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What if the officer asked, "Do you have anything else to add?" Hi, I'm Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer, practicing law throughout the United States at our offices in St. Louis, San Diego, and Washington DC. Today, I'm in Houston for a conference for today and tomorrow. And my son [inaudible 00:00:15] who edits our videos is going through the end of his pledging at San Diego State University. So he's unavailable to edit. So I'm just shooting from the hip today and tomorrow.

Hope you all are well, but I did want to shoot a video to talk about what happens if the officer comes to the end of the interview and says, "Do you have anything else that you would like to add?" Now, this can be a trick question, or they might say do you have any questions for me? I generally, if I'm there at an interview with a client, I'll say "No, Officer Smith, or, "No Officer Jones, we don't have anything else." Or I will encourage my clients to just say thank you and to walk right out the door. So you don't want to add anything else. You don't want to bring any other topics up unless something was covered that was misleading or confusing. So if you feel like the officer might not have been totally up to speed with something that you said, then you should go ahead and explain it to them.

But otherwise, I think you should think long and hard before you say anything to the officer about adding anything else. So for instance, if you have a citizenship case and you go through all the questions and you pass the test and you're winding down the interview and the officer says, "Okay, well, it looks like I have everything else I need. And did you have anything else that you wanted to add?" I'm going to encourage you not to add anything, not to say anything else. Just say thank you. And maybe ask when are you going to issue a decision? That's about it. I don't think you should start telling them other things. I mean, you might want to say, I think I'll be a really good citizen and I love this country. That would be okay.

But not anything substantive, not anything that's goes to the merits of whether or not you get your citizenship or your green card or your visa. So I'm just going to encourage you that if the officer says anything along those lines, do you have any questions for me? Do you have anything that you'd like to add? Is there anything else I need to know? Anything like that, just say no ma'am or no, sir. Thank you for the interview. And I'm looking forward to getting a positive decision from you, something like that. So I hope you find that helpful. If you have any questions or if you've got an interview coming up, give us a call at 314-961-8200. You can email us, Be sure to join us in our Facebook group, which is called Immigrant Home. And you know, we have our YouTube channel. We add a new video every single day.

You should subscribe and tell your friends if you can. And finally on Tuesdays and Thursdays, usually at noon central, I'll be answering as many immigration law related questions as possible in our YouTube channel and on our Facebook group. Thanks a lot. Have a great day.

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