There are many benefits to becoming a permanent resident in the United States. As a green card holder, you can live and work anywhere in the country, sponsor other relatives for green-card status and apply for citizenship after a certain number of years.
As a part of the application process, you will likely need to participate in an interview with an official from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Here are some tips to help your prepare for the interview.
Gather the correct documentation
Your USCIS appointment letter will include a list of documents and records that you should bring to your interview. In most cases, you will need to provide government-issued identification, your appointment notice and original copies of supporting documentation from your change of status application. Such supporting documentation may include birth certificates, proof of marriage, divorce decrees or employment verification.
Prepare for questions
During your interview, a USCIS official will review your application and ask you questions to verify the facts in the application. Make sure you have details on your application memorized. If a relative or spouse is sponsoring you, he or she will also need to prepare for questions. For example, if you are applying for a marriage-based green card, be ready to answer questions such as these:
- When did you and your spouse meet?
- Who attended your wedding?
- When is your spouse’s birthday?
- How do you spend your free time together?
Many applicants feel intimidated by the interview process. However, with preparation, you can help to ensure your interview goes smoothly.