Five tips on how to prepare for your UK Visa Interview

If you’ve applied for a visa to visit, live or work in the UK, you will first have to do an interview as part of the application process. This would require you as the applicant, to make an appointment at a UK visa Application Centre in the country you have applied in. If there isn’t such a facility where you have applied, it may require you to go to another country or city in order to do this. This is the process the UK government has in place to verify whether those coming to the UK are doing so honestly and with the right intentions. Moreover, the interview process is the only way that an immigration officer can determine your English language capabilities if applicable to your chosen visa route, and talk to you about your life situation and why are you want to go to the UK.

Doing this interview can be a very annoying process. It can not only nerve-wracking but also cause yourself and others close to you much stress process. This is why it is important to do it well and do your very best to pass.

During the interview, you will be alone in a room with a UK immigration officer and they will question you so it is very important to try your best to make a good impression on this individual and we have laid out 5 tips that could help you achieve this. 

Be on time

This goes without saying when being called for a UK visa application interview. The UK is one of the most polite and efficient country’s in the world and its people are very punctual 99% of the time. This is why it is very important for you to be on time for your visa interview appointment as this will make the right impression on the immigration officer. Also, if you turn up late but still manage to do the interview, you will be rushed and maybe even more nervous than usual under such extra pressure.

Make sure your story is accurate

When explaining to the immigration officer why you want to come to the UK you must have a valid story that matches the information on the application form. The immigration officer will do his/her best to see how you answer the question under pressure and will be watching your reactions and body language. It is very important to stay as well-composed as possible during this time and to stay calm and confident, take deep breathes and talk clearly when answering.

Tell the truth

The immigration officer will be testing to see whether you are lying or telling the truth about your situation and why you want to go to the UK. Our team of immigration solicitors UK advise that you do not lie during the interview because if you are caught out, you will not only have your application rejected, but it could compromise any future attempts you make to obtain a visa to go to the UK 

Dress well and look presentable

When you have your interview date set, it is important to look good for this. Think of it as a job interview for a job you really want in your life. You want to make a good impression and your dress code can help here. Avoid wearing slippers shorts T-shirts, sportswear and anything overly casual. Also, avoid wearing flashy items very bright colours of jewellery and anything distracting.

When in doubt, Ask an immigration solicitor for advice

Our team of immigration solicitors can advise you in the lead up to your interview. We can go over your story with you we can answer any questions you may have. We can also calm your nerves just before the big day. If you have any questions you can always ask our team by calling +44 (0) 207 269 9590 or fill out the form below and one of our legal experts will reply to you within 24 hours on working days.