The specific interview questions asked of applicants for U.S. visas depend on the type of visa sought, individual circumstances and the interviewing consular officer's discretion, according to Nolo. Generally, the interview questions are asked to help determine whether applicants are actually eligible for the visa. The interview questions might duplicate those asked on the visa application form. Applicants for student visas might be asked about post-graduation plans, while marriage-based visa applicants might be asked relationship questions.
Before entering the United States, most foreign citizens must get a visa, explains the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. As part of the application process, applicants between the ages of 14 and 79 must attend an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country. Older and younger applicants usually do not need an interview, but consular officers have the discretion to require an interview of any applicant.
People can request a nonimmigrant visa for a temporary stay in the United States or an immigrant visa seeking permanent residence, notes the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. A visitor visa, or type B-2 visa, is a type of nonimmigrant visa used for people coming to the United States on a temporary basis for business, tourism or pleasure. Common questions asked during B-2 visa interviews relate to the purpose of the trip to the United States and the applicant's intent to return to his home country, reports VISANOW, Inc.