Preparing for a marriage-based green card interview: Three things you need to know

Prepping for a green card interview can seem quite challenging; however, it’s an important part of the immigration process. Find out exactly what you need to know before you attend your interview.

If you’re ready to apply for a marriage-based green card, you’re not alone. Each year, approximately one million foreign nationals obtain their green cards in the United States. Navigating the world of immigration law can be tricky, and the type of green card you’re eligible to apply for will vary based on the length of your married relationship. For example, if you have been married less than two years, you will be eligible to apply for a green card that is valid for two years. This can later be renewed into a 10-year green card. Before you’re able to receive your green card, you’ll need to participate in an interview that is designed to ensure your relationship is legitimate and that you’re able to receive a green card. Although participating in an interview can be a stressful experience, there are a few things you need to know about the process.

1. There will be personal questions.

One of the most important things to remember when you attend a green card interview is that some of the questions may seem quite personal. The questions you’re asked will vary, and in some cases, the officer may choose to interview you and your spouse separately so they can compare answers. Make sure you’re ready to answer questions about your first date, how you fell in love, or what your daily routine looks like. Although it’s challenging, try not to stress about these questions. They’re designed to determine whether your relationship is legitimate, which means they may be fairly personal in nature.

2. First impressions are important.

Although first impressions aren’t everything, they do matter when it comes to your interview. Make sure that both you and your partner arrive on time. Being prompt or slightly early is quite important. You also need to dress professionally. Don’t show up in casual clothing, such as sweats. Instead, dress as if you were attending a job interview. Your appearance says a lot about your self-confidence and about your respect for the situation you’re in, so take the time to dress with care.

3. Your attorney can help.

Talk with your attorney before you attend your green card interview. Make sure to run through any questions or concerns you may have about the process. Your lawyer can help you prepare for the green card interview and can let you know what you can expect when you arrive at your appointment. Remember that no question is too silly to ask. If you have a concern, go ahead and voice is ahead of time with your lawyer.

When you’re ready to apply for a marriage-based green card, schedule an appointment with a lawyer who can help. The right attorney will not only explain what forms you need to fill out, but can help you prepare for your interview, as well.

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