Preparing for a Visa Interview

As an immigrant you must qualify for a visa before you can submit a petition. Along with your petition you will be required to submit documentation to support your request. Once your application has been received, you will be provided with a date and time to attend an interview. Properly preparing for a visa interview is essential in ensuring that your visa will be approved. You will receive a letter informing you of the location, date and time of the interview.

Gather All the Requested Documentation

The interview is a meeting with an official from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You will be required to bring documentation with you. Some of the paperwork you must provide includes your green card or current identification card, passport, proof of residence, birth certificate, and marriage certificate. If you are seeking a green card you must provide proof that you do not intend to return to your homeland.

Bring More Information than you need

When in doubt, it is usually best to bring more information rather than less. For example, those who are applying for a marriage-based visa need to prove that their marriage is real and not just for the purpose of getting a green card. To prove this you may need to bring in affidavits, photos, marriage license, and proof that you are a real couple. If you don’t bring enough documentation your visa could be denied.

Be On Time for Your Appointment

Interview appointments are not always easy to reschedule. For this reason it is best to make arrangements to attend the interview on your appointed date and time. Be sure that you are on time for your appointment and that all applicants are in attendance. Write down any questions you may have for the interviewer. Answer all questions truthfully. If you are unsure of a question, ask for clarification.

Seek Guidance from an Immigration Attorney

The visa process can be complicated. A problem at any point can result in a holdup in your application, or in a denial. An experienced immigration attorney will help guide you through the procedure from start to finish. Your visa application process will be smoother and less stressful. If your visa was denied, an attorney will evaluate your options and help you resolve the problem. Call the skilled legal team at Udall Shumway PLC to schedule a consultation today.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding A Visa Interview, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.