The New York Times ran an article recently titled: “Green Card Marriage Interview: Can You Pass it?”
The article correctly pointed out that the U.S. government is always on the lookout for people “gaming the system for a green card.” Never, under any circumstances should you illegally try to help someone obtain a green card.
The article listed some sample questions a couple should expect to encounter at the green card marriage interview. These include:
“In approaching the interviews, immigration officers assume the relationship is a fraud. The green card process is long and drawn out, and the burden of proof is on the couple. Anyone caught lying could face prison time and a fine of up to $250,000. The immigrant could also be barred from getting a marriage-based green card ever again.
“We have seen more scrutiny and more questions about marriage lately,” said Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, an immigration lawyer in Austin.”
“Depending on the interview, an immigration officer might also ask more difficult questions:
The officer could also do a number of other things:
If the immigration officer is still not convinced once the process is complete, the applicant could receive a notice of intent to deny. The applicant has a chance to respond and, if the response is denied, file a new petition or appeal, which can be expensive. In some cases, applicants are referred to immigration court. Red flags that immigration officials look for are disparities in age, religious and linguistic differences, and if either person has already been through the immigration process with someone else.
One tip from an immigration lawyer: Have an attorney present during the interview, and make eye contact, which in some cultures is not the norm. An officer could “judge this person through the lens of American culture, even though that person could be newly in the U.S.,”
This is all good advice. There are also a few other things you should know:
Attorney Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento Immigration Lawyer . His office handles fiancé visa cases, marriage green card cases, and naturalization cases. He may be reached at 916-760-7270. He would be happy to do a phone consultation with you, free of charge, to talk about your immigration options.