Lets face it!there are many things you should prepare for in your journey to the United States, it doesn't come easy. One substantial part of the process is the interview. It is extremely important that you are carefully prepared for everything that this entails. As a part of our service, USAGC will guide you through this and give you all the information you require in order to make your interview a success.
Here are a few tips in how to handle your interview with an immigration officer
Arrive on time
It is extremely important for you to be on time for your interview. Immigration officers expect you to be on time. If you do NOT arrive on time it is possible that your officer could deny your application. You should arrive at LEAST 30 minutes before your interview since there will most likely be long lines to enter.
Please note: You are prohibited from bringing certain items into the immigration building, such as: lighters, matches, all liquids (including perfume), pepper spray, and of course sharp objects. If you attempt to bring any of these objects in, a guard will stop you. You will usually be given the choice of either throwing the item away or taking it back to your car. If you chose to bring these items back to your vehicle, you may be late for your interview since you could be sent to the back of the line. It is important to note that some immigration offices do not allow cell phones onto the premises.
Wait for your Attorney.
On the rare occasion, an immigration officer may call you for your interview earlier than your appointed time. Sometimes this may happen before your attorney has arrived. In these cases the immigration officer may pressure you to go ahead with the interview without your lawyer present and may ask you to sign a form agreeing to be interviewed without the presence/assistance of your attorney.
You should NEVER agree to be interviewed without your lawyer present. If your attorney has not arrived you should respectfully ask the officer to allow enough time for your lawyer to attend and participate in your interview. Without an experienced immigration attorney present to protect you, the immigration officer might not adhere to all the legal rights you are entitled to, and deny your case.
Dress appropriately - you don't get a second chance making a first impression
Immigration officers usually judge people both how they are dressed and their overall appearance. Do to the seriousness of the immigration interview, (which is an official and formal event), it is highly recommended that you dress conservatively. This can absolutely increase your chances for success.
Listen to the Questions Asked and Respond Appropriately
An applicant who does not answer the question asked directly can both aggravate and upset the immigration officer. This is usually the main cause of immigration interviews going poorly. The immigration officer will ask very specific questions and will expect specific and direct answers. For instance, if an immigration officer asks the applicant "When did you last arrive in the United States?" The response should NOT be, "I entered on a tourist visa." Instead of telling the official the date of his last entrance to the United States, the applicant told the officer the type of visa he used. It is extremely important that you listen carefully to these questions and that you are prepared.
An applicant should not guess when he does not know the answer to a question. Responding with "I do not remember" or "I do not know" is the appropriate answer if you do not know or do not remember.
Example 1: The husband is asked what he gave his wife for her last birthday. In actuality, he did not get her anything for that birthday, but was embarrassed to admit it. Instead he tells the officer that he gave her a nice necklace. When the interviewer asked the wife what her husband had given her for her last birthday, she said that he had not gotten her anything. Since the answers are different, the officer may doubt that the marriage is real.
If you have one, a good immigration attorney will prepare you for these types of questions as well as others which will be asked at your interview.
Bring an Interpreter
Non-fluent (in English) applicants are required to bring their own interpreter (one will not be provided for them). The interviewing officer may not allow a relative to interpret. The interpreter must only interpret the questions asked and the candidate's responses
Bring a set of original documents and a duplicate set of copies.
Bring a set of originals (or certified copies of the original documents) to your immigration interview. Also bring a photocopy of each of these documents. The immigration officer will examine the original and will ask for a copy to keep in his file.