How to apply for a US VISA? What happens at the INTERVIEW – 10 Things You Should Know!


  1. Your guide is accurate. Good job. Having being thru the process, I will have to say that your ds160 application contains critical info that they will use to conduct background checks. Interview is a formality to reconfirm it. So be truthful in your ds160.

  2. hi, i would like to know if any experience for my case. i went for interview on 28th July but the interviewer asked few basic questions and ended up didn’t mention it approved it or not. just saying ” have a good day” and they keep it my passport without further asking supporting document. i was so worried to know whether my visa is approved or not. then i checked online, my application is still under “administrative processing”.

    how can we know whether our application of visa is denied?

    thank you

    • Hi Shah, your interview was only last Friday – I think you would be able to know the outcome latest by tomorrow. Easiest thing would have been to ask the officer, at the end of your interview, whether your application was approved – they would have told you on-the-spot. What was your option to have your passport returned? It would have to be either have the courier company deliver to you or you pick up from the courier office. Perhaps you can already check with the courier company tomorrow whether they have your passport?

      • appreciated your prompt reply on this. i just checked this morning that my status have been changed to “ISSUED”.my collection option was pick up at courier office Aramex PJ.What is meant by “ISSUED”. Is my visa application approved? sorry for bothering you again.

        i will check with courier office whether they have my passport.

        • Hi Shah
          I would view “Issued” optimistically and take it that your visa has been issued. I mean, if your application is not successful, it’s more likely that “declined” or “rejected” would be the status! Yes, do check with Aramex – they should have your passport latest by tomorrow as the US Embassy rarely takes longer than 3 days to process.

          • i have found a full term for ‘ISSUED” same as you informed.
            “You visa was granted and is currently in the state of final processing. If you do not receive your visa within 10 working days please contact the consulate in charge to ask about your visa”

            Thank you so much for help. and have a good day 🙂

  3. Hi Pureglutton, I heard somebody was mentioned US visa must apply before 3 months we visit to US.Is that true? I have to go for business trip end of September, if 3 months needed I may have chance to miss my schedule. How long needed for the whole process from attended the interview till you got the passport with VISA approved.

    • Hi Lim, from my experience it took less than a month to get the visa. I submitted my online application on 24 May, scheduled the interview and my visa was granted on 14 June. They are pretty efficient these days 🙂 unless you choose a particularly busy time to apply. Good luck in your application!

  4. Hello Pureglutton, I would like to ask u a matter pertaining to the US visa payment. Is it necessary for me to submit my DS-160 form first and only can make the payment online? For your information I have not submitted the form yet and plan to make the payment first, but I found no info through the dashboard ( I’ve created a profile) that allows me to make payment.

    • Hi Chai, if you have read my post thoroughly, you would know that you definitely MUST submit your DS-160 form before you can make payment. Please read Steps 1-5 in my post. If you have not submitted the DS-160, of course there won’t be any information on your profile for anything!

  5. Dear, I m Anthony from Malaysia, would like to know how much money I suppose to have in oeder to pass my american visa. I failed in my first interview cause of insufficient amount. Pls email asap. Thank you

    • Hi Anthony

      I really can’t answer this question as I don’t know how much is sufficient for them and there are many other factors that add up for the success of getting the visa (besides the money). If the reason for the failure was due to insufficient funds, it’s best that you ask them directly how much would be sufficient, for your case.

  6. Hi! Pureglutton, thank you for your US Visa information. You done a great Job for us. Well, what’s documents do they ask? bank account and assets? What else they ask?
    Hopefully i can get my us visa. I already brought my flight tiket without visa to hawaii as a promotion rate.

    • Hi Susan

      Actually, it’s advisable to get the US visa before buying the airticket. If you do not have regular income from employment or a business, I guess they would want to see some documentary proof that you can finance your trip.

  7. Hi. Would like to know whether DS-160 and the interview requires us to produce our bank statement? And also, would it be better if I could get a friend to write me an invitation letter?

    • Hi Yap

      I didn’t need to show any documents when I applied for the visa. It all depends on whether you are gainfully employed or have a sustainable business & income – the financing of the trip is important. So if you do have documents to prove this, it would be helpful to bring along. As for the invitation letter, I’m not so sure whether a private leisure visit needs that. I didn’t have one.

  8. at the end of DS 160 form. it says “YOU MUST BRING the confirmation page and the following document(s) with you at all steps during the application process: Passport; Recent Photograph; 50mm x 50mm (2 in. x 2 in.), full face against a white background”

    i have submitted the digital copy during DS-160, is it mean i need to print out the same photo in paper photo to bring to the interview?

  9. Hi there
    I noticed when filling in DS-160 there was no requirement for supporting documents eg. on trip itinerary, evidences of receipts, savings, etc.
    As I only work part time I’m concerned my payslips will not be impressive, even though I’m going on an all inclusive (air fares, accomaodation and food) pre paid tour package. Can I insist on showing them my return flight tickets, tour package and my bank account savings? Any suggestions?

    • Hi Tim
      I believe that once you have submitted an application, they will do all the necessary background checks, including your financial standings. Yes you can bring along any financial documentary proof you wish but I doubt if you can “insist” they see them if they don’t wish to! No harm in bringing along your tour confirmation documents to show them – it’s really their prerogative to view them or not as granting of visa depends on many factors. Good luck in your application!

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