Prepare for a US Immigration Interview
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You've applied for a US immigration visa and received an appointment for an interview. Congratulations! You're almost there.
Many people worry about the interview part of the process, but it's the easier part of the process! Here's how to prepare for your interview:
What to bring to your US Immigration interview
There are things you are required to bring to your interview. Read on, and take notes.
- 1Yourself.You want to look presentable. Wear clean, professional clothes and generally look your best. Your impression will influence how the interviewer sees you. If you smoke, don't smoke before the interview. Don't wear perfume. It's amazing how the scent of smell can adversely effect first impressions people have of you.Advertisement
- 2Anyone who is applying with you.If your children and/or spouse are applying with you, they will need to be there as well. Additionally, you will need to have all of the following, including documents for each person included in your application for the Visa.Advertisement
- 3Originals and copies of your documents.
- These should include all the documents you sent in when you applied for the Visa.
- Any documents written in a different language must be translated and notarized. Also include any documents that have been changed or updated since your approval.
- 5Two color photographs.These must be passport style and size.
- 6The appointment letter.This is the letter you received in the mail detailing the location and time of your appointment.
- 7Your medical examination.If you did not already submit a medical exam in the original packet you sent to immigration, you will need to get one now.
- 8Additional requirements by your specific state/embassy.Some places have additional requirements, so check the website of your home country to make sure you have everything.
- 9Payment for the fee.This is only if you haven't already paid it.
- 10A translator, if you need one.If you don't have your own translator and need one, the office may be able to provide you with one when you get there. Depending on the place, you may need to make an appointment for your translator. Check the requirements for your location by visiting the location's website or calling (a phone number should be listed on the interview letter).
What to Expect at a US Immigration Visa Interview
- 1Show up 15 minutes early.Better early than late! You will likely need to get through security at the entrance. They'll let you know where you are supposed to go.Advertisement
- 2Present your letter.When you get to the appointed location, you will need to show the letter of appointment you received in the mail.
- 3If you haven't yet, pay the interview fee.
- 4Get your fingerprints and a photo taken.
- 6After a (hopefully) brief wait, you will be called to the interview.This may happen in a different room, or right there in the same room. If it's the latter, you can spend the time you wait watching other interviews. This may help calm and prepare you for your own interview.
- 7The interviewer will ask to see your documents.Thoroughly review your documents before coming to the interview, to make sure nothing is missing, and to know where to find everything.
- 8The interviewer will ask you questions about:
- The content of the documents.
- Explanations for any updated or changed documents.
- Your eligibility for the Visa.
- Information about whoever petitioned for you. If a spouse petitioned for you, you may be asked questions about them to determine the validity of the marriage, such as the names of your spouse's parents, where and when you met, details about the marriage, or any number of other personal questions. These are asked to make sure the relationship is real, and not a ploy to get immigrant status in the States. If you applied for a Visa though a company, you will be asked your position, when you started working for the company, and questions pertaining to your previous job history.
- 9This process will be repeated for anyone else applying for a Visa with you.It generally does not take too long.
- 10If there are no problems, you will be told that you are approved.They will have you sign a form and you will be sworn in.
- 11If more information or corrections are needed, you may be told to mail in additional documents, or come back at a later date for a follow-up interview.
- 12In rare cases, an immigrant Visa application will be denied on the spot.If this happens to you, ask the interviewer whether you're eligible to have the denial waived, and what steps you should take to do this.
A Few More Tips on Acing Your US Immigration Interview
- 1Be truthful and genuine.If you don't know or don't remember something, say so - don't guess. Don't give them answers you think they want, give them the truthful answers. You do not want to be caught in a lie.Advertisement
- 2Show up early and be prepared to wait.Bring something to do while you wait.
- 3Don't make plans for the day.The interview itself won't take long, but waiting for it might, and you don't want to appear to be in a rush. You want them to see how important this is for you.
- 4Again, if you're not 100% sure about an answer to a question just say 'you don't know'.Otherwise, an answer could be viewed as a lie and count against you.Advertisement
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