Misconception # 1
USCIS must issue a decision on your Green Card application within 180 days of your interview.
This is false. There is no time limit for adjudication of an I-485, however these applications are often decided within four months of the interview. Furthermore, not all I-485 applications require an interview.
Misconception # 2
USCIS will give you a decision on your Green Card application at the end of the interview.
There are many reasons why a decision might not be given at the interview. You may be told that your application will be recommended approval, or USCIS may request additional information or documents. Sometimes, the immigration officer or a supervisor will need more time to review your case or to wait for security checks.
Misconception # 3
In marriage-based adjustment of status cases, a wife must take her husband’s last name.
Although it is common in the United States for a woman to take her husband’s last name, it is also acceptable for a woman to keep her maiden name. Immigration officers talk to immigrants each day – they understand that people come from different cultures where women do not commonly take their husbands’ last names.