US Immigration Interview Spousal Marriage Petition

US Immigration Interview Spousal Marriage Petition

There are multiple ways to get a Green Card
but the focus of this video will be on Family-Based Petitions.
–particularly spousal or marriage-based
Green Card Petitions. I’ll share some 17 Practical Tips we’ve
gathered over the years of our experience. Now stay tuned… The purpose of the interview is to determine
the accuracy and completeness of the information provided in the applications, petitions, and
to test the credibility of the subject(s) on certain material issues which cannot be
resolved on the basis only of the documents submitted by the applicants. So let’s start and get on to the list! We have encountered countless couples who
often tell me, “Our marriage is legitimate, there is nothing to prepare and we can handle
all questions”! These are the same people who experienced
the most unpleasant interviews. There’s no substitute for preparation because
that will instill the right amount of confidence in you. You can actually Google sample adjustment
interview questions, or ask them from your attorney. Make sure you and your spouse study, create,
and practice truthful answers. You will be surprised how these sample questions
can be tricky to address properly unless you study well enough. Pay attention to the smallest details of your
answers. Minor inconsistencies are allowed but major
ones and opposing responses usually have dire consequences as they will heighten the suspicion
of the interviewer. Your interviewer will ask you certain information
you have provided in the USCIS Forms. You’re expected to know your own personal
information and circumstances and that of your spouse. You are expected to know the names of the
children of spouse from another marriage, if any, the names of your parents-in-law and
even that of your brother-in-law and sister-in-law. The USCIS will advise you not to come earlier
than 45 minutes before the scheduled interview to avoid overcrowding in the waiting room. Nevertheless, I always advise our clients
to arrive at least 1 hour and 15 minutes early at the venue and just check in 45 minutes
before the schedule time. Arriving earlier will acclimatize you with
the relatively hostile and stressful environment. If you are late and your name is called, you
will rescheduled. USCIS allows you to submit photocopies of
your supporting documents but you’re expected to bring the ORIGINAL copies during the interview. Make sure they are well-organized ideally
in a binder and properly tabbed for ready access. USCIS Adjudicators don’t like to see you
frantically search for a piece of document and waste time! There’s no better evidence of the legitimacy
of your relationship and marriage than presenting more pictures of you and your spouse before,
during, and after your wedding. Make sure you put them in 3 different albums
(for past, present, and after wedding pictures) with annotations as to the place and date
when these pictures were taken. We suggest 30-50 more pictures with a lot
of people (friends and relatives) around you taken at different occasions and locations. You’ll surely not be allowed to gain access
to the USCIS Federal Field Office building if you don’t have a government issued I.D.
and USCIS Appointment Notice. Security personnel are very strict on this
matter. You’ll need to bring the Appointment Notice
(just put it on the paper tray) to check in at the designated window to inform the assigned
USCIS Adjudicator that you’re present and ready for interview. Guns, Swiss knives, cutters, lighters, blades
and the like are not allowed. Strict security measures are enforced and
you don’t need unnecessary embarrassment, delay, and attention on your way to the interview. Wear a business attire so you will look dignified
and respectful. For men, do shave and comb your hair. Trim your long hairs and look clean. I often see people wearing shorts, plain T-shirt,
with unshaved face, unkempt hair and sometimes sleeveless shirt. It shows lack of respect to the proceedings. For women, you’re not there to show how
attractive you are in a mini skirt or in a plunging neckline as they could distract or
bother the USCIS Adjudicator and other people inside the building. As married couple, you’re expected to be
somehow be sweet to each other but act appropriately. If you feel like holding the hands of your
spouse during interview, that’s fine but no more than that please. Engagement rings and wedding rings are expected
to be worn during the interview because the interviewer will ask questions about the details
of the purchase, sometimes the preference for design, and who decided. Make sure to bring the receipts evidencing
the purchase of those rings. If you don’t have an engagement ring it’s
fine, but wedding ring (no need to buy the expensive ones) is a must. Don’t go to the restroom simultaneously
with your spouse because in case your name is called, no one is going to advise the USCIS
Adjudicator that you are in the restroom. Go to the restroom at different times and
listen carefully to the names that are being called out for interview. Don’t use your cellphone while inside the
waiting room unless it’s extremely necessary. Have the mindset that you are applying for
a job. You’ll not get the job if you act nervous,
distrustful, utter lack of confidence, hands are shaking and voice cracking. Just stay calm and don’t show any negative
emotions when you don’t like the questions or when interviewers tend to be suspicious
and insulting. Be modest and acknowledge their authority
to decide your case. Your narrative of certain facts will sound
credible every time you simultaneously exhibit pictures and documents supportive of such
facts. Make occasional reference to other pictures
and documents that can further support any other material facts. For example, if you say that you spend your
Honeymoon in Europe, make sure to show those pictures in Europe airline tickets, boarding
passes and hotel receipts to prove such trips. Maintain EYE contact all the time and listen
to the questions intently. Stay focused. Request the USCIS Adjudicator to repeat the
question if you don’t understand fully because you might be giving answers that weren’t
even asked and instead of trying to conclude the interview earlier, you’re actually slowing
it down not to mention wasting the time of the interviewer. Worse, you might also be giving totally wrong answers that might cause the denial of your case! When the question is answerable by a “yes”
or “no”, don’t try to explain because in the course of doing so, you might make
your case complicated. Remember, less talk, less mistakes and inconsistencies. When you aren’t sure of your answer, don’t
guess and be humble enough to say, “I don’t know” or “I can’t recall”. If you have something irregular or seemingly
suspicious about your case and you have already sought an attorney’s advice about it, it’s
way better to be honest and explain what really happened consistent with your attorney’s
advice than try concealing it. I know a lot of you don’t want to bring
your attorney because either you are too confident you can handle the interview or you want to
save on the appearance fee. Others think that by bringing an attorney,
it will send a wrong signal to the USCIS Adjudicator that there’s something fishy or fraudulent
about the case. Those are not true. You are entitled to legal representation and
if you had an attorney assist you at the filing stage, the USCIS adjudicator expects you to
bring your attorney with you come interview time. Okay that’s it for our US Immigration Interview
for Spousal or marriage-based green card petitions. Now it’s time to hear from you. Which of the tips from this video you think
that’s very important and cannot be ignored? Let me know by leaving a comment below right
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43 thoughts on “US Immigration Interview Spousal Marriage Petition

