How Many Interviews For Green Card

By Tiara

As discussed earlier, becoming a legal resident of the United States is a long process that can take many months or even years. There are several steps in the process, including applying for citizenship, finding employment as a citizen, and obtaining a visa to live here.

The second step is to obtain what’s called a green card, which gives you permanent residency in America. To do this, you must prove not only that you have enough money to support yourself but also that you will be an asset to the community. This could include proving your skills through work experiences or educational qualifications, or showing that you will contribute to the culture by speaking the language or practicing the religion.

Given how important it is to become a US citizen or resident, there are actually strict regulations about how many interviews employers are allowed to ask for during the hiring process. It's illegal to discriminate against applicants because they don't have a green card, nor may employers require confidential information or documents from non-citizens seeking jobs.

There is one situation where it's okay to check people out more thoroughly though - when you're doing background checks. Because discrimination isn't allowed, it's permissible to run people's references twice if you suspect them of being undocumented workers. However, even then you need to be very careful and sensitive about asking about their immigration status.

Meet with the USCIS

how many interviews for green card

When you are ready to apply for your green card, you will need to make an appointment at one of their offices or via their website. You can search our directory here to find the location that is best for you!

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the federal agency within the Department of Homeland Security that oversees applications for immigrant and non-immigrant visas as well as citizenship. They also handle naturalization services such as filing paperwork and testifying in court.

Their mission is to “enable Americans to live, work, and develop productive lives abroad by providing efficient, effective, transparent, and humane service through both visa and immigration programs”.

What makes someone qualify for a US Visa or Immigrant Status?

A tourist visa is given to people visiting the U.S. for less than six months. Business travelers and students must have a student visa or work visa to enter the country. People seeking employment in America must have a working visa. All immigrants applying for permanent residence in the USA (also called a green card) must be able to show they will contribute to American society and culture, and have a stable income.

There are three main types of green cards: Employment-based, Family-sponsored,and Refugee-based. The type you choose depends on your situation and what you hope to gain from living in America.

Phone interviews

how many interviews for green card

Another way to interview for a green card is via a phone interview. This is typically done through a service that connects you with a person of the organization conducting the green cards. You will usually be asked some questions about your life, experiences, and career goals and then they may ask if you are able to start working in the United States immediately or if there is a need for a job offer or placement first.

In my personal experience I was interviewed over the phone by an officer from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He asked me similar questions as he did during my in-person interview but his tone was much more formal than what we had earlier when I met him in person.

He also asked me about whether I would accept a non-permanent resident visa instead of a green card and how long it would take to get such a visa. What this showed was that even though my interview was over phone, USCIS still wanted to make sure that I do not lie about anything important! They want to make sure that I am not only trustworthy but that I will follow all rules and regulations set out for people looking to live in America legally.

In-person interviews

how many interviews for green card

The next level of interviewing is an in person interview. This can be with a recruiter, a hiring manager or both, depending on what stage you are at in the process. These interviews will typically take place either via phone or in a local location such as a restaurant or coffee shop.

Since most employers use computer software to conduct their job searches, attending an employee meeting face to face may not matter much if they have conducted enough telephone conversations. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your appearance matches the described personality and leadership style of the company you are applying to.

Also, do not assume that because there was no reaction during the initial call that someone did not see you when you called. Some might get busy later and find time to talk about you.

Medical exams

how many interviews for green card

The second major way to gain employment in America is by seeking employment as an immigrant worker. This is known as being sponsored by a company that will work with federal agencies to allow you to live and work here. These companies help prepare your documents, screen you for citizenship or residency, and facilitate the process of getting a visa and working permit.

Most employers look for two things during this process: whether you can speak English and if you are healthy enough to work. Because immigrants pay more in health insurance than citizens do, most employers want to make sure that you have good medical coverage before giving you a job.

Medical examinations are one of the biggest hurdles to finding employment outside of the formal application process. Almost every employer requires some kind of medical exam where they test your heart, lungs, liver, and other important organs. Some even require x-rays or scans!

While these exams are very common, many people fear them because they’ve never been given one before. No matter how much anxiety you may be feeling, there are ways to get through it faster. Here are some tips for preparing for your medical examination.

Financial documents

how many interviews for green card

The next set of documents you will need are your financial documentation. These include current proof of income, bank statements, pay stubs, tax returns (if applicable), and anything else that demonstrates your ability to support yourself financially in America.

It is very important to be as honest and straightforward with these documents as you can be because this will come under close scrutiny during the process. If anyone discovers something false or misleading, then you could potentially lose your green card and/or face deportation.

Something many people make the mistake of is thinking they’ll just buy a one-bedroom apartment once they get their green card. But what happens if they get hired two months later and there’s an opening at their job? Or what if they get offered a position that pays five times more than their present salary?

You would likely have to look for alternative housing and possibly even move in with relatives which is not ideal. You wouldn’t want to lie about how much money you have because again, it could hurt your chances of getting accepted into the country.

Personal references

how many interviews for green card

A personal reference is someone who knows you well and can attest to your moral character as well as proof of employment. They may know you from school, work or social settings, but they will have to believe that you are an honorable person with a good reputation.

Most employers ask for at least two people to do this kind of referencing. One must be known for their integrity and willingness to speak highly of you, while the other needs to know you personally to verify that quality.

The second person can be someone you already meet once in passing, like a neighbor, or someone you met once years ago at a party. Someone who works next door can comment on how you interacted with others and whether you were friendly or not. Or maybe there’s someone at the office you chat with regularly about things beyond work.

Importance of having strong personal references

Having several strong references comes down to choosing individuals who you feel comfortable around and trust to give honest opinions. You want to make sure they don’t share your love of red shirts, though! (Never mind what color shirt I am wearing today.)

It also helps if these references are able to testify to both your professional and personal qualities. For example, it would help if they could tell you read a book published over five years ago, knowing you then had only just graduated high school.

English proficiency

how many interviews for green card

Having an excellent command of the English language is one of the most important things to look into when seeking employment in America. This is even more true if you are looking to stay here long term!

Not only does being ablet speak english make finding work much easier, but it also gives you some sort of edge over other applicants that may not be as fluent.

Many companies expect employees to do at least some talking on their phone calls or meetings with clients, so your ability to communicate clearly comes in very handy.

Whether you are speaking with colleagues or customers, being able to talk about everyday topics and answering questions intelligently will boost your confidence and help you gain market respect.

It’s always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve, especially if there are ever times where your native tongue fails you.

Link to application resources

how many interviews for green card

Applications for permanent resident status (aka green cards) are completed in two main parts: an employment form, and I-589 forms. The Employment Form is used to determine if you can remain in the United States as a nonimmigrant worker or student. If you qualify, then you will be asked to complete an additional form called I-589, which asks about your intentions once you have received permission to stay in the country. This form also includes questions about how much money you have stored overseas and whether you will need help finding housing and supporting yourself while here.

The more interviews you have, the better chance you give yourself of being approved for residency. While it may feel like a lot at first, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

Interviewing for asylum is even harder than interviewing for a green card because there are so many different types of visas. Asylum seekers must prove that they face persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, or membership in a social group in their home country. There are over 20,000 people waiting for their initial interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the department within the Department of Homeland Security that conducts these interviews. More information about what to expect during your asylum interview can be found online from our link below.

There is no set time frame for how long it takes USCIS to process applications, but average times span several months.