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    My interview with INS is comming up shortly for a marriage based GC. Can someone fill me in on exactly what documents to take to the interview. I have been told variety of things such as INS sometimes checks documents sometimes don't even ask for it. Also, I have heard of some people who didn't even have to go to interview. How does that happen?

    Also, any other pointers you folks can give me and my wife that would be great as what to take, not take etc. etc.


  • #2
    My interview with INS is comming up shortly for a marriage based GC. Can someone fill me in on exactly what documents to take to the interview. I have been told variety of things such as INS sometimes checks documents sometimes don't even ask for it. Also, I have heard of some people who didn't even have to go to interview. How does that happen?

    Also, any other pointers you folks can give me and my wife that would be great as what to take, not take etc. etc.



    • #3
      Didn't you get a letter telling you what you should bring?


      • #4
        Sometimes they asked about the arrangement of your room like where your TV, bed are located at to test wehther or not you really are living together and others in your love making thing, that is, if they suspect your marriage is for concvience only. It good if your wife is pregnant or you already have a baby.

        good luck


        • #5
          they have asked me and my wife separately what highway we took to get to the interview, how I like my coffee, what pictures we have on the walls, when I take a shower, who get my daughter off the school bus etc. If the marriage is real you should not have any problems. We also brought our photo album but they didn't even look at it


          • #6
            Photographs, bills in joint names, lease or mortgage in joint names......We took everything we could find to our interview....also make sure you take 2 copies of everything.......the INS people are not keen on using the copier and it will put you in a good light.

            You basically have to show that you have a shared life.......questions were pretty easy for us......what are your in laws names?....where does your wife work? that kind of stuff.....

            Like the previous poster stated, if it is a real marriage you have nothing to fear........on the other hand if it's not....pray your acting skills are on top form that day....these people know what to look for and marriage fraud will be a problem not just for the immigrant spouse but also for the USC.

            Hope I covered all the bases there.


            • #7
              I'm going to an interview soon too and from what I understand we need to bring:

              1. The originals of everything we sent in to them such as the marriage license and our birth certificates+copies of everything, including the papers we already filed (in case INS has lost something).

              2. We also need to bring proof of our life together such as utility bills with both our names on it ,(phone bill, cable bill etc.) lease with both our names on it. If you have a joint bank account and filed taxes together you should bring proof of that. Insurance with each others name on it as beneficiaries. As many photos as possible of your life together with family and friends.

              As I understand it, the interview usually takes about 15-30 minutes and mostly they just go through your paperwork to make sure that everything is correct and that your answers are consistent with the ones on the paperwork. Sometimes they apparently ask you more thourough and detailed questions about your life together, but none of the cases I've read about have been interviewed separately.

              Does someone have something to add as far as evidence of a real marriage is concerned?

              Thanks and good luck/Chris


              • #8
                Laddie, hope this helps:


                During the marriage interview the parties may be questioned separately concerning the bona fides of the marriage. Usually the US citizen will be questioned first and then the alien spouse will be asked the same questions. Below is a list of some of the typical questions asked during this interview.

                Name and address.

                Name and Date of Birth of Spouse.

                When and where did you meet your spouse?

                Describe this 1st meeting.

                Did you make arrangements to meet again?

                Did you exchange phone numbers?

                When did you meet next?

                Where were you living at the time? Where was your spouse living?

                When did you decide to get married? Where were you at the time?

                Did you live together before marriage?

                When and where did you get married? How did you and your spouse get to the church, courthouse, etc.?

                Who were the witnesses to the ceremony?

                Did you exchange wedding rings?

                Where had you purchased these rings? Did you and your spouse purchase them together?

                Did you have a reception after the ceremony?

                Where was it held?

                Do you have any photos of the ceremony and /or reception?

                Describe the reception.

                Did any of your, and your spouse's, family members attend? If so, who?

                Did you go on a honeymoon? If so, when and where?

                If you did not have a reception, what did you do after the wedding ceremony?

                Where did you live after the wedding?

                Describe the place where you lived right after the marriage. Number of bedrooms and bathrooms; furnishings; color of walls, floor coverings, appliances, etc; type of air conditioning, heating, etc; # of telephones, televisions, etc. Do you have cable television?

                Where did you get the furniture? Was it already there, did you buy it, was it a gift, or did it come from your, or your spouse's, previous residence?

                If brought to the house or apartment, describe how it was transported.

                Describe your bedroom. Where do you keep your clothes? Where does your spouse keep his or her clothes? Where are the bathroom towels kept? Where do you keep the dirty clothes?

                Where is the garbage kept in the kitchen?

                On what day of the week is the garbage picked up?

                Where do you shop for groceries? Do you go together with your spouse? How do you get there?

                Where do you work? What days of the week do you work?

                What hours do you work? What is your salary?

                What is your telephone # at work?

