Step Five: Provide Your Biometric Information at the Nearest Application Support Center
Biometric information means information that can be used to personally identify you . Before your application to adjust status to permanent resident will be considered complete, you will have to show up at a USCIS Application Support Center and:
- Have your photo taken;
- Provide your signature; and
- Allow yourself to be fingerprinted.
This information will be used to conduct security checks (in other words, to find out whether you are a terrorist, a criminal or someone else who is inadmissible to the United States/). This information will be used to create your green card, and it may be used to identify you in the future.
Step Six: Attend Your USCIS Interview
Not all adjustment of status applicants are required to submit to an in-person interview with a USCIS officer, but most are. The USCIS will notify you of the date and time of your interview. Remember that anything you say at your green card interview will be under oath.
If your adjustment of status application is based on marriage, your spouse will be expected to accompany you, and you two might be interviewed separately. If you retain Herman Legal Group to represent you, your lawyer can accompany you to your green card interview.
You will be required to bring originals of all documentation that you submitted with your green card application (even an expired I-94), as well as your passport.
Step Seven: Respond to any Requests for Evidence (RFEs) that You Might Receive
An RFE, or Request for Evidence, is a document that you might receive in the mail after you submit Form I-485 for adjustment of status. There is nothing unusual about receiving an RFE, although it might delay a final decision on your adjustment of status petition.
An RFE will ask you for additional evidence. Suppose, for example, that your green card application is based on marriage to a US citizen, but it is your second marriage and you failed to submit evidence that you divorced your first spouse. You will then receive an RFE asking for divorce documentation.
It is important that you respond quickly, thoroughly, and accurately to an RFE. Failure to do so could not only delay your application but actually cause it to be rejected.
Step Eight: Wait for the Final Decision
As long as:
- you were still in valid immigration status on the date that you filed your application, and
- the USCIS accepted your application for processing;
you may remain in the United States while you wait for the USCIS to issue a final decision on your adjustment of status petition. The final decision will be mailed to you. If it is negative, you will be expected to promptly depart the United States.