Generally, the B-1 visa is for travelers consulting with business associates, attending scientific, educational, professional or business conventions/conferences, settling an estate or negotiating contracts.
The B-2 visa is for travel that is recreational in nature, including tourism, visits with friends or relatives, medical treatment and activities of a fraternal, social or service nature. Often, the B-1 and B-2 visas are combined and issued as one visa: the B-1/B-2.
Note: Consular officers would really like to see that applicants are honest.
- Wear a clean and neat cloth you are comfortable in, no preference for formal or casual attire.
- Your appearance should convey who you are. If you are a student, you should look like a student. If you are an executive, you should look like an executive.
- Your body language should convey friendliness.
- Arrive early.
- Greet the Visa Officer with a smile and a "good morning".
- Be confident! Do not get nervous.
- Smile when you meet the visa officer for the first time.
- Don't show signs of nervousness such as flickering of eyes or trembling of fingers.
- Have and maintain a confident posture throughout the interview.
- Be confident in your answers! Make short, clear, to-the-point replies, in a clear voice.
- Do not say anything that is irrelevant or not asked.
- Be polite, do not argue and do not ask unnecessary or unrelated questions.
- Often times you might not understand what the interviewing officer is saying because of his/her accent and/or the microphone system. If you do not understand one of their sentences do not feel afraid to say, 'beg your pardon; I did not understand you.' If he/she repeats the question and you still do not understand, that is not a problem, do not panic. Calmly and confidently say, 'sorry sir/madam. I still did not understand you. Could you kindly repeat what you said?'
- Do not give an answer immediately without thinking through it.
- Be honest during the interview and while preparing the documents.
- For every question asked, when you are saying your answer, you should be prepared to simultaneously put forth a document supporting your answer, and refer to the document in your answer.
- Mind your manners and refrain from unnecessary body movement.
- Remember, the consular officer is not your enemy, he is just doing his duty.
Additionally research more about the following:
- who is inviting you to the US or the event you are attending
- destination in US and how you wish to spend your time
If the Consular Officer did not look at your documents
Many people complain that the visa officer did not even ask any questions nor looked at any documents and rejected their application which is not fair at all. Visa officers are experts in their profession and they are appointed in consulates in foreign countries after extensive training.
Due to their vast experience and training, visa officers can figure out true intentions of applicants just by looking at them. They can even figure out whether information provided in the application and/or documents may be true or fake. They don't need to talk to applicants in many cases.