The Green Card Interview is the most important step in your green card application process – so it is essential to prepare well for it. We recommend that as soon as you receive your interview notice, to get in touch with your immigration attorney to review your case and start the preparation process.

The Preparation Process

  1. The first step is that you will be notified of your interview and given a date and time to appear. You should have ample time to prepare for this interview as sometimes the closest USCIS office may be a good distance from where you live. More times than not, both sponsor and applicant will need to appear at the interview. If your sponsor is a family member you may be the only one required to attend the interview, it will just depend on your specific circumstances. Employment-based sponsors are rarely if ever, asked to participate in these interviews.
  1. Next, you will want to make sure that you have all the required paperwork and identification with you as directed by your correspondence with USCIS. Here is a short list of items to consider, but follow the USCIS directions as to what to bring or ask your immigration lawyer for additional guidance for your unique case.
  • Government issued ID
  • Notice of I-485 interview appointment
  • Any paperwork submitted (a copy) surrounding your adjustment status
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Death certificate (if applicable)
  • Divorce decrees (if applicable)
  • Passport (not required for asylees)
  • Medical exam paperwork
  • Employee verification (for those with employment-based sponsors)
  • Proof of partnership (i.e., mortgage, bank accounts, shared accounts, etc.)

3. Review everything that has been filed including all the forms. If anything has changed in your immediate life, for example, marriages, the birth of a child, address or criminal activity charges or convictions, you will need to speak with an immigration lawyer before attending your Green Card interview.

At Your Green Card Interview

Your interview should take less than 45-minutes on average. After the formalities, swearing in and paperwork review, the USCIS officer will likely ask you some questions to verify what is on your Green Card application, and about your relationship with your petitioner.

After the Green Card Interview

If all goes well, you will receive an I-551 stamp on your I-485 paperwork to approve your Green Card. Congratulations! This stamp may also be placed in your passport. Your actual Green Card will be sent via mail to your address. Don’t get worried if you are not given the approval onsight of your interview, this isn’t unusual. You will simply just wait for your approval in the mail.

If additional evidence is requested, you can work with your immigration attorney to help you figure out how to collect that evidence and submit it to USCIS by the required deadline.

Need help with your Green Card Interview? Contact Landerholm Immigration today and let our qualified immigration attorneys guide you through the process. Reach out us online, or call us to schedule an appointment. (510) 488-1020.