5 Mistakes To Avoid On Your Marriage Green Card Interview

The ability to live and work permanently in the United States, access to government benefits and services, and a road to U.S. citizenship are just a few of the advantages of obtaining permanent residency in the United States through marriage. This green card is essential for you and your family to remain together and make a life in the United States. Because of this, you need a guide to help you avoid mistakes during your marriage green card interview and ensure that your green card application is processed efficiently. Here are 5 mistakes to avoid at your marriage green card interview. 

1.Not Preparing The Documents For Interview

On your interview notice, the list of documents you must bring to the interview has already been provided, so ensure that you and your spouse are well-prepared and have all the essential documents and evidence of your marriage. In addition, well-organized and labeled documents will make the USCIS officer’s job easier and make it easier for you to retrieve them. Please bring the following documents in their original form:

  • work authorization document

  • passport and visa

  • birth certificates

  • marriage certificate

  • certified divorce decree

  • certified criminal records

  • If your adjustment of status is based on marriage, bring updated joint documents such as:

  • utility bills

  • bank statements

  • lease agreements

2.Not Preparing Answers For Possible Interview Questions

Obtaining a marriage based green card for immigration purposes only, often known as a fake marriage, occurs frequently. Therefore, the USCIS official may have asked many questions to ascertain whether or not your marriage is valid. Here are a few sample questions:

  • How did you meet?

  • When did you get married?

  • How did you propose? 

  • Where did you get married? 

These questions are designed to determine the legitimacy of your marriage, as only married couples who live together can answer them. If you cannot answer these questions, an immigration officer will suspect you of fraud and may separate you from your spouse to determine whether you and your spouse will provide conflicting answers to the questions.

Do not guess or lie; if you do not understand the question, state that you do not understand.

3.Do Not Provide Unnecessary Information

Volunteering information and documentation may cause the interviewer to probe into irrelevant material that could be detrimental to your case. I propose you just respond to questions posed by the USCIS officer and give only the requested documentation.

4.Not Answering the Question Asked

It is best to focus solely on answering the questions directly and to avoid rambling, as rambling or offering significantly more information than was requested could irritate the USCIS officer or cause the officer to focus on the less significant facts of your marriage.

Additionally, you must maintain your composure, as some USCIS officers may pose queries in an accusatory or unpleasant manner. Always address them as an officer and respond to their inquiries with courtesy. Remember that the USCIS officer will decide your case, so you need them on your side.


5.Bring An Experienced Attorney

Having an experienced marriage-based green card lawyer by your side can prevent denials and alleviate your anxiety, allowing the interview to go easily. You should contact an attorney to accompany you to the interview since a competent attorney will prepare you for the interview by reviewing the questions you will be asked and identifying and resolving any potential concerns that may arise.


Elektra Yao, also known at The Artist Visa Lawyer ®, has successfully represented record labels, modeling agencies, production companies, individual artists, and creatives. She is passionate about the arts, specifically the intersection of entertainment and immigration. 

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