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Interview at the British Embassy for a visa application

Foreign nationals applying for a UK visa must be interviewed at a British embassy. They must make an appointment at a British visa application center in the country where they are applying.

The purpose of a UK visa interview

The UK visa interview is an essential part of the visa application process. This stage of the visa process validates the applicant’s identity and assesses his or her intention to stay in the UK.

Documents to bring to the interview

Applicants for a British visa must present certain documents when they are interviewed at the embassy. Here is the list of documents to be submitted:

Interview procedure for a visa application

Candidates must arrive at the embassy 15 minutes early to pass security checks before the appointment time. Once the security checks have been passed, the candidate’s fingerprints will be recorded and he or she will enter the waiting room.

The appointment at the embassy is held in English. Sometimes the interview can be conducted in the local language if the consular officer is fluent in that language. Here are the questions generally asked during the interview to obtain a British visa:

Length of interview for a UK visa

The length of an interview for a UK visa depends on a number of factors. The interview usually lasts around 30 minutes, but it can last longer if the consular officer feels he needs more time to get all his questions answered.