What happens if I miss my interview?

One of the most important and near-final steps to becoming a United States citizen is going through the naturalization interview with an immigration officer from USCIS. It is crucial that you attend your interview at the date and time it was scheduled because there may be serious consequences if you miss it.

If you absolutely have to miss your naturalization interview, it is important that you tell the USCIS office where you have your interview as soon as you can. They will usually allow you to reschedule the interview as long as you notify them in advance. Unfortunately, when you have to miss your first interview, you may not be able to have a new interview for several months after the initial interview date.

If you don’t tell USCIS that you cannot attend your naturalization interview, you will face more issues and may lose your chance at obtaining citizenship altogether. If you fail to notify USCIS about your inability to attend your scheduled interview, you will receive a notification at your last known address that your case has been “administratively closed.” You will have one year to schedule a new interview with USCIS. If you fail to do so,  your application for citizenship will be denied. Therefore, it is crucial that you attend your initial interview or reschedule your interview as soon as possible. Don’t let a simple mistake be the reason you cannot become a citizen of the United States.

If you have any questions about the naturalization process, it is important that you speak with an experienced immigration attorney who can provide you with assistance.

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.

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