Port Jervis, NY asked in Immigration Law for New York

Q: I had my Green Card interview on 2/8, the officer did not ask for my Form I-693

I had my Green Card interview on 2/8, it is family-based, my daughter is the petitioner. The officer only asked for our birth certificates and translations, gave us a letter that the case is being continued and sent us home.

Now when we got home we realized that he did not even ask for my form I-693 which was not included in the original packet, I was instructed to bring it to the interview. I did. I asked if he needed anything else but the certificates, he said no. At the time, I did not register that I HAVE to submit the form - he should know it, right?! He was very rude and unprofessional (that is beside the point) and I honestly just ditzed out because of it. So I have the form, but why did he not ask for it? Is it not required? Is it a bad sign?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Roger Carl Algase
Roger Carl Algase
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: In this kind of situation, the best course of action would most likely be to make an Infopass appointment at the office where you were interviewed, and on the appointment day go there with your sealed I-693 envelope from the doctor and ask to see a supervisor. You should not be afraid to let the supervisor know that the interviewing officer forgot to ask for the sealed envelope, and about any other unprofessional behavior by that officer. Best of all would be to consult with an experienced marriage case immigration lawyer and ask him or her to assist you with this. I have been representing applicants in green card marriage cases for 40 years, beginning in 1978, and I have had to deal with a number of difficult interviewing officers myself. If an officer does not handle the interview courteously and professionally, that might not be a good sign for further developments in the case either.

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