  • Good evening Sir. Excellent video and everything was very informative. I am petition for my husband but we don't have wedding rings due to Religious reasons. Will this be a problem? We have been married almost two years.

  • I filed my husband 1-130 it got approve then they sent me the 1 -797 approval then nvc just sent me a case number when do i file. I-601A

  • Ok. We've been married for 4 years and together since beginning of 2012 , we're waiting for the interview some time this year . We've submitted taxes , insurance , proves of address , pictures from hanging out and wedding day .

  • What if I don't have whole a lot of pictures due to the fact that I usually don't take a lot of pictures in general and don't necessary take pictures everywhere I go .

  • hello dear i really appreciate your videos, am one of the selected 2020 dv lottery but i forget the birth date what i entered during the origional entry form , if you can help me i am really happy and waiting your valuable support thanks

  • Hi! My husband will be in Accra Ghana when he is interviewed. I have the marriage certificate here with me in the United States. Can my husband bring a copy and a certified copy of our marriage certificate with him to the interview? Should I try to fly to Accra when he is interviewed? And our attorney is here in United States where I am; should we get another second attorney for him there to prep him for the interview? Thanks.

  • Hello, I want to apply for the immigration of my spouse to USA,she is Indian, I am American, we met through online , and married recently, we haven't met before the wedding due to income issues (will this be an issue during my approval?) Another issue is the sponsershsp for my spouse ,currently my income doesn't qualify for supporting my spouse, but a friend is ready to sign affidavit of support for my spouse, can these two be any issues for our application ? Is there any other option if we don't have co-sponser we both are very low income couple , my partner's parents have some assets in her country can those be valid to qualify for her to bring her here ? Third question is ,is there anyway I can bring my spouse here to USA on tourist visa and apply for immigration here in USA ? Or we need to wait 12 months for the whole process? we don't want to stay apart for too long,I can't leave my job here to go there,we are saving up for emergency fund,so we might not be able to visit each other until the process is done 😟 How can you help me with these processes and interview questions (for interracial couple) ? Please inform me about your total fees and duration of the whole process .Thank you.

