An interview with an embassy official can be daunting. However, breaking the interview down into the following steps will help create a (relatively) stress-free experience.

Step 1: Hire an attorney. Navigating the deep waters of immigration law can be very confusing because the law and the regulations interpreting it are constantly changing. Foreigners are reluctant to hire an attorney because ultimately attorneys are not permitted to attend the interview at the embassy. This is an error because an experienced attorney provides tremendous value by helping the foreign national prepare the forms and package to submit at the embassy. An attorney can help the foreign nationals prepare their case and advise them of what to expect at the interview.

Step 2: Review country information on the Department of State website. Each country has specific documents that the embassy wants to review. Some countries even vary as to the order they wish the foreigners to present their documents to the consular officer. Review this information CAREFULLY as it is constantly changing. Although these requirements can seem overwhelming, following them exactly leads to approvals.

Step 3: Check-list for the night before. The foreigner should do the following:

-Review the entire package and forms (foreigners should know where EACH document is located in their package). This will help the interview move quickly as the consular officer requests the documents. Presentation and organization are crucial!

-Arrive early and dress conservatively

-Limit your answers to the question being asked

Above all, be patient. There may be a long wait. The goal is not to finish quickly. Rather, the goal is to have the case approved.

Although the author is a Board-certified immigration expert, this guide is intended as general information and not specific legal advice. This communication does not create an attorney-client relationship. Schedule a consultation with an attorney to address individual concerns.