s all just business for them. Their rate is even a joke, $1-P55.. This 8,640 pesos can be your flight to other beautiful asian countries. if they have 700 applicants a day, they get 6million a day.. Big business in the Philippines! And don’t you know that China has higher percentage of approval like above 90%? Why not Ph? Maybe because they have a big debt to china.. Wake up.. This country always pretend they are friend of many country but “looks can be deceiving..”

  40. What if you got denied already years back(when I was a college student)
    Now I’m 27yrs old and I have a stable job.

  41. I have an upcoming interview with US embassy here in Vietnam for a tourist visa application. What if I don’t have enough money yet on my bank account, will i get denied?

  42. Hi! I would like to know if I have a high chance in getting my US tourist visa approved since I am planning to visit my boyfriend this year. Probably in December. I am on a student visa in Australia good for 3 years. Do you have any advice for me on how to nail my interview?

  43. Hi what type of visa if I’m accompanying my employer to US as a domestic helper and what are the questions to be ask in interviewing me getting visa? Thanks

  44. HI…My daughter has an American book, she’s a year old. She was born here in Accra, Ghana but due to my girlfriend citizenship, she was able to transmit her citizenship it to our daughter.
    My girlfriend is currently in the US, I and my daughter wants to go for a visit, would they grant me a visa if i try to get b2 visa. And how is the possibilities of me getting the visa

    Thanks.

  45. I have an American boyfriend,we met online,he ask me to come visit him in the USA and he sent me a letter of invitation and his Own company ID card,I was denied one and reapply again.please what can I do to get my visa approved,I have 3 property on lease which was given to me by my late dad because am the only child…so I really don’t know why my visa was denied,maybe the reason was I said he is my boyfriend and I met him online…please what should I say instead of that

    1. Hello, did your boyfriend also sent you his bank certificate, bank statement, or any financial proof? Or is it just his Letter of Invitation and Company ID that he sent you? Maybe that’s one more reason why you got denied.

      1. Is it okay you haven’t met before? I have a boyfriend in us and we never met each other but he wanted me to go there on his all expenses

  46. Hello.. So far, this is the best blog I saw in terms of tips when applying for a US visa. My concern right now is that I’m a Freelancer (like what you mentioned on your blog – I can show my remittance, etc.) as proof that that is my current source of income. However, I am getting anxious on the part where the Consul may ask if I have any plans in working in the US. Currently, I work for a US company for a little over 2 years. They were the ones who invited me to go to the US so I can join the company’s 1st quarter strat planning. I feel this is not an edge for me because it may give the consul the notion that I am going to stay there for good because I already have someone to work for. Any thoughts or tips on how I’ll overcome my anxiety? Will really appreciate your reply.

  47. Hi isa po akong domestic helper dito sa Singapore and yung uncle ko sa california asked me to apply a us tourist visa. Yung katulad ko bang working permit holder ay may chance na makpasa sa or ma grant ng visa?

  48. Hello, I have a boyfriend from US, he visited me here in Philippines (twice already). Now he wants me to visit (tourist visa) his place and meet his parents and after we will proceed of getting married here in the Philippines. He just want me to meet his parents first. It is my first time to travel in other country. My passport has no stamps at all. We will share the expenses. I am worried on the interview and what should be the document I need to prepare first? What will my chances of getting approved?

  49. I just want to let you know that we passed the interview! Eto unang sinundan kong blog regarding applying for a tourist visa. Thank you so much! Super saya!

    1. Hi.. I’ve been planning to apply for us tourist visa.. i here in saudi arabia at the moment working as a nurse..honestly i feel nervous for the interview..im just confuse what to answer in the ds-160 form that says,who will fund for my trip..something like that..wherein the choices are self etc…my company will be responsible for my ticket..and for house,i will stay with my aunt..and for other staff i have my own money..so what i will put? thanks…

      1. hi,
        Im applying tourist visa in US but two times denied can you please give me suggestion to approved my visit visa in GUAM .

  50. Hi Kach,

    I’m traveling to Canada for 3 weeks with confirmed booking. The plan is to drive to New York for 4 or 5 days and be back to Canada. Do you think I can get the visa approval if I will stay for less than a week in US?
    Thank you.

  51. Hello. Just to thank you for these questions, it really helped me a lot in obtaining my visa. Five questions from this blog were asked by the consul, and because of practice ( and ofcourse honesty) I answered them with conviction. So, just THANK YOU! ?

