Interviewing the married couple is an important part of the
green card process. Both partners attend the interview and are asked a series of
questions that are used to assess the validity of their marriage. To make
the interview process less stressful, couples should gather any necessary
documents prior to their interview. It is important to remember that marriage
fraud is a punishable crime and can result in jail or deportation. Below,
we provide some tips that can help prepare you for your interview.
Green Card Interview Tips
Be on Time: Punctuality matters. Your interview time can be found on the appointment
notice. Try to arrive at least 45 minutes ahead of time.
Dress Appropriately: You should present yourself formally. Don’t wear shorts, sandals,
or wrinkled clothing. Unfortunately, immigration officers are likely going
to judge you by your appearance, so choose your attire wisely.
Don’t Bring Electronic Devices: Cell phones with camera functions and other electronic gadgets are not
allowed in the interview room.
Listen To and Answer Questions Appropriately: The person interviewing you will expect specific and direct answers. Keep
your answers short and try not be too talkative. Give the impression that
you are prepared and well organized.
Know as Much as You Can About Your Spouse: You’ll need to demonstrate that you know your spouse well. Interviewers
will ask certain questions about important dates in your relationship
and daily routine. Usually, the couple is interviewed together. However,
you might be interviewed separately if there are doubts about the validity
of your marriage. You and your spouse should quiz each other prior to
Do you have more questions about how to prepare for a green card marriage
interview? We can help. Contact our Cleveland team of green card lawyers
to find out how we can assist you today.