If you are applying for a marriage-based green card, and doing so while living in the U.S., through the process called “adjustment of status,” you can expect to be invited for a personal interview at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) local district office.

This article will guide you on what to bring to the marriage green card interview. USCIS will also give you a list of required documentation, so make sure to go through it carefully and be free to include anything you think the list doesn’t include but can help you prove your marriage’s authenticity.

List of Required Documents

1. Photos and Passports:

Both of you need to present photo identification, and the best fit for it is to show your passport. If you don’t have one, you can use another photo. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, it is enough for you to present a driver’s license.

2. Work or Travel Permits and Original Documents:

Join the originals of the documents you used to enter the United States. You should also attach any other documents you’ve received from U.S. consulates or USCIS, such as work permit (Employment Authorization Document). You probably mailed to USCIS copies of documents within your application package, but now you should bring originals so the officer can compare them. One of you who has U.S. citizenship will need to bring the original proof of the U.S. citizenship status or permanent resident status (a green card or stamp in the passport). Maybe the interviewing officer will not ask for it, but it is advisable to have it with you in case he or she does. Since your green card will serve as your proof of right to work in the United States, the offices might keep you EAD. Remember to ask for either an approval letter or an I-551 stamp in your passport if you think you might need evidence of the adjusted status while your green card arrives.

3. New evidence:

If anything important in your life changed since filing the application (your spouse got a new job), or you just forgot to provide more documents, this is the opportunity to make any updates and inform the officer. If you have reached the second anniversary of your marriage since applying, remind the officer, so you’ll be approved for permanent, instead of conditional residency. Most importantly, if you go or are expecting a baby, bring medical records or a birth certificate with you, because this is significant evidence of a bona fide marriage.

4. Proof of Authenticity of Your Marriage:

The interview is the most crucial opportunity for the interviewing officer to determine whether your marriage is real. The documents you show are essential factors in this decision. Rental agreement and mortgages, utility bills, joint bank and credit card statements, membership in clubs, and many other documents you provide can help you prove that your marriage is bona fide.

To sum up, as a part of your preparation for the interview you should follow the list of documents that USCIS mailed to you. To make it more out of training, check out our tips to know before coming to a marriage-based green card interview.

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