How US Consular knows when you lie in an Interview

how us consular knows when you lie in an interview in nigeria

How US Consular knows when you lie in an Interview in Nigeria?

I have met a lot of U.S visa applicants who seemingly were not altogether truthful when they faced the consular during their interview at the U.S embassy.  According to them, they were still denied the U.S visa even when they did everything possible to impress and convince the consular – though they told a little lie here and there.

Now I don’t know why they would be asking me this question: How will the US consular know when you lie in an interview?

Are they trying to get smarter at telling better lies? I don’t know.

For example, I met a young dude in his late 20″s who was rejected visa. According to him, he told the consular that he intended to visit his girlfriend/ wife-to-be in the United State. He presented all the necessary documents and gave the appropriate answers to all the questions yet he was denied. Probing further, I found out that his supposed girlfriend was an older lady in her late 50″s – Almost 2 decades older than he is. He met her on the internet and “love” struck! Funny  right?

Well, I told him I wouldn’t issue him a visa even if I was a sucker for love and the dumbest consular in the world. The young man was practically looking for a free pass to the United States, permanent stay and possibly citizenship banking on the love of a lady he is deceiving.

Also Read: US B1/ B2 Visa Interview Sample Questions and Answers

In this post , am going to discuss why the U.S visa officer will ALWAYS figure out you are shady, hiding some facts or being plain dishonest during your visa application interview. But before we get there, let’s talk about the most common lies people tell during their interview and the consequences.

Lying about your marital status – Most single people claim to be married in their visa application because they see “being married” as having strong ties in their home country (in our case, Nigeria).

Question: What happens when you finally get married and the name and age of the spouse does not correspond with the original name you had previously given to the embassy? Maybe you will tell them you got divorced from the spouse or the spouse died or did a change of name. Then you go ahead to produce fake documents to back your story up – Right? Not so clever at all cus you will be caught in your lies.

Using a fake name – Some people who have been rejected visa in the past destroy their international passport, get a new one and change their name. In their mind, they don’t want the embassy to be aware that they had been dined visa in the past so that the past rejection will not hinder them from getting a visa in the future.

Question: What happens to the finger print biometrics scan you did at the embassy before you were seated for the interview proper? You think the embassy does not collect and store such data for future reference? Not so clever at all cus you will be caught in your lies.

Using another person’s name – I have seen ladies claim to be married to and use the name of a man who already has a U.S visa. The deception is that the lady claims to be the wife of the man. She actually thinks that having a spouse who already has a valid U.S visa automatically guarantees that the embassy will issue her a visa as well.

Question: Do you really think that you can pull off acting to know someone intimately when you guys haven’t even shared a kiss before? You must be an “A” list actor to pull that off in front of a consular.

Requesting for a tourist visa when your true intention is to work or remain in the United States permanently – This is the case with most applicants. You find people whose monthly earning is below the poverty line wanting to take a vacation worth thousands of dollars in the U.S. It’s not like the funds they want to use for this trip can be seen to have been saved up over the years or they won the lottery but the cash just arrived in their bank account some weeks or days before the visa application interview. From their documents it’s easy for the consular to suspect something fishy and give a rejection verdict on that applicant. This is where “strong ties” come in.

Falsifying other countries visa stamps on your passport – Some applicants’ doctor visa stamps of other countries on their international passport. The idea behind this is some applicants suspect that when you don’t have any travel experiences outside your home country, that the U.S embassy will not issue you a visa.

Other lies include:

  • Denying the existence of close and extended family members in the U.S.A.
  • Submitting fake bank account statement, property, etc.
  • Submitting a fake proof of employment letter.
  • Lying about your academic background or work experience.
  • Lying about your taxes.

Consequences of Lying to the Consular or Immigration

  • You will not be granted a Non-immigrant or an Immigrant Visa.
  • If you have already been issued a visa, it will be revoked.
  • If you had managed to lie your way into the United States before the immigration learns about your deception, it is possible that you will be sent to jail or deported or both (you will serve time in jail and deported afterwards).
  • You will lack credibility when you go to seek visa from other countries afterwards.

How does the US Consular know when you lie in an interview?

The U.S visa officers are able to detect a lie because:

They are mostly well trained psychologist. A psychologist is person who has spent years in the university to learn and harness the act of studying the states of the mind by observing, recording and interpreting how people relate to one another and to their immediate environment. They are able to see through the facades, pretenses and deception because they have been trained to do so.

They are well travelled and experienced. By virtue of the fact that most of these visa officers have been around the world doing this job, they have heard and seen all manner of lies and falsified documents in the line of duty. So they can see a lie coming 10 poles away.

They are always taking notes. Visa officers are always making notes of what a visa applicant is saying at each point in time. They will compare their notes with your past records and the DS 160 form you had filled prior to attending the interview

They are looking for any verbal and non-verbal disconnects. Believe it or not, our brains are wired in such a way that our words and nonverbal communication to naturally match up. So when there is a disconnect in our words and gesticulations, it is seen as a potential deceptive indicator.

Other deceptive indicators that they will be looking for includes;

  • Behavioral pause or delay in answering questions.
  • Hiding the mouth or eyes while answering questions.
  • Throat-clearing or swallowing before answering questions.
  • Hand-to-face activity while answering questions.

Don’t ever lie to the consular during your visa interview, it will always come back to hurt you in the future even if you end up getting the visa.

Be warned!


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  1. Hi please what are the documents I need if the company t worked for is sponsoring me for a conference in United States

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