Whether you’re getting married or you’re moving for employment purposes, obtaining the appropriate visa or residency status for the United States will be very important to you. The immigration process can take time and effort, but the rewards are certainly worth striving for.
If you are applying for permanent residency, then you will undergo an interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This can be daunting, as few people relish any interview — let alone one where the stakes are so high. While no two interviews are identical, there are a number of things you can expect from an immigration interview.
You must take the oath
Honesty is fundamental to a successful application for residency. Even if you think something from the past may affect your status, you should not lie about it. Before the interview commences, you will be asked to swear an oath. This is not merely ceremonial. Being dishonest during your application process will be frowned upon and could even land you in criminal trouble.
You may be asked about your family
The USCIS officers will most likely take an interest in your family history. This is not to be intrusive (although it might feel this way), but it is to get a clearer picture of who you are as well as your unique circumstances. This might make you uncomfortable, but it is important to remain calm and answer questions to the best of your ability.
Your employment status
If you are applying for a visa for employment purposes, then you will certainly be asked questions related to this topic. You can also expect to face inquiries into your educational background. Questions such as “Which school did you attend?”, “What is your salary?” and “Have you always met your tax obligations?” are not uncommon during the interview process.
The interview process is designed to ensure that you are of good moral character and will uphold the laws of the United States. If you are struggling with aspects of your immigration application, it may benefit you to explore your legal rights in more depth.