How Can I Prepare for an Immigrant Visa Interview?

It may take anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years to obtain a United States immigrant visa, depending on the specific type you seek. This is because there are many steps between your initial application and your final approval. Namely, a critical step that you must participate in is being interviewed by an official from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Continue reading to learn how to prepare before your immigrant visa interview and how an experienced family immigration lawyer in Milwaukee, WI, at Sesini Law Group, S.C., can serve as your mentor.

How can I prepare before my immigrant visa interview?

Early on in your immigrant visa application process, the National Visa Center (NVC) may contact you regarding the scheduled date and time of your interview. You must not simply wait around until this day is upon you. Rather, the following initiatives must be taken before your interview:

  • You must schedule and attend a medical examination; specifically with an authorized, embassy-approved physician in the country where your interview is set to take place.
  • You must register for courier service; this is so that you may be instructed on additional requirements that your specific United States embassy or consulate asks of you.
  • You must gather documents that are required to be submitted at the time of your interview; examples include photos and originals or certified copies of civil documents.
  • You must retain an interpreter who can assist you at the time of your interview; along with jointly submitting Form G-1256, Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview.

Ultimately, a failure to make the preparations mentioned above may result in significant delays in your immigrant visa application process.

What can I expect to happen during my interview?

Understandably so, you may be overwhelmed with the gravity of your immigrant visa interview. Though it may help you rest easier to know what you can expect to go down. Such procedures are as follows:

  • You may expect ink-free, digital fingerprint scans to be taken at the start of your interview.
  • You may expect your spouse and any qualified unmarried children who plan to immigrate with you to also participate in your interview.
  • You may expect to answer questions about your history during your interview, such as where you have lived, traveled, and worked in the past five years.
  • You may expect to have original documents returned to you at the end of your interview, but certified copies are to be kept.
  • You may expect to be asked to pay any remaining, necessary immigrant visa application fees at the end of your interview.

The best way to prepare for your immigrant visa interview is to retain the services of a skilled Milwaukee, WI family immigration lawyer. So please contact Sesini Law Group, S.C. today.

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