What to Wear to Your Marriage Green Card Interview

  • POSTED: February 21, 2024
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  • POSTED BY: LawrenceGruner

What Should you wear to your Marriage Green Card Interview?

We prepare our clients for their marriage green card interviews down to what they should wear.  When I first started doing marriage green card interviews I would simply meet the clients at the federal court house.  I would expect them to dress appropriately for one of their biggest days in their lives.  Sadly, this wasn’t always the case.

They say that the clothes make the man (or woman).  It is definitely true.  When you go out to a restaurant or an event don’t you notice that, for the most part, you are treated better based on what you are wearing? 

USCIS officers are not robots.  They are individuals.  They do many interviews a day and over time these interviews add up.  They look at everything in the file and they are definitely looking at you and your spouse at the interview.  You simply need to make a good impression.

This means that you do not wear sloppy clothes, ball caps, or ripped jeans.  These items may be a fashion statement but they do not go over well at your interview.  At best your interviewer will think you are trying to make a fashion statement and try not to let it affect her decision.  Likely, they will think that this interview is not important to you-this is definitely a bad look. Long story short, the way you dress does influence the interviewer.

A polished and well dressed couple will simply make a better impression on your USCIS interviewer.   You do not need to wear the latest fashions from Milan or Paris.  But you should at least dress at a business casual level.  It is not uncommon for my male clients to show up in a suit or a  blazer.

Whatever you do, don’t show up wearing a t-shirt with a marijuana leaf symbol on it.  Apparently this has happened before.  The officer was not amused and the beneficiary was told to have a medical examination done.  Drugs were found in his system and he was not granted the green card.  At a minimum, should you wear something like this expect to be questioned under oath about drug use.

In short, don’t make your life difficult or your attorney’s life difficult.  Simply dress nicely for your interview.  The good thing is that you and your spouse will be dressed nicely and you can have a romantic date night to celebrate how well you have done at your marriage green card interview.

Lawrence Gruner is an immigration attorney with over 25 years of experience. His office handles fiance visa cases, marriage green card cases and other immigration matters.  We handle cases throughout the world.  You may reach us at attorneygruner@gmail.com or 888-801-6558. 

Our initial consultation is free and confidential.  We would be happy to help you come up with an immigration plan.

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