Your Green Card Marriage Interview: 12 Questions You Must Know (Part 2)

Hi, Carlos Batara, back with immigration law – demystifying and simplifying immigration law. And we’re back with video number two on Green Card Marriage Interview Questions. This set of immigration videos has been created for those of you who are getting ready to go to a permanent residency interview or those of you who are thinking about filing for a green card. These questions are designed to help you get ready for your big interview. We’re going to discuss four more topics. If you didn’t get the first video, go back and catch video 1. We discussed four different topics. But right now, you might want to get a pencil and pen and some paper because we’re going to go through these four topics rather quickly. They are going to give you a quick overview about what you need to know before you go to the interview, so let’s get started. So in the last video, we discussed four topics. We discussed the topic areas of how you met, employment – your employment, your spouse’s employment. your current home, and special days and vacations. I also discussed in that video some of the red flags that the government looks for, such as if you’re from different nationalities, different races, or there’s a big age gap or targeted nationality group. You know, here’s an example of a red flag case. An individual came to my case, he came to my office and he was, you know, in his young 20s. He had a wife and she was in her young 30s but there was a good 10 year gap there. He was a very straight looking guy coming from a different country. He was very clean-cut. He was very reserved. She came in with a lot of tattoos and wild hair. She had a couple of children already and they were different nationalities. I knew the moment they walked in, this is a red flag case. It’s going to get a lot of scrutiny from the government. I had to watch those tell-tale signs because, as I told you, when I was a rookie I got duped once and I was not going to ever get duped again. But this couple proved to me that they were legitimate which meant that we’re going to go forward and we’re going to win the green card for them. That’s the type of red flag situation that you have to look out for, so let’s go forward now. Wedding and marriage. Questions about your wedding and marriage. This couple, by the way, had a very strange wedding and marriage. They didn’t really have any friends in common and that’s a question, your wedding and marriage. Who went to your wedding? Do you have friends? Did you have a reception? Oh, what kind of cake was served at the reception? Was there alcohol? Did anybody make a fool of themselves on the dance floor or in general? Did your parents go? Why not, if they didn’t go? Did you have a honeymoon afterwards, or did you stay beyond the time that your guests left and you had to clean up the hall or whatever place you had your reception at? That’s the kind of questions they are going to ask here on wedding and marriage and much more, as I told you. I wish I could call this series the complete guide to marriage interview questions but I can’t because whatever questions I come up with, there are at least three times as many that could be devised, and they’re really common sense questions. But if you don’t think about it and that’s the problem and that’s what this video is geared to help you do, to think about them in advance, the types of questions, so at least you can get your head rolling ahead of time and the two of you can even talk and think about it. What about your kitchen? Do you a microwave in the kitchen? The windows in your kitchen, are they behind the microwave or are they in front of the microwave? Do you drink coffee in the morning? What type of coffee pot do you have? What’s your favorite breakfast meal? What’s your husband’s favorite breakfast meal? What’s your least favorite food? What’s your spouse’s least favorite food? Those are the types of questions that they are going to ask and as I told you in the first video, if you’re separated and there’s an inconsistency there, that could lead to some problems. In fact it’s going to lead to some big problems. I’m going to share an example with you in just a moment. The third topical area here is your bedroom. What side do you sleep on the bed? The left or the right? What side does your spouse sleep on, the left or the right? Which way do you guys turn your heads? Oh, do you have a carpet in your living room? Or is there a restroom, a shower, a shower room connected to your, to your bedroom, or do you have to go out the door into the hallway to another room? Are there windows? Is there a sliding door? What kind of blankets do you have? What color are your blankets? What color are your shades? Is there, are there lamps? Does your spouse sleep with a lamp on? Do you sleep with a lamp on? Do you guys watch TV before you go to bed? A whole bunch of questions could be asked on this topic and you have to be ready for them. Again, let me say this. If you’re a legitimate married couple with a bona fide marriage and that’s the term, legal term you having nothing to worry about. You’ll get the majority right. It’s better to talk about it in advance so it goes a little smoother because you can slip up. Too many slips can cause some suspicions. But if you’re a legitimate couple, you’re going to move through these questions. But a lot of people are so “Whoa, I’m shaking, I’m scared, I’m scared.” And this especially for the immigrant who may not be strong in English language. It is going to create a little more problem. If either one of you is a more reserved type that doesn’t like to reveal certain things, they can ask you some questions that you might think is invading your privacy, but really they consider legitimate questions to weed out fact from fiction, whether you are telling the truth or whether it’s a fraud. So just know that. Okay? Just before the interview. Oh, that’s a good line of questioning. I had a couple at an interview a few years ago and the government contested the relationship. Why? They were from different nationalities and relatively different ages. They met, the woman worked at a place next door to where the male owned his own business and so they met. They started dating. They went out. However, the male was from the Middle East and that’s one of those nationalities that the government is going to look at. It is one of those red flag nationalities, sad to say, but it’s true, and the woman was from a Central American country. And her English was not the greatest English, good English but shaky, and with a strong accent. And she had a child, so it was like “Wait a minute.” This fellow and this woman, you know, mismatched nationalities, slight age difference. This guy’s a successful businessman. She’s a clerk in the store next door. “Wait a minute, is this a real marriage?” And so they were forced into the fraud interview. At the interview they were separated and I’m sitting there. The female client went first, as an immigrant. “Where did eat would you eat last Saturday? We went out for pizza.” “Oh where did you go? We went to this restaurant.” “Did your husband have a drink? Yeah, a glass of wine.” “And what about yesterday, what did you guys do? Oh, we went to the movies.” So it went on . . . Because it was like a Wednesday interview. We get to the husband, he’s separate. “What did you do for dinner Saturday? Well, I went out with my friends and we had some, you know, we went, we’re watching a game at Wing Stop, a chicken wings place, and we had some chicken wings.” “What about Sunday? What did you do? Oh well, you know, my wife went to church and I went to the baseball game with my friends.” I’m sitting there thinking, “Oh no, not again, Carlos, come on, you got fooled again. Wait a minute, wait a minute.” So the government then produced these documents for them to sign. I just looked at them. I gave them a look and I asked them, “What gives, guys?” And they told me that they had separated three weeks before – and they had never told me and so they didn’t spend the last weekends together. They didn’t spend the last days. They were not divorced but they needed some chill-out time and so they took it but they never told me. Had they told me, we would have approached that interview differently. But, no, they thought that, “Hey, you know, it’s just an interview, and we can get through it”. And, boy, we had to do a lot of work to salvage that case. But they survived. They came back together as a couple. They survived. They were a real couple but they made the dumb mistake of not talking to their lawyer and telling him what was going on. They made an even worse mistake going to an interview and trying to pull this off, thinking that questions would be so ordinary that they could just fly through. It was a disaster for them. It caused them to do a lot more work, a lot more attorney fees, and a lot of other stuff. But they survived. They are a couple and the last time I heard from them, they were still happily married. So that’s just before the interview. I mean those are the types of questions they can ask you. What did you do last evening? Did your spouse go to work? Where did you eat dinner? What about two days before? What about three days before? Did you go to the movies? Did you take some time off? What about last weekend? What did you do last weekend? What did you do on Saturday? Did you guys spend together time on Sunday? All of those are very legitimate questions. And all of those, you know, are viable questions to be asked. If you are a real couple, you should have no trouble with such questions, assuming you are not like the couple that was going through a trial separation and they still decide to try to plough through their interview. It won’t work. And that’s the same thing if you’re trying to commit fraud. Don’t do it. I mean, one, it is 100 percent wrong. Two, if you’re an immigrant, that’s just the worst thing. Whoever advised you to do that, it is really stupid advice, okay? I say that openly because it is. It’s wrong. Don’t do it. If you are going to get your papers in this country, you do it legitimately! Anyway, hey, if you like this video, press the Like button. Hit the Like button below. If you want to send me some comments about the content, send me some comments. If you like the channel, feel free to subscribe. At the end of the next video, we’ll have completed twelve of these, so hopefully I will see you back here at the end of the third video. There will be a link below afterwards anyway, after I do the third video, so that you can link to it. But feel free to shoot your questions. [email protected] If you have ideas for other videos, things you’d like me to explain to you, go ahead. Let’s see if I can demystify it. Let’s see if I can simplify it for you. Anyway, have a great day and I’ll be talking to you again soon.

