10 Interview Tips for Green Card, Visa Applicants
1. Dress for Occasion
It is very important to dress correctly for an interview. The first impression the officer will have of you is how you look, so if you look clean and professional that is the impression they will get.
2. Do Not Create Complications
Be respectful to everyone that you encounter since you walk through the door of the USCIS building. Do not cause any trouble for the guards and do not bring anything that might be dangerous or not needed during the interview.
3. Show Up On Time
Showing up on time is key when coming in for an interview. If you are late the officer might be irritated by the time you come and might not give you the decision you want. You need to put your best foot forward. One rule that interviewers share is always be 15 minutes earlier than your appointment.
4. Put Your Cell Phone Away
Cell Phones are a big part of our lives, but during an interview with an officer is not the best time to have your phone beeping and going off. Not only does it distract you, it also distracts the officer, and attorney. It is also considered rude and disrespectful, so just put it away.
5. Wait For Your Attorney
Waiting for your attorney is important, they will be able to discuss the case with you and help you during the interview.
6. Relax and Be Confident
It is a very stressful time while you are going, waiting and having the interview but remember that you already made it this far into the process, take a deep breath relax and be confident in yourself. Officer and other interviewers can tell when a person is nervous and not confident and as a result makes them uncomfortable and nervous too.
7. Listen to the Officers Questions and Instructions
During the interview you will need to answer questions that the officer asks, answer those questions honestly. If you do not understand a question ask your attorney or interpreter to explain the question to you.
8. Bring an Interpreter (if you have too)
If your English is not god enough to understand on your own, bring a interpreter. It does not mean the officer will penalize you for brining someone. They are just their to help you with words and sentences you do not understand.
9. Tell the Truth
Always tell the truth, especially when applying for a green card or visa. The more honest you are the easier and faster the interview will be. Lying causes more strain for you and other people around you. It also creates a possibility of the officer finding out the truth and that can affect your green card, visa decision.
10. Be Yourself
Being yourself will make the interview and experience more pleasant, do not pretend to be someone you are not because it is putting on an act, act like yourself and be happy during this process, no matter how stressful it is.