U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to sponsor their spouses for U.S. permanent residence (i.e. green cards). To do so, the U.S. citizen or LPR files an I-130 Petition for Immigrant Relative with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This petition must contain proof of the U.S. citizen or LPR’s status in the U.S., proof that the couple is lawfully married, and proof that the couple’s marriage is genuine and bona fide – meaning proof that the couple did not marry for the purposes of gaining immigration benefits.
Once the USCIS officer reviews the I-130 Petition, often the officer schedules the couple to come to an interview where the officer can ask the couple questions about their married life together in order to confirm the bona fide nature of the marriage. The officer will specifically address each question to either the U.S. citizen/LPR, the immigrant spouse, or to the couple jointly. Additionally, the officer may conduct one interview with both people present, or may elect to conduct two separate interviews.
Although every marriage-based immigration interview is different, the following is a list of the questions that our clients are most frequently asked during their interviews.
Biographic Information About Your Spouse
- What is your husband/wife’s full name?
- Does your husband/wife go by a nickname? If so, what is it?
- When is your husband/wife’s birthday?
- Where was your husband/wife born?
- What are the names of your husband/wife’s parents and where do they live?
- Have you met your husband/wife’s parents?
- Does your husband/wife have siblings? If so, what are their names and where do they live?
Information About Your Early Relationship
- When and where did you first meet?
- Where did you go on your first date?
- Have you ever gone on a vacation together? If so, where did you go and when?
- Have you or your spouse ever been married before? If so, when did the marriage end and why did the marriage end?
- Do you or your spouse have any children together or separately? If so, what are their names and ages?
- Was there a formal engagement proposal? If so, what happened?
- If not, how did you agree to become engaged?
Information About Your Wedding
- Who planned the wedding?
- When and where did you have your wedding ceremony?
- Which family members and friends came to your wedding, if any?
- Was it a formal religious ceremony or a civil ceremony?
- Did you mail wedding invitations?
- Did you exchange wedding rings?
- Did you go on a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?
Information About Your Home and Daily Life
- When did you move to your current address?
- What is the monthly mortgage/rent?
- How many bathrooms do you have?
- What color is your shower curtain?
- What times do both of you leave for work in the morning?
- Who does the cooking and who does the laundry?
- How did you celebrate the last holiday?
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