Marriage Interview Documents

If your spouse is in the United States and you file for his or her green card via adjustment of status you will have an interview near the end of the case. You will be notified about 30 days prior about your marriage green card interview. The notification letter will let you know about the date and time of the interview. It will also tell you what documents to bring. This article will explain which marriage interview documents to bring to your green card through marriage interview.


When to Arrive

Every district office of USCIS has different wait times concerning entry into the building. Over the past few weeks I have gone to interviews in Sacramento, San Francisco and Fresno. The San Francisco wait time to enter the building was non-existent. It was early in the morning and I made it through security right away. The Fresno wait time was similar. I made it through security in about 5 minutes. However, Sacramento is known to have wait times of up to an hour (maybe more) to enter the building. My advice is to arrive very early and bring something to read in case you have to wait in line for an hour. Also dress appropriately. It was a cold morning in Sacramento recently when I had to wait for 30 minutes outside. I was happy to be wearing a long coat.

Documents to Bring

The appointment letter will state what documents you need to bring to the interview. Read this document very carefully and make sure to bring these documents. You should also bring the originals of the document which proves you are a U.S. Citizen ( birth certificate, Naturalization Certificate, or U.S. passport) your spouse’s birth certificate, your marriage certificate.

Bona Fides of the Relationship

Generally, at the end of your interview the Immigration Officer will ask for joint documents or bona fides of the relationship. You should be prepared when you are asked for the documents. Have the documents organized and easily accessible so you are not fumbling around for documents while feeling the pressure of the interview.

The documents you should bring include:


  1. joint credit card statements
  2. affidavits from family and friends (3 is a good number—please see below)
  3. joint bank statements/ joint stock account statements
  4. utility bills in both names
  5. gym memberships in both names
  6. life insurance statements showing that your spouse is the named beneficiary
  7. auto registration showing joint ownership and joint addresses
  8. receipts from gifts you have purchased for one another
  9. letters from family, friends, co-workers to you at your home address
  10. your mutual child’s birth certificate or a doctor’s note saying that one of you is pregnant or is seeking fertility treatment
  11. Rental agreements or mortgages with both of your names on it.
  12. Both driver’s licenses showing the same home address on them
  13. Wedding cards received from friends and family

You should also bring photos of your wedding and or photos showing trips you have taken together. (Photos where other family members are present e.g. a reception, are good photos to bring to your interview. )

How Much Evidence is Enough?

It is much better to bring too much evidence than too little evidence. I know of interviews where the spouses brought almost nothing to prove that they were sharing their lives together. The interviewer was very patient with these couple sand had them mail him more evidence. The case was approved but you do not want to be in this position.  I recommend that you bring a lot of evidence showing that you are married and are sharing your lives together.

Recently I had an interview with a very nice young couple. They followed my instructions and brought a lot of evidence. It was very obvious that they were sharing their lives together. The immigration officer would not even take copies of all of their evidence and said that there was more than enough evidence to approve their case.  

Lesson: Bring too much evidence to your interview and not too little.  

Lawrence Gruner is an immigration attorney with over 25 years of experience handling marriage green card, fiance visa, and U.S. Citizenship cases (as well as other immigration cases.) His office handles cases in California, the United States and the World. We handle cases Worldwide.  We can help you with your whole case or a portion of your case (e.g. document preparation only), our fees are very reasonable and payment plans are almost always used by our clients.

Attorney Gruner would be happy to talk to you, free of charge, about your case. He can be reached at 888-801-6558 or 916-760-7270. You may also email him at

The above article is for general information only. You should not file anything with USCIS without speaking to an experienced immigration attorney.





    [recaptcha class:cct_recaptcha]

    • USCIS Is Likely Looking at Your Social Media Accounts in Detail.

      Your Online Posts and your social media accounts can impact how USCIS views your Immigration case. In today’s interconnected world, social media has become an integral part of our lives. We share our thoughts, experiences, and personal moments online, often without realizing the potential consequences. As immigration attorneys, we want to emphasize the importance of […]

    • USCIS Set to Raise Filing Fees Significantly

      USCIS Likely to Increase Visa Fees in Early 2024: What You Need to Know The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced plans to increase visa fees in early 2024. This decision has raised questions about the reasons behind the fee hike, the expected impact on applicants, and how USCIS plans to […]

    • Do Immigration Attorneys Give Free Consultations?

      We receive this question fairly regularly. The answer is, like most things, it depends. Some Immigration Attorneys will provide a 20 or 30 minute consultation to go over your matter for free. The hope is that the attorney will establish a connection with the client, and, if the attorney is able to help, they can […]

    • Marriage Based Green Card for Spouse
    • Fiance Visa Processing Time 2020

      How long does the fiance visa process take in 2020? There are several factors that influence how long a given fiance visa case will take.  These include overall case filings, which country your fiance resides in, and whether the case has been prepared properly. For many years, for most people, the total time it would […]

    • S. Lucas

      Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

    • L. Alvarado Jr.

      I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
      Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

    • M. Obregon

      Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!





      [recaptcha class:cct_recaptcha]