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The importance of honesty during an immigration interview

On Behalf of | May 5, 2022 | Immigration

You’ve dreamt about immigrating to the U.S. for a number of years now. Finally, this vision is turning into a reality. You’ve reached the interview segment of the process, where you will be asked a series of questions.

Some of these questions might feel intrusive, or irrelevant, but immigration officers are asking them for a reason. They need to try and confirm you are of good moral character, law-abiding and sincere in your intentions. Honesty is crucial to the immigration process. Outlined below are some important factors to keep in mind.

It’s OK not to know something

In a daunting situation, it might be easy to be dishonest without bad intentions. You may feel intimidated by the process, and answer questions according to what you think immigration officers want to hear, rather than the truth. This is a sure way to land yourself in trouble. Immigration officers deal with applicants every day, they are highly trained in being able to spot misinformation. If you don’t know the answer to a question, you will not be penalized for admitting this. It’s far better to admit this than to be caught in a lie.

Be yourself

If you are an honest, law-abiding and honorable person, then there is no need to show anything else. It’s natural to be nervous during such an important procedure, but try not to be overcome by your anxieties. Immigration officers are likely to warm to you as a person once they see that you are being open with them, and this will make the process run much more smoothly.

How you present yourself is pivotal during an immigration application. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and dishonesty could set you back considerably. If you are unsure about the process, make sure you assess all of your legal options in more detail.