US Immigration Interview Spousal Marriage Petition

There are multiple ways to get a Green Card
but the focus of this video will be on Family-Based Petitions.
–particularly spousal or marriage-based
Green Card Petitions. I’ll share some 17 Practical Tips we’ve
gathered over the years of our experience. Now stay tuned… The purpose of the interview is to determine
the accuracy and completeness of the information provided in the applications, petitions, and
to test the credibility of the subject(s) on certain material issues which cannot be
resolved on the basis only of the documents submitted by the applicants. So let’s start and get on to the list! We have encountered countless couples who
often tell me, “Our marriage is legitimate, there is nothing to prepare and we can handle
all questions”! These are the same people who experienced
the most unpleasant interviews. There’s no substitute for preparation because
that will instill the right amount of confidence in you. You can actually Google sample adjustment
interview questions, or ask them from your attorney. Make sure you and your spouse study, create,
and practice truthful answers. You will be surprised how these sample questions
can be tricky to address properly unless you study well enough. Pay attention to the smallest details of your
answers. Minor inconsistencies are allowed but major
ones and opposing responses usually have dire consequences as they will heighten the suspicion
of the interviewer. Your interviewer will ask you certain information
you have provided in the USCIS Forms. You’re expected to know your own personal
information and circumstances and that of your spouse. You are expected to know the names of the
children of spouse from another marriage, if any, the names of your parents-in-law and
even that of your brother-in-law and sister-in-law. The USCIS will advise you not to come earlier
than 45 minutes before the scheduled interview to avoid overcrowding in the waiting room. Nevertheless, I always advise our clients
to arrive at least 1 hour and 15 minutes early at the venue and just check in 45 minutes
before the schedule time. Arriving earlier will acclimatize you with
the relatively hostile and stressful environment. If you are late and your name is called, you
will rescheduled. USCIS allows you to submit photocopies of
your supporting documents but you’re expected to bring the ORIGINAL copies during the interview. Make sure they are well-organized ideally
in a binder and properly tabbed for ready access. USCIS Adjudicators don’t like to see you
frantically search for a piece of document and waste time! There’s no better evidence of the legitimacy
of your relationship and marriage than presenting more pictures of you and your spouse before,
during, and after your wedding. Make sure you put them in 3 different albums
(for past, present, and after wedding pictures) with annotations as to the place and date
when these pictures were taken. We suggest 30-50 more pictures with a lot
of people (friends and relatives) around you taken at different occasions and locations. You’ll surely not be allowed to gain access
to the USCIS Federal Field Office building if you don’t have a government issued I.D.
and USCIS Appointment Notice. Security personnel are very strict on this
matter. You’ll need to bring the Appointment Notice
(just put it on the paper tray) to check in at the designated window to inform the assigned
USCIS Adjudicator that you’re present and ready for interview. Guns, Swiss knives, cutters, lighters, blades
and the like are not allowed. Strict security measures are enforced and
you don’t need unnecessary embarrassment, delay, and attention on your way to the interview. Wear a business attire so you will look dignified
and respectful. For men, do shave and comb your hair. Trim your long hairs and look clean. I often see people wearing shorts, plain T-shirt,
with unshaved face, unkempt hair and sometimes sleeveless shirt. It shows lack of respect to the proceedings. For women, you’re not there to show how
attractive you are in a mini skirt or in a plunging neckline as they could distract or
bother the USCIS Adjudicator and other people inside the building. As married couple, you’re expected to be
somehow be sweet to each other but act appropriately. If you feel like holding the hands of your
spouse during interview, that’s fine but no more than that please. Engagement rings and wedding rings are expected
to be worn during the interview because the interviewer will ask questions about the details
of the purchase, sometimes the preference for design, and who decided. Make sure to bring the receipts evidencing
the purchase of those rings. If you don’t have an engagement ring it’s
fine, but wedding ring (no need to buy the expensive ones) is a must. Don’t go to the restroom simultaneously
with your spouse because in case your name is called, no one is going to advise the USCIS
Adjudicator that you are in the restroom. Go to the restroom at different times and
listen carefully to the names that are being called out for interview. Don’t use your cellphone while inside the
waiting room unless it’s extremely necessary. Have the mindset that you are applying for
a job. You’ll not get the job if you act nervous,
distrustful, utter lack of confidence, hands are shaking and voice cracking. Just stay calm and don’t show any negative
emotions when you don’t like the questions or when interviewers tend to be suspicious
and insulting. Be modest and acknowledge their authority
to decide your case. Your narrative of certain facts will sound
credible every time you simultaneously exhibit pictures and documents supportive of such
facts. Make occasional reference to other pictures
and documents that can further support any other material facts. For example, if you say that you spend your
Honeymoon in Europe, make sure to show those pictures in Europe airline tickets, boarding
passes and hotel receipts to prove such trips. Maintain EYE contact all the time and listen
to the questions intently. Stay focused. Request the USCIS Adjudicator to repeat the
question if you don’t understand fully because you might be giving answers that weren’t
even asked and instead of trying to conclude the interview earlier, you’re actually slowing
it down not to mention wasting the time of the interviewer. Worse, you might also be giving totally wrong answers that might cause the denial of your case! When the question is answerable by a “yes”
or “no”, don’t try to explain because in the course of doing so, you might make
your case complicated. Remember, less talk, less mistakes and inconsistencies. When you aren’t sure of your answer, don’t
guess and be humble enough to say, “I don’t know” or “I can’t recall”. If you have something irregular or seemingly
suspicious about your case and you have already sought an attorney’s advice about it, it’s
way better to be honest and explain what really happened consistent with your attorney’s
advice than try concealing it. I know a lot of you don’t want to bring
your attorney because either you are too confident you can handle the interview or you want to
save on the appearance fee. Others think that by bringing an attorney,
it will send a wrong signal to the USCIS Adjudicator that there’s something fishy or fraudulent
about the case. Those are not true. You are entitled to legal representation and
if you had an attorney assist you at the filing stage, the USCIS adjudicator expects you to
bring your attorney with you come interview time. Okay that’s it for our US Immigration Interview
for Spousal or marriage-based green card petitions. Now it’s time to hear from you. Which of the tips from this video you think
that’s very important and cannot be ignored? Let me know by leaving a comment below right
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  1. This video was very informative..I filed to sponsor my husband 4 months ago…I'm waiting for his case to be approved…I was informed by my Immigration Attorney that it will take 6 to 8 months for the case to be approved.

