If you have filed for, or are the recipient of an application for permanent residence through marriage to a U.S. citizen, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has the option to schedule an interview in order to determine if your marital relationship is valid or a sham. In other words, USCIS may call for an interview to make sure that the marital relationship was entered into for “love” and not for immigration benefits, a green card. During the interview it should be expected that the officer will ask various questions of the couple. Such interviews can be done with the couple together or separate. The main purpose of the interview is to identify which marriages are legitimate and which ones are only being entered into for immigration benefits. As long as you have entered into a legitimate marital relationship, the interview process should be seen as a step in the process to obtain benefits for your spouse. Be honest in the interview and try not to be intimidated by the process. The interview is meant to reveal fraud and not to punish those entering into legitimate loving marriages.
The following is an example of the questions that may be asked during the interview:
- When and where was your spouse born?
- Where does and has your spouse worked?
- Where does and has your spouse lived?
- Names and addresses of siblings and parents?
- Where or how did you first meet?
- How and where was the marriage proposal made?
- When and where did you take your honeymoon?
- What was the last place that you ate dinner together?
- What is your spouse’s favorite food, color, outfit, perfume, desert, music, athletic team, movie, form of entertainment, etc…?
- Who sleeps on which side of the bed, gets up first in the morning, leaves first in the morning, arrives home first in the evening, etc…?
- You may be asked to describe the vehicles you drive, how your home is decorated and possessions within your home. This may include the colors of rooms in the home, the types of window coverings, number of television sets, etc…
- Who performs which duties around the home? (i.e. Who does the dishes, laundry, vacuuming, cleans the cars, etc…)
- They may even ask more private information such as: nicknames, birthmarks, tattoos, names of friends, hobbies, sexual intimacy and any other information to establish the validity of the relationship.
If you are seeking benefits through marriage to a U.S. citizen, we can help prepare you for the process and take the stress out of this often intimidating and difficult process. Contact us today to see how we can help you.