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Ano ba talagang address mo? Ba't parang di mo alam what you'll write? It's nothing to the VO at di nya yan tatanungin.
There's a question there regarding mailing address. Dun ipapadala ang passport mo sakaling makakuha ka ng visa. Kung matatanggap naman yan sa anumang inindicate mong address, no fuss.
Maraming salamat po, concerned lang po ako sa mga minor details hehehehe
So, mas mabuti pa pong palitan ko ulit *** DS-160 form ? Hindi ko po alam na dapat *** current home address ang ilalagay at hindi *** permanent address. Ayaw ko lang magkaroon ng inconsistencies.
Magiging pangatlong change ko na po to ng DS-160, malalaman po ba nila un na maraming change na ng form ?
Ok, maraming salamat po! Wish me luck, at next week na interview ko
nakita ko, bawal daw yosi sa embassy ?? Waahhh !!!
"cigarettes, cigars, match boxes, lighters"
1. married w/ 2 kids
2. Assetts and savings
3. travelling with mom ( you can still apply as a family.) Interview can be scheduled together.
4. No pending petition (no plan to stay in the US)
5. Chinese surname (??)
1. Married to a green card holder
2. Low salary and family business
3. Not much travel history.
4. 27 y.o. (high risk age bracket)
The mere fact that you are married to a permanent residents makes you a candidate to migrate to the US. You will need to expound that you have no intention to migrate to the US and the evidence is that your eldest kid is already 8 yrs. old and yet your husband has not filed a petition for you and the kids.
You also need to show to the VO that your family business is doing well by showing the tax returns of the business, etc. If the business is under you mother's name, then she should be able to provide these docs and yes, you can apply and be interviewed together as a family. the agency is wrong, although you will be assessed individually, you can still apply together.
You also need to establish that your husband is unable to get a home leave to visit you due to his work.
Good Luck !!!
Just had a successful interview today! Thanks so much for this thread. It has helped me immensely.
By way of thanking and returning the good karma, I'd like to share how it went and perhaps I can offer a few tips.
Here's my profile: 35 yrs old, male, single, works for the family business, have been issued a US visa before but never underwent the interview (naabutan ko pa yung dropbox renewal in the 90s). My visa expired in 2009. I also have significant travel history.
I arrived half an hour before my appointment. The line getting in was short (only 5 pax ahead of me). There was a sweet elderly lady behind me asking if she was in the right queue. I asked her "immigrant po ba or non-immigrant?" (the queues are separate). She answered, "ay, hindi ko alam. bibisita lang ako sa brother..." Right there, I knew she was in trouble.
Tip #1. Know why you are there. If you don't even know what you're applying, there's little chance you can pass the scrutiny of the interviewer.
You only need your current passport and the DS-160 confirmation page (the one with the picture) for the initial queue. You get a pink slip here.
Tip #2. Do not submit a photo of you smiling. If so, you will be asked to take another pic inside (there's a Kodak booth near the restroom, the line was a little long). Your expression must be neutral.
Tip #3. Aside from cellphone and other electronics, avoid bringing extraneous stuff like chichiria, juices, and whatnot. There was this lady who was holding up the line arguing with the guard why she wasn't told this and that.
The next queue is to get your ticket no. While lining up, it's better to start filling out the pink slip (father's name, mother's MAIDEN name, spouse's name, if I recall correctly).
Take a seat in the waiting area. The numbers being flashed are for the queue INSIDE the building. There's a staff in blue uniform (not sure if they change color on other days) who calls a range of numbers to line up before you go inside the building. In my case, the waiting time to get into the building was about 1 hour.
Tip #4: If you are a seaman, then pay attention to the announcement for "seafarers". I know it's almost silly but there were a number of seamen who simply missed their queue when the "seafarers" were being called.
Inside the building, there are 3 major steps: Pre-Screening, Finger-Scanning, and Final Interview. Pre-screening is to make sure that what you put into the DS-160 is accurate. Most of the interviewers (if not all) at this stage are Filipino. You will be submitting the pink slip here.
