Understanding the I-485 Interview
The I-485 interview is a critical step in the United States immigration process, serving to verify applicant information and assess eligibility for permanent residency.
Purpose of the Interview
The primary objective of the I-485 interview is to confirm the authenticity of the information provided in the applicant’s adjustment of status application. This includes validating the applicant’s identity, reviewing the basis of their eligibility, and assessing the truthfulness of their application. The interview also offers United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials the chance to ask questions about the information submitted and to ensure the applicant meets all the necessary immigration requirements. To facilitate preparation, applicants can refer to the I-485 Interview Documents Checklist, ensuring all necessary documentation is in order.
When attending an I-485 interview, applicants may face special circumstances that require additional accommodations. It’s important to be aware of these exceptions to ensure smooth processing and compliance with USCIS policies. For some scenarios, applicants can also check their eligibility for an I-485 interview waiver.
Individuals must meet several eligibility criteria to apply for an adjustment of status through Form I-485. These include having an immigrant visa immediately available, having a qualifying relationship to the sponsor, and being admissible to the United States. For example, applicants should not have a criminal history or immigration violations that might disqualify them from obtaining a green card.
To successfully navigate the I-485 interview, applicants must present a range of pertinent documents. These typically include:
- Passport and travel documents
- Birth certificate
- Visa petition approval notice (such as Form I-130 or Form I-140)
- Documents confirming the applicant’s legal entry into the U.S. (like an arrival/departure record, Form I-94)
- Employment authorization document, if applicable
- Records of any prior immigration filings or interactions with USCIS
Applicants should ensure that they have the original versions of these documents available for review during the interview.