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Rescheduling USCIS Interviews

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Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, an immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States out of our office here in St. Louis, Missouri. If you’re wondering what might look new in this video, it’s my new spectacle. Got some new glasses. And I am one blind bastard, so I have a really hard time seeing, so I always have to get my glasses updated about once a year. And if you notice, the curve of my glasses or my lenses are so thick that sometimes the blue comes through my glasses. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed that, but let me know down below what you think about the new glasses.

But anyway, in this video, we are talking about situations where … What am I talking about? Hold on. Oh yeah. Rescheduling USCIS interviews. 

And so in today’s video, we’re going to talk about:

  • situations where you had an interview scheduled at USCIS, and then during the coronavirus, it got rescheduled
  • how to get ready for the interview

Is USCIS Starting to Reschedule Interviews? 

Last week our mail came, and we received 16 interview notices in one day for our office. That was sort of insane. And everybody swung into action, and we plotted them out week by week. And we started figuring out how to get our cases ready for the interview. 

We do a lot of work right before the interview to get the cases ready. Our team of immigration attorneys was a little stressed, but they rallied, and they’re getting those cases put together for an interview.

And so you might see situations where USCIS is getting cases moving again. Now, we all know also that the USCIS office is having financial problems, and they might be sending people out on furlough at the end of August 2020, but so far, it seems like they’re still planning on conducting interviews. We’re getting notices, and of course, those was might get de-scheduled, but everything’s still fluid at USCIS. 

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Getting Ready for the Interview

You have to be ready for anything. Don’t wait for the USCIS to send out an interview notice. 

If I had a pending green card case or a citizenship case, I would be working off and on in anticipation of my upcoming interview date. I’d be getting more documents together. I’d be getting my case ready. I’d be practicing answering the questions. And the best way to do that is to have someone read them to you out loud.

Most times, the interviewing officer will go right off the N-400 or the I-45, or the I-130. Sometimes they’ll go off script, and you have to be ready for that. But there’s no substitute to having somebody read you the questions to get ready for the interview

We are starting to see cases get rescheduled. Hopefully, your case will get rescheduled. There’s not much that you can do to ask them to reschedule it. They’re just going on their own systems, but it does seem like their systems are back on, at least for now.

If you have an upcoming interview or questions about citizenship and immigration services, give us a call at 314-961-8200. You can email us at [email protected]. Be sure to join us in our Facebook group, which is called Immigrant Home. And if you like this video, we ask that you to please share it out on social and that you subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thanks a lot. Have a great day.

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