  2. I have a question. I'v been talking to a philippine for almost 6 months i was wounded if theres a way to bring her to U.S to see me and to see if she likes it here before getting married we spend a lot of days and hours everyday we really want to meet each other or I have to fly to Philippines


  3. i have a question, if i didnt bring an original birth certificate or marriage certificate but i have a copy because im not living in my home country im in another country and i dont have these certificates so i will ask my family and my wife to send me these certificate ,i will print it and take it with me to the interview ,so is it acceptable ?

  4. I thought all your tips could not be ignored. Great advise. I have  question: my fiancé already has a I-130 petition filed since 2013 (family based; his mother is the petitioner). I'm a USC and we will marry abroad in 2018. What steps are next; can he file a change in his marital status abroad, and how would we go about doing so?

  5. The best video I've found regarding the USCIS interview. Do you have any suggestions on the income proof? I make less living abroad in Ukraine, working remotely and I'm worried it may affect the chances.. do you know if I may need to get a co-sponsor from my parents if I make less than the median now?

  6. Hi! If I have my interview in the embassy can I go with my baby? She is just 19months old and I have nobody for take care. My husband is from USA and my baby and I are in Uruguay. Thank you for your time!

  7. I don't know why I didn't think about it myself but I like the idea of doing picture albums my husband and I only had 30 days together after we married but we have a ton of pictures

  8. all are informative, well said and it would be a great help, my Form I-130 petition has been received  and is in process last Sept 12 2017. My husband is American Citizen and am here in Middle east as OFW, LDR very hard but we need to be patient.

  9. Hi hope u can give me advice us citizen had baby on vacation in Malaysia baby suppose to be considered citizen but not without actually living in us so what visa should apply for to get visa to us to be a lawful admitted is there something simple I’m here on 2 week visa and can’t leave my baby behind

  10. I am from India and I met a girl from Puerto rico last summer in India on her tourist visa and we are in a relationship since then and now planning to get married. How do we proceed?

  11. Arrive early and set time for you.
    Be honest.
    Have all required documents in hand

    Finally it is more helpful

  12. Good Morning Sir , I'm Hungarian my Husband American. we got married 2 weeks ago. we are a couple more than 2 years . We both working as a contractor for a US government in Kuwait on the US military base. I have one month vacation in one year and my husband has only 2 weeks vacation a year. Can we apply for a green card in Kuwait ? APO (military address ) is a US territory ? Thank you for your answer .

  13. Should the petitioner scan documents needed by the applicant to take to the interview or dhl them?Is a police certificate sent to the NVC 5 months ago still valid to take to the interview?

    Thaank you.

  14. Nice tips from A Professional. I have upcoming interview in 4 months time. I'll bring all this tips into my interview date. Thank you.

  15. Sir, we got married and this news is published in our local paper… if i show in the USA embassy our marriage news cutting it will be help us for get spouse visa??????? Pls sir let me know.

