The Day of the Visa Interview

  1. How to Apply
  2. The Day of the Visa Interview

Arrival Time: On the day of your interview, please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. You will be asked to leave the grounds of the U.S. Consulate if you arrive more than 15 early to your scheduled appointment. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment, you will not be able to enter the U.S. Consulate for your interview and you will be asked to make an appointment for another day.  Please note that scheduling flights that arrive to Curacao just before the interview may result in your late arrival to your appointment and costly rescheduling of flights at the applicant’s expense.

Prohibited Items: You may not enter with luggage, bags, purses, food, guns, weapons, or any liquids, including beverages, hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial gels.  All electronic equipment is also prohibited, such as cellular telephones, photographic or video cameras, radios and computers.  There are no storage facilities; therefore, if you arrive with any of the items above, you will be turned away and asked to make a new appointment.

Security Screening: To enter the Consulate, all persons must go through an airport-security type of screening. The Consulate does not provide lockers or storage bins for personal items. Any person refusing to comply with all security screening procedures will be denied entry to the Consulate.

Required Items:  Please refer to the list in Step 4 on our “How to Apply” page.

Interpreters: Interviews are conducted in English and Spanish.  An applicant must bring an interpreter if he or she does not speak English or Spanish well enough to participate unassisted in the visa interview.

Special Needs Visitors: Applicants may bring one person to help if they are elderly or disabled and require assistance. If you have a medical or other condition requiring a wheelchair or special accommodation, please alert the guards to your needs as you enter the building.

Accompanying Persons: Only applicants and the parents of minor applicants (17 years old and younger) are admitted to the Consulate. Spouses, parents of applicants 18 years of age and older, drivers, friends, and other relatives will not be permitted to enter and will be asked to wait for the applicant after the interview is completed.  Attorneys will not be permitted to accompany anyone into the Consulate.

Dress: Much of the waiting area is outside.  Dress appropriately for the interview and for the weather.

Be truthful.  At each window and during the interview, it is important you answer each question honestly and provide as much information as you can.  If you do not provide honest answers, your visa may be denied.  Do not attempt to conceal or give inaccurate information.

Fees: All fees for visa services are collected only inside the Consulate.  Do not pay any fees except to the cashier inside the Consulate.  If anyone other than the consular cashier requests a fee, please inform the consular officer during your interview.