What should people prepare for a green card interview based on marriage? What are the popular questions in the marriage interview?
In most interviews, the officer will first go over your forms to make sure that the biographical information you submitted to USCIS is correct. At the end of the interview, the officer will also go over the security questions, such as are you a communist, terrorist, in a criminal organization, etc. When it comes to questions about the marriage, it really depends on the circumstances of your relationship and officer involved in your case. In my experience there are two common scenarios.First, If you have been married for a long time, have kids together, or there are other obvious indicators that you are in a bona fide relationship, you will get softball questions about how you met, why you decided to get married, or the timeline of your relationship. This will feel like a pleasant conversation and before you know it the interview will be over.Second, if you have been married for a short time but there is nothing that would make the officer suspect fraud, you will get more detailed questions. Some officers are also simply more interrogative than others. I find particularly the officers who have a law enforcement background tend to treat the interview as an interrogation in this situation. They will not usually separate you into separate rooms, but the interview will feel unpleasant.There is a third, and much rarer, type of interview when the officer has a reason to suspect fraud. In this circumstance, the couple will usually be separated and asked much more detailed questions about daily habits, birth dates, names of family members, etc. You will hopefully be able to see this coming and be prepared for it. If you think you might be suspected of fraud, you would be wise to hire an attorney to help prepare you for the interview.In all of these situations, the best advice I can give is to answer questions honestly. If the officer is asking you something you do not know the answer to, do not make it up? Simply say that you do not remember. The interview is not a test, and not the knowing the answer to one question will not mean that you have ‘failed.’As far as preparing for the interview, the most important thing you can do is gather and submit documentation to prove that you are in a bona fide marriage. It is your burden to prove that you are in a real marriage, and the most effective way to do that is through supporting evidence.Statements from joint bank accounts, credit cards, and other proof of financial codependency is very effective - after all, if you were committing immigration fraud, you probably would not trust each other with your money? You should prstatements showing all transactions since you become joint account holders.You should also prproof of joint health insurance, life insurance, utility bills, apartment lease agreements or mortgage statements, etc. Anything that shows that you have been living together as a married couple.Finally you should produce 10 to 15 pictures spanning the length of your relationship, preferably with other family members or friends, or from big moments in your relationship such as vacations, when you first met, your marriage or honeymoon, etc. The immigration officer is not interested in 15 selfies, you should choose pictures that have a ‘story‡ or are related to life events.