If you entered the country legally with an unrelated visa, and intend to marry and get a green card, you may be found guilty of fraud. If you entered the U.S. illegally, you will likely not be eligible to apply for the adjustment of status process. Regardless of your exact circumstances, you should seek reliable advice from an experienced immigration attorney.
The Adjustment of Status Process
There are a few key steps required to achieve adjustment of status. These steps include:
- Your spouse should submit a one-step adjustment package that would provide a work permit and travel permit for you while you await your green card.
- You must submit documentation that you are eligible for a green card by proving that you are married and that your spouse wants to petition for adjustment of status on your behalf and is financially able to sponsor you. Providing extensive evidence helps in preventing Requests for Evidence in the future.
- You will also need to undergo a medical exam by an approved doctor who will administer any vaccines required. There are a few medical and mental health conditions that could bar you from green card eligibility.
- You will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints checked against criminal databases.
- You and your spouse, and your attorney if you have one, will attend an in-person interview at an office of U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The Adjustment of Status Interview
At the adjustment of status interview, you will be asked questions and produce certain documents as evidence regarding the validity of your marriage. You will be asked about your background, your employment, where you live, and your financial resources.
You will be asked to produce financial documents that show a shared life with your spouse. You will need to produce your children’s birth certificates and photos of your life with your spouse. You will also need to provide sworn statements from friends and family who can attest to the validity of your marriage.
The interviewer will also ask you and your spouse very specific questions. Some of the questions you might be asked include:
- Where did you meet?
- Where did you go on your first date?
- How did your spouse propose/accept your proposal?
- How many people were at your wedding?
- How did you celebrate your spouse’s last birthday?
- Who pays the bills in your household?
- Who prepares the meals in your home?
If the interview goes well and you have provided the right evidence, you might be approved for a visa or residency permit. If you and your spouse answer these questions quite differently, you may be interviewed separately as part of a fraud investigation. If you are facing an adjustment of status review, it would be wise to have your immigration attorney help prepare you for the USCIS interview.
Get The Reliable Legal Guidance You Need Today
As you can see, there are many steps and a lot of evidence that you must obtain in order to pursue an adjustment of status approval. Because immigration laws and the legal system can be complex and fraught with complications, hiring an experienced immigration attorney to assist you throughout the process can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
If you or someone you know is considering an adjustment of status, don’t face this process on your own. Call or reach out to my firm, M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC, today and put my experience on your side. I will do everything I can to review the details of your case, protect your rights, and help you pursue the best possible outcome.