Common Issues At Green Card Interviews

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Common Issues At Green Card Interviews

  1. 1. <ul><li>Common Issues </li></ul><ul><li>at Green Card Interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted by: </li></ul><ul><li>Murali Bashyam and Ame Coats </li></ul><ul><li>Bashyam Spiro LLP </li></ul><ul><li>www.bashyamspiro.com </li></ul><ul><li>CONNECT WITH US: </li></ul><ul><li>FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/bashyamspiro </li></ul><ul><li>TWITTER: www.twitter.com/bashyamspiro </li></ul>
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>General procedures and </li></ul><ul><li>basic issues—any type of GC interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Family-based GC interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Employment-based GC interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Less common issues related to any GC interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Today’s Dialogue Map… </li></ul>
  3. 3. General Procedures <ul><li>Green Card Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Adjustment of Status </li></ul><ul><li>Interview in the US at applicant’s local USCIS office (not always required) </li></ul><ul><li>Interview/Appointment Notice </li></ul><ul><li>Arriving for Interview and Waiting </li></ul><ul><li>The Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Post-interview </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Basic Issues for Applicants— </li></ul><ul><li>Any type of GC Interview: </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduling conflict on the day of interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Call 1-800 number & send letter to local office asap. Do not assume your request is approved--confirm at infopass appt. </li></ul><ul><li>No valid photo identification. </li></ul><ul><li>Renew or apply for passport from country of citizenship. </li></ul><ul><li>Must travel abroad immediately after interview. Take evidence/tell the officer. </li></ul>All GC Interviews
  5. 5. <ul><li>Basic Issues for Applicants— </li></ul><ul><li>Any type of GC Interview: </li></ul><ul><li>Not having original or certified copies of certain documents (i.e. Birth Certificate(s), Marriage Certificate, Divorce Judgments, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Not having photocopies of all documents. </li></ul><ul><li>Birth Certificate does not exist or is incomplete. </li></ul><ul><li>For information on availability of documents in certain countries, </li></ul><ul><li>check Foreign Affairs Manual: </li></ul><ul><li>http://travel.state.gov/visa/fees/fees_3272.html </li></ul>All GC Interviews
  6. 6. <ul><li>Basic Issues for Applicants—Any type of GC Interview: </li></ul><ul><li>Underestimating the consequences of a citation or arrest. Dismissed charges and/or “minor” offenses can affect the case. </li></ul><ul><li>Failing to have appropriate records of citations/arrests. Certified Criminal Record Search is usually not enough. Obtaining the correct records can be difficult. </li></ul>All GC Interviews
  7. 7. Family-Based GC Interviews <ul><li>Spouses, Parents & Children under 21 of US Citizens: </li></ul><ul><li>Relative out of status </li></ul><ul><li>Compare to illegal entry. </li></ul><ul><li>Relative worked without permission. </li></ul><ul><li>*I-9 forms—information that is not truthful—potential big problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Fraud issues— misrepresentations during visa application process and/or questions at Port of Entry </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. Family-Based GC Interviews <ul><li>Spouses, Parents & Children under 21 of US Citizens: </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation to Prove Relationship: </li></ul><ul><li>Divorce Judgments, Marriage Certificates, and Birth Certificates: </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a certified copy or the original? Is it the correct document? Is it complete? Is it valid? </li></ul><ul><li>For marriage case– proving the marriage is bona fide. Everything and the kitchen sink! And a copy of each document. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. Family-Based GC Interviews <ul><li>Other Relatives of USCs and LPRs: </li></ul><ul><li>Priority Date not current </li></ul><ul><li>Out of Status/Working without Permission </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation Issues with Birth Certificates, Name Changes, Divorce Judgments, Marriage Certificates. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Employment-Based <ul><li>GC interviews often scheduled when: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Filed under 245(i) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific problem/questions about the case </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can also be randomly selected </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Very Common—Officers inexperienced with employment-based GC cases </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. Employment-Based GC Interviews <ul><li>Common Issues: </li></ul><ul><li>Out of status at the time GC application filed. </li></ul><ul><li>Out of status at some other time prior to filing GC application. </li></ul><ul><li>Inconsistencies on Form G-325: </li></ul><ul><li>Biographical information form—includes last 5 years of applicant’s employment and residence </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. Employment-Based GC Interviews <ul><li>Common Issues: </li></ul><ul><li>Priority Date not current. </li></ul><ul><li>I-140 Approval Revocation/AC-21. </li></ul><ul><li>Not currently working for petitioning employer. </li></ul><ul><li>No intention of working for petitioning employer or in the field. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 13. Less Common Issues <ul><li>Can apply to family, employment, or other type of GC case: </li></ul><ul><li>Lost I-94 card </li></ul><ul><li>Prior J-1 status </li></ul><ul><li>Received Public Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Registered to vote or voted in a US election </li></ul><ul><li>In deportation proceedings now or in the past. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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