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When you apply for a United States Visa, you may assume it’s going to be filing some paperwork and waiting to hear back. In reality, there are several steps involved in this document-heavy process that can increase the complexity of these matters. One thing you may not know is that you’ll need to go through a visa interview before your application is accepted or denied. If you’re unsure what you can do to prepare for your interview, you’ll want to keep reading.  The following blog explores what this process entails and why it’s in your best interest to connect with a New York City immigration lawyer to discuss your options.

What Is a Visa Interview?

A visa interview is a process by which you meet with a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer or someone from the United States embassy or consulate. If you apply for a visa within the United States, such as petitioning to change your immigration status, you will meet with the USCIC. If you are outside the United States, you will meet with an officer at the embassy.

Generally, if you are applying for a green card via marriage or family, an F-1 visa (student visa), a travel visa, or for Citizenship, you must go through the interview process.

What Can I Do to Prepare?

When you receive your interview date and time, it’s essential to understand what you must do prior to your arrival. Generally, you must undergo a medical examination with an embassy-approved doctor. Additionally, you may be required to get certain vaccinations if you have not been immunized already.

Next, you’ll need to gather the necessary interview documents. This includes photographs and the original copies of all civil documents you’ve already submitted. Additionally, you’ll need to bring the appointment letter, your passport, and the DS-260 confirmation page.

Generally, the interview is used to confirm your identity and verify why you are applying for a visa. For example, if you’ve applied for a B-1 travel visa, you’ll be asked questions to verify your intended travel plans. However, if you are applying to become a citizen, the interview will revolve around your knowledge of United States civics and your eligibility. In terms of marriage visa interviews, you will be asked questions about your relationship to verify that the relationship is legitimate.

How Can an Experienced Attorney Help Me?

As you can see, there are many things you must consider when applying for a visa. However, in addition to the complex interview process, there are many documents you must complete and applications to file. As such, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced attorney to ensure you have someone familiar with this process to guide you through these complex matters.

At the Law Office of Jason A. Dennis, our dedicated legal team is ready to help you. We understand how overwhelming these matters can be, which is why we are committed to guiding you through. Connect with us today to learn how we can assist you.