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Can you prepare for a green card marriage interview?

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2024 | Citizenship

If you’re trying to become a U.S. citizen, you need to learn certain facts about how the government works or you need to have an understanding of the basic history of the U.S. There’s a test that you’ll need to take, and you can prepare in advance and study for the questions that you anticipate. With enough work, anyone can pass the citizenship test.

But what if you’re trying to get a green card? This doesn’t make you a citizen, but gives you permanent residence status for the next 10 years, when the green card has to be renewed. One way to get a green card is through marriage, if your new spouse is a citizen. But you may have to go through a green card marriage interview if you decide to take this route. Can you study for it and prepare in advance?

Questions about your life

This is not the type of test that you can study for, although it may be worth talking to your spouse about the types of questions you anticipate.

But the truth is that the interviewer is trying to gauge the legitimacy of your relationship itself. So they’re just going to ask you things that you should automatically know, whether or not you studied, and they will expect both you and your spouse to give similar answers.

For instance, the interviewer may ask you where you met, where you went on a first date or where you got married. They could ask you about your relationships with extended family members or your plans for the future. They may just ask you about your daily habits around the house.

This is a very important interview because it can prove that you are not defrauding the system to get a green card. If you’re working your way through this process, take the time to carefully look into all of your legal options.