For many spouses, living together and building a stable life is the ultimate goal. In some situations, this is not a guaranteed right.
If you are trying to enter the U.S. as a spouse from another country, there are numerous steps that you need to go through first. You will be asked to provide documents that give information as to who you are and you can also expect to face an interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The questioning might feel overwhelming at times and you may feel like your privacy is being invaded. Nonetheless, there are valid reasons behind the questions asked and the ultimate aims are to ensure that the marriage is genuine and you are a person of good character. Outlined below are some tips that might help you get through the interview process.
There is no harm in rehearsing
Like most interview situations, it can be compared to a performance. However, it is not a fictional performance but rather a performance where you show your best self. If you practice, you will get a sense of what you are going to say and are less likely to forget important points. You may also find that you are less nervous when it comes to answering real questions from a USCIS officer.
Always be honest
As mentioned previously, the focus of the interview will be to assess whether or not you are of good character. If this is the case, then you have nothing to worry about. Just answer the questions openly and in an honest manner. If you do find something offensive, you can always raise it with the officers in a polite manner, and they are likely to understand once you have explained.
The interview stage of your immigration application is crucial and it is important that you don’t become overwhelmed. As you proceed, make sure you are fully aware of your rights. Some experienced legal guidance can help.