  52. Good Day,
    We applied in US consulate in Dubai last June 5,2018. Im working as a nurse for 11 years and my wife is working as a respiratory therapist for 10 years.We are both working in a government sector.We have a clean record here and in our homeland in Philippines.And we traveled in different places like in UK 2 times in France,Italy,Netherland,Germany,Japan,Singapore,Malaysia and Hongkong. I have a brother in America and he is already US citizen there. Our purpose of our visit is to celebrate our 10th year wedding anniversary in US and to see my brother. Finally when we received our passport we are approved but its only 1 year validity with multiple entry.And we noticed that there is an annotation mentioned in our visa “UAE TCN”. My concern are why is there an annotation like that in our visa and why only 1 year. Most of our colleagues here who also a Filipinos like us who applied US visa got their tourist visa with 10 years validity and no annotation of UAE TCN?
    Kindly enlighten us please. Thank you!

    1. Hello Jeffrey, I think I also received your email? UAE TCN means you’re a third country national! I think it has something to do with your work and to see if you’ll return back after this visit but to be honest, the only best way to know this is by emailing the USA consulate themselves! Other than that, proceed with your trip! Return back to UAE and apply again, maybe they’ll give you the 10 year next time!

  53. Hi miss kach, I have a boyfriend from US, he visited me here in Philippines last April. It was his first time visit here. Now he wants me to visit (tourist visa) his place and meet his parents. And this is my first time to travel in other country. My boyfriend provide all my expenses. I am worried on the interview and what should be the document I need to prepare first.

  54. Hi Karch, a friend in the usa who wants to invete me. I want to go there with my girl friend (fiancé). I am seperatws from my wife and I am currently seeking divorcé. She is also separated and seeking too divorcé. If we need to travel, will our complicated marital statuses mess our interview?

  55. May 2018

    Hello, my Filipina girlfriend and I read your blog and loved it. I traveled to Negros a couple months ago and met Helen. We fell in love and she would like to come visit me and my family (Tourist Visa) before we decide to get married. If marriage was right for us, we would apply for a Fiance Visa.

    We were VERY prepared for the Tourist visa interview. Her application was PERFECT, she was relaxed, happy, and more than prepared to answer any question.

    Here is what happened at the interview – Why do you want to go to the US? Helena says “to visit my boyfriend and his family.” How long have you been dating? Helen says ” a couple months. The consular then handed her a denial paper and said “sorry mam.” She walked away in tears. The interview lasted less than a minute. She had all sorts of documents to give him that would help prove she was returning to the Philippines, but he just asked 2 questions and handed her a denial. She has a squeaky clean history as well.

    We don’t know what to do now. It seems as though she will be denied again if we try a second time. Would applying for a Fiance Visa have better chances of success than a Tourist Visa?

    Thanks for any help you can give ?

    David Hardy

    1. its because you said a few months
      -is this girl you are dating employed?
      -has she traveled outside of the philippines?
      -how was she dressed and how did she answer – her accent, her english etc etc.

      logic – you only dated a few months and she wanted to visit your family in the US (the consul must have sensed something wrong here)

  56. Hi miss Kach! I really do hope you can answer what I am going to ask you. I’m just 17 years old and I have a boyfriend in the USA and we are in a relationship for a year and half.He is filipino and a green card holder for about 1 and half year now. He’s inviting me to spend my vacation in the USA and also to meet his parents . He is 22 and we have a 5 year age gap. Does our age gap will affect the the approval of my visa? A tourist visa to be exact. And he is going to sponsor my trip. We’re worried that I might get denied because of my age, and the gap between us. We’re hoping for your answer asap and Thank you so much in advance! have a nice day

  57. Hi! I delivered my child in the states last 2014… I have a good insurance that’s why it was convenient to give birth there. I stayed in the states for less than 2 months and went back to Nassau, Bahamas. I reapplied for tourist visa after it expired but sad to say, I was being denied. The consul was asking me why I chose to deliver the baby there when I worked in the hospital in Bahamas… He also asked me if I paid all the bills? I was being honest, telling him I still have a balance because I thought my insuRance had paid all. I wasn’t able to present a receipt… Well, it all started when he asked me how long haveI stayed in the states, so I told him that it was about 2 months … and he followed a question why I stayed there long… so got to answer him honestly that I delivered a baby there.. and I admit I was nervous and wasn’t able to answer him clearly… sigh… but pls give me an advise what to do next… well i paid the bills already but want the best answer I can give next time… would gladly appreciate ur opinion…. Thanx!

