How Can I Prepare for My Green Card Interview?
October 15, 2019
Usually the last step in the green card process is the interview. Once you receive the notice for an interview, you can expect that you are nearing the end of your journey with regard to becoming a permanent resident of the United States. An interview is a standard procedure for the green card approval process. One should not be alarmed upon receiving a notice to appear for an interview. The best way to deal with any anxiety is to prepare for the interview.
The best way to prepare for the interview is to obtain all the required documents. Read the notice thoroughly and organize and prepare the documents needed well ahead of time so that everything is ready for the interview. Additionally, the following documents are generally required:
Photo Identification. One should take government-issued photo identification, such as a passport or state issued driver’s license, to the interview.
Notice of Action. The notice requiring the appearance for the interview is known as a Notice of Action Form I-797C. This document will provide the location of the interview and verify identity and interview status.
Green Card Application. Take a complete copy of the Adjustment of Status file and supporting documents. This should include all the forms filed until this point in the green card process.
Original Documents. It is important to take the original birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decrees, and death certificates that were used in support of the green card application.
Medical Reports. Any medical reports created should also be kept on-hand for the interview.
Employer Letter. If the green card is based on employment, a copy of a letter from the employer verifying current employment and salary may be required.
Documents Verifying Marriage. If the green card application is based on marriage, documents showing the couples shared life as a married couple should be included. These documents can be lease documents, property ownership documents, photo albums, birth certificates of children born in the marriage, joint bank accounts, and credit card statements.
Marriage-Based Green Card
For a marriage-based green card, both husband and wife will be required to attend. However, for an employment-based green card, only the employee applicant is required to attend. The interview is typically 20 minutes long and includes introductions, an administration of oath, and swearing in. The interview will likely be held at an office nearest your given residential address. However, sometimes this may require long-distance travel and an overnight stay.
During the interview, the USCIS officer will ask questions related to the marriage to test its authenticity. The officer is trying to ensure that the marriage is not based on fraud. Questions will focus on the history of the relationship, how the couple met, what their daily activities are, and questions regarding the wedding, family rituals, and the couple’s habits and needs.
Philadelphia Immigration Attorneys at the Law Offices of MC Law Group, LLC Help Clients Prepare for Green Card Interview
If you are anxious about the interview process, do not hesitate to contact the Philadelphia immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of MC Law Group, LLC to assist you. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the green card application process and will walk you through the interview process so that you can be thoroughly prepared. Call us at 215-496-0690 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout the tri-state area, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.