Regardless of what type of visa or status you are seeking, you will likely have to undergo interview proceedings with an official from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). And there is no such thing as being too prepared for these interviews. This is because the outcome of your interview can be a pivotal factor in whether you will be granted access to the United States. Follow along to find out what you should and should not do for your immigration interview and how one of the proficient Wisconsin immigration attorneys at Sesini Law Group, S.C., can help you put your best foot forward.
What should I do for my immigration interview?
We understand just how difficult it can be to obtain an interview date alone. So when you secure this, it is in your best interest to properly prepare for it to take full advantage of this opportunity. With that being said, below is a list of tips on what you should do to prepare for your immigration interview:
- Bring any necessary forms and documents: you should be prepared to respond to any questions the USCIS official has regarding your forms and documents. However, you should not rely too heavily on the copies you bring to answer these questions.
- Bring an interpreter: you should retain the services of an interpreter if you do not understand English or even if you are not fully fluent in the English language, so that you can answer questions to the best of your ability.
- Bring an attorney: you should retain the services of a talented Wisconsin immigration attorney who will ensure that you are protected during your interview proceedings.
- Give truthful answers: you should kindly request that the USCIS official repeat or rephrase their question if you do not fully understand its context. This is better than having to lie and raise suspicions.
- Show up on time: you should even show up a little earlier than your scheduled interview time. Failure to arrive on time or not showing up at all will make it all the more difficult to get another interview scheduled.
What should I not do for my immigration interview?
While not lying to the USCIS official is important, it is equally important to not argue or lose your patience with them.
For example, if you disagree with something that the USCIS official says, then you can better resolve this by pulling out a relevant form or document that you brought to the interview.
Or, if you disagree with one of the questions that the USCIS official asks, then you should still try your best to answer it fully. The odds are that they are staying within the boundaries of what they are allowed to ask you, even if it seems inappropriate or unimportant.
For more information, contact one of the experienced immigration attorneys from our firm, which is located in Milwaukee and Green Bay.