Once you are done filling the DS160 make sure to take a screenshot or save it somewhere for your reference before going for the interview. After all the consulate staff would know you purely based on your DS160. That is why filling it yourself makes it much more necessary.
PLEASE DON'T LISTEN TO ANY FALSE ADVICE OR SUGGESTIONS WHILE FILLING THE DS160. IT'S A VERY SIMPLE FORM. OPEN IT! READ IT! TAKE YOUR TIME TO FILL IT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY BE HONEST WHILE FILLING IT AND YOU ARE UP FOR A 10 YEAR MULTIPLE ENTRY USA TOURIST VISA. YIPEEE!!!
Once you are done filling the DS160, you need to do the payment. The one time "non refundable" payment for USA Tourist Visa is Rs 10880( this is the rate i paid. Apologies if it has changed now). One can read in detail about the payment from the link below:
You would have to register their bank as a beneficiary and then do the payment. Please be aware that if you have done the payment on a weekend or a national holiday, it would be validated after the holiday is over so no need to worry.
Once the payment is done you would be getting a mail wherein you would get the authority code the DS160 confirmation page and the payment receipt. I would request you all to take a printout of the same and keep it for your reference and carry it for the interview too.
Once you get the receipt and the code, you need to schdeule your interview. Please be aware that you would have to select two dates..one for the document submission( the DS 160 confirmation page) and your bio metrics and the other date for the interview. Your passport will be glued with a bar code on the back side. Don't finger with it and let it be there till the time your interview is done. Selecting both the dates in succession is good but then one is free to choose what they want. The link on how to schedule an appointment for bio metrics and interview is appended below:
While scheduling the appointment you would be asked about the passport return address. Fill in the address where you would want to get your passport back. This is a free courier service and no extra payment is required for it.
Now once you are done with the scheduling of the dates..just wait and pray and most importantly remember the first thing i wrote in this article....Belive in yourself!! Don't get affected by negativity which is spread by people who didn't get the visa. They would have a lot to say. Just listen and smile but do what you have decided. I know it sounds like a moral boosting class but beleive you me anyone who would have ever applied or would apply for a USA Tourist Visa would have come across this. You know why you are going to USA right? Then why do you need someone else's suggestion on that.
Now, on the day of your biometrics try to reach half an hour before your slot. Look around and feel the air. Keep moving with the line and do what you are told. Make sure to get a good smile on your face while the staff clicks you as this would be the same photo which would be coming on your Visa stamp. Hehehehhe. As i said earlier dont finger the bar code the staff sticks on your passport. All this and you are done with the biometrics part. Phew!!
Now comes the most important day...THE INTERVIEW. NO NO!!! Its not the James Franco movie am taking about..hahahah.
On the D day dress up smartly or i must say rather...dress up your best but don't over do as some people do. For example...wearing a black three piece suit in a scorching may heat of delhi... wear good and be comfortable. Reach half an hour before your slot. Feel the air. Do as you are told and don't argue with anyone. Please be aware that the moment you enter the consulate you are continuously under cctv so take a chill pill. You may see a long line before you. Don't get affected. Be yourself. At this point of time you would be having only your documents and your passport with you. It's recommended to drop your phone and wallet at your house or hotel and carry hard cash with you as phones are not allowed but then one is free to choose what they want. The first time you would come across the USA consulate staff would be at the finger scanning. You would have to give your thumb impression for them to re check your identity. At times the thumb impression doesn't match first time. Don't panic. It would match the second time. Remember. Be yourself. Now you would come in the main area where there would be lot of people waiting for their interview for different visa categories. Try not engaging in talks or giving advices to others. Just stay calm and remember your DS 160. After all its you who wants to go to usa as a tourist not others. So be calm. Once you are about to be interviewed...here comes the most important thing...the person who is getting interviewed before you....you would be able to listen to all the questions asked to him or her....the visa judgement as to whether he or she gets it or is refused a visa.....you just have to remain UNAFFECTED by that. Its his or her visa that is getting refused or granted not yours. Stam calm and be yourself.
Now...the moment the person in front of you finishes the interviewer would look upon the next person in the line which is YOU!!! The moment the interviewer makes an eye contact with you give him or her a soft smile..walk upto the interview place and wish as per the time with a smile and firmness in voice. At no point of time you need to be scared or under confident. It's not a job interview...just a visa interview.
Here come the most important tip. I was told that a visa interviewer in any USA consulate interviews at least 300 to 350 people in a day and that do under various categories. Imagine the amount of frustration and agony he or she must be going through. Out of the say 300 people he or she interviews why not be the one who makes him or her smile or refreshes him or her with the idea of you going to USA as a tourist. What i mean to say here is...PLAN WHAT YOU WOULD BE SPEAKING AND PLAN IT IN A WAY WHICH IS UNIQUE AND THE NOT THE SAME BORING LINES WHICH THE INTERVIEWER MUST HAVE GOT BORED OF LISTENING TO. BE THE PERSON WHO MAKES THE INTERVIEWER SMILE AND REFRESHES HIS OR HER MOOD. AT THE SAME TIME BE HONEST AND PRECISE WITH WHAT YOU WANT. BE CONFIDENT AND YOU DON'T GET ANYTHING IN THE FIRST GO...ASK AGAIN...NO HARM...BUT BE FIRM AND BE YOURSELF AND YOU WOULD BE HANDED OVER A USA TOURIST VISA FOR SURE.
If in the worst case scenario..you are refused a visa...DONT ARGUE. Just smile and walk away. The discretion of granting a visa solely rest with the consulate and by arguing you would spoil your future chances of getting the same.
There are N number of possibilities which can be penned down for getting a USA Tourist Visa and am sure you all must have read a lot about it on different portals. Here by this article i am just trying to share my experience of how i got a USA Tourist Visa. No harm and offence meant to anyone.
Regards to all.