  58. Hi Pls Help ME I travel before in US with my employer IM wprking as a nanay before then my employer stay in Hongkong now and I decide to Go back to Philippines then I apply again Tourist in US I denied bec he ask ME if. Have bussiness and How much my money… I Show UP. Have 100 thousand but still denied now I try again to Go to US for Tourist Pls Help ME

  59. Hi, I received letter of invitation from my friend for a visiting but now I am 7 months pregnant does it makes a problem to get visa?

    1. Possibly – if your boyfriend has red/ginger hair that it is highly likely that your application will be rejected

  60. Hi Katch, i just want to ask, i have double jobs at the moment but the thing is there’s only one employer to put into the application form? I put on my full time employer, but the question is what salary should i declare on the application form ? Should i combine them or not? THank you for the help.

  61. hi can you help me i was just confused if what im going to answer with this questions. Im applying for tourist visa in the usa. here’s the first question (purpose of your trip) and (specify) what im going to answer their?

  62. Hi
    -How many days did you wait for the interview? Is it depending on tha slot?
    -does it take 3 weeks to wait because i have only 3 weeks vacation in the philippines.
    -do you need history in traveling?

    Im planning to apply in philippines because i think its better than here in UAE on my vacation leave.

    Thank you soo much.

    1. apply 1-2 months before your planned schedule. since applicants in us embassy in the philippines is quiet a lot (esp summer), you have to apply your visa ahead of time.
      be always prepared to answer such question like “why you applied for visa here in the PI and not in UAE?”
      its always been asked since your staying in UAE much more than in the philippines.
      God Bless. Ajja :*

  63. AIREEN NUEVA
    March 29 2018 at
    5:55am

    Hi Ms. Kach…

    Can you help me how to get visa
    My boyfriend was visited me here last march 2017…and he will visit me again this coming April 16 2018 he really wanted me to visit and meet his parent and bring me also to those wonderful tourist pot in his country.its my first time to apply US visa so i didnt know what to do…am afraid to denied because it was happened to me before when i got flight to thailand for vacation at cebu pacific last feb,18 it gives me a terrible interview redundant questions that gets me in trouble cuz im not prepare for this,only i know is nothing problem to visit near country and this will be suddgest of friend to me that it helps also if your passport has a stamp from any country of asea u visit if ever u had a plan to visit US ,and thats why my boyfriend help me some of my expenses…but things happened are i guess ruined my travel record so really need your help Ms. Kach

    I await your reply,
    Aireen

      1. May 2018

        Hello, my Filipina girlfriend and I read your blog and loved it. I traveled to Negros a couple months ago and met Helen. We fell in love and she would like to come visit me and my family (Tourist Visa) before we decide to get married. If marriage was right for us, we would apply for a Fiance Visa.

        We were VERY prepared for the Tourist visa interview. Her application was PERFECT, she was relaxed, happy, and more than prepared to answer any question.

        Here is what happened at the interview – Why do you want to go to the US? Helena says “to visit my boyfriend and his family.” How long have you been dating? Helen says ” a couple months. The consular then handed her a denial paper and said “sorry mam.” She walked away in tears. The interview lasted less than a minute. She had all sorts of documents to give him that would help prove she was returning to the Philippines, but he just asked 2 questions and handed her a denial. She has a squeaky clean history as well.

        We don’t know what to do now. It seems as though she will be denied again if we try a second time. Would applying for a Fiance Visa have better chances of success than a Tourist Visa?

        Thanks for any help you can give 🙂

        David Hardy

  64. Good day, Admin, I need your help iam about to book my appointment for B1/B2 visa, iam a family man I have my wife and my children’s. And am working , what can do to boost the chance of my approval. Thanks

  65. Hello I am planning to get a tourist visa in the US to visit my relatives and attend alumni homecoming in Las Vegas together with my cousin in California she will be sponsoring my stay in the US. Do I have a chance to get a US visa

    1. definitely yes, just present all the proofs you have to show to the consul esp the backgrounds of your sponsor.
      Best of Luck :*

  66. Good day,

    Me and my Mom got rejected for B1/B2 USA visa,i want to know if we want to reapply should we still apply together or separately?thanks.

    I await your response.

  67. I won a lufthansa airline economy return ticket, during my form filling i put them as my sponsor. do you think it will be helpful? i only have my congratulatory letter with me and not the ticket . im just curious .. my interview is in the next 30days.

  68. Hi I m a BHMS doctor praticing in India .. my tourist visa got rejected .. could you let me know the answer that I should give if the interviewer asks me who will look after the clinic after I go to Usa .. I m guessing my answer to this question rejected my visa ..

