What can I expect at a second interview? Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, an immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States at our offices in St. Louis, Missouri; San Diego, California; and Washington, DC. Today, I’m coming to you live from Holland, Michigan. We’re on vacation. I’ve been missing doing my videos and I’m back to doing a video every single day. That advice we got was good, and we are going to do things to improve our video process, but we need to talk to the people and answer questions every single day.
So in this video, we’re going to talk about when you receive a second interview notice. Now, a second interview notice that will take you to another round of USCIS interview questions happens for many reasons. Number one, the officer who originally handled your case in the concerned government agency might not be there anymore. Number two, USCIS might’ve done an investigation. USCIS might have additional questions about your case. There might be something wrong with your case, and they might have questions or they don’t know exactly what they want to do. So they call you in for a second interview.
Now, I would argue that if you get called in for a second interview, you need to have a lawyer come with you to the second interview. Nothing good happens at a second interview. I say it all the time. If you have your first interview, answering the USCIS interview questions, they’ve had a chance to look over your case and digest it. Now they have specific questions that they want to ask you, such as about your spouse’s family, your spouse’s birthday, your spouse’s religious background, and your spouse’s hobbies; things they found after your naturalization test and citizenship test; details about your other family members; your bona fide marriage; how many children you have; your joint bank account; and anything the USCIS officer wants to ask, so everything will be clear to them.
And if it’s a green card case, including your marriage-based green card, this might be where they separate you, where they conduct a Stokes interview, perhaps a marriage green card interview. Aside from these green card interview questions, if it’s a naturalization case, there might be some reason why the immigration officer thinks you’re ineligible for citizenship or where your green card is at risk.
A second interview, such as a naturalization interview, usually indicates that there’s something serious about your case. It doesn’t necessarily mean the case is going to be denied, but it does mean that they are looking at it harshly and looking at it stringently, and they’re probably going to really put you through your paces since they might have found details from the first interview that raised suspicions with USCIS.
And second interviews that involve another set of USCIS interview questions usually take longer. They’re usually pretty in-depth. The officer usually has a very specific reason or reasons for bringing you into the office. And you need to consider all that when you’re thinking about whether or not to bring a lawyer from a reputable law firm with you. The USCIS officer will ask questions that’ll further iron out any details they got from you during the initial interview. One thing that has surprised me this week is that we have filed a bunch of lawsuits lately, and in two of them, after we filed the lawsuit, our clients were somehow surprised that their cases were set for a second interview. They shouldn’t be surprised because, in most of these cases, when the immigration attorney files a lawsuit, they’ve been detained for years. So I can almost guarantee that the original officer is no longer at USCIS or in a different field office, or something like that. So it really should be no surprise that someone’s being scheduled for a second interview.
So to my clients whom we filed lawsuits for, you should know that you might likely get an approval, you might get a denial, you might get a notice of intent to deny or some kind of request for evidence, but certainly within the immigration officer’s toolbox is a second interview. So don’t be surprised if you get scheduled for a second interview.
And like I said, if you do get scheduled for a second interview, you’re most likely going to want to bring a lawyer with you. I would not go into a second interview at USCIS without a lawyer. If you have questions about this or concerns, give us a call at 314-961-8200 or email us at [email protected]. Be sure to join us in our Facebook group, which is called Immigrant Home, and we’d love to have you in there. We have thousands of members now answering and talking about immigration questions every single day.
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