An interview in any setting can be an unnerving process. In immigration interviews, the stakes are high. If you are applying for residency as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, then you will have to partake in an interview carried out by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
If your interview is successful, then you could be well on your way to obtaining permanent residency. However, if anything goes fundamentally wrong during the interview process, your application could be held up at the very least.
Often, people make crucial errors through a lack of preparation. Preparation can make your immigration interview much less daunting. Outlined below are a few practical steps you can take before and during the interview.
Be open in your communications
It is common for people to only want to display the positive sides of their relationship, especially when talking to strangers. USCIS officers deal with applicants every day, and they are generally able to tell if someone is holding back or not being fully open during discussions. Immigration officers look to gain some insight into your relationship, and they know that every couple has ups and downs. If you attempt to hide any challenges you have faced as a couple, it may give off the impression that your relationship is inauthentic.
Have documents ready
As well as attending the interview, you will be expected to provide supporting evidence for your application. For instance, you should look out the birth certificate of your spouse, which proves they are a U.S. citizen. You will also want to look out any accredited photo ID you have at your disposal, such as a driving license or passport.
Remember that an immigration interview is also a positive thing. If you have the appropriate legal knowledge behind you, then you and your spouse should be able to start this new and exciting chapter together.