My husband and I got married in the court. We didn't have a wedding. And when we got married in the court, they didn't allow us to bring any electronic device in, so we never take any pictures at that time.
We are now applying for green card. And found out we need to show the immigration officer some pictures of us together, including wedding pictures. We do have pictures together, but not much. Maybe around 50 pics or so. However, we don't have wedding pictures or any pictures of us getting married in the court.
We are concerned that this might be a disadvantage to us during the interview.
How should we explain ourselves to the immigration officer when those question been asked?
Does the pictures, or wedding significantly matters in green card interview?
How much pictures we need?
When it comes to specifically to pictures at the USCIS interview, I always say there more the merrier. In reality the Officer may look at all your pictures or could choose to look at none. So there is no magic number, my colleague is correct it is the total package presented at the time of the interview, the more stuff you have with your joint names on it the better. In regard to answering the questions about the wedding simply be honest and never lie or tell the officer what you think she wants to hear.
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It is the complete package you and your husband present at the interview that is examined when determining if you both have a valid marriage. You can provide the photos you have and mention that you wish you had ones from the wedding itself you the court would not allow it. You need to have not only photos but documents that show you are a "team" including leases, agreements, car leans, unility bills, tax returns, etc.... The more subjective (independent) the evidence the better it goes to showing the marriage is valid. The USCIS officer who will conduct the interview is well trained and will look at the totality of the package. good luck.
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It's always useful to have wedding photos, even for your personal use, why didnt you take some outside the courthouse? Food for thought!
Nonetheless, provide the evidence you have and basically ensure you are well prepared for your interview.
The more evidence of your bona fide (authentic) marriage such as common bills, travel photos, insurance, joint accounts, photographs from different periods of your relkationship you submit to the USCIS, the better off you are. But, again, bear in mind that during the interview any questions may arise and you may benefit from properly addressing them with an immigration attorney.
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