  • Question: about the photos can we just show our cellphone? where is has dates and location? or even better maybe old Facebook pics?

  • Hi Sr, i want to know., i have 9 years of relationship with my husband and we have 2 childrens twins 7 year old, my husband made already they paper and they are americans,with Americans passport. But my husband and I, we just get married 1 year ago. We gonna have the same interview or problems for get a green card for me.??

  • Hi, Sir. I got the 2nd interview and I have received the email that the case was reopened and consideration. What was that mean? I track from my receipt number and the physical notice still on the way. What should I do?

  • My spouse and I are together for 14 years we are not yet married my daughter is filing for me can I get married to my spouse after I get my green card and file for him

  • can u tell me please? how long do I have until I have to enter the United states after my visa is approved ? for married girl

  • My wife and I both mutually didn't want to do a formal wedding, and simply went to sign marriage documents at the required office in our city of residence abroad. Does a lack of wedding photos and honeymoon pose a problem during the interview? Both me and my wife don't particularly enjoy travel nor did we have the money, thus the lack of honeymoon, and don't like wedding ceremonies, hence the lack of a formal wedding.

  • my qn is if my wife changes his father name and took my name will it affect anything in filing spause viza??

  • Hi. I have applied for i130 form but i have no photos of our marriage . We have two kids and 6 years in marriage together. Does it affect our application.

  • Thank you sir for this educative video. My case was qualified for interview since September but they told me not to take any action because the interview can't take place anytime this year. When I look at the visa bulletin, it shows it could only be like in April of next year if the process continues this way. We have war back home in my country and a number of people have been fleeing and many have sought refuge in the US. Everyday i am scared a member of my family might be killed or injured. My children are unable to attend school because the situation is very chaotic. Can I write to the embassy and plead for a speed up in the interview process for my family? Thanks

  • very nice information I wanna ask my case was refused then my case in administrative process after that they email my lawyer and they said they want more prof about our relationship soo final we sent all evidence about our marriage life it's almost month ago plz can u tell me how long it will take for decision

  • Is it a red flag if we don't have a lot of pictures together (especially with other people) and a non-venued small wedding with three peopple invited to it?

  • Hi ,
    What is processing time of CR1 spousal visa for Green card holder only from USCIS . Since 1st of march 2018 we are waiting but not approved yet . THANKS IN ADVANCE

  • Dear sir ,
    My spouse is green card holder and she applied for CR1 spousal visa but not approved yet will you please share me update processing time . since 1st of march 2018 we are waiting and i live in Afghanistan and she live in NY.

  • Dear sir, Can you help me with what type of questions may be asked during the interview of step parent petitioning for step children for immigrant visa???

  • Is the child subjected the same scrutiny as the mother?
    My mom and I are going to be interviewed, will I the child be subjected to the same level questions scrutinized questions as my my mom?

  • Sir, here i am an F1 visa student applied already for status adjustment to get back into student status, now my girlfriend who is 6 years elder than me, we are thinking to get married. so will there be any problem to my status? please reply

  • Hello sir,I m from Bangladesh,my husband lives in bronx,New York,He is a green card holder ,in January 2018 he submitted my all documents and ,in April 2018 it was approved, I-130 petition And got a Received number.Sir I just want to know green card holder total processing time?
    How long will it take to complete my processing? Please help me.Thank you sir.

  • I got pregnant of my American husband and got too swollen. Had to go to ER to have my ring cut.

    We're both also very ugly and hate to take pics together, so we have some, but not hundreds of them.

  • hello again, so Send my I-130 and I-130A forms and wait until the interview and then, what is next in the process, when can I move to USA and start work ???

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