How do I get them to schedule my interview? Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer, practicing law throughout the United States at our office here in St. Louis, Missouri. We get this question a lot. How do I get USCIS, or how do I get the Embassy to schedule me for my interview? I know that they have everything. I know that I submitted a strong case. I know there’s nothing wrong with my case. I know I’m not a criminal. Why in the hell won’t they schedule me for an interview?
Well, of course the delay is being baked into the system. They’re putting so many procedural hurdles and so many supervisor reviews into every application, that everything is taking longer. And of course, that’s by design. They want to slow down your case. They don’t want immigrants to come even legally to the United States, so this is all sort of baked in.
Now, if you accept that and understand that, you might come to some sort of peace with it. But if you’re not at peace with it, if you feel like you really, really, really want them to schedule you for an interview, I suppose the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I don’t really see it. I don’t really think that it happens. I’ve seen people call the 1-800 number every day. I’ve seen them try to get updates. I’ve seen them bang their head against the wall. For the most part, you’re probably not going to get them to do it. We get a lot of calls too, about expedite requests. I wouldn’t put much stock in those. Those are almost routinely and almost always denied. So really, you just have to be patient.
Now, if you want to call them, I would call early in the morning, and I’d call every day and ask them, “What’s going on with my case?” I don’t know that you’re going to do anything other than piss them off. So don’t get your hopes up, but you can certainly try and that certainly you’re right. I think the better approach is just to sit tight and understand that it’s going to take a long time and that it’s frankly not personal. So I don’t know that you can get them to schedule your interview.
Now at the Embassy, they have even more autonomy and they take even longer. So I don’t think repeated emailing, I don’t think repeated contacting Congress or ombudsman, any of those things work. In my experience, the only thing that really works is suing them if it’s really gone on too long. Otherwise, just sit back and chill. Let your lawyer worry about it. Don’t you worry about it. Don’t you ruin your day worrying about when they’re going to schedule you for your damn interview, it’ll come. And when the time comes, you’ll be ready, so that’s what you should focus on.
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