  16. Hi, does anyone know if its both spouses or the applicant needs to have a medical? Is it essential for all adults to have the flu vaccine? We don't believe in it and don't want to be forced to have it. My spouse is a British Citizen. Thanks

  17. Great video, Question….If I get the 2 years temporary greecard and my US CITIZEN wife die, do I loose my temporary greencard?

  18. hello, I've been married since 2001 that is 17 years with 2 children and we live in Cancun Mexico, my wife is an American citizen and we are going to start a new stage in the United States, we do not have receipts from the rings and some things that she talks about, Is this a problem, thanks for your response.

  19. Hello sir i help u my visa refusal my wife and me first time in fb i have no common frnds visa conslor say i m not convense my wife second mrg nd my first my wife have two son nd now my pragnent for my baby nd 10 dept due date nd my refuse visa 23 agust in mumbai my wifr nd me very upset visa consolare give me one paper amd say this paper in all avidense write but i have all redy this avidense but visa conlore not say me give me my this avidense

  20. hello again, so Send my I-130 and I-130A forms and wait until the interview and then, what is next in the process, when can I move to USA and start work ???

  21. I got pregnant of my American husband and got too swollen. Had to go to ER to have my ring cut.

    We're both also very ugly and hate to take pics together, so we have some, but not hundreds of them.

  22. Hello sir,I m from Bangladesh,my husband lives in bronx,New York,He is a green card holder ,in January 2018 he submitted my all documents and ,in April 2018 it was approved, I-130 petition And got a Received number.Sir I just want to know green card holder total processing time?
    How long will it take to complete my processing? Please help me.Thank you sir.

  23. Sir, here i am an F1 visa student applied already for status adjustment to get back into student status, now my girlfriend who is 6 years elder than me, we are thinking to get married. so will there be any problem to my status? please reply

  24. Is the child subjected the same scrutiny as the mother?
    My mom and I are going to be interviewed, will I the child be subjected to the same level questions scrutinized questions as my my mom?

  25. Dear sir, Can you help me with what type of questions may be asked during the interview of step parent petitioning for step children for immigrant visa???

  26. Dear sir ,
    My spouse is green card holder and she applied for CR1 spousal visa but not approved yet will you please share me update processing time . since 1st of march 2018 we are waiting and i live in Afghanistan and she live in NY.

  27. Hi ,
    What is processing time of CR1 spousal visa for Green card holder only from USCIS . Since 1st of march 2018 we are waiting but not approved yet . THANKS IN ADVANCE

  28. Is it a red flag if we don't have a lot of pictures together (especially with other people) and a non-venued small wedding with three peopple invited to it?

  29. very nice information I wanna ask my case was refused then my case in administrative process after that they email my lawyer and they said they want more prof about our relationship soo final we sent all evidence about our marriage life it's almost month ago plz can u tell me how long it will take for decision

  30. Thank you sir for this educative video. My case was qualified for interview since September but they told me not to take any action because the interview can't take place anytime this year. When I look at the visa bulletin, it shows it could only be like in April of next year if the process continues this way. We have war back home in my country and a number of people have been fleeing and many have sought refuge in the US. Everyday i am scared a member of my family might be killed or injured. My children are unable to attend school because the situation is very chaotic. Can I write to the embassy and plead for a speed up in the interview process for my family? Thanks

  31. Hi. I have applied for i130 form but i have no photos of our marriage . We have two kids and 6 years in marriage together. Does it affect our application.

  32. My wife and I both mutually didn't want to do a formal wedding, and simply went to sign marriage documents at the required office in our city of residence abroad. Does a lack of wedding photos and honeymoon pose a problem during the interview? Both me and my wife don't particularly enjoy travel nor did we have the money, thus the lack of honeymoon, and don't like wedding ceremonies, hence the lack of a formal wedding.

  33. can u tell me please? how long do I have until I have to enter the United states after my visa is approved ? for married girl

  34. My spouse and I are together for 14 years we are not yet married my daughter is filing for me can I get married to my spouse after I get my green card and file for him

  35. Hi, Sir. I got the 2nd interview and I have received the email that the case was reopened and consideration. What was that mean? I track from my receipt number and the physical notice still on the way. What should I do?

  36. Hi Sr, i want to know., i have 9 years of relationship with my husband and we have 2 childrens twins 7 year old, my husband made already they paper and they are americans,with Americans passport. But my husband and I, we just get married 1 year ago. We gonna have the same interview or problems for get a green card for me.??

  37. Question: about the photos can we just show our cellphone? where is has dates and location? or even better maybe old Facebook pics?

