If you are planning on getting a student or a work visa, you often will need to need to go in for a formal interview. This can be nerve-wracking for many people because they really want to come to the United States to work or go to school. Here are some tips to make sure that your visa interview is as successful as possible.

1. Provide Evidence That You Are Strongly Tied to Your Country of Origin

Your first step is to prove to the immigration officer that you are not trying to immigrate at this time. You might have plans to immigrate in the future, but currently, your ties are strong enough to your home country that you will be willing to return when your visa has expired. The reason for this is that immigration officers are often worried that someone who has a visa will overstay it and cost the government a lot of money to find them and send them back. In order to prove that you have strong ties to your home country, you could provide proof that you have a job waiting for you when you are done with school, that you have a family that is depending on you that you live with, or that you are member of your community that will be sorely missed.

2. Practice Using English

Have a friend who also knows English go over practice questions with you and speak English with you if English is not your native language. There is a good chance that the visa interview will be given in English and you want to make sure that you impress the interviewer and are able to adequately answer all of the questions. There are sample questions that you can use online to further prepare your vocabulary.

3. Show You Have a Plan

If you are planning on going to school in the United States, make sure that you mention how your program will help you get a job in a certain field in your own country. Mention specific companies that you would like to work for. If you are working in the United States, talk about how the experience and training your receive will make you a more marketable candidate in your chosen job field. Show that you have a plan for the time that you are spending in the United States by detailing what you hope to learn and how it is going to benefit you.

For more information, talk to an immigration lawyer in your area.