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Our Naperville immigration and nationality law attorney at Kasturi Law, LLC, knows adjustment of status and naturalization interviews share some similarities but are not the same. While they are both conducted by immigration officers and involve interviews with applicants, they serve different purposes and are part of varying immigration processes.

Here, we discuss the differences between the two interviews and tips for successfully completing either process.

Naturalization Interview

What is an Adjustment of Status Interview?

An Adjustment of Status Interview is conducted for individuals applying to adjust their immigration status to become lawful permanent residents (green card holders) while physically present in the United States. The process typically applies to individuals who entered the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa or are eligible to apply for adjustment based on specific family relationships, employment, or humanitarian grounds.

The purpose of the adjustment of status interview is to assess the applicant’s permanent residency eligibility and verify the information provided in the application.

What is a Naturalization Interview?

A Naturalization Interview is conducted for lawful permanent residents (green card holders) applying to become U.S. citizens through naturalization. The naturalization process involves filing Form N-400 and meeting eligibility requirements, including residency, good moral character, English language proficiency, and knowledge of U.S. civics.

The naturalization interview aims to assess the applicant’s eligibility for U.S. citizenship, including their ability to speak and understand English, knowledge of U.S. history and government, and adherence to the principles of the Constitution.

Tips for Undergoing a Successful Adjustment of Status or Naturalization Interview

While there are some similarities in the Adjustment of Status or Naturalization interview process — including meeting with an immigration officer and answering questions about the individual’s background and immigration history — the specific requirements, eligibility criteria, and focus of the interviews differ based on whether the applicant is seeking adjustment of status or naturalization.

Some tips to help ensure a successful outcome:

  • Review your application to familiarize yourself with all your application details, including the forms you submitted and the supporting documents you provided. This will help you answer questions confidently during the interview.
  • Bring all required original documents to the interview, including your passport, green card, employment authorization card (if applicable), and any other relevant documentation.
  • Understand your immigration history, including previous applications or interactions with immigration authorities, and be prepared to discuss any changes in your circumstances since you submitted your application.
  • Practice answering common interview questions related to your eligibility for adjustment of status or naturalization, including questions about your background, immigration history, employment, and ties to the United States.
  • Always answer questions truthfully and honestly during the interview. Providing false information or withholding relevant details can seriously affect your immigration status.
  • Remain calm and composed throughout the interview by speaking clearly and confidently and maintaining eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Pay close attention to the interviewer’s questions and instructions. Make sure you understand what is being asked before responding. If you don’t understand a question, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Take your time to formulate your answers thoughtfully.

Contact Our Immigration Attorney Today For Consultation

If you are unsure about any aspect of the interview process or have complex legal issues, contact us today to learn how our Illinois immigration attorney can help you. We provide in-office, phone, and Zoom consultations to help you understand your legal rights and options. We can provide the guidance and representation you need to navigate the interview successfully.