  38. Hello, I want to apply for the immigration of my spouse to USA,she is Indian, I am American, we met through online , and married recently, we haven't met before the wedding due to income issues (will this be an issue during my approval?) Another issue is the sponsershsp for my spouse ,currently my income doesn't qualify for supporting my spouse, but a friend is ready to sign affidavit of support for my spouse, can these two be any issues for our application ? Is there any other option if we don't have co-sponser we both are very low income couple , my partner's parents have some assets in her country can those be valid to qualify for her to bring her here ? Third question is ,is there anyway I can bring my spouse here to USA on tourist visa and apply for immigration here in USA ? Or we need to wait 12 months for the whole process? we don't want to stay apart for too long,I can't leave my job here to go there,we are saving up for emergency fund,so we might not be able to visit each other until the process is done 😟 How can you help me with these processes and interview questions (for interracial couple) ? Please inform me about your total fees and duration of the whole process .Thank you.

  39. Hi! My husband will be in Accra Ghana when he is interviewed. I have the marriage certificate here with me in the United States. Can my husband bring a copy and a certified copy of our marriage certificate with him to the interview? Should I try to fly to Accra when he is interviewed? And our attorney is here in United States where I am; should we get another second attorney for him there to prep him for the interview? Thanks.

  40. hello dear i really appreciate your videos, am one of the selected 2020 dv lottery but i forget the birth date what i entered during the origional entry form , if you can help me i am really happy and waiting your valuable support thanks

  41. What if I don't have whole a lot of pictures due to the fact that I usually don't take a lot of pictures in general and don't necessary take pictures everywhere I go .

  42. Ok. We've been married for 4 years and together since beginning of 2012 , we're waiting for the interview some time this year . We've submitted taxes , insurance , proves of address , pictures from hanging out and wedding day .

  43. I filed my husband 1-130 it got approve then they sent me the 1 -797 approval then nvc just sent me a case number when do i file. I-601A

  44. Good evening Sir. Excellent video and everything was very informative. I am petition for my husband but we don't have wedding rings due to Religious reasons. Will this be a problem? We have been married almost two years.

  45. Be honest it’s better you say can’t recall or remember than give a wrong answer thank you
    When you fine the interviewer offensive don’t make signs to let him/her know your angry thanks

  46. Thank you for a great tips sir! I’m from Philippines, I got married to an American citizen here in Phils 10 years ago. I got a B1/B2 visa, been in the USA 2 times. My question is can i adjust my status into an immigrant visa ? While im on my tourist visa… pls your rply is highly appreciated sir! Thank u.

  47. My spousal visa got denied because even though I sent in(at the same time I sent in i130) translated marriage certificate thwy denied me because when they did a RFE for a non translated marriage cerificate and I sent it in , they deniwd me because I didnt send in another translated marriage certificate, because I already sent in the translated marriage certificate, but my question is do you think I would win the appeal? And how long would it take?,
    one lawyer said I wouldn't win the appeal and one lawyer said I would win the appeal but it would take 18 mo and one lawyer said maybe within 2 weeks I would here something from NVC, one lawyer said wait til I here something from NVC and one lawyer said I should do i130 again , what do you suggest?

  48. I and my husband we went for an interview, we passed all the questions but we didn't have enough evidence, so I was denied. We had a lawyer that we only saw once after paying him, he told us to bring the filled forms and push them under the door, when we were submitting more evidence, he wasn't around to guide us, he told us to take pictures and send it to him, when he saw the pictures of the evidence he just told us to go ahead and send the file. We didn't have any idea of what to do most especially how many months of the bank statements we should send, we only sent one month which even had very few activities. Now we appealed and waiting for the interview next month. They asked me to take all the immigration documents USCIS had ever issued me. I am just nervous after failing the first interview. This time we have enough evidence I think.

  49. We are living together but we rent it so bills including in rent so can not make paper but we have life insurance car insurance joint account and photos but photos not with too many people around cuz we don’t really like take pic with friends only friends was on married day is that gonna be okay?

  50. Hi good nite very informative video I have a quick question if I have a baby can I take him to the interview if I have no one to baby sit for me ?

  51. Hello sir, after watching this video about immigration, i was wondering what's the legal process to immigrate to US and the qualification and documents required.
    In India Agents take huge amount of money per person to helps him enter USA illegally.
    Sir its not just mine question but everyone would like to know how can someone get immigrant visa for US legally.
    Please respond

  52. Don’t scare people with ring receipt please in our culture we don’t wear ring on daily basis guys you just have to prove bonafide marriage don’t get panicked with hotel bills boarding passes or ring receipt just be confident take all your original documents file them in an order pictures or albums trust me they know which marriage is fake or bonafide you should remember when you proposed who proposed where you met why you married him or her did their parents come to wedding how many friends she or he have where they work etc just read sample questions on USCIS and prepare your own mock interview thanks don’t worry if your marriage is legal no one can stop it

  53. I need some help, can I email you? I have sent the waiver but the person abandon my case and now I have no idea what will I do. Please help me out.

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