How to answer Greencard Interview Questions
The Adjustment of Status interview in the local USCIS office is the final step of the green Card process. The interview is also the most dreaded step. This is where you and your spouse will be interviewed by a consular officer who will determine whether to grant the permanent resident status. The purpose of the interview is for the USCIS officer to try to determine the legitimacy of your relationship. The USCIS officer has discretion to determine whether the relationship is legitimate or not.
• The officer may ask both of you questions to assess the following:
1. Knowledge about your life;
2. Knowledge regarding the evolution of your relationship;
3. Your demeanor (whether you both seem honest and sincere);
4. Your romantic interest in you in one another.
The key to passing the interview is preparation. The prepared couple is not only able to answer the factual questions but both of you will be also calm (good demeanor) due to your preparation. Below are some sample interview questions that all spouses need to be able to answer:
• Questions About the Foreign National (both parties may be asked these questions):
1. Educational and employment background 2. Family background (brief questions about her parents, siblings, etc) 3. Different places of residence (questions such as: Where did you live from 1998-2001?, Why did you move from one city to another?, etc.) 4. What type of work have you been doing in your home country? 5. What type of work have you been doing and planning to do in America? 6. What religion are you? 7. What are your hobbies and interests? 8. Do you speak the same language as your spouse? If you do not speak a common language, how do you plan to communicate?
• Questions about the American spouse (both parties may be asked these questions):
1. How old is he/she? 2. Has he/she been married before? 3. Does he/she have children and if so what are their names and ages? 4. If he/she was previously married, when did he/she get divorced? 5. What are his/her parents names? 6. Are his parents alive and if so where do the live? 7. What does he/she do for a living? Or What is his/her job? Or What company does he/she work for? 8. How long has he/she been doing this job? (Not a very likely question, but possible) 9. Does he/she live in a house or apartment? Do you both live together? 10. What city does he/she live in? (Also asked sometimes) related questions: At what address have you been living together?
11. What is his/her middle name? 12. Why have you decided to marry? 13. Where did he/she attend college (sometimes asked) 14. Does your spouse want children? 15. What is his/her religion? 16. What are his/her hobbies and interests?
• Questions about the Relationship
1. How did you meet? 2. When did you meet? 3. Where did you meet? 4. When did you meet in person? Describe your meeting. 5. Why have you married this person? (Best answer: because I love him and want to spend my life with him.) 6. Do you want children? 7. What activities do like to do together? 11. If your religion is not the same, is there conflict? How are you going to resolve the religious conflict? 12. How long have you known your spouse?
Hiring a law firm from the beginning can go a long way toward easing the stress of the Adjustment of Status process, and avoid any potential issues such as with the Adjustment of Status interview. Please contact our office to get professional, thorough representation every step of the way on your journey to a new life together.