Tips for Adjustment of Status Interviews
This guide is a general guide on ways you can prepare for an adjustment of status interview. It is not meant to be legal advice, and it is always recommended that you consult with an attorney because every case is different.
Be prepared for EVERYTHINGIn order to have a successful interview, it is important to prepare, prepare, prepare. If the interview is for a marriage-based application, ensure that you have all of your "bona fides" updated in a complete folder to show to the officer, and copies for them to review. If the interview is for an employment-based application, make sure that you have a complete copy of the package, with copies that were submitted to USCIS. Also, be prepared to answer questions about the position you will fill.
Read the Interview Notice CAREFULLYYou receive your interview notice. There are a lot of instructions. It is important that you read them carefully and make sure that you follow them thoroughly. Review the initial package you submitted and see if there is anything missing that you will need to bring with you. If you do, bring the original and a copy for the USCIS. If the instructions require you to bring specifics about a relationship, a criminal history, or immigration history, make sure you have those original documents ready, with copies.
Review and study your forms COMPLETELYThe questions at the interview will be based on the forms you submitted. Review them along with your answers, and practice answering them! If you have a loved-one and/or friend that can help you, use them by having them ask you the questions for you to answer. Preparation in documentation AND answering questions gives you a better opportunity to receive the outcome you want.