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Tips for a Successful Visa Interview for International Attendees


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  • Tips for a Successful Visa Interview
  • Request a Letter of Invitation
  • Applied Technology Institute provides our international participants an excellent venue for networking with prospective business partners, as well as maintain a current awareness of the issues and opportunities facing the global satellite-enabled communications marketplace.

    Tips for a Successful Visa Interview

    Request your letter of invitation and make your appointment for a visa interview early. Wait times for a visa interview can be several weeks or more in many countries, especially during peak travel periods. With this in mind, you are strongly urged to place your request for a letter of invitation to attend ATI courses as soon as possible.

    Here are some tips to make your visa interview successful:

    • Request a letter of invitation from Applied Technology Institute. The sooner you request your letter of invitation, the better. With recent changes in the immigration laws, it may take longer to apply for a visitor visa.
    • Schedule an appointment with your embassy as soon as you receive your visa. Make your appointment early as wait times can be long in some countries. Please request your letter of invitation before you make your appointment and make sure you have your letter available for your interview.
    • Verify fees and requirements. Find out about visa fees and methods of payment accepted by the embassy or consulate. The website also contains information on other requirements such as photographs.
    • Show proof of "strong ties" that bind you to your country of residence. The consular officers conducting interviews look for proof that you will return to your country. Evidence of "strong ties" includes proof of business ownership or employment, social and family relationships.
    • If you have traveled to the U.S. previously, provide documentation demonstrating that you returned to your country on time. Use an airline ticket stub or boarding pass to show your return flight or meeting materials that show you attended a business conference as proof that you returned within the timeframe you stated.
    • With your application, include any materials Applied Technology Institute may have sent you.
    • Present your entire trip itinerary with your application. Include any plans you may have to travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of visa application.

    Getting a visa is easy if you are prepared.  Interviews typically last no more than 5 minutes and the questions are related to confirming your travel plans and ties to your home country.  Remember, wait times can be long for visa processing.  Register for a course, request your letter of invitation and make your appointment as soon as possible.  Please contact Applied Technology Institute at ati@aticourses.com if you have any concerns.

     

    James W. Jenkins, Executive Director

    Jackie Battin, Training & Development Director

    Lisa Badart, Open Enrolment Course Coordinator

    Val Travers, Training & Development Coordinator

    Ross Beasly, Accounts Payable/Receivable

         
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