Preparing for a Green Card Interview: What You Need to Know?


Many foreign nationals aspire to live and work permanently in the United States to build a better life. However, to achieve this dream, they must undergo the complex process of applying for a green card. The path to a green card can be overwhelming, and the interview is one of the most stressful aspects. Preparing thoroughly for the interview is essential to increase your chances of securing a favorable outcome. If you’re looking to obtain a green card and think you may qualify, please don’t hesitate to contact a trusted Middlesex County, New Jersey, Green Card Lawyer who can effectively guide you through each step of the application process. Please continue reading to learn what you can expect during your appointment. 

What to Expect During Your Green Card Interview?

Firstly, a green card interview is intended to verify an applicant’s eligibility to become a permanent resident and that all the information provided is valid. This interview is usually the last step of the application process and happens around 7 to 15 months after filing. This interview will take place at a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS0 field office or a U.S. consulate or embassy closest to you, depending on whether you’re already in the U.S. or outside the country.

During your appointment, the interviewing officer will ask you questions about the content of your application and whether anything has changed between the time you filed and your interview date. It’s important to note that whoever’s name is listed on the interview appointment notice must attend the interview. For instance, for a family-based green card, USCIS may require the petitioner (sponsor) and the beneficiary(applicant) to appear unless they live in different countries. In addition, marriage-based applications will require both parties to attend as USCIS determines if the marriage is bona fide.

It’s crucial to understand that if you’re not fluent in English, you can bring an interpreter to your green card interview to ensure you understand what is happening. You can also bring a lawyer with you if you believe it would help your case. This is particularly beneficial for those who have some criminal or immigration issues on record, as they can help you explain these issues.

What Should I Bring?

If you’re applying while already in the U.S., you will undergo the “Adjustment of Status” process. This means that you’re changing your current visa status. You don’t have to travel back to your country of origin to apply for a green card. However, if you’re applying from outside the U.S., you will undergo the “Consular Processing” process. Your application will be processed at the U.S. embassy or by a consultant in your home country. The interview appointment notice should list the items required for your interview. Documentation that you should bring includes:

  • Form I-845
  • A copy of your complete adjustment of the status application package
  • A government-issued ID (driver’s license or passport)
  • Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record (along with medical exam report)
  • Advance parole documents (travel documents)
  • Supporting evidence that your marriage is genuine (marriage-based green card)
  • An employment verification letter indicating that you’re gainfully employed (employment-based green card)

If you’re seeking permanent residence in the U.S., please don’t hesitate to contact a determined lawyer from the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LLC, for assistance. Our legal team is prepared to help you navigate the permanent residency process.

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