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Interpreter preparation for GC interview

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Good evening everyone, my friend got his notice for interview on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. But he wanted to know if he can go in the interview room withi his wife as her interpreter. The reasons is because they wanted to save money for their service. Is it possible that they have the permission. 

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What process is your friend currently going through, visa?  Adjusting status?  Knowing what process is in play will allow others to answer your question accurately because others will know where the interview is due to take place.

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His case original from K-1 visa, after his wife called for bio-metric then they applied the adjustment status for her which is I-485. Now they called them for an interview process. Also, what other forms do they need to be prepare for this interview. If other viewers might know too, what kind of questions being used for this preparations? Thank you for your answer and I'm looking forward for another.

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***Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Adjustment of Status from K Visas forum.***

 

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Thanks for clarifying, the interview will take place at a local USCIS office and I do not know what the rules are on having a spouse act as an interpreter for an interviewee at those locations.  Hopefully someone who can definitely answer one way or the other will chime in.

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Thanks for the respond Ryan, I hope  they will let him in because she just been here eight months and still working on her English skills even though she took some class in Vietnam.

 

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I think your friend is misunderstanding something. His presence is a must for the interview if his wife is adjusting status through marriage. This is clearly mentioned on the interview notice he would have received in his mailbox.

 

It is also written that if the petitioner is not fluent in english, he or she must bring an interpreter. It does not explictly say that the husband is not allowed to act as an interpreter, but I read a post before that someone had to look for an interpreter at the waiting room because the immigration officer did not accept the spouse as the interpreter. It kind of make sense because the interview step is where they are trying to find out whether the marriage is bona fide or not, and it one person is giving the information for both sides to the officer there is definitely a chance of distorting the truth (not saying that your friend will, but from the immigration officers perspective). Your friend might be playing safe if he can ask a friend who speaks both languages to help him out.

 

Make sure your friend goes through the interview notice thoroughly. It has all the directions for things he need to bring to the interview.

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