The interview is the last important step in getting a spousal visa for admittance to the U.S. The interview is usually conducted in a person’s country of origin at his or her local embassy or consulate (but it can be done in a neighboring country in some circumstances). Usually, the petitioner does not need to attend the interview but is often allowed (this depends on the embassy policy and country). If the application includes children, they also need to attend.
Preparing for the Interview
The key to a successful interview is preparation. The immigration process is long, expensive, and stressful. Therefore, it is understandable that anyone would get stressed out at the prospect of the interview. The interview is usually pretty short, not more than ten or fifteen minutes. It is conducted by a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services case officer in a private room.
The interviewer asks predictable questions. The following are a sample of some questions that may be asked during the interview.
Questions about the Spouse:
- What is the spouse’s name?
- What are the spouse’s hobbies or interests?
- What is the spouse’s job? What is his or her salary?
- What are the spouse’s parents’ names?
Questions about the Relationship
The interviewer will also ask questions about the relationship for example: Where did the partners meet and how long have they been dating? Where did the marriage take place? Are there have honeymoon plans?
Questions about the Applicant
Finally, the interviewer will investigate the applicant. For example, he or she may ask about past criminal affiliations, work, and education. The questions may also sound like an employment interview.
The questions follow predictable groupings like those described above. The interviewer is trying to ascertain (a) if the applicant and his or her American spouse know one another, (b) if the application for a spousal visa is genuine, and (c) if the applicant is going to become a burden on the government. For anyone who knows and cares for his or her spouse, these questions will be straightforward. A lot of the information the interviewer will ask about, the applicant will have learned by virtue of being in a relationship with his or her spouse.
Essentially, the applicant needs to be honest and straightforward in his or her answers. The applicant will share the same kind of information he or she would with any group of friends or a couple on a double-date.