The interview process can be a rather daunting experience for many clients. It’s very understandable for clients to go into the interview with a great deal of anxiety. This anxiety is understandable given that the decision made by the sole officer can potentially have a huge impact on the client’s future. That said we’ve compiled a few tips and pieces of advice to get you through the interview process. Remember, it’s the job of the officer in charge of the interview to detect fraud, thus even a small lie can potentially have an extremely negative impact on your case. That said, take a deep breath, relax, and prepare yourself by reading our step by step guide on what to expect at a meeting with the immigration officer.

While we do not pretend to cover all the possibilities of an interview, we will try to address a few of the common interviews, give you some helpful advice, while throwing in a few general tips. Note that interviews do not generally follow a pre set pattern. They are done on a case by case basis and it would be virtually impossible to predict an exact scenario. Based on my personal experience in the practice of immigration and nationality laws, I will cover many issues in this article.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
– Sun Tzu (The Art of War)

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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).