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How to Prepare for an Adjustment of Status Interview

If you filed for a green card through adjustment of status interview, family sponsorship, or through the Diversity Visa Lottery, your application will eventually be subject to an adjustment of status interview with USCIS. This is a standard part of the process to ensure that all information provided on your Form I-485 is accurate, to verify your relationship and marriage, and to detect any risk of fraud or misrepresentation. It’s also a good opportunity for USCIS to get to know you a little better and assess your character.

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As a result, it’s very important to prepare ahead of time for your interview. You can get a good idea of what to expect by checking USCIS’ website for average processing times for each type of case.

When you arrive, have copies of all your relevant documents with you, including the petitioning U.S. citizen’s passport and a copy of their immigration history. Having these in hand will make it easier for the officer to follow along. Also, have a copy of your most recent pay stubs if you are filing based on employment.

If you speak limited English, it’s a good idea to bring an interpreter with you. Although the officer can use an aide to translate, this may not be enough to accurately convey your answers. In addition, bringing an interpreter can reduce the chance of any confusion between the officer and you that could lead to suspicion of dishonesty or fraud.