1. Spouses’ communication with the interviewing officer
2. Psychical appearance
3. Required and presented evidence
4. Answers to the questions
Communication with Immigration Officers
Both verbal and non-verbal communication is essential. USCIS officers may be polite, but some questions can surprise you and make you feel insecure.
So, it is imperative to appear calm and positive and keep that attitude until the very end.
When it comes to physical appearance, remember that the visa interviews are held in government buildings. This means that you should get dressed more formally, like when you go for an important job interview or a court proceeding. Your clothing should look business, clean, and moderately conservative. You and your spouse should look professional, leaving no space for the officer to question your lifestyle and morals.
Required and Presented Evidence
You should bring your appointment notice and identification documents in the form of a government-issued photo ID. All required documents should be organized chronologically, and in a way, the officer can quickly review them. You should provide the interviewing officer with copies of your documentation. Still, you will need to present the original documents compared with the information stated in the green card application form.
As proofs of authentic marriage, you can bring a set of new documents that contain shared photos, joint utility bills, joint bank account statements, birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.
Answers to the questions
During the interview, the officer will go through your application and the documents you provided and may seek an explanation about the stated facts. To provide firm and convincing answers, you have to do the proper preparation, including memorizing your answers and make sure that both you and your spouse can answer to them.
To successfully pass the most important and most challenging part of the marriage-based green card interview preparation, remember how you met, your first date, proposing wedding day, travel memories, and similar events you attended together. The immigration officer will also ask questions about daily activities, family information, living space, and other parts of your relationship that we will talk about below. What would help you harmonize your answers is addressing and memorizing these facts about details that will validate your marriage before the USCIS office during the interview.
If you have hired an attorney for the preparation, you can rehearse the questioning before coming to the USCIS office.
It’s not that you and your spouse need to present yourself as the perfect couple before the immigrant officer, but rather show your life story like it is. So, please do not make too much effort to memorize every single detail and risk that you and your spouse will give the same answers and make it look superficial. It is better to leave an impression that you complement each other. For some details, you will be able to look at the documents to recall some information.