Can I bring an interpreter to the interview even if I didn’t list it on the application?


Independent attorneys in the Boundless network answer common U.S. immigration questions

Jun 2, 2021


Can I bring an interpreter to the interview even if I didn’t list it on the application?

Yes, an applicant may bring an interpreter to the interview. USCIS in general will not provide an interpreter and may reschedule the interview if the officer believes the applicant is not strong enough in English yet to complete the interview without an interpreter. Interpreters are asked to complete a short form, G-1256, Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview. The Forms are generally available at the USCIS field offices, but can also be completed and signed in advance.

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How long does it take to get a work permit?

An applicant who lives in the United States and is married to a U.S. citizen, generally must wait around 150 days (sometimes more) after the complete application package is submitted.

An applicant who lives in the United States and is married to a green card holder (lawful permanent resident) generally must wait about 24–32 months to receive a work permit after initiating the green card application process.

We’ve prepared a detailed guide for understanding work permits.


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