Following these immigration interview tips can help you make sure that your USCIS interview goes as smoothly as possible.
For some immigration matters, you may be called to sit down for an interview conducted by an official of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS). While these interviews may be sources of stress and anxiety (especially if you are not fully fluent in English), if you take some time to prepare for them and follow the tips laid out in this blog (and the upcoming second and third parts of this blog), you can ensure that your immigration interview will go as smoothly as possible and, in turn, that your immigration case can be resolved as favorably and efficiently as possible.
Immigration Interview Tips: What Not to Do During Interviews
The following is a list of some things that you should avoid doing when you sit down for a formal interview with a USCIS officer. While avoiding doing the following things can help you reduce the chances that your case will be unnecessarily delayed, it can also minimize the chances that your application (for permanent residency, a visa, etc.) will be denied or rejected altogether.
During the immigration interview, AVOID or REFRAIN from:
- Making jokes – Your immigration interview is a very serious matter. While jokes can be misinterpreted as you not taking this interview or the entire process seriously, in the worst cases, they can lead to USCIS thinking that you may be involved in criminal behaviors (such as if, for instance, you joke about smuggling drugs or people into the U.S.).
- Being argumentative or overly aggressive – While means that you do your best to not argue with your partner and/or family members during an immigration interview, it also means that you should avoid at all costs arguing or being aggressive with the USCIS officer who is conducting the interview. If a disagreement arises, do your best to stay calm, try to use the documents you have to back up your claims or refer the matter to your attorney.
- Lying – Lying about your criminal background, your intentions for coming into the U.S. or anything else on your application/immigration documents can be grounds for an immediate denial of your requested status change; in fact, depending on what you have lied about, it could permanently bar you from ever being able to get the status change you are seeking.Therefore, do your best to honest about everything the USCIS officer asks you; if you are unsure of answer, do not be afraid to say that you don’t know and that you will consult a lawyer to help you clarify the answer.
Stay posted for the upcoming second and third parts of this blog for some more essential immigration interview tips.
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