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  1. Wow…. my husband and I are legitimately married we are both young but we are a real marriage. And it’s only Wednesday and I can’t remember what I ate Sunday and my husband can barely remember what he ate yesterday lol

  2. Carlose gm what if a guy married a girl from another country and when she came to the usa she live with him for two months and one day she pack her close and moved out with her daughter, note he brough her daughter too the same time, he didnt adopt the daughter. However the moved to another state without telling him is he still has to support them? What she did is more like desertion.

  3. It’s so true most couple are real marriage but never pay attention about the interviewer, no wonder so many case are denied in Los Angeles office.

  4. Hi Mr Carlos, thank you so much for the valuable information. My question to you is that; I have a GC-EAD and I wanna travel overseas, do you think it’s okay to travel without any issues at the border protection?? If so, is there any specific documents I have to carry with me when I travel?

  5. Hello ,i have a question if one of us don't speak English that much ,and i don't have a translator.what should i do?

  6. Here is a real question. Me and wife are both US citizens, have been even before we got married, we have 2 kids. Are they going to question us like this?

  7. Is eloping a red flag? Not everyone has the money to have a “big wedding” and eloping may be like a better idea. I, myself, would rather use the wedding money for a down payment on a home..

  8. Mr Carlos what about the marriage is real but both parents are overseas, also decided not to invite friends but 2 friends only

  9. Me , my wife and 2 kids live with her mom and dont have joint accounts or bills except cell and car insurance together does that help ? Or do we have to have joint accounts and all the stuff ?

  10. My husband has an interview coming soon, is it necessary for myself to go, since the letter said it wasn't necessary for me to go. What would you recommend.

  11. Bedroom questions, we sleep in separate rooms, I go to bed early and she doesn't get home from work until 11 pm and doesn't want to disturb me. I am 70 yr old and got married for companionship, I think a lot of oldsters do.

  12. Hello mr Carlos my name is David am from Nigeria.. and really I decided to comment on this video cos I see what u re saying as making America mostly feel so awful about Nigerians… they always feel we are all fraud and bad people.. now I want you to know me as a person am interested in your green cards am only interested in the woman my heart truly beats for. … that's my ray ray. .. how easy and possible can it be for me to come visit her.. cos she coming to me first will take us a lot of money that we dont have right now… we are trying to build our lifes… and it's so hard for to get out there.. your country is about to take my biggest happiness from me…. I dont need a green card am not interested in being an American citizen over my dead body …I just need my love now how possible is that sir? How just please give me or tell me it's possible…. thank you mr carlos

  13. It was just me and the ordain because we are expecting to do something bigger in my country. Will they give us or listen to our explation

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