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The important adjustment of status interview

When you decided to apply for your green card, you probably had many questions. Maybe you enlisted the help of a friend or family member who had already gone through the process, or maybe you contacted an attorney to make sure there were no mistakes in your application process.

The next step is waiting to hear from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about your interview. In some cases, the USCIS waives interviews for status adjustment, but it is best to be prepared in case you receive notice of an appointment.

Preparing for your interview

Since it may have been months between the date you submitted your application and the date of your interview, it is possible that you aren't quite sure how you responded to some of the questions on your application. The purpose of the interview is to verify those facts, so immigration advocates recommend you do the following before your appointment:

  • Review your application answers so you don't contradict yourself during the interview.
  • Review the answers your sponsor submitted.
  • Be ready to explain any changes in the details on your application.
  • Assemble any documentation that supports changes in your application (translated into English).
  • Arrange for someone to interpret if you are not fluent in English.
  • Obtain the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney.

On the day of your interview, you will certainly want to make a good impression. You can do this by dressing neatly in conservative attire, similar to what you might wear to a job interview. Having all your documents in order and arriving a few minutes before your appointment will also impress your interviewer.

When an officer finally calls into the interview room, he or she will swear you in. Taking an oath to tell the truth simply means that you promise to answer the questions as truthfully and completely as possible, even if you aren't sure of the answer. When the interview is over, the officer may request additional documentation, which you should mail as soon as possible.

Take no chances

If all goes well in your interview and all your documentation is verified, your green card will arrive in the mail within a few weeks. Of course, if things don't go well, the immigration officer may postpone your status adjustment or worse. Having an experienced New York attorney by your side throughout the application and interview process may reduce the possibility of missteps and delays.

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