                When was the last vacation you had from work?

                Did you and your spouse go anywhere together at that time?

                When was the last vacation you and your spouse took together?

                Where did you go? How did you get there? Describe it.

                Where does your spouse work? What days of the week? What hours? What is the salary, if you know?

                What is your spouse's telephone # at work?

                When was the last time your spouse got a vacation from work?

                Do you know your spouse's family members? If so, which ones? If your spouse has children from a previous marriage, their names, ages, where they live, and where they go to school, if applicable.

                Where do you live now? (If different from where you lived right after the marriage, then go over the same questions as above). How much is the rent? When is it paid? How do you pay it?

                Do you have a bank account together? Where? What kind of account? (Checking, savings).

                Are both of you listed on the account? (Do you have a bank letter, cancelled checks, etc.?)

                Did you file a joint tax return this year? Do you have a copy with you?

                Do you own any property together? What property? Did you bring copies of the documents with you?

                What kind of automobile do you and your spouse have? Describe them.

                Do you have an insurance policy listing your spouse as the beneficiary? If so, do you have a copy?

                Have you taken any trips or vacations together? Do you have photos from these trips?

                Do you have any utility bills, or receipts from items you have purchased together?

                What other documentation do you have to show that you are living together as husband and wife?

                Do you have any pets? What kind, what are their names, and describe them?

                What did you do for Christmas, New Year's, your anniversary, or you or your spouse's last birthday? Did you exchange gifts? If so, what kind of gift?

                Did you or your spouse go to work yesterday? If so, at what time did you and/or your spouse leave the house and return?

                Who cooks the meals at the house?

                What is your spouse's favorite food? What is your favorite food?

                Does your spouse drink coffee? If so, does he or she use cream and/or sugar?

                Did you eat dinner together last night? Did anyone else have dinner with you? What did you have?

                What time was dinner served? Who cooked it?

                Did you watch TV after dinner? What shows did you watch?

                At what time did you go to bed? Who went to bed first?

                Did you have the air conditioning or heater on?

                Who woke up first this morning? Did an alarm clock go off?

                Did you or your spouse take a shower?

                Did you come to the interview together? Who drove?

                Did you have breakfast? Where and what did you eat?

                Please remember that the number and types of questions that can be asked is almost limitless. Therefore, you and your spouse should review your entire lives together prior to attending the immigration interview. Even married couples living together for many years sometimes have difficulties remembering all of the facts of their relationship. Be prepared and take original documents with you. Then you will have no problem passing the interview and obtaining permanent residence in the United States.


                • #9

                  Thanks for posting this, it's an invaluable resource in my opinion, I saved it and oneday we will sure use it :-)


                  • #10
                    IrishLad, if you are married for real, you don't have to worry at all, but I will give you feed back.
                    First of all, I went to the interview, but guess what, the officer never asked me a question about our marriage since the age difference was appropriate, the only thing he asked for if I am working or if my wife is otherwise they won't give you GC.
                    The officer was very super nice, I asked him to show him my weeding picture in our ceremony, we went overseas to 2 different places and we had pictures, also I had my joint checking account, joint taxes, joint car insurance since husband and wife needs to have joint insurance. We had all this documents which I suggest to take with you either way so you won't get surprised.

                    Also, make sure you have your weeding rings, nice clothing, be cool, answer his question with courtesy, and you won't even need to go to separate rooms. the officer left us in the room for 15 minutes, and he came back, but don't forge that the camera is filming you while he is out. Just be cool and keep talking with your wife as you do while you are having a normal conversation, and believe me you won't have any problems.

                    The only time they suspect that people are married for GC are, when the age difference is far away" man younger than wife" or when "man is white and women black" that was the case of my friend but he got his GC after few hours interview, and in the second interview, he had a daughter, and it was a serious marriage.
                    Good luck and be cool


                    • #11
                      Peace and everybody else, THANK YOU for you all your info. Now going back to age difference, there is a difference of about 10 yrs between my wife and I. Is that considered a big age difference? Also, she is a student thus doesn't have much money but fortunately I have enough in my account. Would this become a problem since she is only a student?

                      Any other info. you folks can provide would be much appreciated. Thank you again.


                      • #12
                        Again, if your marriage is in good faith you have nothing to worry about. Agedifference is not a problem.

                        As for the moneyside, I assume you filed a Afadit of support which exactly told you how much money you would have to make.


                        • #13
                          I am 12 years older than my permanent resident husband, and we had no problems at out interview. It was 3 days after the September 11th attacks also. It took us about 10 minutes in the room total. If your marriage is for real they will see. Just tell the truth you should be fine.


                          • #14
                            Afrias, Thanks for your response. I am new to all this so just seeing some information before our interview comes up. By the way, what type of questions were you asked? What all did you take with you to the interview? Thanks.


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