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Friday, January 18, 2019

Tips for the Immigration Interview

To become a U.S. citizen, you must either have been born in the U.S. or go through the naturalization process. To be eligible for naturalization, several requirements must be met, including residing in the U.S. for a specific amount of time prior to filing. Once you have determined that you meet all of the requirements for naturalization, you may complete the application and file it with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).

After reviewing your application, a USCIS officer will contact you to schedule an interview. In the interview, the USCIS officer will ask you questions specific to your application and may also ask more general questions. When preparing for the interview and during the interview itself, make sure to follow these helpful tips:

  1. Remain Calm and Relaxed.

    During the interview, you will want to remain calm and relaxed. This is one of the most important tips, if not the most important, because it will impact all other facets of your interview. Before you go into the interview, take some time to go into a private area (such as the restroom) and take deep breaths while reaffirming your confidence. This may seem odd, but doing so will help you mentally prepare for the interview. Even though you’ll be excited or nervous during the interview, try to appear calm and relaxed as doing so will help you relax mentally.

  2. Know your Application.

    You will be asked questions specific to your application which will require you to know the answer. Even though an agent or lawyer may have prepared your application, you are expected to know exactly what is in it. Therefore, it is especially important that you review your application in its entirety.

  3. Be Precise in your Answers.

    When answering a question, make sure to answer in the most specific manner possible. You will want to refrain from speaking about something unrelated to what the USCIS officer asked. A great example of this is when asked a “yes” or “no” question, simply answer with “yes” or “no”, do not go on to explain your answer unless instructed otherwise.

  4. Always Tell the Truth.

    When answering a question, make sure to answer honestly. Lying during the interview will likely result in more trouble than simply telling the truth. However, this doesn’t mean to give unsolicited information (see Tip #3)

    Hopefully these tips will help you prepare for your USCIS immigration interview. If you’re considering applying for naturalization, consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can guide you through the process.

 


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