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#1 mostafa_emily

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

When applying for a tourist visa to USA, how much should you have in your bank account to prove you can pay for your trip?

When should i book a hotel and flight? before interview or after because i know sometimes u cant get a refund
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:38 PM

Different country has different criteria in requiring money and/or assets value. However, there is same rule which is the amount of back account should be as much as possible.
However it doesn't mean you can always get the visa if you are super rich.
About the hotel and flight, it's totally up to you. If you want to make yourself look more confident, you can arrange them. But whether you can get a refund or not is negotiable between you and the dealers.
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#3 mostafa_emily

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:44 PM

Different country has different criteria in requiring money and/or assets value. However, there is same rule which is the amount of back account should be as much as possible.
However it doesn't mean you can always get the visa if you are super rich.
About the hotel and flight, it's totally up to you. If you want to make yourself look more confident, you can arrange them. But whether you can get a refund or not is negotiable between you and the dealers.


thanks.. i figured it would be wise to do as much as possible i just wonder what is to low though
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:59 PM

When applying for a tourist visa to USA, how much should you have in your bank account to prove you can pay for your trip?

When should i book a hotel and flight? before interview or after because i know sometimes u cant get a refund

Do not book anything prior to the interview. Dont worry about the money in the bank. Concentrate totally on the important aspect which is PROVING beyond a doubt your ties to Egypt. If there is any doubt you wont need the others things. Egypt is a very very difficult country to get a tourist visa from. The level of fraud is high. You must over come what has been done by many others that abused the visa system. Is it fair> No. Is it reality? Yes. Understand the " strongest ties " rule before anything else.
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:04 PM

I think about US$10,000 would be a good "show money" because it is expensive to go to USA for a vacation but sometimes they do not even look at the bank account. You have to make sure you've made a couple of trips outside your country before applying for a US visa. And you have to show proofs that you have properties or job to go back to your country.
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#6 Noah Lot

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:14 PM

I think about US$10,000 would be a good "show money" because it is expensive to go to USA for a vacation but sometimes they do not even look at the bank account. You have to make sure you've made a couple of trips outside your country before applying for a US visa. And you have to show proofs that you have properties or job to go back to your country.

Flashing cash won't impress....if one claims to have a bucket full of money to spend, an inquisitive VO will ask to see bank accounts going back 1-3 years....just to see if there is a real track record....also, what other items like property, etc, does the applicant have, that appears to match claimed income...or prior international travel...really what they are looking for is this: does this trip make sense given the (claimed) income/resources shown by the applicant....
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:20 PM

I think about US$10,000 would be a good "show money" because it is expensive to go to USA for a vacation but sometimes they do not even look at the bank account. You have to make sure you've made a couple of trips outside your country before applying for a US visa. And you have to show proofs that you have properties or job to go back to your country.


where did you come up with this number? it would depend on the length of your trip and where you are traveling to. From Egypt you need to show very strong ties to your country, and even with very strong ties it will be tough to obtain a visitor visa because Egypt is a high fraud country.
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:21 PM

Flashing cash won't impress....if one claims to have a bucket full of money to spend, an inquisitive VO will ask to see bank accounts going back 1-3 years....just to see if there is a real track record....also, what other items like property, etc, does the applicant have, that appears to match claimed income...or prior international travel...really what they are looking for is this: does this trip make sense given the (claimed) income/resources shown by the applicant....

:yes:

Can't recall where I read it but less than 6 months before the interview deposits of large sums of money into an account that isn't salary related is frowned upon by embassies that request this information. It is perceived as deceitful where the applicant is lying to make as if they are well off.

There can never be too much money in an account as long as it is relative. It is more believable for a managing director at a medium sized company to have US $10,000 in his account versus a small town butcher with the same amount.
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:30 PM

If the applicant can prove that he/she has strong ties to the country, the next question would be if he/she can afford to go to USA. That is the time to show the bank account.
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#10 mostafa_emily

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:49 PM

thanks for your replies :)
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:05 PM

:yes:

Can't recall where I read it but less than 6 months before the interview deposits of large sums of money into an account that isn't salary related is frowned upon by embassies that request this information. It is perceived as deceitful where the applicant is lying to make as if they are well off.

There can never be too much money in an account as long as it is relative. It is more believable for a managing director at a medium sized company to have US $10,000 in his account versus a small town butcher with the same amount.

that's right....because money quickly deposited can also be quickly withdrawn...and no one knows who it really belongs to...
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

Money in the bank can be quickly withdrawn, should the tourist visa applicant want to stay in the USA illegally. It is good to show some funds (to show you have money for flights and hotel), but ties (which can include financial ties such as owning property or a business) to the home country are far more important.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:18 AM

Also maybe a written invitation by a USC.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:28 AM

which is totally worthless....
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#15 Ihavequestions

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:22 AM

When applying for a tourist visa to USA, how much should you have in your bank account to prove you can pay for your trip?

When should i book a hotel and flight? before interview or after because i know sometimes u cant get a refund


http://www.visajourn...n-school-egypt/

The amount of money in the bank isn't, as others have said, enough to sway the decision.

BUT

You are a student with a fiancee in the US: -1

You have also traveled to the US and returned to Egypt: +1

Don't book anything until after you've had the interview and you know you will be approved.
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