Married couples involving a foreigner must first pass an interview conducted by immigration officials if they wish to stay in the U.S. While interviews are mandatory for everyone looking to get a green card, the interview for married couples is extremely crucial because officials want to make certain that the marriage is the real deal and not a ploy to obtain a green card.
Marriage Green Card Interview Basics
Due to the speed and ease of becoming a U.S. citizen through marriage, there are immigrants who marry U.S. citizens strictly for the immigration benefits instead of real love. Immigration authorities know this, and hence the need for an interview that covers personal questions pertaining the marriage and its authenticity.
Where the interview takes place depend on which kind of process you chose for your green card application. A majority of applicants, who most of them live overseas, choose consular processing. This means that the interview will take place at the U.S. Embassy or the Consulate of the immigrant’s home country. Although the U.S. citizen spouse won’t need to attend the interview, it’s better if they still do. In case the spouse chose not to attend and the consular authorities are doubtful of the marriage’s authenticity, they might require the spouse to attend a separate interview in the U.S.
Select applicants who are based in the U.S. could choose the adjustment of status process. In this case, the interview will take place at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) where both spouses must attend.
Other Key Things to Note
Do note that even married couples who have been together for years might forget some things. When this happens to you, Buhler Thomas Law, P.C. and other family green card experts in Utah say that it’s better to admit that you don’t remember the exact details than trying to invent an answer. In some cases, interviewers might lie and tell one spouse that the other spouse has already admitted that the marriage is for immigration purposes. There are repeat questions to see how consistent you are at answering, as well.
Come well prepared and don’t stress too much because legitimate marriages pass the test. All you need is to consult your attorney to know if you’ve missed something.