If you are an immigrant to the US, it is likely you will need to be interviewed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sooner or later, for one reason or another. USCIS interviews are most common for seeking citizenship, but other immigration goals may also require you to sit for an interview. An interview usually isn’t as difficult or “bad” as one might fear, but it does take paperwork and preparation, and you may want a guide and advocate during the interview.
I can help you on some or all of the USCIS interview process. I will guide you through the process, answer questions, and (if you want) be at your side during the interview. You can contact me, Boston immigration attorney Giselle M. Rodriguez, to discuss your case. Below are the specific types of USCIS interviews I can help you with.
- N-400: Application for Naturalization
- N-600: Application for Certificate of Citizenship
- N-600K: Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322
- I-751: Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
- I-485: Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
- The Affirmative Asylum Process with USCIS also will require an interview, in which you are allowed to bring an attorney or accredited representative
Two quick notes:
1: We can meet in-person, on Zoom, or by phone.
2: My legal fees DO include the translations of relevant documents.
More Info on Each Type of USCIS Interview
Green Card Interview
N-400 Interview: Application for Naturalization
This is the interview you’ll undergo if you plan to naturalize as a United States citizen. This interview generally lasts for 20-30 minutes. The immigration officer will review your application with you and review your immigration file.
You’ll also answer questions to test your knowledge of United States civics, as well as your command of the English language.
Why bring your immigration lawyer? With your lawyer present the immigration official is more likely to remain focused on questions about your N-400 application rather than try to “trip you up” or make problems for you.
N-600 Interview: Application for Certificate of Citizenship
Not everyone who puts in an N-600 application will be required to have an interview. But if you have been called in for one, it is vital that you have your attorney present. It’s usually a sign that questions have been raised about your eligibility.
Having your attorney with you can help ensure that the questions asked you are within the bounds of the law and can ensure that you are fully prepared to answer questions that may arise.
N-600K Interview: Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322
The N-600K form is the form that you may use to claim citizen if your parents are US citizens but you regularly live in another country. During this interview the prospective citizen will review the application and the citizenship oath with the immigration officer.
I-751 Interview: Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
This is the next step after a successful Form I-130 petition. The I-751 interview takes place after your spouse has been granted conditional residence, and the spouse has lived in the United States for two years. The purpose of the interview is to verify that the two conditions have been met.
Marriage immigration is the most closely scrutinized type of immigration. As your attorney, I will ensure you are well-prepared for your interview. By attending your interview with you we can insure that your USCIS officer stays on-topic and sticks to legal questions.
I-485 Interview: Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
This interview is part of the process to register permanent residence or adjust your immigration status. These interviews help USCIS confirm your identity, check for issues of admissibility, verify that no fraud has taken place, and address any addition problems that the immigration officer has spotted.
Adjustment of status interviews can be quite tricky without an attorney present, because the immigration officer may attempt to throw you of. I will both prepare you for the interview and ensure that your immigration officer treats you fairly.
Affirmative Asylum Interviews
During the asylum interview, immigration officials assess both the credibility of your asylum and the threat to your life or safety presented by the country you are fleeing from. Of course, the officers are simply trying to determine if your situation qualifies you for protection in the US.
It is very important to be fully prepared for these interviews and to have your attorney with you. As your attorney, I can work with you during the interview to give you your best chance of success.