If you have a bona fide marriage and are an American citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident, your foreign national spouse may enter, live, and work in the United States on a Green Card. U.S. immigration law supports and encourages marriages and families living together for public policy reasons. Public policy goals are met only if the marriages are real, not a sham, created solely for immigration purposes.
Therefore, if the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has any doubt as to the validity of your marriage, you and your spouse will be subjected to a strenuous interview and investigation.
Interviews are triggered if you and your spouse are very different from one another such as you’re from different countries, don’t speak the same language, or live separately. Other differences also trigger the fraud interview: age, class, culture, and education.
What to Expect in the Marriage Fraud Interview
The marriage interview is actually two interviews. You and your spouse are interviewed separately and the results are compared. You have the right to have an attorney present.
It’s likely in your best interest to have a qualified immigration attorney present because sometimes the interviewers are bullying and threatening. It is easy to become confused and scared.
Commonly Asked Marriage Fraud Interview Questions
These are some of the questions commonly asked during marriage fraud interview:
- When and where did you meet for the first time?
- Could you please describe the first meeting?
- What did you do for your spouse’s last birthday?
- Which holidays do you celebrate together?
- What activities did you do together the last time you visited?
- Does your spouse have any scars or tattoos on his/her body?
- Do you have joint bank accounts? If so, where?
- What hours do you work?
- What is your spouse’s salary?
- What is your spouse’s phone number at work?
- Do you have any utility bills on which you’re both listed together?
- Do you have photos together from your last vacation?
- Did your parents attend your wedding?
- Was liquor served at your wedding? If so, what kind?
- How many children do you have?
- What is your child’s best friend’s name?
Where to Get Help with Immigration Marriage Fraud Interviews
Marriage fraud interviews are long, arduous, and stressful; your family and future depend upon the results. Do not go it alone. Our qualified immigration attorneys can both help you and your spouse prepare for the interview and attend the interview with you to ensure you are treated respectfully and fairly.
If you and your spouse have been ordered to participate in immigration marriage fraud interviews, your next step is to contact our immigration law office: 513-791-1673 or Thomasjr@geygan.com.
If you would like us to send you information specifically on Family Based Immigration please click the “green card” below and fill out the form. We will confirm your request with you and send you information about eligibility, filing fees and processing times.