Experience: Parents Visitor Visa (B2) Interview - Chennai Consulate Tamil


Recommended Posts

Hello friends,


I would like to share my parents visitor visa experience as it might help others who are in my situation.

They are not educated and doing Agriculture in their own land. They don't speak or understand anything other than TAMIL.




I am in US and I directly sent all the documents to a travel agent in Chennai who helped me to file DS-160 and organize documents for my parents.

My parents just prepared a affidavit document for their properties through an attorney and brought property papers along with them when they come for interview to Chennai.

I translated most of the interview questions (including US addresses, my company name etc.,) in Tamil and arranged for them to read through.

Every week they were practicing for about a month till the interview date. Good thing was that very importantly they were never shown little nervous and pretty much confidant than me.


Interview (US consulate, Chennai)

1. First day, they went for finger-print and came back after work done.


2. Second day, Interview Day. They were as usual not nervous at all, but were enjoying as if they were in a differnt country by going through the consulate security checks.


Below are the interview questions asked in TAMIL (Woman officer)

1) Why are you going?

2) Where is your son working?

3) How many children do you have?

4) What is your other child doing?

5) How long do you plan to stay in US?


Officer was checking something in her system, smiled at them and told that "Happy Journey, your passport will be mailed to the address mentioned"

She didn't even ask for a document except their passports. My mother has never spoken anything and all the questions were answered by my father only.


Please let me know if you need any other details, I would be happy to help you.


Have a wonderful day, God bless you all...


Link to comment

Thanks for posting the interview questions.


My mom's visa got denied 2 times in the past ( Feb 2011 and June 2012). Now I am thinking to apply again.

She is widowed and retired, but has properties in India and my 2 siblings are in India, so I am not sure what else can I do to make her visa approve.


But I have a question regarding passport.

I heard that there is a new rule for visa that if the passport was issued prior to 2 years, then even if it is not expiring near future, one need to get a document from passport office stating that the passport is still valid.

Is this true?




Link to comment

I am sorry to hear that your mom's visa got denied two times. I had one of my friends was in the same boat, but his mom got it in 4th time. So, don't worry. It should work for you.


Regarding passport, I didn't know this rule as my parents got their passport few months back only. Also, I remember I read an article requesting Indian citizen to replace their old passports if it has been given for 20 years period (Nowadays, it is given for just 10 years). These old passports used to be hand written and given for 20 years period. But to be honest with you, I don't see this 2 years old passport need any confirmation from passport office. Practically, I don't think that this has any valid reason to do so.


Thanks and God Bless you.

Link to comment


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.