By Advocate Daniel Aspiro, Head of Private Clientele Department |

The image that the person transmits to his environment begins with his presence and appearance. The initial impression is greatly affected by the external appearance and body language unconsciously.

The first step to creating a first, good, and reliable impression is to ensure a well-groomed appearance that is considerate of the environment. A person who is meticulous about his appearance radiates respect and due regard, both to himself and to those around him. On the other hand, when you are in the company of an unkempt person, a feeling of rudeness, and disregard for the environment in which he finds himself is created.

When we come to a meeting of the Population and Immigration Authority for the purpose of initiating a process for the spouse of an Israeli citizen (not necessarily married) or for any other visa process, the applicant looks is the first thing that the officials see. Even before we present the case, the clerk is impressed by the applicant’s appearance. And the reference will be accordingly.

Accordingly, Kan-Tor & Acco have few recommendations on how to appear for a meeting at the Population and Immigration Authority:

  1. To appear for the meeting in clean, respectful, and orderly clothing.
  2. Avoid overly conspicuous attire, including revealing attire.
  3. Strive to be calm to convey comfort and confidence.
  4. Speak politely and as eloquently and focused as possible.
  5. Prepare the information and message you want to convey, and do so in a short and focused manner.
  6. Answer the questions in a short and very matter-of-fact manner.

It is important to remember that in some cases, there will be no second chance to make a first impression.