What happens if my immigration interview starts late? 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 am in Houston for my last day of this conference. I’ll be back in the studio tomorrow recording. Hope you all are well.
I wanted to shoot a video. There was a fellow in the Facebook group, Immigrant Home, who had waited, waited, waited, waited, waited for his interview and he kept waiting and waiting. It started, I think, like two or three hours late. At the end of the day, the interview itself went very quickly. I think that, obviously, people get mad when they’re sitting in the waiting room and they think that there’s this big plot against them. But a lot of times, good things can happen when your case interview starts late.
Now, the one thing you need to understand is that it’s not random which officer you get. In most field offices, your officer has been assigned at least the day before the interview, and so they’re going to be assigned to your case. They might even look at your case beforehand. If other officers are going more quickly, that really has no impact on your case. If an officer has a tough case ahead of you, that means your interview can start two or three hours late. Don’t take it personally. Don’t get too upset. As always, [inaudible 00:01:19]. We want to be very calm at USCIS. Nothing’s bothering us. We’re ready for anything. Nothing’s making us upset. If it goes really slowly beforehand, good things can happen.
Now sometimes, they weren’t delayed on the prior case. They were delayed because they were looking at your file. That sometimes can be a bad thing. You can’t be for sure that it’s a good thing when your case starts late, but a lot of good things happen sometimes. I’ve had cases go very, very quickly because it’s almost lunchtime. I’ve had cases go quickly because it’s towards the end of the day. you really just need to read the room. When you’re sitting in the waiting room, you should pay attention. Watch what’s going around you. See how the officers are who call out the different people to come in. Then if someone takes someone back and then they’re gone for a while, then they come out and let those people go, and then they call you, then you know that that last case was sort of running behind, and that’s why your case has been delayed. The worst time to go for an interview I think is usually around 10:30 or 11:00, because they’re usually backed up by then. You might end up having your interview over the lunch break. But it’s all good. We’re ready for anything. People in our tribe understand that all kinds of things can happen in immigration and you just need to be ready.
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