We are having I-130 interview next week in Northern VA (I am american citizen). My wife applied green card with Asylum status in NYC before we met 5 yrs ago. But We got married 3 years ago and applied I-130 for marrying citizen. Last year we missed the first I-130 interview because we bought a new house and they mailed to old address. Then we got letter from the immigration court about removal precedure. We went to the court with her NY attorney and judge put it on hold until the end of this year. Her NY attorney recommend us to have a local attorney. Is ir necessary? Or do we just need an interpreter?
It's important to have an attorney present for many reasons. The interview may not be straight forward, and they will likely try ask questions about her asylum application to see if it was fraudulent or fake. An attorney can help prepare you both for the interview, protect your rights during the interview, and remind the officer of the law and procedures (which they may purposely or innocently forget to follow).
Lindsey Wilkes www.kayiandwilkes.com NOTE: This answer is meant for general purposes only, and my answer does not establish an attorney client relationship between us. This answer is based on very limited information--without a full review of your history. Small changes in the facts can greatly change the answer. Therefore, I recommend that you consult with an attorney so that all of your history and facts in your case can be considered before you make any decisions in your case.
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