Tips for Your Immigration Interview

Tips for Your Immigration Interview

Many different immigration procedures, including those in which you are trying to adjust or obtain a particular immigration status, require that you submit to a personal interview with an official from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). However, because all officials handle these interviews differently, it is impossible to be fully prepared for every issue that might arise. However, being prepared in a variety of ways can help your interview experience be much more pleasant. First, have copies of all forms that you filed out and submitted to USCIS regarding your desired change of status. You also should bring originals of any important documents and those that you submitted copies of to USCIS. These might include documents like birth certificates, passports, and identification cards. You also should have knowledge of and be able to answer questions about any information on those documents or the forms that you submitted to USCIS. Next, dress appropriately for your interview, and show up at the time you are scheduled. In fact, it does not hurt to show up for your interview at least a few minutes early. Missing an interview can cause you to have to undergo a lengthy process in order to reschedule it. Similarly, trying to reschedule an existing interview often causes substantial delays in the process and is generally frowned upon by USCIS. Always follow the USCIS officer’s directions. Listen carefully to his or her questions and answer only those questions that are asked of you. If you don’t understand English, you should have an interpreter with you in order to translate your answers into English. You should remain calm at all times. If you are applying for a change in status based on citizenship, you definitely should expect questions about your marriage, some of which may seem quite personal to you. In this situation, it also is very possible that the USCIS agent will want to interview you and your spouse separately. Above all, don’t lie to the officer. If you have circumstances that you believe the USCIS officer will misunderstand or that are difficult to explain, you should consult an attorney. You also may want to have an attorney present with you during your USCIS interview. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., knows federal immigration law and has the experience to guide you through your immigration interview, as well as advocate on your behalf throughout any type of deportation proceeding, that you may be facing. We are familiar with the wide range of defenses that are available to individuals facing deportation, and how to build the strongest defense that is available to you, based on the evidence relevant to your case. Contact your California deportation defense lawyers today, and discover what we can do for you.
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