As an immigration lawyer, I often prep my clients for their marriage-based green card interviews. There's no guarantee of which questions you will be asked during the interview, aside from those on the actual immigration forms, but these are some of the questions that I ask my clients while preparing them for the interview:
Sample questions to prepare for your green card interview
- Give me your name and address.
- Give me the date of birth of your spouse.
- When and where did you meet your spouse?
- Describe this 1st meeting.
- Did you make arrangements to meet again?
- Did you exchange phone numbers?
- When did you meet next?
- Where were you living at the time?
- Where was your spouse living?
- When did you decide to get married?
- Where were you at the time?
- Did you live together before marriage?
- When and where did you get married?
- How did you and your spouse get to the church, courthouse, etc.?
- Who were the witnesses to the ceremony?
- Did you exchange wedding rings?
- Where had you purchased these rings?
- Did you and your spouse purchase them together?
- Did you have a reception after the ceremony?
- Where was it held?
- Do you have any photos of the ceremony and /or reception?
- Describe the reception.
- Did any of your, and your spouse's, family members attend? If so, who?
- Did you go on a honeymoon? If so, when and where?
- If you did not have a reception, what did you do after the wedding ceremony?
- Where did you live after the wedding? Describe the place where you lived right after the marriage. Number of bedrooms and bathrooms; furnishings; color of walls, floor coverings, appliances, etc; type of air conditioning, heating, etc; # of telephones, televisions, etc.
- Do you have cable television?
- Where did you get the furniture? Was it already there, did you buy it, was it a gift, or did it come from your, or your spouse's, previous residence?
- If brought to the house or apartment, describe how it was transported.
- Describe your bedroom.
- Where do you keep your clothes?
- Where does your spouse keep his or her clothes?
- Where are the bathroom towels kept?
- Where do you keep the dirty clothes?
- Where is the garbage kept in the kitchen?
- On what day of the week is the garbage picked up?
- Where do you shop for groceries?
- Do you go together with your spouse?
- How do you get there?
- Where do you work? What days of the week do you work? What hours do you work? What is your salary? What is your telephone # at work?
- When was the last vacation you had from work?
- Did you and your spouse go anywhere together at that time?
- Where does your spouse work? What days of the week? What hours? What is the salary, if you know? What is your spouse's telephone # at work?
- When was the last time your spouse got a vacation from work?
- When was the last vacation you and your spouse took together? Where did you go? How did you get there? Describe it.
- Do you or your wife have any scars or tattoos? If so, where on the body?
- Do you know your spouse's family members? If so, which ones?
- If your spouse has children from a previous marriage, their names, ages, where they live, and where they go to school, if applicable.
- Where do you live now? (If different from where you lived right after the marriage, then go over the same questions as above).
- How much is the rent? When is it paid? How do you pay it?
- Do you have a bank account together? Where? What kind of account? (Checking, savings).
- Are both of you listed on the account? (Do you have a bank letter, cancelled checks, etc.?)
- Did you file a joint tax return this year? Do you have a copy with you?
- Do you own any property together? What property? Did you bring copies of the documents with you?
- What kind of automobile do you and your spouse have? Describe them.
- Do you have an insurance policy listing your spouse as the beneficiary? If so, do you have a copy?
- Have you taken any trips or vacations together? Do you have photos from these trips?
- Do you have any utility bills, or receipts from items you have purchased together?
- What other documentation do you have to show that you are living together as husband and wife?
- Do you have any pets? What kind, what are their names, and describe them?
- What did you do for Christmas, New Year's, your anniversary, or you or your spouse's last birthday?
- Did you exchange gifts? If so, what kind of gift?
- Did you or your spouse go to work yesterday? If so, at what time did you and/or your spouse leave the house and return?
- Who cooks the meals at the house?
- What is your spouse's favorite food? What is your favorite food?
- Does your spouse drink coffee? If so, does he or she use cream and/or sugar?
- Did you eat dinner together last night? Did anyone else have dinner with you? What did you have?
- What time was dinner served? Who cooked it?
- Did you watch TV after dinner? What shows did you watch?
- At what time did you go to bed? Who went to bed first?
- Did you have the air conditioning or heater on?
- Who woke up first this morning? Did an alarm clock go off?
- Did you or your spouse take a shower?
- Did you come to the interview together? Who drove?
- Did you have breakfast? Where and what did you eat?
The USCIS officer may ask you some or many of this type of question while you and your spouse are together. If he or she feels there is something that he/she wants to investigate further, you and your spouse may be separated. One of you will be interviewed first and all the answers will be written down by the officer. If you have an attorney with you, the attorney will stay with the spouse being interviewed.
Depending on the results of the interview, the officer can make the determination that your relationship needs to be further investigated. In that case, you will be scheduled for a second interview.
Your right to an attorney
It is your right to have an attorney with you during the interview. The questions will still be directed at you and your spouse, but the attorney can give you simple guidance and/or make you feel more comfortable. In the rare case that the USCIS officer acts inappropriately, your lawyer can interject.
Your immigration forms and application
It is also important to have an attorney prepare your forms and your package for the USCIS. At the very least, you should have an attorney review your forms or answer any questions you have about specific items on the forms. Obtaining a green card is a major event in someone's life and should be given the appropriate attention and importance.
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