Another elderly lady was ahead in the queue. Several times she was reprimanded by the guard for stepping in too closely at the window where another applicant was undergoing the process, somewhat nosing up. When it was her turn, she had difficulty answering basic questions even though the interviewer was already speaking in Tagalog: Anong maiden name niyo? Anong gagawin niyo sa US? Nakapagbyahe na ba kayo? Kelan yun? From what I can hear, she's not even sure of her answers (ay, di ko alam... di ko na maalala...). The pre-screener questioned her why she had nothing specified on educational background/schools. She admitted that it was her travel agent who did the application. She was given a yellow (?) paper telling her to refile her application and return another day for interview. Imagine, she had to repeat the process.
Tip #5. It's really best that you personally fill out the the DS-160 or be beside the person filling it out, review it at least 5x, print it out before submitting. Once submitted, you won't be able to retrieve it.
Finger-scanning is pretty much straightforward. The in-charge was jesting at my wet fingers (of course, I was a little nervous and it's ok to be a little nervous). She gave me a paper napkin and asked me to wipe out the smudge.
(to be continued kasi mahaba haba ang next step...)
Last edited by kingjepoy; Jul 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM.
Waiting for the final interview is perhaps the most nerve-wracking of all. You can almost tell the outcome from the facial expressions of the applicants after the interview. There was a girl who was all smiles, almost prancing when she left. She looked as if she got away with it. Another guy was in disbelief that he was denied, etc.
Tip #6. Dress appropriately, at least smart casual. The easier you are on the eyes, the smoother your interview will begin (methinks).
There were five windows open at that time. I noticed that the last window was giving out quite a lot of blue forms (meaning, denied). I was silently praying that I won't end up there. Prayer answered: I was being queued next to that window.
Remember that elderly lady from the initial queue? While waiting for our final interview, I was already giving her tips like: give short, clear, and sure answers. Unfortunately, she was queued in the last window. I could hear her and the VO and while she followed my advice of giving short answers, she just faltered under close scrutiny, especially on her finances.
Tip #7. Scour through this thread for the commonly asked questions. I really have nothing more to add. I have a feeling many of the denied applicants were simply unprepared for the questions.
Tip #8. Give short, clear, and sure answers. Again, many of the applicants I overhear were asked simple questions like "how long are you staying" and gave an answer like "it would depend on the conditions... maybe 2 weeks, maybe 2 months..." Denied. One word answers with a warm smile are the best.
Tip #9. Practice speaking in English and listening to American English. I know it's trivial but many applicants simply clam up when asked a basic question with an American accent. You know, the VO won't waste a lot of time repeating/rephrasing the question until you get it right. The logic is, if you can't understand American English, what makes you think you'll enjoy the States?
Tip #10. Pray, pray, pray. You never know.
(to be continued...)
how high do you think are my chances? newly nursing student graduate and i'm going to apply with my Dad to go to US. will be staying there with aunts and uncles. No work yet. my mom and the rest of my sibling are going to stay here. my dad has his own clinic here as a dentist.
Hi kasscapade, I assume you are no longer a minor. If you were a minor, maybe you can get away with it because your financial situation is tied with your parents.
When you are no longer a minor, you are assessed independently (I really heard the VO saying this to a fresh grad kanina). Another thing that is working against you is your nursing degree. The VOs really scrutinize nursing grads (again, I heard the VO grill a nursing grad applicant kanina. I don't remember if she was given a visa).
If I were you, I would find a stable job first and build a solid travel history. Basically, you want to convince the VO that you can afford to travel on your own and that based on your travels, you come home.
But, take my advice with a grain of salt. Truth be told, meron ding swerte factor. Merong cases dito na kagaya mo and were given a visa. It's really up to you if it's worth taking the risk.
Since you are applying with your DAD, the best reason you can give is that the trip is a graduation gift from your DAD. Although, you don't have work yet, tell the VO that you have a prospective clinic/hospital to work on and just waiting for their call to start for work or something.
I agree with the advise that nurses are definitely high risk applicants.
Good luck !!!
my family are planning to visit me next year,
my remaining brother who has no visa yet is still studying and will be applying next summer, but he'd be 18 then, being no longer a minor but still dependent, would that lessen his chances?
how can we help him, with the rest of the family already approved, like can someone from them, accompany him? or he just have to mention that the rest of them already have visas and they're planning for a family trip next year.
its our first time kasi from the family who's applying as a student.