Children under 14 who are part of their parent’s case (also known as ‘derivatives’) do not need to be present at the interview. Only derivative children who are part of their parent’s case and 14 and older must be present at the interview.
A person who is under 14 years old and who is the principal applicant of a case (i.e., has his or her own case) must appear at the interview. Examples of these types of cases include children being petitioned by either a U.S. citizen parent (category IR2), or by Legal Permanent Resident parent (categories F22 or FX2).
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