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A Guide to Your Adjustment of Status Interview

When applying for a green card, the last step of the “adjustment of status” process is to be called in for an interview by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may be feeling nervous, but with proper preparation these interviews are nothing to be worried about. In this blog, we share a few things to expect during your adjustment of status interview.

What Will be Covered?

Before the interview begins, the USCIS officer who calls you in will first swear you in and check your photo IDs. If your application is employment-based, it’s likely that you’ll be asked about your job, qualifications and employer. If your application is family-based, however, you will be asked about your relationship with your sponsor. The officer wants to ensure that the relationship you share with your sponsor is valid and genuine.

What Should I Bring?

The interview notice sent by the USCIS will have a list of what you should bring. Any documents that verify your eligibility to obtain a green card should be brought along. If there have been any changes in your life since you started the adjustment of status application, be sure to bring the proper documentation to confirm these changes.

In addition to the list provided by USCIS you should also bring the following items:

  • A copy of your visa petition
  • A copy of your adjustment of status application
  • Your passport
  • Originals of documents you submitted to USCIS, such as birth and marriage certificates
  • Up-to-date letter from your employer, if applying based on employment. This letter should address your continued employment and salary.
  • If applying based on marriage, bring documents that show the shared life you have with your spouse. These documents can include a joint bank account or children’s birth certificates.

What Happens at The End?

If everything goes as expected, you will be approved for permanent residence. If for whatever reason the officer cannot approve your case that day, you’ll be asked to provide additional paperwork that can fix the problem keeping you from being approved. After you submit the paperwork, you will be sent the decision by mail.

During these interviews, attorneys are permitted to join you. At Ashley Foret Dees, LLC, our Louisiana immigration attorneys can help you navigate through the inherently complex immigration process. Call (337) 214-0670 today to learn more about your case.