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How to Prepare for Your Immigration Interview

How to Prepare for Your Immigration Interview

The Lawful Permanent Residence (Green Card) application process requires that most applicants attend an in-person immigration interview with an immigration officer. The interview will take place at U.S. Consulate in their home country if they are outside the United States, or at a nearby U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office if you are already in the U.S. The Department of State website advises the National Visa Center (NVC) process:


After NVC schedules your visa interview appointment, they will send you, your petitioner, and your agent/attorney (if applicable) an email or letter noting the appointment date and time.  After you receive an interview appointment letter from NVC, you must take the following steps BEFORE the interview date. 


3 Step Process to Prepare for Your Immigration Interview

1: Schedule and Complete a Medical Examination
• Your medical exam must be completed before your visa interview.
• The medical exam must be by an embassy-approved doctor.

2: Register for Courier Service/Other Pre-Interview Instructions 
• Review your interview location’s security and other requirements.
• Choose the city where your interview will take place from the approved interview location list.

3: Gather Documents Required for the Interview
• Review the Items Your Must Bring to Your Visa Interview

Our article Top 5 Mistakes Immigration Applicants Make at AOS Interviews provides some additional tips to prepare for your immigration interview if it is within the United States.

If you are preparing for your green card interview in the United States, you should meet with an immigration attorney to explain the immigration interview process and prepare you to answer the immigration officer’s questions. An immigration attorney can accompany you to the interview to protect your rights or clear up sources of confusion.

Watch: Preparing for Your U.S. Immigrant Video Interview by U.S. Department of State

Do you want to get a Green Card in Chicago? The increasingly complex rules governing legal admission to and naturalization in the United States has made the immigration process difficult to understand. With experience in many immigration cases, Mario Godoy and the other experienced immigration attorneys at the Godoy Law Office can assess your situation and advise you on your best options. Call today at 855-554-6369.  

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