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      CommentAuthorcianuro
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2006
     
    I have my J1 application all paid for and I'm ready for my embassy interview. What sort of questions do they ask?

    I was in China last year, do you think that will be an issue? I heard its just a 5 min interview where they just verify your paperwork. Is this true?
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      CommentAuthorleandra
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2006
     
    When you have your personal interview from what I hear, they are just checking that the program for you is perfect as possible depending on your needs, background and experience. They just want to make sure you are actually who you say you are, and how good your english is.
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    The only problem for me would have to be showing off how much english I know. I can write english pretty good but my pronunciation is way off, it is very annoying to me sometimes but I must keep at it.
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      CommentAuthorJayOne
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2006
     
    I dont think it is going to be that big of a problem unless something really stands out from the norm that they see all the time. I asked around and was told they dont even really do that much because they are so busy, but who knows?
    • CommentAuthoralluna
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2006
     
    Here is a snippet from the travel.state.gov site aon the embassy interviews and what happens there:

    Applying for an Exchange Visitor Visa - Required Documentation

    As part of the visa application process, an interview at the embassy consular section is required for almost all visa applicants. The waiting time for an interview appointment for applicants can vary, so early visa application is strongly encouraged. If you are authorized by your sponsor to be accompanied by your spouse (husband or wife) and children, they will also be given a Form DS-2019 and they can apply at the same time. As part of the visa interview, a quick, two-digit, ink-free fingerprint scan will be taken, as well as a digital photo. Some applicants will need additional screening, and will be notified when they apply. You may apply for your visa at an Embassy or Consulate any time before the beginning of your exchange program.
    • CommentAuthorrickwade
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2006
     
    Do you intend to marry an American? Thats what I was asked!
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      CommentAuthorcianuro
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2006
     
    You were asked to marry an American?
    Why? Did you do it ;)
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      CommentAuthorcianuro
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2006
     
    OK, I had my interview today. For all those interested, here's how it went down.
    (I went with USIT by the way)

    I had my appointment at 10:30 at the Durys Hotel in Ballsbridge. I arrived early and there was no queue. I was dealt with immediately. The USIT agent was friendly and checked all my documents and photos. I was given a welcome sheet and they placed all my documents into an envelope to hand into the embassy. I was also given a T-MOBILE sim card for use in the US.

    I was directed to go then head over to the embassy across the street. Fine.

    When I got there, there was a queue of about 30-40 people outside, waiting to get in. They only let people in one at a time...when one comes out, one can come in. I was waiting for approx: one and a half hours in the freezing cold. Fair enough. They took my phone and ipod and xray'd my bag and hat.

    When I got in, I handed in my documents and waited about 5 mins to be called.
    When I got up, the guy asked me the following:


    What are you studying?
    Where are you studying?
    What year are you in?
    How many years in your course?

    They then took my fingerprints and the questions resumed.

    Where do you intend to go in the US?
    Do you have a job sorted?



    Then... I assume these were personal to my case: (They obviously had a lot more information on me than I thought)

    "You were in New York last summer on a tourist Visa, why did you leave earlier than the date you said you were leaving on your immigration forms?"

    "You were in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, China and Australia last year, why did you not go to Indonesia or Malaysia?"

    "Did you have any friends that frequently flew to and from Indonesia and Malaysia?"


    After I answered, he gave me a receipt, and a form for some stupid essay contest. Then I left.

    Hope that eases some peoples minds.
    • CommentAuthorHotSizzle
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2006
     
    holy shit thats one hell of a grilling. i really aint lookin forward to it
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      CommentAuthorcianuro
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2006
     
    Well, to be honest, It didnt feel like a grilling, but I was very aware that I was asked more than everyone else. I totally expected it though, I spent a lot of time in Asia, and you know what the Yanks are like.

    Whens yours? Little word of advice.... get there an HOUR early, you wont have to queue outside for the interview.

    A girl arrived at the same time as me and she was 45 mins early. She ended up queuing as long as I did and I arrived on time.
    • CommentAuthorHotSizzle
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2006
     
    i havent got a date but mine is really going to be a grillin because i have a military backround and weapons training and trained sniper for the irish army. thanks for the advice ill be there an hour early now that i know.
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      CommentAuthormatt_mcm
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2006
     
    ha! hotsizzle, they might just say no! haha! or maybe ask if ud prefer to go to Iraq! ;-)

    i actually cant see myself having many problems with the interview, fingers crossed. been to america loads and havent been to any dodgey countries that i can think of. fingers crossed and good luck to one and all
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      CommentAuthorcianuro
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2006
     
    Sniper for the Irish Army? Wow.
    Good luck and let us know when how you get on.
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      CommentAuthorJ1
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2006
     
    I would like to compile a list of reviews by people here on what exactly they were asked at the interview. If you could post here what you were asked, that would be very helpful.
    • CommentAuthorjohnc
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2006
     
    -course of study
    -year i'm in
    -how many years is the course
    -have i a job (i did but had no problems with most ppl saying they didnt, just told them to work on it)
    -have you accom sorted (again no problems with not)
    -what was i doing in america at christmas (was in new york visiting family)
    -have i relatives in states
    -why did i pick chicago


    all very laid back, sounds like a grilling, but you get the feeling that they dont really give a toss and are asking everyone the same questions because they have to!
    • CommentAuthorHotSizzle
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2006
     
    yeah but never did any service i.e shot some1 or nothing i just got the training. so i doubt they will refuse me. dont be jinxin me.ha
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      CommentAuthorcianuro
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2006
     
    HAHA! Sorry mate!
    Do you have a date yet? It feels good to get it over and donw with. Ballsbridge is a long trek out for us northsiders ;)
    • CommentAuthorHotSizzle
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2006
     
    TRY COMIN ALL THE WAY FROM CARLOW JUST TO BE INTERVIEWED. HA
    i think my interview will be the second or third week in april.
    cant wait to just get everything sorted
    • CommentAuthorYoda
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2006
     
    I'm a final year student and all i was asked was

    1. What i was doing it college?
    2. What year i was in?
    3. how many years it is?
    4. What i am doing next year
    5. Do u have a letter to prove u have applied for a post grad

    Then took my finger prints and "Have a nice day Sir". Staff were very friendly and helpfull no probs at all.
    • CommentAuthorhassan731
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2006
     
    hey there, i got a full scholarship in the US, the whole program is funded by the US department of State, and i had the interview this morning ! i was asked 4 questions in less than a minute while that chick was looking at my papers !
    and she told me to wait till the end of the week so they will inform me of the decision..
    i'm soo lost, do they usually give it to you right away or what ?
    • CommentAuthorjohnc
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2006
     
    nah - takes a week or 2 to process it
    • CommentAuthorhassan731
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2006
     
    thanks Dude ! that's comforting
    • CommentAuthorhassan731
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2006
     
    thanks Dude ! that's comforting
    • CommentAuthoranil85
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2009
     
    HEY EVERY BODY,I HAVE MY INTERVIEW TODAY.

    THANKS FOR POSTING ALL YOUR EXP.
    • CommentAuthorJ1 Forum
    • CommentTime2 minutes ago