3 reasons to take your lawyer to your naturalization interview

| Jan 5, 2018 | Citizenship

Immigration attorneys offer a wide array of services connected to the naturalization process—ranging from assistance with the application to preparation for the exam. One service that many immigration attorneys offer is to accompany their clients to the naturalization interview. You might be wondering why your attorney’s presence would be beneficial here. We’ve laid out a few reasons your attorney can aid your interview process.

  1. Ensuring clarity in questioning. If the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer uses complex wording or fails to ask a question articulately, your attorney can advocate on your behalf and ask that the question be rephrased to make it easier to understand.
  2. Ensuring the interview process is above board. As your advocate, your lawyer will call out any aspect of the process that may be unfair. If, for instance, an officer asks you a question that is unreasonably difficult, your lawyer can challenge this. Your lawyer can also serve as a second set of eyes and ears to make sure your case is properly evaluated and your interview is free of bias.
  3. Ensuring that there are no holes in your case. Any inconsistency in your case could raise questions for the USCIS officer. An immigration lawyer can clarify any such discrepancy to help prevent an officer from jumping to unwarranted conclusions and unnecessarily derailing your case.

Going through a naturalization interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. It can therefore be extraordinarily beneficial—as well as confidence boosting—to have someone at your side who is on your side, supporting you through the process.