The USCIS conducts many different types of interviews. Being prepared for these interviews begins by understanding some of the different types of interviews the USCIS conducts:
- Marriage interview. Every couple applying for a green card or K1 visa for a fiancée or fiancé is subject to an interview. The aim of this interview is to ensure that the marriage and relationship are genuine and are not being undertaken for the purpose of immigration fraud. In general, the interview takes place in the consulate or embassy of the country where the fiancé or fiancée lives. Each person in the couple is interviewed separately and is asked questions about their relationship and their prospective partner. If the interview is successful, the interviewer will recommend that the necessary visa is granted.
- Potential fraud interview. In cases where the USCIS suspects immigration fraud, the USCIS will usually schedule an interview to determine whether fraud has taken place. The applicant is informed by mail and is requested to appear at an interview with specific documents in order to help the USCIS make a decision in the case.
- Citizenship interview. Once an applicant files a naturalization application and that application is approved, the USCIS will contact the applicant with the date and time of the citizenship interview. The naturalization interview is in fact also a citizenship test. The aim of the interview is to determine whether the applicant knows the English language and US civics well enough to become a US citizen. As well, the interview aims to determine whether the applicant is of good moral character and is willing to abide by the laws and constitution of the US. If the naturalization interview is successful, the candidate is generally eligible for the citizenship ceremony and naturalization.
- Interview at the request of an applicant. Applicants can also request interviews with the USCIS through InfoPass. Usually, this occurs because an applicant needs help with a specific immigration process and the help cannot be secured online or through the phone. After making an arrangement through InfoPass, the applicant will receive a notice about the interview and will be told which documentation to bring. In most cases, these interviews are held at local USCIS offices.
In most cases, if you need an interview with the USCIS, you will be informed via letter of the time, date, and location of the interview. It is important to read and follow the instructions in this letter carefully. Arrive in plenty of time for the interview and bring any documents you have been requested to bring. Dress in a professional and neat manner and be prepared to cooperate with USCIS officials to the best of your ability.