Top 5 Mistakes Immigration Applicants Make at AOS Interviews

Mario A. Godoy
Top 5 Mistakes Immigration Applicants Make at AOS Interviews

Adjustment Of Status (AOS) is the process where eligible immigration applicants petition to become a legal permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States. Applicants who file for adjustment of status to get their green card in the United States must in most cases appear for immigration AOS interviews at an office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

Top 5 Mistakes at Immigration Adjustment of Status AOS Interviews

1. Forgetting Documents
It’s important that you bring original documents or certified copies to your immigration interview. The USCIS officer will ask to see original documents submitted in your application, including if applicable:

• Birth certificate

• Marriage certificate

• Divorce decree

• W-2 forms, pay stubs and tax returns 

• Address verification any change of address documentation 

• Spouse’s US passport or naturalization certificate, if applicable 

• Arrest reports and court documents

If you have forgotten a document, offer to send it by mail or deliver it to the USCIS office. 

Any original document not in English must include a certified English translation. Failure to bring original documents can result in a delay or denial of your green card application. 

2. Arriving Late
You should always be on time for your AOS interview with USCIS. Many USCIS offices have moved cases outside their normal jurisdiction in order to process more applicants. Your interview may be scheduled at a location that requires a long drive. Be sure to allow plenty of time so you arrive for your interview on time.

3. Lying
USCIS will conduct a background check on your application, which will provide information on your history with the US government, including any criminal activity, deportations or removals or other incidents that impact your green card eligibility. Never lie to USCIS, it can cause your application to be denied or delayed.  

4. Not Bringing an Interpreter
USCIS does not provide interpreters for your immigration interview. Attorney’s are legally not allowed to act as an interpreter for their clients. If you are not completely fluent in English, it’s important to bring a qualified interpreter who can translate the USCIS officer’s questions and your answers. 

5. Arguing With USCIS Officer
Don’t get angry with the USCIS officer conduction your interview, or argue with the officer. If the officer has incorrect information or appears to not believe your answers, be courteous and calmly explain the situation. If you feel the officer is being unfair, calmly request to speak with a supervisor.

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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