Adjustment of Status, Interview
The following guide is intended for applicants of adjustment of status in the United States.
GenerallyAdjustment of status is the process that you can use to apply for lawful permanent resident status (also known as applying for a Green Card) when you are present in the United States. This means that you may get a Green Card without having to return to your home country to complete visa processing.
Determine EligibilityThe eligibility requirements for adjustment of status vary depending on the immigrant category you are applying under. The first step in the adjustment of status process is to determine if you fit into a specific category.
Available VisaMost people who apply for a Green Card will need to complete at least two forms--an immigrant petition and a Green Card application. Normally you need a petitioning sponsor to apply for you, although you may be eligible to file for yourself in some cases. Once you have determined that you are eligible to file for adjustment of status and that you have a visa available, you may begin the process of applying.
InterviewUSCIS officials will review your case to determine whether an interview is necessary. If it is determined that you will require an interview, USCIS will send you a notice with the date, time, and location of the interview. When you come to your interview, you (and the family member who filed the immigrant petition for you, if applicable) must bring originals of all documentation submitted with the Form I-485 application. This includes passports, official travel documents, and Form I-94..