If you’re going through the process of obtaining a visa for immigration purposes, there’s a good chance you’ll need to attend an interview with officials who want to know more about your case. This meeting can have a significant impact on whether you’re successful in acquiring the requested immigration visa, so it’s important that you properly prepare for the proceedings. It’s strongly recommended that you hire an attorney to assist you with your application for a visa, but here are some tips that can help you understand what to expect.
DO bring all relevant paperwork and documentation. You have probably completed a significant amount of documentation and filled out forms as part of the visa process; gather this paperwork before you head to the meeting. Make sure you sort these documents in a such a way that you can refer to them quickly if you need to answer questions. If you attorney filed these documents, they can give you a copy of the packet to take to the interview.
DON’T wear anything inappropriate. Dress in attire that you’d typically wear if you were attending a job interview, as making a professional first impression is your number one goal. The immigration visa meeting is perhaps even more important than interviewing for a job, as the outcome will have a momentous impact on your entire life. Avoid wearing a low-cut shirt, short skirt, sleeveless top or tennis shoes.
DO act professionally with respect to all aspects of the interview. You’ll be asked several questions during the meeting and the officials will ask for your input on a variety of matters. Show them that you’re taking the process seriously by responding directly and politely. Don’t make jokes, especially on the topics of criminal activity or other misconduct.
DON’T be argumentative. Many of the questions will be personal and probe into your intimate affairs, but it’s important to answer as best you can. Refusing to respond can have grave consequences, including rejection of your application. If issues arise as to your paperwork, ask for specific details and offer to correct or clarify any problems.
DO hire an attorney to represent your interests. As you can see, this interview is a critical component of the immigration process. Properly preparing in advance is the key to making the right impression, especially since a poor one can result in denial of your application. Retaining a qualified immigration attorney is one way you can increase your chances of success, as these professionals have the necessary background and knowledge of relevant laws.
If you’re seeking an immigration visa and have been notified that you must attend an interview, please contact the law offices of Stockard, Johnston, Brown & Netardus, P.C. in Amarillo, Texas. Our experienced attorneys can help you with the immigration process and give you more information on how to prepare for the meeting.