|Well, on the bright side, at least you got your passport right away?|
(This post may have been borne out of reading too many Buzzfeed listicles)
In the unlikely scenario that I didn’t get approved for my B1/B2 US Visa, I wasn’t about to take no for an answer. Being the overthinker that I am, in my mind I had prepared the following responses to convey to the visa officer, starting from the polite, to paranoid, to offensive:
- That’s a funny joke. I could have sworn I heard you say I am “unqualified for a visa at this time.”
- With all due respect, there must be some kind of mistake. You see, there’s a reason I have NEVER been denied for any visa before.
- Am I anything like the riffraff that come through here? I speak six languages for crying out loud. (The need to play the matapobre card arises)
- Have you not heard what I said? In case I didn’t make myself clear, I have traveled every month of the year last year.
- Why would you think that someone who has a vocabulary as extensive as mine would resort to being illegally employed washing dishes?
- Everyone in my social circle has a visa/has always had one. Why wouldn’t I deserve to get one too?
- You think I’m going to overstay. Please, I can find nothing more embarrassing than being deported, except being denied for a visa.
- I have no plans of staying permanently in the US. No offense, but terror threats are commonplace and gun control is loose. Honestly, I would feel safer in Manila. (I really do feel this way.)
- Don’t you know who I am?
- You must be new here.
- How dare you.
- How could you! We shared a few laughs just now!
- I want to speak to your supervisor.
- Who do you think you are, running ‘round leaving scars? (It would be true too, as some of the people ahead of me were definitely figuratively scarred after being denied.)
- You’re gonna catch a cold, from the ice inside your soul. (To which it would be epic if the visa officer responded with “Don’t come back for me. Don’t come back at aaaaaall!”
Good luck with your application!
NOTE: This guide was created based on a B1/B2 (business/tourist) visa application. Some information may not be applicable for other visa types.
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: How to Apply (Step by step)
Part 3: Requirements Checklist
Part 4: Actual Interview Questions
Part 5: IMPORTANT! Interview tips
Part 6: What you do NOT have to worry about at the US Embassy
Part 7: When your visa is denied