If you want to live and work permanently in the United States, you may want to apply for permanent resident status. Obtaining a green card can be a complicated process. One of the most important steps is the interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Avoid these common interview mistakes that could prevent you from receiving a green card.
Failing to prepare for questions
You can expect to answer certain common questions when you meet with USCIS. Your interviewer may ask you about your family, reasons for coming to the U.S., work history and any criminal record. Additionally, they will likely want to know about any changes that have occurred since you first applied. Be prepared to address any irregularities in your application.
Forgetting to bring supporting documentation
You will need to show evidence that proves who you are and supports the information you provided on your green card application. In addition to your government-issued identification, you may need to bring some of the following items:
- Interview appointment notice
- Letter from your employer
- Your passport
- Original copies of relevant birth certificates, marriage certificates and death decrees
- Documents that demonstrate married life, including joint bank account or mortgage statements
The required documents will vary between applicants. Make sure you know exactly what records and statements you need to present at your interview.
Permanent resident status comes with a number of desirable benefits, including to right to live, work and own property in the U.S. It also opens a pathway to citizenship. Prepare for your green card interview to improve your chances of receiving this coveted status.