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Hey guys!


I hope everyone is doing great. I recently just got the notice for the interview for my green card, which was such a relief cuz it came a year and a few months after i sent all the documents in. Really happy about that!

I'm checking in because I wanted to get some of your stories and tips about the interview. Obviously I've never done one before, but I feel pretty confident about it. What I want to know from those of you who have done  it is what kind of documents are paramount? (My adjustment of status is marriage-based).


1) There's a lot of stuff they ask for that I've already submitted in the initial filing: I-693/I-86/ Tax returns. Should I bring them again?

2) Financial documents with me and my wife. What would you say to focus on?

3) Photos of our relationship. Any tips on that are appreciated as well. I've known her since we were kids, that's easy.

4) What kind of line of questioning should I be expecting?

5) I'm Haitian, but I've been here for 10 years. My birth certificate is in French, but I submitted it with an official English translation. Should I bring it again?


You guys have have been a great community. So any answers, or tips, or things I need to know are appreciated.




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1) Yes, if you have copies, bring those. 3 years tax return.

2) They will want to see stuff that have both you and your spouse's name: joint checking, savings, credit cards, mortgages, car loans, house deeds, joint leases, phone bills, water bills, electric bills, ... Insurance policies listing each other as beneficiaries, ect... 

3) Go light on the pictures. Don't bring albums after albums, no one has time to go through all that. Just bring representative over the years. For example, a couple when you were kids, a few when you were 15 or whatever, a few when you first started dating, pictures you two on vacation together, that sort of thing. 

4) The relationship will be the focus. 

5) If you have it handy, just bring both French original and English translation.

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At the AOS interview, the immigration official can and may ask for any document, question about your immigration journey thus far.  For example, at my family's AOS interview, the officer asked to see my divorce decree. Fortunately, I had brought it and every other scrap of paper that I had sent or received from USCIS to that time. It could be bad news if they ask for something you don't have with you, then you may get an RFE....that would be an avoidable drag.


Good luck.

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