Whether it’s for family or work reasons, obtaining permanent residency in the U.S. is most likely extremely important to you. Getting to this stage is not easy, but the rewards after a successful immigration application are certainly worthwhile.
A Green Card interview will be a crucial part of this process, and preparing for it is key to your success. While no two interviews are the same, they follow a fairly standardized format. This allows you to prepare. Outlined below are some of the main ways that you can do that.
Taking the oath
Before the interview process commences, you will be asked to swear an oath. USCIS should be willing to explain what this entails, but it is much better if you arrive prepared. You will be asked to raise your right hand and promise that you will tell the truth with no exceptions. Honesty is among the most important aspects of any successful application. Lying under oath could see your application rejected, and criminal charges might even be brought against you.
The interview: What to expect
During the interview stage, you will be asked numerous questions about your personal, financial and educational circumstances. You must answer these accurately and have any relevant documentation, such as tax returns, letters from your employer and evidence of your annual salary.
Officers may also make inquiries into your ethical opinions and choices. This is not done to catch you out but just to get a clear indication of the type of person you are. As with all citizens of the U.S., you will be expected to be of good moral character and uphold the laws of the country.
Interviews can be daunting, but they go more smoothly with thorough preparation. As you navigate the application process for immigration to the U.S., be sure to explore your legal rights.