How Do I Prepare for My Green Card Interview?

You got through the extensive Green Card application. This is a feat in and of itself. The Green Card application requires attention to detail regarding its specific requirements. It also requires providing extensive supplemental material. Once your application is complete, however, you will most likely still have to participate in a Green Card interview. Most, although not all, applicants for a Green Card must attend an interview. If you are outside of the U.S., you will most likely attend the interview at a U.S. consulate. If you are in the U.S., you will likely attend your interview at a local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office. The interview is an important part of the Green Card application and is the final step in the process.

How to Prepare for a Green Card Interview

The Green Card interview is an important step in the application process. During the interview, your application materials will be reviewed and any relevant questions regarding your application or documentation submitted may be asked. Do not be complacent about the interview. It is important to not only be prepared, but to be prepared to put your best foot forward.

Before attending your interview, review your application. It is most certainly going to come up at some point in the interview. It is also a good time to check and see if you need to make any changes to the information you provided in your application. If anything has changed, even something like a change in address, be sure to bring that to the attention of the interviewer and bring original documentation to support the update.

During the interview, try to stay calm and maintain a level-headed demeanor. Keeping things polite and to the point will go a long way in your favor. Immigration officers who conduct these interviews have high volumes of interviews to conduct each day. They want you to be prepared, well-organized and give concise answers. Additionally, be sure to always tell the truth. If you get nervous or flustered, take a minute to collect yourself. You do not even want to lie because your nerves will get the best of you. Lying during the interview can have serious consequences.

If you are applying for a marriage-based green card, your interview will look quite different than that for an applicant of a different category. Marriage-based green card applicants tend to be put under must more scrutiny than others. You will need to supply many different forms of evidence to prove that your marriage is valid and that you are really sharing your life with someone. You will need things such as wedding photos, statements from joint financial accounts, family photos with your children, and other evidence of an established relationship. On top of this, you will be asked questions about your relationship and about your spouse. You may need to recount the details of your first date or answer questions about how domestic tasks are divided between the two of you.

Green Card Application Attorneys

If you should have any questions or need more information about the ways in which the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Laws may impact you, your family, your friends or your colleagues, please contact the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Lawyers at the NPZ Law Group – VISASERVE – U.S. Immigration and Nationality Lawyers by e-mailing us at or by calling us at 201-670-0006 (x107). You can also visit our Law Firm’s website at