Living in the United States may have been a dream come true for you. You may have established more of a connection with this country than your country of origin and truly feel as if this country has become the home you had always imagined. In order to take your attachment to the United States one step further, you may have felt ready to move forward with the naturalization process.
Naturalization can be a time-consuming, stressful and thrilling process. Because you must go through many steps to complete the process, you may feel apprehensive and overwhelmed. In order to potentially help keep those feelings at a lower level, you may wish to take in some tips for when it comes time to complete your naturalization interview.
Going through the interview process may be one portion of the proceedings about which you feel the most anxious. This is understandable as your naturalization application and acceptance may depend heavily on this interview. For the interview, you will need to go to your local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office at the time specified in your appointment notice. Remember to have the correct documents and identification with you.
During the interview itself, you will need to answer questions about your naturalization application, your documents, your background and various other applicable topics. These questions and your answers will help determine whether you meet naturalization eligibility requirements.
If you still feel nervous about your interview, you may wish to consider the following tips:
- Do not arrive more than 15 to 30 minutes early
- Know where your interview location is ahead of time
- Dress appropriately for the occasion
- Know the information you provided in your application
- Speak truthfully
- Clear up any confusion regarding your application as best as possible
Remaining calm and organized could work to your benefit during this part of the process. Becoming too nervous may cause you to feel flustered and give incorrect or confusing answers to interview questions, which could prove detrimental.
Because a considerable amount of importance is placed on the naturalization process, you will certainly want to ensure that you have completed your application correctly and provided all necessary information and documentation. If you feel that assistance during the process would prove useful to you, you may wish to consult with a Massachusetts attorney.