Let’s talk about visa interviews for the adult children of U.S. citizens.
Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States out of our office here in St. Louis, Missouri.
Today’s question comes from Matt, right out of our Immigrant Home Facebook group. If you’re not a member of Immigrant Home, we’ve been having a ton of people join lately. I don’t know what in the hell is going on. I don’t know where they’re all coming from. But I think just this week alone, we probably had 200 people join in.
And so today’s question comes from Matt from right within our very own Immigrant Home Facebook group. If you’re not in there, just do a search for Immigrant Home, and we’ll add you. Matt writes, “Hey, Jim Hacking. Thanks for your great YouTube videos. Been watching for a few months and learned a lot. I have an immigration interview coming up in Sydney, Australia, not by marriage, but because I am the adult unmarried son of a U.S. citizen.”
So just so you know, Matt’s been waiting a long time. “Seen a lot of videos on marriage interviews, but what can I expect to face in an interview in my category? Warm regards, Matt.”
All right, Matt. Well, thanks for the question. And before we get to it, I just want to mention that, of course, Donald Trump has presidential proclamation 10014, which is still in effect, which prevents embassies from giving visas to the adult children who are unmarried of U.S. Citizens, so Trump has cut down on a lot of different visa categories, and one of those are the children of U.S. citizens. So you probably won’t get your visa right away, and it’ll probably be held in advance.
But as far as the questions is what happens when you’re talking about an adult child of a U.S. citizen or any children of U.S. citizens, what happens at the interview? Well, the main thing is they’re going to ask you, do you still want to come to the United States? Why do you want to come to the United States? They might ask for some updated evidence that shows that you and your parents have this familial relationship, so any pictures that you have of recent trips or receipts from time together or trips overseas or places where you’ve met around the world. You’re going to want to bring all those. I don’t suspect, Matt, that it’s going to be a very difficult interview. They’re just, really, the only thing they need to establish is that you are, in fact, the son of a U.S. citizen and that that relationship is valid, that you’re on the birth certificate, they’re on the birth certificate, and that everything’s on the up and up.
You’re obviously going to have to have your police certificate and all those other things. But the interview itself will probably be pretty quick. It’ll just be at a window with an officer. They’ll establish that you are, in fact, the son of the U.S. citizen. They might ask you some family-based questions. They might ask you what your plans are when you get to the United States. But I don’t think it’s going to be very straightforward. And, of course, as I mentioned, right now, they won’t give you the visa. But it’s probably still a good idea to get that part of the process completed because Trump’s ban is supposed to end on December 31st. He might lose reelection or further challenges might come to the ban, so obviously, Matt, go forward and be prepared. I’d make sure that you have a copy of everything document-wise that you have submitted, and that you have some updated evidence to show your relationship to your mother or your father.
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