Prepare for a US Immigration Interview
Edited by Yuliya, MsBarbs, Dougie-1, Eng and 1 other
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.
- 1You 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.Yourself.Advertisement
- 2If 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.Anyone who is applying with you.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.
- 5These must be passport style and size.Two color photographs.
- 6This is the letter you received in the mail detailing the location and time of your appointment.The appointment letter.
- 7If you did not already submit a medical exam in the original packet you sent to immigration, you will need to get one now.Your medical examination.
- 8Some places have additional requirements, so check the website of your home country to make sure you have everything.Additional requirements by your specific state/embassy.
- 9This is only if you haven't already paid it.Payment for the fee.
- 10If 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).A translator, if you need one.
What to Expect at a US Immigration Visa Interview
- 1Better 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.Show up 15 minutes early.Advertisement
- 2When you get to the appointed location, you will need to show the letter of appointment you received in the mail.Present your letter.
- 3If you haven't yet, pay the interview fee.
- 4Get your fingerprints and a photo taken.
- 6This 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.After a (hopefully) brief wait, you will be called to the interview.
- 7Thoroughly review your documents before coming to the interview, to make sure nothing is missing, and to know where to find everything.The interviewer will ask to see your documents.
- 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.
- 9It generally does not take too long.This process will be repeated for anyone else applying for a Visa with you.
- 10They will have you sign a form and you will be sworn in.If there are no problems, you will be told that you are approved.
- 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.
- 12If 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.In rare cases, an immigrant Visa application will be denied on the spot.
A Few More Tips on Acing Your US Immigration Interview
- 1If 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.Be truthful and genuine.
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