Questions to Expect During a Marriage-Based Green Card Interview

Green CardOne of the easiest ways to get a green card is through marriage. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is aware of this, which is why they require an interview with all marriage-based green card applicants. If you and your spouse have an upcoming green card interview, below are the questions to prepare for.

Relationship Development

Immigration officers love going through detail so expect them to ask about the development of your relationship. One of the many questions to expect is “When and where did you meet?” They will also ask about your first date, first out-of-town trip, common interests, and engagement. 

Wedding

Your wedding is an important aspect of your green card interview. According to an immigration attorney from Utah County, wedding questions help immigration officers verify the legitimacy of a marriage. Other than presenting marriage documents and wedding memorabilia, prepare for the following questions:

  • When and where did the marriage take place?
  • How many people attended?
  • What did you and your spouse wear?
  • Who were the bridesmaids/groomsmen?
  • Did you have a reception?
  • Did you go on a honeymoon? If so, where?

Married Life

If you think immigration officers can’t ask for more details, just wait until you get to this part. They will ask everything about your married life. From daytime and nighttime routines (Who gets up first? What does your spouse eat for breakfast? Who takes out the trash?) to the name of your pets and design of your home. Finances, career, and children are also part of this interview phase.

Celebrations and Family

Anniversaries and other special celebrations are important for couples so expect questions like “When is your spouse’s birthday?” “What did you do on your anniversary?” and “What religious holidays do you celebrate together?” They will also ask about your spouse’s family and close relatives. 

Prepare for the above-mentioned questions by going through significant relationship details with your spouse. Hiring an experienced immigration lawyer can also help.