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What You Need to Know about Your Marriage Green Card Interview

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on November 07, 2013

An interview with a U.S. Customs and Immigration Services official is a critical part of the marriage-based green card application process. The USCIS considers the interview to be an opportunity to confirm that the information provided in your application is correct and to assess whether the marriage is authentic.

Marriage-based green card interviews can be conducted in a number of different ways. The USCIS official may talk to the couple individually or separately, and in some cases, the interview might be recorded or videotaped. The marriage-based green card interview can be stressful for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that people are often uncomfortable talking about personal matters with a stranger.

The Chicago immigration lawyers at the Shapiro Law Group are dedicated to helping foreign nationals comply with U.S. immigration laws by obtaining the appropriate work-related visas, family-sponsored visas, or green cards. The following provides some critical information that you should know before your marriage-based green card interview.

Be prepared. You should take the time to review your green card application prior to the interview. Spend some time reviewing the facts and circumstances of your relationship with your spouse prior to the interview, including where and how you met, how the relationship developed, who proposed, and things that you like to do together.

Dress professionally.

Never lie during the interview. If you do not remember something, simply say “I don’t know.”

Expect to wait. After you arrive at the USCIS building, you will be asked to wait in the interview waiting area with other couples awaiting interviews.

You will be asked to take an oath of truthfulness.

Have your identification documents – birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates, etc. – readily available. You may be asked to produce these documents several times.

Your green card application may not be immediately approved. In some cases, the USCIS officer will approve your application and stamp the passport of the immigration spouse. Within 30 days, the immigrant spouse will receive the official green card in the mail. In other cases, the USCIS will not have adequate time to perform all of the necessary security checks on an applicant so the case will be marked as “pending security checks,” with the applicant required to check back periodically regarding status. Sometimes, the USCIS will request additional documents or a subsequent interview, in which case it is highly recommended that you consult with a skilled green card attorney like those at Shapiro Law Group.

The marriage-based green card application process is not always easy. The Chicago family immigration lawyers at the Shapiro Law Group have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you through the entire green card application process, including the interview.

Contact our immigration lawyers at (847) 564-0712 for a free telephone consultation to discuss your visa or green card application.