This is the way my visa process and application played out. It may or may not be the same steps for others.
The visa process can be very confusing. I was certainly confused about how it all works but I will try and make this sound easier for you as when I was going through the process I wish I had it explain haha.
At the very beginning you start with an application, similar to an application form for work, but this is about yourself and experience / personal information and a bio about you Etc. You will have a sponsor who emails you the required documents and will be with you through out your journey here in the states. My sponsor is AHA ( American hospitality academy) and the next step was to print off evidence documents for my college tutor to sign, and one for my parents to sign. Then you scan it through ( I used a printer at my college) so it appears on your emails to send back to them. Once you have signed and sent back all the documents required and paid the £500 you then patiently wait for your package to be posted with the information you need to book and get your visa. (DS-2019) make sure you keep it safe as these documents are the key to your visa.
Embassy booking – When you have your visa package you then need to book your embassy appointment. This part was the most trickiest for me! So, you first need to make a profile which will be your (160 document) it took me quite a while to find the right website but you will be emailed step by steps in how to find the right website. Once you have your profile set up it will automatically send you to the embassy appointment page where you can choose your day and time and also pay the £180 for your visa. I would recommend booking your appointment as soon as your get your package as the waiting list can take up to about a month. I was quite lucky because I kept checking for others cancellations.
Embassy interview – On the 4th June 2019 I had my embassy appointment. As my lovely Grandmother knows London very well she had nominated herself to come with me as I have no clue how to find the embassy and would probably get lost haha! We got the train down at 7:00am, my appointment was at 12:30pm and we arrived in London around 10:30am. My advice is to get to London as early as you possibly can because it’s better to be early then either be stuck in traffic, can’t find the embassy or a train is late, plus you can always go shopping like I did! The interview went really quick, well quicker than I imagined!
When you get to the embassy there will me 2 hostess at the door and you will need your 160 form with your sevis document (you will be emailed the sevis) when you enter you then wait again for a few minutes to check in and be given a number and you will be directed to some elevators. Once you are in the main waiting area you wait for your number to be shown on a screen and then you walk up to a window and have your initial interview where someone will check your documents to make sure your have the right documents and you will be seated again. After your number is shown for the second time you then go up to the window shown and have your interview, you will be asked what you are doing and just a general chat about what’s going to happen with your visa.
After having the two interviews you will be told if you have been granted the visa and wait a few days for it to be delivered.
I was massively over prepared for this interview. I didn’t know exactly what documents I needed. I brought my birth certificate, bank statements to prove I can provide for myself, proof of ties to the UK, but it turns out I only needed my AHA package.
This doesn’t mean when you have your appointment that you won’t be asked for proof of certain documents, better to be prepared than having a document missing and then booking the appointment again and having to pay again. Your experience may be completely different but this is a good guide for the process.
It seems like a long process but if you are organised like me and having everything signed on time and keep up to date with your emails then you will be perfectly fine. The interview in general was a piece of cake. This is a video I found very useful about the embassy interview.