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Travel Blogger Shares Tips for Obtaining a U.S. Visa

Tips for Obtaining a U.S. VisaCamie Juan is a blogger from the Philippines that will participate in CHI’s World Explorers program in the U.S. this fall.  As a travel blogger she had to apply for a visa which involved an interview at the U.S. Embassy.  Camie blogged about her experience and gave some great advice for those who will need to obtain a visa to participate in one of CHI’s other programs.

Here is a small piece or the article she wrote.  You can read the rest of her post here.

To prepare for my U.S. tourist visa interview, I did a quick Google search for blogs who wrote about their experiences. I would say it helped a lot in giving me an idea of how the interview processing will go, and so before I forget what transpired today, I’m here to give you a blow by blow of what happened in the 4 and a half hours it took for me to finally finish my interview.

For my visa interview today I wore something casual, a collared dark blue dress and my black flats. No one at the embassy wore anything too formal, just look decent and presentable and that’s what’s important. They tell you to be at the embassy no earlier than 15 minutes before your interview time. The 15 minutes is used to go through security, before you can get to the visa processing hall with all the counters and consuls. My interview was at 8:30, I got to the embassy at 8:20, so everyone else who was scheduled at 8:30 was already inside and through with security. I was one of the last people of the batch to arrive, which I think is what caused me to take 4 hours in there! So really abide by the 15 minutes before the interview suggestion so you don’t wait so darn long.

Thank you for sharing your tips for obtaining a U.S. visa Camie!  We can’t wait to read about your experience as a CHI World Explorer!

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