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4 tips to prepare for your USCIS interview

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2020 | Naturalization/Citizenship

One part of the naturalization process involves completing an interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This interview allows USCIS to verify important information about you and determine your eligibility for citizenship.

The USCIS officer conducting the interview will verify that you understand all the questions on your application and give you the chance to change any parts you may have completed incorrectly. This interview can impact your ability to gain citizenship, so it is important that you carefully prepare.

1. Look over your application

During your immigration interview, the USCIS officer will inevitably ask about the information you included on your application. Review all the forms you submitted before the day of the interview, regardless of whether you prepared them, or another person did.

2. Answer all questions honestly

Trying to cover up information during your USCIS interview can end poorly. This does not mean you need to volunteer any negative information about yourself. Rather, you should answer the questions the officer asks you concisely and honestly.

3. Remain calm

It is normal to feel nervous before your immigration interview. Take a breath before every question and refrain from chattering on unnecessarily. You should also remain calm during the interview and be polite if the officer asks for further clarification about information included on your application.

4. Show up on time

Dress appropriately for the interview and do your best to show up on time or even a little early. Failing to show up for your interview can negatively affect your application. If you try and reschedule your interview, this could delay the naturalization process significantly.

As long as you follow these guidelines, it is likely that you will qualify for naturalization. If the USCIS officer denies your application, you will likely need to move forward with follow-up actions, such as submitting additional documents or having another medical exam done to confirm your eligibility.