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Preparing for your USCIS interview

If you are involved in any immigration process through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, you may want to prepare for the possibility that you will face an interview by an officer of that agency. Many of the immigration processes, including the process of seeking permanent residency, involve personal interviews, and these are often stressful and critical to the outcome of your case.

The best way to overcome any anxiety you may feel about your interview is to prepare yourself as thoroughly as possible. This often involves taking some simple steps on the day of your interview, but it also may mean more intense preparation and dealing with any potential issues that may arise during your conversation with immigration agents.

Taking the time to prepare

Before you received your date for your interview, you submitted your application and other documentation to the USCIS, all of which you would be wise to carefully review and study before your meeting. Your interviewer will base his or her questions on the information you supplied on your documentation. Since it may have been many months since you submitted those forms, it is a smart idea to refresh your memory regarding the answers you supplied. Other important parts of your preparation include the following:

  • Make copies of your documents, including passport, birth certificate and identification, and bring the originals.
  • Make copies of your wedding album if you are seeking the removal of conditions after your marriage to a U.S. citizen.
  • Be sure all of your government ID cards are valid and current.
  • Clear your calendar for the day of your interview so you will not be distracted by other appointments or obligations.
  • Drive past the Texas USCIS offices where your interview will be to ensure you know how to get there and where to park.
  • Choose something to wear that demonstrates your understanding of the seriousness of the process, such as something you might wear to a job interview.
  • Find an interpreter if you need one, and complete the appropriate forms to register your translator.
  • Arrive early enough to register and pass through security without being late for your appointment.

Your USCIS interview can be the deciding factor in the outcome of your immigration case. Mistakes can result in the loss of your status or even more delays in meeting your goals. However, by working with an attorney who is experienced in immigration processes, you may improve your chances of a positive conclusion.

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