TIPS FOR PERSONS DOING THEIR IMMIGRATION CASE IN ANCHORAGE ALASKA
This guide intends to provide the user with some tips to use in their immigration cases before the local field office in Anchorage, Alaska. (If you are in removal - deportation- proceedings please look at my guide in that specific subject.) Remember that all cases are different, be careful.
Visiting the Anchorage Field Office for InformationThe anchorage field office is small in comparison to those located in larger cities. Obtaining information in your case is pretty straight forward and appointments are usually available for the same day. The appointments run from 8 am to 12 pm, Monday through Thursday. Normally there is a single officer at the information window and if there is a wait it should not be or more than a couple of minutes. Take all documents you have filed with immigration with you for the appointment or if there is a particular issue be clear as to what it is you want to know. Note that if you are in remote areas of Alaska you should call the immigration information line before traveling to Anchorage, sometimes the contractors at the other end of the line will be able to solve your problem. You can also ask for forms and instructions at the window, but remember that you can obtain them via the USCIS website.
Immigration interviews at the Anchorage Field OfficeYou will need to appear at the Anchorage Field Office for biometrics appointments and for the benefit interview (residence, naturalization, etc...). The field office will accommodate individuals who reside in remote locations (Most of the state) in order to complete the biometrics. This means that fingerprinting and pictures may be taken on the same date as interviews for the benefit. There are a few officers in the field office who take care of clients on a daily basis -Usually four or five. -
Make sure that you bring all the documentation required for your interview such as state id, green-card, birth certificates, etc...The field office in Anchorage is VERY PICKY and will ask for a lot of documentation in most cases. Sometimes the documentation is not necessary and in those cases, if you do not have a lawyer, you should consult with one. Be patient. There are a few officers and sometimes they go over the scheduled time so you may have to wait. Dress appropriately, that means your Friday, Sunday or interview best - Remember impressions last a lifetime.
Using a lawyer in your caseImmigration cases are like Forest Gump's box of chocolates - they are all different-. Yours may be very simple or it can be very complicated. The ONLY person who will really know that is an experienced attorney who is able to tell the difference. Understand that immigration is not only filling out forms, but filling them out correctly. A single error in one of those forms could land you in hot water.
As to the Anchorage field office do not expect the officers there to cut any corners in your case. They will go by the book and sometimes beyond. Prepare your case well and make sure that there are no issues you are not aware off.