For students who will like to migrate from their home country to the country where their Institution is located, here are some mistakes people make during immigration interviews that you can avoid:
Do Not Forget To Take Complete Documents Along
Such as identity documents, marriage certificate (marriage photos), green card (if you have one), driver’s license, Identity card should not be forgotten no matter what the case may be. Check each of your credentials and double-check. It’s important.
Never Guess Your Answers
Some people who do not have English as a first language may want to guess a “yes” or “no” question if they can pick one or two words they understand out of the entire sentence. This is very much likely to backfire.
If you are not sure of the correct answer to give because you do not completely understand the question, do not feel that you must say something. Simply ask the officer to expatiate on this question and explain better. If you guess most of your answers, they may choose to postpone your case indefinitely. They may also think you are lying if the answer turns out to be false which is certainly not a good way to having your immigration interview successful.
Do not use unnecessary words or talk on and on endlessly. This may make you seem nervous or look like you have something to hide. You do not need to answer questions or give information that is not asked of you either.
Honesty here is the best policy. If you get caught lying to the immigration officer during your interview, you can be completely prohibited from ever accessing any immigration benefits.
You may need an immigration lawyer to help prepare you, understand the questions and ensure you answer them correctly and truthfully.
Never Pressure the officer to give you an answer
You are free to casually ask questions to know when you think you can get an answer. But it is important to be polite, respectful, and professional during your immigration interview. Many times, the officers have to go through various processes such as supervisor review and some other things before getting back to you.
Treat your immigration interview like a job interview and you are good to go.
Never go unprepared
You should know the kinds of questions you are expected to answer and prepare ahead for them. If you have an immigration lawyer, ensure you go through the lists of possible questions you will be asked.
Never Interrupt the Officer During your Interview
It’s just plain rude. This may give the officer the wrong idea about you. Be polite. Go along with the questions as they come.
Do Not Argue
Trying to argue your case with the officer is a no-no! Be calm and easy to talk to. Remember, it is their office.
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