How to Prepare for Your Marriage Green Card Interview Questions – What to Expect

How to Prepare for Your Marriage Green Card Interview Questions – What to Expect


Hey everybody immigration attorney Ili
Subhan here and today I’m going to explain what you should expect when
attending your marriage green card interview including the marriage green
card interview process, documents that you need to bring, some common green card interview questions, and how to be prepared. So let’s get started. And, make
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time we release a new video. Now, let’s get started by discussing the marriage
green card interview process. First, you will receive a marriage green card
interview notice in the mail scheduling your interview. The notice is usually
delivered to you approximately 30 days before your scheduled interview. Also, the
marriage green card interview takes place at your local United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office. You will bring your marriage
green card interview notice with you, along with all the other documents
requested on the notice. The interview notice will ask you to bring a copy of
your filed application, original birth certificates, passports, and your marriage
certificate. Also, you’ll want to bring some recent joint documents that you
have gathered after filing. For example, your last three to six months of joint
bank statements, a recent joint utility bill, and other recent joint documents. In
addition, if you filed a joint tax return, after filing for your green card through
marriage, you should also bring the federal tax return with you. Next, you
want to make sure to give yourself enough time to get to the green card
interview. Plan to get there around 30 minutes early. That way you give yourself
enough time to get situated, relax, and be in a positive frame of mind, before the
green card interview. In addition, most USCIS offices are similarly set up.There
is a waiting area and then when it’s time for your marriage green card
interview the immigration officer will come out and greet you and then call you
in to his or her office to start the interview. The officer will then have you
both raise your right hand to swear you in for the interview. Next, the officer
may ask the foreign spouse to give his or her fingerprints and take another
photo to match everything with the fingerprints and photos that were taken
months earlier at your biometrics interview. Afterwards, the officer will
begin the interview. Now, I want to explain the two types of marriage green
card interviews that may occur based on our experience. Interviews are conducted
by an immigration officer and depending on their personality type and their
interviewing technique you may have a more cordial interview or an
interrogation style interview. A cordial style interview is usually a friendlier
and quicker interview process. Typically, ranging anywhere from 30 minutes to an
hour. Generally, you’ll both be in the same room at the same time and each of
you will be asked similar green card interview questions including: state your
name, your address, and how you met. information about your wedding,
employment, etc. Then the foreign spouse will be asked some criminal background
questions listed on the i-485 application and then you’ll both be done. However, an
interrogation style interview can be more intimidating and stressful. The
immigration officer after swearing you both in will then separate you both. One
spouse will be invited into the officer’s office and the other spouse will be
asked to wait in the waiting room. Afterwards, the officer will begin the
interview. During this type of interview, the green card interview questions can
be much more in-depth and the officer is looking for any inconsistencies in you
and your spouse’s testimony. For example, the officer is likely to ask you to name
your spouses parents and siblings and ask if you have also met any of them. In
addition, the officer is likely to ask where did you go together for your last
special occasion, holiday, and even what you did last weekend. Then the officer is
also likely to ask you to name who else was in attendance at those events.
In addition, during this type of interview the officer is likely to ask
that you draw a diagram of your residence including: how many bedrooms
and bathrooms, location of the kitchen and dining room, etc. The officer will
then ask what furniture is in each room and what color is each piece of
furniture. Again, the officer is looking for any inconsistencies in your
testimony with this line of questioning. As you can see, inconsistent answers in
your testimony to one of these green card interview questions can be a cause
of concern for the immigration officer to request a second interview also known as a Stokes interview, request more evidence of the validity of your
marriage, or to issue a denial. Please understand that if the officer uses an
interrogation style, it does not necessarily mean that there are any red
flags with your case, it can simply be that this is the officer’s preferred
interviewing style. But, in some cases, it does mean that the officer suspects
misrepresentation of the facts and/or marriage fraud. This type of green card
interview can be very stressful and intimidating. Therefore, it is best to
hire in an immigration lawyer to help you prepare for either style of
interview, so you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re fully prepared. Okay,
now let’s recap the two important parts to the marriage green card interview
process. First, you want to make sure to bring the proper supporting documents
with you to the green card interview. Second, you want to make sure to prepare
for the marriage green card interview questions. Lastly, when attending the
interview make sure to dress well, but do not over dress. Answer every question
truthfully and honestly. And, answer only what the officer is asking of you. Bring
lots of photos, be positive, and also stay calm and collected. Do you want to
discover more secrets to passing your marriage green card interview? Click on
the link below now to get your free copy of the checklist revealing
101 most popular marriage green card interview questions and tips. If you like
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One thought on “How to Prepare for Your Marriage Green Card Interview Questions – What to Expect

  • Sir, this video really helped me in my preparation. I have a quick question, what about a situate whereby couples don't have joint bank account nor jointly names on lease. Will that be a problem?

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