Family immigration forms much of the basis of the overall American system. According to data provided by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), approximately two-thirds of all green card recipients in 2017 applied directly through an immediate relative or through another type of familial relationship.
If you are seeking a green card through a family member, you will be required to sit for an interview with an immigration officer. It is crucial that you are fully prepared for this interview. Here, our Los Angeles family immigration attorney explains the four basic types of questions that you are likely to be asked in your green card interview.
Four Important Categories of Questions in Family Immigration Interviews
- Verification of Documents/Information
As a starting point, you will be asked to verify the validity of documents and other information that has been provided. For example, you may be asked to confirm your name, birthdate, current and former addresses, and other pertinent information. Before going in for your family immigration interview, be sure to refamiliarize yourself with these documents.
- Proof of Valid Relationship With the Sponsoring Family Member
Of course, you can only obtain a green card through a family member if that relationship is legitimate. As such, be ready to answer questions regarding the relationship. In most cases, these questions are not particularly invasive. That being said, there are plenty of exceptions—especially if you or your partner is seeking a K-1 fiancé visa.
- Evidence of Means to Support Yourself
You should expect questions about how you plan to support yourself in the United States. Make sure you and your family consider this issue when applying for a green card. If a child is seeking a green card through a parent, the parents may be asked questions about their career and financial status.
- Good Moral Character and Fitness
Finally, questions about moral character may be asked in a green card interview. As an example, you are likely to be asked whether or not you have have been arrested or convicted of a crime. Though, in some cases, deeper and more extensive character questions may also be asked.
Not Fully Comfortable Speaking English? You Can Bring a Translator
You have the right to bring a translator to a family immigration interview. As a general matter, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not provide translators or interpreters in green card interviews. While some officers speak Spanish, you should never assume that you will be able to effectively communicate with the interviewer in any language other than English.
Contact Our Los Angeles, CA Family Immigration Lawyers Right Away
At the Goldstein Immigration Lawyers, our California immigration attorneys have the skills and experience needed to handle all types of family immigration matters. If you are applying for a family-based green card, we are available to help. To set up a confidential review of your case, please call our Los Angeles law office today.