We’ve talked about the ‘Green Card Marriage’ path to citizenship (or the K1 Visa) previously on the blog, but now we are going to delve a bit deeper into the subject matter. Specifically, what kind of questions are in a green card marriage interview?
As we mentioned when writing on the subject previously, there comes a step in the process at which the two people involved, the citizen and the person applying for citizenship, will go through an interview process. The thought alone can be enough to put people on edge, ‘An interview? About what, my love? How do they measure that?!’ It can be scary, it can be daunting, and that’s why we have compiled some of the more common questions in the interview process, as well as some tips to help.
Green Card Marriage Interview Questions
The interview process is designed to help representatives of the U.S. government in weeding out any fraudulent marriages, or at least, what they believe to not be a true honest marriage with a green card as a byproduct, as opposed to a pathway to a green card with a marriage as a byproduct. Make sense?
These questions begin simple enough, with basic information about the relationship before moving on to inquiries regarding the proposal, the engagement and the ceremony itself:
- How did you meet?
- How soon after did you start dating?
- When did you meet each other’s families?
- How did you decide on getting married?
- Where did you buy the ring?
- What was the wedding like and who attended?
- What did you do afterward?
- Where did you eat?
- Draw me a diagram of your bedroom.
- What did you do last night?
- What did you do for Christmas?
- What gift did you give your spouse?
- Where did you first meet your spouse’s siblings?
- Does your spouse have any tattoos?
You see how these steadily increased in specificity? They can go a wide number of places, and alternate between simple questions of facts to more in-depth inquiries looking to understand the relationship. In a tense situation (such as a citizenship interview) some details might slip your mind, and make your effort look less honest than it is. By getting a look at them ahead of time, you may be able to fend off some of the shock as the continue.
Questions aren’t all the interviewer might do. A representative for the government might drive by your home to verify both people live there, talk to neighbors.
Tips to Handle the Interview
When it comes time to interview, follow some of these tips to put your best foot forward.
- Don’t feel the need to rehearse. Practicing your answers frequently might help calm your nerves, but it can also give off a false impression, as if you are reciting from a script, not true facts.
- Behave normally. Don’t try to sell anything that isn’t there. Being overly affectionate or otherwise false. These interviewers know what to look for when it comes to ‘fake’ behavior.
- Dress to impress. Like any other interview, treat it with respect and dress as such.
- And of course, show up on time. Being punctual for your interview goes a long way to show how seriously you are both taking this opportunity.
Planning on your own green card marriage interview? Need other help with the various immigration processes? Contact us at Apfel and Associates, and we can assist in ensuring your path to citizenship is as smooth and secure is possible.