Tips for the Green Card Consular Interview

Giselle Ayala Mateus, Esq.

A key step in the Green Card Consular Petition is the interview. Once you have submitted all the evidence, you will be required to attend an interview at a U.S. consulate in your home country. For this purpose, you will receive a notice with the time and location of your interview. This notice will arrive online through the NVC website. The interview may be located in a different city from where you live. Therefore, careful planning is the best strategy. Before the interview, you will also need to undergo a medical exam at a clinic accepted by the USCIS or the Department of State. chosen by the U.S. 

You may want to travel overseas with your family. Well, only the applicants are allowed to attend the interview. However, it is a good practice to have the petitioner close to the interview site in case something comes up. Additionally, be sure to check the application procedures on the consulate website.  

Before the Interview Plan and Take Safety Measures 

If this is the first time you visit the city where the interview will take place, plan ahead. You should be aware of scams and other crimes in the physical vicinity of a U.S. consulate. It is a usual practice of criminals to attempt to exploit people by soliciting money or information in exchange for speedy processing times. This is only a form of scam. You should only follow the Consular website instructions. On the day of the interview, you only need to enter the consulate and present your forms and documents to the clerk. They will verify your information on their system and give further instructions. Finally, expect delays and lines, many people will be scheduled for the same day. 

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During the Interview

To smooth the interview process, review all your documents, supporting papers, forms, waivers, or anything that requires some explanation. During the interview, the consular officer will ask questions that probably duplicate the questions on their forms. This is normal.  A prior review of everything will make things easier. However, remember that if you are unsure about an answer, you should say so rather than guess. Keep in mind that the purpose of the interview is to make sure that you are telling the truth about your application.

After the Interview

Once the interview is completed the consular officer will indicate to you that a final determination will be send to you by email. If your visa is approved, you may need to return to the U.S. consulate to collect it, or the consulate may send it to you by courier. If you receive your papers on the mail, you will receive your passport stamped with the immigrant visa (to come back to the  US) and a closed envelope visa packet. Do not open that packet. Once you arrive at the airport, a Customs and Border Protection will open the envelope. Finally, keep in mind that your visa probably will last for six months, which means that you need to travel to the U.S. within that period. 

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Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a lawful permanent resident after meeting the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Choosing to become a U.S. citizen is a very important decision. However, remember that becoming a US Citizen carries benefits and responsibilities.

To become a citizen, applicants are required to complete and submit Form N-400, Application for U.S. Citizenship, and must meet the eligibility requirements set by the law. A Green card will also be needed.

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Applying for permanent residency in the United States can be accomplished through adjustment of status or consular processing. Those who get the residence receive a document called a “green card”. At G.A.M. Law Office, our New York City attorneys advise our clients that are interested in United States citizenship about the options available for citizenship, immigration, and more.

The process of getting a green card requires strategy and a fact-intensive analysis. Considering that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) only approves a limited number of visas it is important for applicants to have a knowledgeable team of Immigration Attorneys from G.A.M Law Offices in NYC to help.

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen is a privilege, take the right steps from the beginning to ensure a successful result. The process can be challenging, but it is ultimately very rewarding. An individual can obtain US citizenship in one of three ways. The majority of American citizens obtain their citizenship by having been born in the United States. Others are born abroad to at least one American citizen parent. The final group gains their US citizenship through a process called naturalization. Our immigration attorneys in NYC can assure answer your questions or concerns about U.S. Citizenship. Contact G.A.M. Law Offices today

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There are many options for someone interested in coming to the US to live or work., like with a green card, asylum or refugee petition, or a visa, H1b, O, P or E, R, etc. Thus, it is very important to understand your options and how they give you different opportunities to come to the US.

One of the key principles guiding the U.S. immigration system has been admitting foreign workers with skills that are valuable to the US economy.

Work Visas

There are a variety of circumstances under which foreign companies and US employers can engage foreign nationals to work in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis. Not citizens, permanent residents, refugees, or asylees to the U.S. must first obtain authorization to work in the U.S. pursuant to nonimmigrant or immigrant visas.

Artists, Athletes, and Entertainment Visas

There are a variety of circumstances under which foreign companies and US employers can engage foreign nationals to work in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis. Not citizens, While the types of visas available to Artists and Entertainers may seem somewhat limited, each nonimmigrant US artist visa option and entertainer visa option has its own applicability, advantages, and limitations. It is therefore important that artists and entertainers, as well as their employers and/or agents, understand and be clear about the various options they may have, and what purpose each classification has so that any problems or issues that may arise with the immigration laws in the US can be avoided.

Visas for Academics

Foreign professors and researchers coming into the U.S. have expanded the community of science and technology specialists, bringing with them new and innovative ideas. The challenge for professors and researchers lies in selecting the appropriate pathway to bring and retain these individuals in the U.S. We present here an overview of some of the most commonly used nonimmigrant US visa options for professors and researchers. The immigration lawyers of G.A.M. Law Offices in New York are here to help students pursuing academics within the United States. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Visas for Entrepreneurs

Those foreigners who wish to come to the US to get started on an entrepreneurial path need to study their options carefully so that they understand the advantages and disadvantages of their options as well as the nuances of the immigration system. Our immigration lawyers can help foreign entrepreneurs through the visa process.

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