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  • Need advice on the dress code for the visa interview

    I have CP visa interview on 21'st February in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I'd like to get some advice from others who've already gone through a visa interview.
    Some have advised me to wear formal clothes with a coat and a tie. But my gut feeling is that this would be an overkill. Specially in my case since I am not used to wearing coats and ties.
    Basically what I want to know is, what do most people wear for the visa interview? If most men wear full suits then I don't want to be the one who stands out wearing casual clothes!
    I'll be very grateful to anyone who advises me! :-)
    I am not a lawyer or an immigration consultant. Any advice I give is not professional advice. Whatever I know about immigration related issues, I've learn't by browsing various internet sites.

  • #2
    There isn't any dress code. Wear whatever you like except a swimsuit
    N-400 timeline (2013):
    SC: Texas
    USCIS: NYC

    April:
    22 : Application Filed
    24 : USCIS Received Date
    24 : Priority Date
    26 : NOA - (I-797C)
    29 : Check Cashed
    May:
    02 : FP Notice Received
    29 : FP Done
    31 : In-line for Interview
    August:
    06 : NOA - interview scheduled
    08 : YL received
    10 : Interview letter received
    September:
    10 : Interview - passed
    11 : NOA - Oath letter sent
    16 : Oath letter received
    October:
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tazmania View Post
      There isn't any dress code. Wear whatever you like except a swimsuit
      HAHA. u can wear ur native cloths.
      2008AF000101XX
      March 16, 07: NL received
      March 30, 07: Mailed forms to KCC
      Feb 15, 08: Mailed Dv fee to Dept of State
      March 17:Mailed AOS package To Lockbox
      April 28:Check Cashed
      April 29:NOA's received.
      May, 1:Biometric Appointment letter received.
      May 16:Biometric done (infopass)
      May 17:EAD approved,Background check cleared
      May 24:AP received
      July 9: Successful Interview and Card production
      July 12: Welcome letter
      July 19: Card received.

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      • #4
        well OK, I know that there is no formal requirement in terms of a dress code, but I just want to know, what do most people who come to an interview wear? Will I look weird if I come in a coat and a tie?
        I am not a lawyer or an immigration consultant. Any advice I give is not professional advice. Whatever I know about immigration related issues, I've learn't by browsing various internet sites.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mihiranga View Post
          well OK, I know that there is no formal requirement in terms of a dress code, but I just want to know, what do most people who come to an interview wear? Will I look weird if I come in a coat and a tie?
          coat and tie might be aight but u might look too dressed up. its not about the cloths, its more about having the qualifications inorder to qualify for a DV visa
          2008AF000101XX
          March 16, 07: NL received
          March 30, 07: Mailed forms to KCC
          Feb 15, 08: Mailed Dv fee to Dept of State
          March 17:Mailed AOS package To Lockbox
          April 28:Check Cashed
          April 29:NOA's received.
          May, 1:Biometric Appointment letter received.
          May 16:Biometric done (infopass)
          May 17:EAD approved,Background check cleared
          May 24:AP received
          July 9: Successful Interview and Card production
          July 12: Welcome letter
          July 19: Card received.

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          • #6
            I would wear some nice pants (no washed-out jeans) and a nice shirt. You could go in shorts and a t-shirt, but you probably wouldn't feel quite comfortable this way at the embassy. But a tie, etc. is not necessary.
            4/10/2007: NL for DV2008 received in Switzerland (EU..31xx)
            2007/4/12: forms sent back to KCC
            2007/9/10: 2nd package
            2007/9/21: medical exam in Zurich
            2007/10/11: interview in Bern, Switzerland
            2008/01/15: immigration through Washington Dulles airport
            2008/02/07: welcome letter
            2008/02/16: GREEN CARD, 2nd welcome letter
            2008/02/25: Social Security Card

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            • #7
              casual, but nice (khakis, shirt or sweater)...
              A tie is an overkill...

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              • #8
                I agree with LucyMo!
                Jeans and T-shirt does not sound good! But don't think tie and coat is appropriate.. better if you use normal Khakis, Shirts. Dress dont matter that's the bottom line, but to be confortable.. I would prefer casual (not too formal.. not too not-dressed).

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                • #9
                  I'd like to THANK everyone, Tazmania, Johnkent, Igmu, LucyMo, sagamihira_boy and also kpkumar for giving me sensible advice.
                  I have decided to just wear formal trousers and a formal shirt. No tie and no coat!
                  Partly because this is what everyone who has previously been to an interview advises (in this forum) but it is also because I tried out a tie and I don't feel comfortable in one and I look completely overdresses and "ceremonial" in a suit.
                  I am not a lawyer or an immigration consultant. Any advice I give is not professional advice. Whatever I know about immigration related issues, I've learn't by browsing various internet sites.

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                  • #10
                    While there isn't any dress code, I would recommend you to be presentable. no need to wear a tie, but a white or light colored shirt with pants would be far more better than being casual.

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