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What is a marriage green card interview?

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION - Immigration

There are a number of ways of becoming a lawful permanent resident in the U.S., including applying for a work visa, having a family member sponsor you or winning the green card lottery. A popular method of getting a green card is through marriage with a lawful U.S. citizen. 

An immigrant who applies for a marriage-based green card should expect to undergo an interview. A marriage green card interview is often necessary to help ensure a marriage is genuine and not temporary for the sole purpose of helping an immigrant get a green card. If you are asked to do a marriage green card interview, then you can make preparations. Here is what you should know:

How can you prepare for the interview?

The marriage green card interview will likely take place in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office. You may be asked very personal and detailed questions about your marriage and spouse. These questions are often used to verify that a couple has shared their life together. 

You may be asked, for example, how you and your spouse met. You may go into detail about the time and place where you first met your spouse and what you were doing at the time. You may also be asked about what attracted you to your spouse. However, you may also be asked more obscure questions, such as what you and your spouse spent your weekend doing.

The interview will likely be conducted separately from your spouse. This is done to compare answers for inconsistencies. Additional documents may also be necessary to show proof of a shared life, such as rent bills, photos, joint bank account statements and tax returns. 

It can help to reach out for legal guidance before a marriage green card interview to learn more about your legal rights.