Why did USCIS cancel my interview? Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, Immigration Lawyer, practicing law throughout the United States at our offices in San Diego, California, and St. Louis, Missouri. So we’ve been seeing a lot of people get their interview notices. This could be a green card interview or their citizenship interview, and either it gets scheduled and then immediately descheduled, or gets scheduled, and then a few weeks later, it gets canceled. Or we’ve even seen people getting scheduled for their interview, showing up for their interview, and the officer saying, oh, I’m sorry, we can’t go ahead with your case today. And people want to know why is this happening? What does it mean? And that’s why I thought I’d shoot today’s video. I want to talk to you about this. This is an interesting phenomenon.
Now we have been seeing this more and more lately. USCIS seems less organized than ever. And we’ve been seeing this happen more and more. And I think you need to really look at what happened when it does occur. When this happens, there needs to be some thinking about what might be going on. Now, of course, if we take USCIS at their word, they’re just not ready for your interview. But I think, usually, I’d say 90% of the time something else is going on. Usually, I think it means that they don’t have all the information about you that they want before they conduct the interview.
So I have a client who had a case pending in Chicago, and it was going poorly. So we decided to withdraw it. And then he moved, and we refiled it. This was a green card case down in Florida. And I think that he had been scheduled for an interview, and it got descheduled. And I believe that the reason it got descheduled is because the officer started looking at the file and decided that they wanted to get more information, maybe from the prior application. Maybe they wanted to do some more investigation. But usually, if your appointment gets canceled, usually it means they’re going to do some more investigation. There’s something in the file that worries them, that troubles them, that they want to investigate more. So I don’t think in most cases that a canceled interview is on purpose.
Now we had people get canceled due to weather closings, or during the inauguration, there were some closings, and then appointments got canceled sort of at the last minute. But day-to-day, if this is happening during normal times of the year, I think that having your appointment canceled is a good trigger for when you might want to talk to a lawyer. That’s something where there needs to be some thought about it. And I bet that if we sit down and look at it, we can figure out why this case has been canceled and then ultimately rescheduled.
So you want to use that time between the cancellation and the rescheduling to really buttress up the case, make it stronger, to provide more support for it. So if you’re applying for a green card, you want to get more marriage evidence. If you’re planning for citizenship, you might want to get some affidavits from people who know you and say that you’re a good person. So it’s obviously very frustrating when your appointment gets canceled, but I hope this video helps sort it out. And I hope more than anything that it reminds you that if your interview gets canceled, that you need to talk to an immigration lawyer, I think, so that we can figure out what’s going on.
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