What is L2 Visa?
A L2 visa is a dependent visa that is issued to the dependents of an individual who holds the L1 visa. The dependent can be the spouse or an unmarried child (below 21 years old). Applicants can apply for L2 visa along with the L1 visa applicant or later. When individuals apply for us visa, they have to go through an interview process, based on the result of which their visa application is approved.
The questions asked during the interview are very simple and applicants must provide the correct information to get an approval. The applicants should remember that all their answers be verified by the interviewer, which is why they should be honest during their interview. Mentioned below are a few sample questions:
Questions Related to L2 Visa:
Name the type of visa that you are applying for
Why do you have to go to the US?
Did you arrange for the interview on your own or did someone help you?
What action will you take once your visa expires?
Here, applicants have to tell the interviewer that they are applying for a L2 visa.
Here, the interviewer wants to know from you the purpose for which you are going to the US.
The interviewer wants to know whether you are aware of the procedures or if someone else helped you. In case you took someone else’s help, name the person. For example – My husband (name) helped me or an agent helped me.
Here, the interviewer is checking if you are aware of the expiry date and of the steps that need to be taken after your visa expires.
Questions Related to Your Previous Visit or Stays in the US or Visas:
Have you ever visited the US before?
What type of visa you had travelled on during your previous visit to the US?
What was the duration of your stay in the US?
Have your visa been rejected before?
When did you last travel to the US?
The visa officer wants to know if this is your first trip to the US or if you have been to the country before. Give the correct number as this information will be cross-checked.
Here, the applicants have to name the types of us visa that they had travelled on during their previous US trip.
Mention the time period of your previous US trip.
It is a simple yes or no question. If the answer is yes, the interviewer might ask you your reason for the same.
Here, you have to mention when you last went to the US. You can mention the year and the date of the same.
Questions That You May be Asked If You Did Not Apply for the L2 Visa Along With Your L1 Spouse:
When was the L1 visa of your spouse stamped?
Why have you applied for the L2 visa separately?
Why have you not applied for a L2 visa when your spouse applied for a L1 visa?
Since when is your spouse working in the US?
What is the annual income of your spouse?
Can you show the recent paystubs of your husband/wife?
Here, you have to show the interviewer the recent paystubs of your husband/wife. Make sure these are the correct ones as the officer is going to cross check them with the documents he/she already has.
Can you show the bank statements of your husband/wife?
Has the company of your spouse applied for the green card petition?
Here, the interviewer wants to know when your spouse got his/her L1 visa stamped. Provide the relevant information.
Here, you have to specify the reason for applying for a L2 visa separately and not at the time when your spouse applied for a L1 visa. Be precise and to the point.
This question is similar to the previous one. The interviewer is trying to ask you the reason for applying for a L2 visa later and not at the same time when your husband/wife applied for his/her L1 visa. Make sure your answers for both the questions do not contradict each other.
Mention the time period for which your spouse has been working in the US. The interviewer may verify your answer, so make sure that you are aware of the right answer.
Here, the interviewer wants to know if you are aware of how much your spouse earns and also to verify the information with the one that has been mentioned in the financial statements.
Here, you have to show the bank statements of your husband/wife to the interviewer.
You can answer this question with a yes/no. If you say a yes, the interviewer may ask questions related to green card.
Questions Related to The Applicant:
Will you be working in the US?
Will you be studying in the US?
How will you spend your time the whole day when your spouse is at work?
What is your education qualification?
Which college did you study in?
Are you currently employed?
Do you plan to quit your job?
What do you do at present?
Where do you stay at present?
Who will pay for the expenses of your trip to the US?
Where will you stay in the US?
Do you have relatives or friends in the US?
Here, the interviewer wants to know if you plan to work during your stay in the US. If you have plans on working, you can say yes as L2 visa holders are allowed to work full-time in the country. If you do not already have an employment or are not sure, you can choose to say no. Children who apply for L2 visa are not permitted to work in the US.
The interviewer wants to know if you plan to study during your stay in the US. The L2 visa holders are allowed to study in the country, so you can choose to say yes. If you do not already have an admission and/or are not sure, you can say no.
Here, the officer wants to know how you plan to spend your time when your spouse is at work. Be precise while answering this question.
Here, the interviewer wants to know your highest education qualification. Tell him/her the truth (Carry proof of the same with you in case he/she asks you for it).
Provide the name of the college in which you studied.
You can answer this question with a yes or no. If you are employed, mention the name of the company you work for.
The officer is checking whether you plan to leave your current job to go to the US. So, if you plan on quitting, tell the true reason for the same.
Through this question the interviewer wants to get an idea about what you do. He/she wants to know whether you are employed or a student or a home maker.
Mention the name of the place and carry a document proving the same. It will help in case he/she asks for proof.
Here, the visa officer wants to know who is going to pay of the expenses of your trip to the US. It is advisable to mention your or your spouse’s name in this case.
Through this question, the interviewer is checking if you are aware of the place you are going to stay in. It is advisable that you mention the name of the city and the state in your answer.
The interviewer is trying to find out if you know anyone apart from your spouse in the US. If you have relatives or friends, mention some of their names along with how you are related to them in your reply.
Questions Related to Your Marriage:
When and where did you marry?
Can I see your wedding album?
Can I see the invitation card of your wedding?
What are the names of your mother- and father-in-law?
The visa officer wants to know your wedding date and place. Make sure you mention the correct date and place.
The visa officer may ask you to show your wedding album for verification purposes. Make sure you carry some photos with you, if not the full album. These pictures should show the actual wedding ceremony.
Provide your wedding invitation card to the interviewer.
To verify the information related to your marriage, the interviewer may ask you the names of your mother- and father-in-law. Provide the correct information.
Questions Related to Your Children:
Do you have any children?
How old are your children?
Are your children citizens of the United States?
Could I see the birth certificates of your children?
The interviewer wants to know if you have any children. Provide details, if applicable.
Provide relevant details about the age of your children.
Provide information as applicable.
Provide the birth certificates of your children to the interviewer.
Questions Related to L1 Spouse:
What is the date of birth of your spouse?
What is the highest education qualification of your spouse?
What is the name of the company in which your spouse works?
For how long has your spouse worked for the company?
What is the location of the company in which your spouse works?
The interviewer wants to know the date of birth of your spouse. Provide the correct information.
Provide the relevant information.
Provide the name of the company.
Mention the number of years/months for which your spouse has worked in the company.
Mention the place where the company is located. Also, provide the company’s address.
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