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Preparing for a marriage based green card interview

If you have applied for a green card based on your marriage to a United States citizen, it is important to know the right steps to take. Typically, the main issue in most such cases is proving that the marriage is bona fide. Without knowing what type of information the authorities expect to see, even couples who have been together for a long time can inadvertently raise suspicions. 

When your spouse submits the petition on your behalf, the two of you will need to include supporting documentation. Be sure to include a copy of your marriage certificate; if either of you was married previously, you will also need copies of the divorce judgments. In addition, it is wise to prepare a range of documentation, including wedding pictures, statements from friends and relatives, and joint bills and account statements.

What to bring

When it is time for the interview, it is a good idea to bring a set of copies of everything you submitted with the petition. Although the interviewer should have a copy of the file, mistakes occur and papers go missing. In addition, you should bring anything you did not submit previously that provides additional proof.

Questions to expect

At the interview, you will need to answer questions about your marriage and your life together. Typically, interviewers will ask how the two of you met, how your relationship progressed and what your wedding was like. They may ask about your daily activities as a married couple. It is normal for people to sometimes forget some of these details, especially when they may be feeling very nervous. However, missing an important piece of information - such as the location of the wedding - can be more likely to raise red flags. Therefore, it is a good idea to review your timeline before going in.

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