What kind of questions are asked at an immigration interview and how should I prepare?

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An immigration interview may be one of the most nerve-racking moments of your life, but certain tips may make it easier and improve your chances of success.  As immigration attorneys in Tallahassee, we take the time to provide in depth preparation for our clients prior to an immigration interview.  The following are some general guidelines as opposed to specific advice:

Do’s

  1. Make sure you bring the appropriate forms that are associated with your specific immigration process. Each circumstance will require different papers. As a result, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney who can guide you along the complicated journey.
  2. If you struggle speaking English or do not understand English, hire an interpreter.
  3. Dress professionally. It will give a great first impression.
  4. Remain calm and keep your composure.  The best way to do this is to be completely truthful and prepare by reviewing your personal history of which you’ll be asked about.
  5. Make sure you show up on time. It will be challenging to change your interview time and you may have to wait awhile before you can have another interview.
  6. Hire an attorney. An attorney knows your rights and will be able to answer difficult questions on your behalf if you have a hard time comprehending. Also, an attorney has done the immigration process several times so they have a great deal of expertise.  Certain immigration lawyers in Florida are available to attend interviews with you no matter where you live in the state.

Don’t’s

 Do not be rude. Make sure you are polite to the USCIS officer.  You will not be able to intimidate or bully your way into a successful interview.

  1. DO not act like the interview is unimportant. This meeting is very crucial.  There is nothing wrong with coming across as prepared and respectful of the process.
  2. Do not lie to the USCIS officer.  See number 4 above.
  3. Do not dress inappropriately. This can lead to a bad impression.  Yuu do not need to buy new clothing for the interview.  But there is nothing to be gained from dressing down for the interview.
  4. Do not ignore or talk past personal background questions. This can lead to suspicion. It is always in your best interest to have an attorney represent you at the meeting so they can advise you if you should answer each question.  See number 4 above.  You are going to be asked about your life events.  Be prepared with as much detail on the events that you can remember as well as any documents that support your story.
  5. Not bringing an attorney. This process is nerve-racking and not the easiest. An attorney is experienced and knows the law and process very well.  As Tallahassee immigration lawyers we understand the hesitation you may have with whether to hire an attorney.  At the very least, get a consultation with an immigration attorney so you can understand what value they might bring to your immigration interview.