One of the most common ways to get a green card is through marriage. A couple may get married while one person is still on a visa for work or school, for instance. The person who is already a citizen can then help get a green card for their new spouse so that they can stay together in the United States.
Part of this process is a green card marriage interview. The couple may have to go through this interview with an official from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). But how do you prepare? Can you study for the questions that will be asked?
Determining authenticity in a relationship
There is no way to study for this interview. It’s not based on anything that you can learn, because the focus isn’t on determining what you know. Instead, the goal is simply to determine if the relationship is authentic.
The problem is that some couples will legally get married, but they are not actually in a romantic relationship. They are just trying to fraudulently use the system to get a green card.
As a result, the interviewer will probably just ask the couple general questions about their life. The interviewer may want to know what their daily routines look like, what they have planned for the future, where they first met, where they got married, what types of things they enjoy doing together and much more. The interviewer is just looking to see if both people paint a similar view of their relationship and that it seems authentic. It would be a red flag if the two people seemed to be relative strangers who had gotten legally married.
Of course, even if you can’t study, this is still an incredibly important interview. All through the green card process, be sure you know what legal steps to take.