When you file for change of status based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, USCIS will schedule and conduct your green card marriage interview. It is also crucial to comprehend what questions USCIS may ask you at the interview. This blog also features the list of documents that are needed for a green card through marriage.
The interview for a marriage green card can be a daunting task because the main reason for the interview is to help USCIS to confirm that your marriage was bonded with good faith and not exclusively for immigration purposes. This blog contains useful information about what documents and experience you must bring to your green card marriage interview. The secret to cracking this interview depends on you and your preparation.
Interview Experience For Green Card Through Marriage
The green card through marriage interview is conducted at the USCIS Field Office address. You, the U.S. citizen, and your spouse will enter the precinct through a metal detector leaving things like your smartphones and other gadgets in your car or home. If Form I-485 is based on a marriage to a U.S. citizen, both partners will be required to attend the interview process.
During the marriage green card interview process, the USCIS officer may ask you questions framed to emphasize some of the grounds and history or depth of your relationship like
- When did both of you first meet?
- When was your first date or meeting?
- Where did you go on your first date?
- When did your relationship gather pace and turn romantic?
- When did you decide to get married?
- Who proposed first; you or your spouse?
- Why did you choose to do marriage in the US?
List of Documents to bring to the Marriage Green Card Interview Process
Both partners must attend the interview process. Both partners should bring a legitimate government-issued identification (e.g., driver’s license) to enter the precinct. You should also make sure to bring the original copy of the Form I-797C interview notice.
In addition, bring a complete copy of the I-130/I-485 application and any request for evidence responses. The application should include evidence establishing the foreign national’s authenticity and eligibility under lawful and legal permanent resident status.
It would be great if the application form is prepared and crafted by a proficient attorney. If this is not the case, you may need to have it reviewed and fixed before coming to the interview process. If any information or data has changed after filling the application, mark those items in your application copy, which will help the immigration authority to promptly make changes accordingly.
Following is the list of documents to bring for the green card marriage interview process:
- All immigration-related documents, which were issued to the foreign person. This will include EAD cards and any USCIS (or INS) notices that the foreign national has ever received from the authority.
- All travel-related documents that the foreign person has utilized to enter the U.S soil. If the foreign national does not have the required documents, then other secondary evidence must be submitted during the interview round.
- An authentic and original birth certificate for the foreign person.
- The original proof of the U.S. citizen’s partner’s citizenship like birth certificate, unexpired passport, or naturalization certificate.
- Birth certificates of children, which you two have together.
- Original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate.
- Any divorce decrees.
- Documents that show commingling of assets and joint financial responsibility also should be submitted.
- You must be prepared to provide the immigration officer with copies of any original documents that you have brought to the interview.