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What is the Attorney’s Role at a USCIS Interview?

By June 27, 2023May 30th, 2024No Comments

Transcript: What is the immigration attorney’s role at a USCIS interview?

Hi, everyone. I’m attorney Hashim Jeelani, principal attorney at Jeelani Law Firm. Over the last 10 years, Jeelani Law Firm has successfully filed thousands of immigration cases with agencies throughout the United States and overseas.

One of the most common questions that both clients and new attorneys have when dealing with USCIS cases scheduled for an interview is regarding the attorney’s role at the interview. What exactly is the attorney’s role at the interview? When it comes to immigration processes, one critical juncture is the USCIS interview. There seemed to be misconceptions as to the attorney’s role both by clients and many new attorneys.

Misconception number one: attorneys speak for the applicant. A common misconception is that attorneys speak on behalf of the applicant during the USCIS interview. In reality, the applicant must be the primary communicator during the interview. Attorneys may interject if necessary to address legal concerns or to clarify complex issues, but the applicant’s active participation is primary and crucial to the interview. The attorney’s role is to provide advice, support, and clarification, ensuring the applicant understands the questions asked and can respond effectively. However, arguably the most crucial role of the attorney is to prepare the client for the interview so they are able to come, comfortably address and predict the questions they will be asked.

Misconception number two: attorneys guarantee approval. Another misconception is that attorneys can guarantee approval of an application or a favorable outcome during the USCIS interview. While attorneys provide valuable guidance and expertise, they cannot control the ultimate decision made by USCIS officers. Their role is to ensure that the applicant’s case is presented in the best possible light and to address any legal concerns that may arise during the interview. Attorneys work diligently to increase the chances of a successful outcome, but cannot guarantee them.

Misconception number three: attorneys are involved only in difficult cases. Some may believe that attorneys are only necessary for complicated or challenging cases. However, every immigration case is unique and having the guidance and support of an attorney can be invaluable, regardless of its complexity. Attorneys bring expertise, legal acumen, and a comprehensive understanding of the immigration system to every case, providing applicants with the best chance of a successful outcome.

The attorney’s role in a USCS interview is multifaceted, encompassing preparation, counsel, legal representation, and risk mitigation. Engaging the services of qualified immigration attorney ensures that applicants are well prepared, supported and protected throughout the interview process, thereby increasing their chances of a positive outcome.

If you have any questions specific to your case, or need more information, call our office to schedule a phone consultation with a senior attorney at Jeelani Law Firm. Thanks for watching this video. I’m attorney Hashim Jeelani. Don’t forget to click the like, subscribe, and bell buttons to be notified every time I upload a new video.

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