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What Should I Wear for the US Visa Interview?

For US visa applicants, the visa interview at the consulate can be exciting, yet scary, prospect. But, remember, they are only attempting to establish your credentials and intent. So, the way you present yourself and answer the questions can make a huge difference.

The key is to make a good first impression and what better way to do so than by dressing appropriately? Here are some tips on what you can wear to your visa interview for a lasting impact.

Choosing Your Attire for US Visa Interview

Although there is no dress code, it is best to dress formally. A suit for men or an elegant outfit for women would be a sensible choice. Also, make sure that your clothes are clean and ironed, and that you look well groomed.

Another important factor to bear in mind is your comfort. If you’re uncomfortable in your clothes, it will show in your behavior and could even distract you during the interview. Such behavior might even raise a red flag for the consular officer. So, make sure you wear something that makes you feel confident and at ease.

In case you wish to dress informally, avoid overly casual clothes and accessories such as bright tee shirts, sneakers or sunglasses. For women, it is best not to over-accessorize.

Your hygiene should go hand in hand with your choice of clothes. For this, ensure that your nails, hair and beard are clean and well maintained. Women are advised to put on soft makeup and avoid carrying large bags to the interview.

Apart from making wise clothing decisions, make sure you carry all the necessary documents with you to the interview.

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