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How Can I Best Prepare for My Immigrant Visa Interview?

Likely within the month or months following your submission of your initial immigrant visa application, you may receive a notice from the National Visa Center (NVC). This notice may contain information regarding the date and time of your scheduled interview with a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official. Follow along to find out how to best prepare for your immigrant visa interview and how our proficient Lyndhurst family & individual immigration law firm, the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, can help you better understand what to expect.

In what ways can I best prepare for my immigrant visa interview?

Firstly, you must schedule a medical examination on a date that lands before your scheduled immigrant visa interview. Of note, this examination must be conducted by a physician authorized by the United States embassy or consulate in which your interview is set to take place. Also, depending on your country of residence or origin, you must be willing to accept all required vaccinations.

Secondly, you must decide whether you feel comfortable walking into this interview alone or if you prefer the assistance of an interpreter. If you choose the latter, then you and your interpreter must jointly file Form G-1256, Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview, beforehand.

Arguably most importantly, you may be expected to supply a USCIS official with certain documents upon entering your interview. Such documents may be originals or certified copies, which may include your birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, etc.

What questions can I anticipate being asked in my interview?

You must be prepared to naturally and easily answer any questions that a USCIS official throws your way. This is because if you show any hesitancy or if there are any discrepancies across your answers, you may ultimately jeopardize your opportunity to be approved for an immigrant visa. Without further ado, an attorney may help you practice answering the following anticipated questions:

  • What is your full, legal name?
  • What is your date of birth?
  • What country were you born in?
  • What country are you currently a citizen or legal resident of?
  • What country or countries have you lived in for the past five years?
  • What job or jobs have you held for the past five years?
  • What countries have you traveled to in the past 10 years, and for how long did you stay?
  • Are you currently married or have you ever been married?
  • Do you have any children, and if so what are their ages?
  • If you get approved for an immigrant visa, where do you plan to stay within the United States?
  • If you get approved for an immigrant visa, how do you plan to financially support yourself during your stay?

The best way to prepare for your immigrant visa interview is to retain the services of our talented Lyndhurst family and individual immigration law firm. So please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta today.