- You can reschedule your interview at least once if you cannot make it for work, health or other unavoidable obligations and can document that. You must obviously inform immigration by at least sending back the interview notice via certified mail before your interview with the rescheduling request to prove the request.
- You have the right to have an attorney present at your green card interview. This is not required, but always advisable if you can afford it. Remember thought that not all immigration attorneys are the same; thoroughly interview and vet your attorney to make sure they understand the amount of documentation your have, can help you counter any challenges your case may have, and prepare you for what’s to come.
And, if you have a second interview, the officer is already questioning the bona fide nature of your relationship and is skeptical of your marriage.
- If CIS claims that your session is being videotaped and later issues a denial relying on your testimony during the interview, you have a right to see that video tape.
- You do not have to submit all joint documentation of financial accounts you may have together; this is up to you. If the officer asks for a particular piece of information or documentation such as health insurance, which you wish to keep private or do not have, you have a right to not offer it.
- You have the right to remain silent! Do not spill your guts. The officer may seem friendly and talkative. Many are great people. Don’t let down your guard. Ever heard of a person fishing for information? The officers are looking for signs of fraud and even if you think your case is easy and clean, you never know how an officer will interpret your comments. The more relaxed you feel, the likely more talkative you will become in your interview. Remember to listen exactly for what is being asked of you. Do not elaborate or go off on a tangent that you may not be prepared to answer questions that lead from that tangent. A competent attorney’s goal is to get you in an out of that interview as soon as possible with just the necessary information the officer needs. Green card interviews should generally not last more than 20 minutes.
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