Before leaving the U.S. for the interview for immigrant visa for employment based greencard, please have the following documents ready for the interview. Remember, the more the better. If you have doubt whether particular document may be required or not, just carry it. But don’t open your bag unless asked for a specific document.
- Appointment letter for an immigrant visa interview.
- Form DS-260 Confirmation Page.
- Original or certified copies of civil documents.
- Passport with at least 8 months remaining. Bring all old passports which have U.S. visas.
- Degree certificates/transcripts.
- Any work experience letters used for labor certificate.
- Originals of all the documents used in I-140 (recommendation letters, articles, etc.)
- Notarized employment letter. 2 copies.
- Company brochures, annual reports.
- Company financial statements.
- Bank and other assets statements like stocks etc.
- W-2s, personal tax returns for the last 3 years.
- Recent pay stubs.
- Any proofs of vaccinations you/dependents have.
- Form I-134 for dependents
- Also, if your spouse is employed, it is better to carry an employer letter for him/her too.
- All previous H1s, F1s, EADs, APs, I-485 receipt, etc.
- Apartment lease or house papers.
- Social Security cards of each family member who have a social security number. For others, ITIN number cards.
- If you have any U.S. born (U.S. Citizen) children, you should carry proof of their citizenship. (Birth certificate, passport, etc.) The consular officer really wants to make sure that your children are really U.S. citizens, you are not making any mistakes regarding their status, and hence they are not deprived of getting green cards if they need it.
You need to get an employment letter to show at the interview. Take one copy for yourself and one copy for each of your dependents. Some consulates don’t accept I-134 for supporting your dependents.
Employment letter should
- Reaffirm that the job offered in the approved preference petition is still open and available to you as soon as you immigrate.
- Confirm the current salary, not the labor certificate salary.
- Give a description of the job offered to the alien and explanation of skills that qualify the alien for the position.
- Indicate start date, job title
This letter must be notarized in the U.S. with a notary public.
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