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Common mistakes during Green Card interviews

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2022 | Immigration Law

Obtaining a marriage green card is a huge step for you and your family. It allows you to live in the U.S. permanently and work. In a few years, you will also have the option to apply for U.S. citizenship.

One crucial part of the application process is the interview. This is something that all applicants must go through, and it is important to get it right. It’s natural to be nervous about this and nervousness alone is unlikely to have a negative impact on your application. However, there are some behaviors that you want to avoid.

A lack of preparation

Preparation is key to a successful interview of any kind. While you do not know exactly what U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers are going to ask, there are some clues. It is highly likely that you will be asked questions about your romantic relationship. For example, officers may inquire into how you met, how long you have been together and what your plans are for the next few years. You may also be asked about your education, employment history and personal interests. These are all topics that you can prepare for beforehand. In many cases, applicants find it beneficial to have a practice run with their partner or other relatives.

Being untruthful

It may be uncomfortable for you to be asked personal questions by strangers, but it is a necessary part of the process. The questions are being asked to ensure that your relationship is genuine and that you are of good moral character. If possible, try not to become defensive or shut down during questioning. You should also refrain from being untruthful in any way, either by telling mistruths or hiding relevant information. Signs of dishonesty could work against you, and immigration services may ultimately decide that your morals are questionable. This could place you in the unfavorable position of having to start your application over again.

As with other interviews, immigration interviews are often not as bad as anticipated. With the right support behind you, you can get through them and be well on your way to enjoying a future with your partner in the U.S.