Don’t leave your evidence in your car when you go to immigration. Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States at our office here in St. Louis, Missouri. This is a little bit of an unusual video. It’s not so much a question but more a statement. I was consulting with a young man named Billy the other day and he told me this sad tale and send me a copy of his denied immigration case. And it turns out that the case was denied because he had forgotten to bring evidence into his interview. The officer was in a bit of a hurry and the officer asked him for such and such piece of evidence.
I don’t even remember what it was. I believe it might’ve been marital evidence in a spouse case, but he had left it out in the car. And of course, you have to go through security and it’s a big hassle when you get to immigration. And to go through that all again, the officer didn’t feel like waiting. So the officer said, “Don’t worry about it. I’ll just send you a request for evidence.” And then Billy never got the requests for evidence and then they went ahead and denied his case. So he’s starting all over.
So the lesson here is, you need to be organized, dude. You need to bring your stuff, you need to have it all organized, you want to have it in folders, you want to be able to get it very quickly depending on what the officer asks for. You don’t want to be waiting around, looking around saying, ‘Oh boy, I sure hope I brought everything.” No, you want to be very detailed-oriented. This is a case where you want to be like my wife who’s very detail-oriented, has everything in order and you don’t want to leave anything in your car.
And the reason I bring this up is, it’s not so much about leaving it in the car. A lot of times the officers will let you go get the documents. But the bigger issue is, is that when you get that RFE, it puts your case on a different track. It floats away from the officer and it floats away from you. In other words, it becomes something that goes on their back burner and they don’t take care of it anymore. It just sets you up for failure. It sets you up for more problems. And in all honesty, sometimes when an officer gets their mind together to send out a request for evidence for what you left in the car, they reminds him to ask about other things. And so you really don’t want that to happen. You really want your case to go as smoothly as possible.
So the lesson for today is, don’t leave your stuff in your car. Don’t leave your immigration stuff at home. I’ve had clients have to drive home as fast as they can to try and get their green card. It obviously adds a whole other level of stress to the interview. And if you can avoid that, that would be great. So be organized and make sure you bring everything through security. Make sure you don’t leave it in your car and you do a walkthrough of your car to make sure you’re bringing everything with you when you make your way to the immigration building.
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