    Thank you in advance

  69. Please can you give me the list of places I can visit in New York city, because it’s the city I am going to stay at if given a visa.
    Thanks

  70. Hello sir/mam.. I have a query.. I filled my us visa D160 form n submitted my application n got my interview appointment fixed in next 2 weeks. While in my form I filled that I ll b self sponsoring my trip since I have around 10lakh in my account. But NW when I talked to my CA he said that since all the properties u Have are on ur father’s name so it will b ur father who will b sponsoring ur trip..now tell me what should I do?? Please help me.

    1. If you will solely be paying for your trip – no relatives to stay within the USA and you’ll be buying your own flights etc, it’s okay to declare that you’re self-funding your trip! Your father’s property will just be the proof that you have family to return to in your country.

  71. Good day, i would like to ask some advise from you maam. I would like to visit my mother this april 11, 2018 and staywithherforatleasta week, just to want to have a surprise visit to her for her on her 85 birthday her age. Im 54 years old. I am planning to go to Philippines after a week for there are huge work back home… my question is do i have a big chance to get visit visa in USA? beside i am oldmaybe they willnot think that i will work in USAandi haveno intention of working there.afteralli am 54 now. No need plan working there it would be hardfor my age working there. Hope that you reply soon thank you and have a nice day ahead

  72. Am Muh-Awwal Tajudeen Olaonipekun from Nigeria, I received an invitation from my uncle last year and I was denied from the US embassy, my travel experience is Benin, To go and Ghana and have booked another appointment date before coming across you. Please tell me tips to gain a visa for this second time coz am totally confused

      1. Hi kach,my boyfriend wanted me to visit him but i dont have any job here in the philippines even bank accounts..but he can afford all of my expenses when im there in the US and also my plane ticket.is there a chance that my visitor visa will approved?im very hoping your for your reply..

      2. HELLO HOPE YOU HELP ME TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTION IN MY MIND IM PLANNING TO FLIGHT WITH MY AMERICAN HUSBAND AND MY CHILD TO AMERICA JUST TO VISIT NOT TO MIGRATE ALREADY CAUSE STILL PLANNING TO STUDY AS A NURSE HERE IN PHIL. IS IYOU THINK THEY CAN GRANT ME?

  73. Hi Kach,

    I have a few questions if you don’t mind. My girlfriend is an Indian national now living in India. I am an American. We first started dating when she was a graduate student here in the US (we broke up but then decided to get back together – long story short). We would both like her to come here for the intent of getting engaged, but want to see how it goes for a few months before and spend the summer traveling. She is not currently working in India. I am a PhD student. Do you think this sounds problematic? Originally she had lived in the US for about 4 years while a graduate student, and would be coming to the place where she was in school. Obviously, we would follow the law and conditions of the visa. But we’re a little afraid that the “going to see my boyfriend about getting engaged” coupled with “not currently employed” will make things difficult. I have heard that specific invitations can make things easier. If I send her a wedding invitation for my brother’s wedding this summer might that help? Any advice you have would be great – thanks a lot.

  74. It will be my schedule interview on friday, january 12, 2018! Wish me luck, Kach! You are such a big help woth your tips and blogs! More power! Mwah mwah!

      1. Hi! Kach, thank you for all your info. What about in port of entry in us? do you still need to bring supporting documents?If YES what are those? thank you…

        1. Just to make sure you will also bring all the supporting documents you brought at the Embassy.. they don’t usually ask for it but most of the time they’ll ask your itinerary and return flight/ onward flight ticket.

      2. Hi kach,this is my first time to get an online application as tourist visa in the US.wish me luck for the incoming interview.

  75. MY NAME IS DAVID
    MY FAMILY AND I APPLIED ON 12TH OCT 2017 WE WERE DENIED FOR NO REASON ,BUT I GET MAYBE BCOS IS ONLY GHANA IS MY TRAVELED EXPERIENCE,AND TALK OF FAMILY TIE,I VE A GOOD JOB WITH WELL PAY SALARY BUT NO WAY TO LET HIM KNOW AM NOT INTERESTED IN STAYING MORE THAN 3 WEEKS,AND PLANNING OF GOING BACK FEBRUARY 2018.
    IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO DO PLS ADVICE ME
    THANKS

  76. Hello Mr cach I RECIEVE A LETTER OF INVITATION FROM A AMERICAN FRIEND and ive been recently at embassy for interview but i get denied for a visit visa B2, on december 27 , but my friend call me to reapply as possible for november is that ok or i should wait along ?

    i

  77. A blessed day Ms. Kach,I want to visit my weak uncle, last week only he rushed to the hospital for emergency happened in their house. He wanted to visit us again here in the Phils after a long years but his doctor not allowed to travel, will you please help me to have a tourist visa even if I have no work here in the Philippines? But I assured you that the eldest son of my uncle give me an Affidavit of Support if needed. God bless.

