If you are seeking to become a U.S citizen, the citizenship interview is one of the last steps in the process. Once you have received notice of your citizenship interview appointment from the USCIS, you must prepare yourself well so you can maximize the chance of passing the test and obtaining the citizenship. Here’s what to expect and a few tips to make sure the interview goes well:
1.Arrive on time: Always arrive early to your citizenship interview. Even with your appointment notice, you may need to encounter long queues and get through security points that will take time. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and be there at least 30 minutes early.
2.Dress appropriately: The citizenship interview is an official and formal process, so it is best to dress conservatively. Though there are no hard and fast rules, try to look neat, tidy and also wear comfortable clothes as the interview process can last a while.
3.Bring copies of any paperwork you think may support your application: Keep accurate and organized files of your original documents and a separate file for your copies. The USCIS officer may ask to examine the original and will ask to keep the photocopies. The better organized you are with your documents, the more confident you will feel at the interview.
4.Put your cell phone away: Some USCIS offices do not allow cell phones into the interview premises. If you carry one with you, see to it that you turn off the ringer.
5.Wait for your attorney: If you have hired an immigration lawyer, wait until he/she arrives. You can politely refuse if your USCIS officer calls you for the interview before your attorney arrives.
6.Listen to the questions asked and respond appropriately: Unfortunately in some situations, people tend to speak too much or fail to answer the question asked. There are a multitude of questions that will be asked by the USCIS officer. Listen carefully and answer only the question that the officer has asked you.
7.Be honest and tell the truth: Never make up answers to the USCIS officer. If you have something difficult to explain, don’t be nervous. Take your time and be honest. Do not try to work around the question or be evasive.
8.Bring an interpreter: If you are not fluent in English, you may take a certified interpreter with you to the interview.
9.Don’t complicate things: It is also important for you to know that some items like matches, pepper spray, perfumes or any sharp objects are not allowed on the USCIS premises. Possession of those items may again cause unnecessary delay for you at the security point.
10.Be yourself: USCIS officers are trained and very much experienced in detecting deceptiveness. So be genuine and honest at the interview!.