The Interview


You should arrive to the Embassy or Consulate 15 minutes prior to your appointment.  Every effort will be made to ensure a minimal wait time, however unforeseen circumstances and high volume of applications make wait times unpredictable.

If you come to the Embassy in Quito for an interview, you may have to wait in a line outside the building and it may be cold.  We suggest bringing a light jacket to ensure your comfort.

Items to Bring to the Interview

  • Your valid passport and previously issued passports.
  • The DS-160 confirmation page with barcode.
  • One recent (within the past six months) passport size photograph 50 mm x 50 mm (2″ x 2″) with a white background

The documents required for the interview (forms, supporting documents, etc.) vary according to the category of visa you are requesting.  For detailed information about other documents please review the categories of visas.  It is important that all forms are filled out completely and truthfully.

  • H, L, and other petition-based visa applicants should bring copies of the I-797, I-129, and other petition-related documents.
  • F and M student applicants must bring the SEVIS receipt and I-120.
  • J exchange visitors must bring the SEVIS receipt and DS-2019.


Please be aware that all visa applicants will go through security checks prior to entering the Consular Section.  The following items are not permitted in the Consular Section:

  • Electronics
  • Cellphones
  • Purses
  • Briefcases
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Weapons and any other item which can be used as a weapon

This list is not all-inclusive and security officials reserve the right to deny entry of items determined to be unsafe or a threat to security.
Only minors under 18 years old, elderly, and persons with disabilities can be accompanied.

The Interview

  • Your fingerprints will be taken to verify your identity.
  • You will be directed to an interview window to speak with a consular officer.
  • The interview is an opportunity to explain the purpose of your trip to the United States and the circumstances of your life in Ecuador. The consular officer will consider your written application and the information you provide, and will determine if you qualify for the visa.
  • The officer will only review the documents that are necessary to determine your eligibility for a visa.
  • After making a decision, the officer will inform you of the basis of the decision. If your visa is approved, the officer will explain how to retrieve your passport and visa.

It is very important to be honest during the interview.  Misleading, lying, or presenting false or altered documentation may result in a permanent visa ineligibility.