  78. Hi Ms. Kach, i admire how confident you are, I have my sked interview this coming Oct 24 and i feel nervous maybe its because im not fluent in English, do you think it maybe a reason to be denied, anyway im thinking it positively and hoping for a US VISA, I need more info. Hope you have time to talk with me. God bless.

  79. Hi im interested to apply for a US tourist visa but i have a pending immigrant application.Will it affect the approval of my application? Im a nurse by profession and has worked in the US for almost 3 years.Pls help me on the process of obtaining a tourist visa.Thanks.

  80. hi ms.kach. i’m planning to get a us tourist visa hir in dammam saudi arabia. is it easier to get approved hir while im working in the kingdom ? wat are the requirements and tips about getting approved ? thank u?

  81. It was real a great tips you have mentioned and it seems like i need little help filling my form can you please take some time out

  82. Hello there, I don’t know where to start my tears over flowing. I need help regarding my sister denial.

    I’m here sitting next to my mother who fighting for her life, we been here in the ICU for 15 days, she have intracerebral hemorrhage.

    My sister just recently apply to her tourist visa to see my mother( that nobody know when she will be waking up).we had all the document from the hospital medical record to the Doctor’s letter.

    My name is lolita a US citizen who asking a help for my sister tourist visa. Please help sister to hold my mother for her last breath.

    Any reply with this email would greatly appreciate. Thank you and God Bless

  83. Hi Kachi, I have bf online we dont meet yet. Because of his business at home can’t leave and he got 6yrs.old daughter.. he suggest to visit him and he sponsor for everything.. What kind of documents he need to send me.

    Thanks betty.

  84. Hi Kach, I recently applied on a business USA visa and got rejected twice. My employer had given me an opportunity to train in the US. But so far, I was the first one to be rejected in our team. That time, I was working for less than 2 year, had been to one country only. Today, I’ve been to 5 countries already and will be going to Japan soon, and my salary’s increased too. Do you have any suggestions on how I can have higher chances of getting a US VISA next time? I was told being young and a female were a few of the red flags they’d seen in me.

    1. we have same experienced, missed all business trips cuz of denied visa. I have another interview Next week and worried if will reject again. Last question i remembered was “r u single”? when i answered yes he handover my passport and says i can apply again anytime?

  85. Hi. Thanks for the info. My sister is getting married and she and her husband wanted me to attend the wedding so they want me to apply for a tourist visa. I am currently unemployed but I have a bank account will that be enough proof for the embassy that I will go back to my homeland? Thanks

  86. Hi miss katch thank you for helpful information. I’m planning to apply this year, i have some question hope you can assist me. Thanks

      1. Hi Kach,
        I am going to get married in the US and I am planning to bring my sisters there to attend.
        They are 42 and 43 of age. They both have their family here in the Philippines. One of them has an established work here . The other one is a housewife since. husband is a seafarer. Both of their sons are still studying still. Do you think they will have a good chance of getting approved?

        Thank you so much

  87. I’m carolina working in libya for 15 years planning to apply a tourist visa on march shall i apply now ?i will go for holiday on march in the philipines for 3months….

  88. Great post as always, Kach! This is extremely beneficial for those who’d always wanted to go to the US, but is always denied a visa! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  89. on my application in the US Embassy they always asked if im married since im a gay i told them i am partnered and showed them our bond ring it helped me

  90. Hi miss kach,,good eve..i read your tips how to apply in US as a tourist visa..i need more info,and more information..i hope u have time for me to talk..god bless you always.pls msg me back.as soon us possible..

  91. When it comes to travel, I have absolutely no plans of going to the USA. It’s just that I got curious and decided to read the questions. I think you have a good suggestion with one thing being very clear. HONESTY. For me, I cannot take it when I have to be scrutinized. I feel that to question my character is a violation of my person. That explains why I am not going to the USA, and instead, go to countries where I do not have to go through the process of proving I am worthy of being their visitor.

  92. HI miss kach.. Thank you ..very informative and clear information.. Looking forward for your more blogs soon.. Been a fun for a couple of months now.. By the way.. What are the easiest way to get a fiancée visa and how? Thanks in advance! Godbless..

    1. There are no tricks in applying for a fiance visa. Everybody has to go through the same process. I will advise you to do it yourself though, instead of hiring a lawyer to do it on your behalf. Goodluck!!

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Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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