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Being interviewed for a green card based on marriage is not the time to be surprised about things you don’t know about your spouse. This can easily result in your application being denied. To avoid this, it is important that you prepare fully for your interview. At Robert D Ahlgren and Associates, we help clients in the Chicago area throughout the green card application process, including preparing them for their green card interviews. We can help you as well.

Meanwhile, we are providing the following information, which should be helpful in overall preparation. These are only some questions an immigration officer conducting a green card interview based on marriage may ask.

History of Your Relationship

  • How did you meet?
  • Where did you go on some of your earlier dates?
  • How long did you go out on dates before deciding to get married?
  • How did the marriage proposal happen? Where?
  • How long were you engaged?

Wedding/Marriage Vows

  • Did you have a wedding? 
  • If yes, when and where was the wedding? 
  • How many people were at the wedding?
  • Was there anything unique at the wedding? If so, what was it?
  • Did you go anywhere for your honeymoon? If so, where?

Daily Chores and Routines

  • What is a typical day like around your house for you and your spouse?
  • What time do you start your day?
  • What time does your spouse start the day?
  • How often do you talk or text each other during the day when you’re apart?
  • Who likes to cook more than the other between you and your spouse?
  • Who between you and your spouse likes cleaning?
  • Who takes out the trash most of the time?

Children (If Any)

  • How old is your child (children)?
  • What is their favorite food?
  • How do they go to school?
  • Do they play sports, and if so, which ones?
  • Do they have friends, and if so, what are their names?

Individual Habits

  • What time do you usually go to bed?
  • What time does your spouse usually go to bed?
  • What do you wear to sleep in?
  • Do you wake up to a set alarm or not?

Special Events and Celebrations

  • When is your spouse’s birthday?
  • What did you do to celebrate it the last time?
  • What did your spouse get you as a gift for your last birthday?
  • How do you celebrate the holidays? 

Besides being ready to answer questions like this, it is important that you bring along evidence that backs up what you say, such as wedding photos, general photographs of you and your spouse together, family photos, documents showing property and things you jointly own, and so on. 

These documents and evidence of your marriage should ordinarily be attached to your application. For example, you can attach copies of a few photographs to your application but bring the full album to the interview. If your photos are stored in cloud storage, you should print out a few. 

Speak to a Green Card Attorney in Illinois Today

If you have been scheduled for a green card interview, contact our office today for a consultation to discuss how we can help you best prepare for the interview.

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