Spouses of U.S. citizens have a higher chance of approval for a visa than people in many other categories. Because this path may seem like an easy way to gain a green card, people may find it tempting to enter into a fraudulent marriage. FindLaw explains that to identify marriage fraud, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services conducts marriage interviews.
Here is what an applicant may need for this interview.
People who have been in a legitimate relationship and entered into marriage as a result typically have evidence of the relationship. This may include the following:
- Marriage certificate
- Letters, emails and other date-stamped communications
- Bills, bank statements and tax returns
Other documentation that interviewees should bring includes birth certificates, immigration documents and passports.
According to The New York Times, the interview will include the types of questions that spouses generally know the answers to without preparation. Spouses should expect that interviewers will ask them these questions separately to ensure that they provide the same answers. Here are some samples of the types of questions a USCIS agent may ask during the marriage interview:
- When, how and where did you meet?
- How did you decide to marry?
- What was your wedding like?
- What is your home like, and how do you enter it?
- How do you celebrate the holidays?
- When did you last see your father-in-law?
In addition to discrepancies in answers, immigration officials look for red flags that indicate a false relationship. These may include religious differences, extreme age differences and whether one spouse has gone through the immigration process before with someone else.