As a practitioner, I’m always asked how a person can improve their chances of getting a B1/B2 visa in Ghana. I’ve tried to give some tips and information that might be useful in this piece. Let me add that these rules don’t necessarily have anything to do with whether or not you can get a visa.
1. The B1/B2 visa is not based on documents.
B1/B2 visa applicants don’t have to send in a lot of paperwork to back their cases. Documents like offers from friends or family in the US, promises from those people that they will feed and house you, and documents from your bank or property have nothing to do with how the visa is decided.
Consular officers don’t always look over the papers applicants send them, especially in countries where the documents aren’t always reliable. Applicants often put all of their efforts into getting the right paperwork, but at the interview, they can’t give a real, clear reason why they want to come to the US.
2. Find out what the diplomatic officer wants
The law assumes that you want to move there unless you can show the foreign officer that you don’t want to move there. You have to show the officer that you have strong ties to your home country and that you won’t overstay your visa or try to live and work in the US forever.
Consular officers are trained to carefully look over each application, taking into account the unique needs and circumstances of the visa. They may look at a number of things, such as the reason for the trip, the ability to pay for it, and any possible ties to the home country. Consular agents look at the whole situation and make decisions based on what they find. Even though having ties is a big deal, status is determined by a lot more than just ties.
There is no set of questions that a consular worker may ask you. They can ask any question as long as it helps them figure out if you qualify for the visa or not. If you have been told by a friend, family member, or other third party to make certain claims, they may even ask you questions to catch you off guard. Your attitude, body language, confidence, and even how you look, along with other things that might not seem important, all add up.
3. Only tell the truth and nothing else
Just be honest. Do not overstate. People often feel like they need to lie on their applications to hide something. But consular officers have been taught to know when someone is lying. If it turns out that you lied on your application or left out some information, you might not be able to get a US visa. If you don’t have a document, it’s always better to explain why you don’t have it than to be told to get a fake one.
4. Fill out Form DS-160 and send it in.
Form DS-160 is used to apply for a B1/B2 visa online. Before your interview at the Embassy, you must fill out and send the form online. Before you send in the form, you must make sure that all of the information is correct and full. The Form DS-160 needs to be sent in online, and the confirmation page needs to be printed out and taken to the interview. If you don’t have a proof page, you won’t be able to go to your interview.
The Form DS-160 tells the consular worker what kind of visa you are eligible for. It needs your full name, information about yourself and your family, your job, your education, and your travel experience. It also has information about your salary, job, tasks, and travel plans. As a general rule, you should always make sure that you have filled out the Form DS-160 with all important and true information.
5. Get ready for your interview well.
You need to look over all of the information you put on the Form DS-160 and other papers. This will help you answer questions at the interview in a clear and sure way. Tourists and business travelers must know where they are going, why they are going, how they will get there, what they will do there, and why they are going this time instead of some other time. You should focus on how to show the consular officer that you have a real, solid reason for wanting to visit the US, rather than spending all your time putting together a bunch of useless papers.
6. Don’t arrive late.
You might not want to walk into the consulate heavily breathing and sweating because you were late for your appointment. This could be awkward and even make you feel less sure of yourself at the interview. You should get to the office at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time. This might give you enough time to relax and take in your surroundings while you’re waiting to get into the Embassy.
7. Know where you’re going.
You must be clear about what you plan to do during the stay. You must know exactly what you want to do during your visit and be able to tell the interviewer about it. You need to know why, when, and where you’re going to the United States. You must give information that is clear. If you are asked what you will do in the US, for example, you should not say something like, “My brother says he will take me to a number of places when I get to the US.” Instead, you should give specific plans.
Answers that show you’re not sure about your trip plans or how long you’ll be in the US are usually a bad sign. Don’t forget that you are thought to be an immigrant unless you can show otherwise. You can’t say things like, “I want to visit the U.S. for about two months or for two to three weeks.” You have to be specific.
8. Give firm and accurate answers to questions.
You must be strong and sure of yourself when you answer. You must speak clearly and quickly, getting right to the point. If you didn’t hear the officer’s question the first time, don’t be afraid to ask him or her to repeat it. If you don’t know how to answer a question, don’t try to make one up. Say “I don’t know,” as long as it’s true. Do not answer questions with “I think this” or “I think that” because this shows that you are unsure and not sure of yourself. Pay close attention to the questions and answer them exactly as they are asked. Do not give out information that no one has asked for. If the cop needs to ask you anything else, they will.
9. Your claims must match what’s true.
Your statements must match what is written on the Form DS-160 and in other papers. A Form DS-160 with a lot of mistakes on the front is not a good sign. So are papers that look like invitation letters from business partners but have bad grammar and spelling on the front.
10. Dress well and treat others with respect
You should wear the right clothes for your job. To put it simply, how you look should match your position. You must look like a business leader if you are one. If you are a student, you must look like one. Don’t wear hot colors. This is not a battle of beauty. In fact, your new and expensive clothes won’t convince the diplomatic officer. The key is to keep things simple.
Be nice and kind even if you are not being treated the same way. Do not argue with the cop unnecessarily or shout in a loud or angry voice. The officer may write bad things about you in your case file, which other officers who might look at your future applications will be able to see.
10 Ways To Increase Your Chances For A B1B2 Visa In Ghana