B1/B2 visa Interview- Documents to carry

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Here is a rough list of documents which one is expected to carry for the US visa interview.
  • Forms DS 156 & 157. I have attached these forms here. Just have a look at the kind of questions asked. Click here for DS 156 Download DS 157.pdf
  • A valid passport with a validity date at least 6 months beyond your intended stay.
  • Passport photos.
  • HDFC Bank Fee Receipt with two bar code stickers (for Indians).
  • An invitation letter from your relative in the U.S. to demonstrate the purpose of your trip.
  • CS exam visa request letter/ CS exam date permit/ Interview invitation emails/ Step 3 exam confirmation page
  • USMLE Scores. I have known some guys getting visa even before taking STEP 1 and/or STEP 2CK. But there are occasions when the visa officer had asked candidates to come back after getting USMLE Step 1 and STEP 2ck scores.
  • Undergraduation(Eg. MBBS) mark sheets. (They might look for any failures in your marksheets). You can also take other certificates demonstrating your proficiency.
  • Diploma/ Degree Certificates
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover the trip and living expenses in the U.S. (For eg. bank statement). I went to the Consulate 5 times for B1/B2 visa. But they never asked me for these even once. But they rejected one of my friends visa application once for financial reasons. Recent huge deposits in your bank statement might raise a query. If your parent is sponsoring you, you can take his/her bank statement.
  • If somebody is sponsoring your trip, take his/her bank statements, sponsor letter, salary proof etc
  • Proof of your job. (Eg. Identity card, Letter from your employer). Please note that one of the frequently asked visa interview questions are related to your employment or student status.
  • Form I-134 (Optional)
  • Air Tickets are not necessary. But if you are planning to take one, book round-trip and not one-way. A one-way ticket holder might be assumed to be a potential immigrant!
  • Ties in home country: Your family's property documents, Bank statements, etc. During the interview, you might be asked : "How can we believe that you will come back (after your CS exam/interviews/ or even residency?" Be ready with your answer. Updated jan 6, 2008: You are the best person to answer this question. Because each individual will have some unique reason to say. Other general reasons are family ties, job in home country etc. If you are a student you can say that you have a course to complete. You can also mention any financial ties like properties you (or your family) own in your home country. If you have any different answers to be tried, please leave a comment below.
  • Trip itenarary
  • Affidavits??? (I dont think they are interested in all these) Dont show affidavits unless asked for. Some guys prepare affidavits that they will definitely return to India.
Please leave a comment below if you think any more documents are needed for the visa interview.

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Comment by Cyber MD on January 6, 2008 at 1:48pm
In my opinion, MD and MRCP boosts your CV up. But there is no need to start doing such post-graduation with an intention to do residency in the US. If you already have an MD or MRCP you will have an edge over others including fresh graduates. Again its my opinion only. This is what I have understood from my interview experiences. But some people say freshers have more advantage than post-graduates. God only knows what a PD wants.
Comment by Cyber MD on January 6, 2008 at 1:45pm
Delhi used to be better than Chennai for visa application. But nowadays lots of guys get visa in the first attempt itself in Chennai.
Comment by Cyber MD on January 6, 2008 at 1:29pm
Hi Dr. S. You have a very good collection of photos!!! Ok. Let's come to the point. Shah Rukh Khan is the superstar. But he is not the only guy giving blockbusters. Similarly there will be double 99s and triple 99s. but that does not mean that all others will not get residency. 98 and 91 are good scores. If you apply on Sep 1 with step 2cs, ecfmg cerficate and step 3 you will rock with a good number of interviews.
Comment by Dreaming Minds on January 6, 2008 at 12:42pm
Hi Dr. S. We appreciate your participation. Since this is a blog post on US Visa, forum would be a better place for discussions about residency and match. Thanks again for your participation.
Comment by Cyber MD on January 6, 2008 at 11:14am
98 and 91 are good scores. But visa has little to do with scores. Convincing the officer that you will return to home country is more important. You are the best person to answer this question. "How can we believe that you will come back (after your CS exam/interviews/ or even residency?
Because each individual will have some unique reason to say. Other general reasons are family ties, job in home country etc. If you are a student you can say that you have a course to complete. You can also mention any financial ties like properties you (or your family) own in your home country. Others are welcome to share their answers here.

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