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Preparing for your marriage-based green card interview

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Family Based Visas |

The interview for a marriage-based green card is essential for securing lawful permanent residency in the United States. It’s crucial to prepare thoroughly to effectively present your case and prove the authenticity of your marriage.

Preinterview preparations

Acing your interview depends on how ready you are. This preinterview phase helps you and your spouse determine the genuineness of your relationship with the interviewing officer.

  • Documentation: Organize all required documents. This includes marriage certificates, proof of cohabitation and evidence that confirms your relationship history (photos, travel documents or greeting cards).
  • Collaborative rehearsal: Anticipate potential interview questions and conduct practice sessions together as a couple. This approach fosters consistency in your responses. Focus on providing honest and detailed answers that prove the authenticity of your relationship.
  • Relationship timeline: Prepare to discuss a detailed timeline of your relationship, starting from when you first met, the courtship period, and why you decided to get married. Be prepared for questions about your future, which demonstrates a long-term commitment.

First impressions hold significant weight. Choose professional attire that reflects your seriousness about the application. Remember to be honest, and do not hesitate to seek clarification on questions you do not understand.

What happens after the interview?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer will communicate the next steps after your interview. Typically, there are three potential outcomes: approval of the application, request for evidence (RFE) or supplementary documents, or a denial. If you receive the latter, you may seek help from a legal professional to explore the possibility of an appeal and increase your chances of a favorable outcome next time.