In 2016, our client, a citizen of Jordan, entered the US on a visitor visa for personal travel. Shortly afterward, he applied for asylum. During the waiting period of the asylum application, our client united in marriage with a US citizen, and Chief Paralegal Connie Cook of Herman Legal Group assisted with filing for a marriage green card application concurrently with closing the asylum case.
Our client came to the US on tourist status to visit his girlfriend and continue the growth of their relationship. After some time passed, their love grew and eventually, they sought to unite in marriage.
Suppose you came to the United States with a visa, and after 90 days, you got married to a U.S. citizen. In this case, you are probably eligible to apply to adjust your status to a lawful permanent resident, and you do not have to leave the United States.
If you are applying for a marriage-based green card, and doing so while living in the U.S., through the process called "adjustment of status," you can expect to be invited for a personal interview at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) local district office.
Applicants who file for adjustment of status to get their green card in the United States must usually appear for an interview at an office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It is not rare that people do not get this interview seriously and ruin their chance to obtain a green card just because they haven't followed the preparation steps. So here are ten scenarios of people who made mistakes:
Are you getting ready for a marriage-based green card interview? Your interview is approaching, and you want to know everything that you can encounter there. If your response is uncertain or discrepancies with your spouse's, the officer can become suspicious or believe that your marriage might be a fraud. If this happens, they can separate you and conduct individual interviews in the "Stokes" format.
The Stokes interview is a second chance for the couple to convince the USCIS officer of their marriage's authenticity. Usually, it is scheduled when the immigration officer has some doubts after holding the initial status interview. That is why the Stokes interview is also called the marriage fraud interview.
A marriage-based green card interview is the last step in getting U.S. citizenship for immigrants. After three years of green card marriage with a U.S. citizen or a green card holder, the spouse can submit their application. Green card interviews are led by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Office, at the local field office, or by the U.S. State Department if one of the spouses is living abroad.
Knowing what to expect at the marriage-based green card interview may relieve anxiety, make this procedure more comfortable for spouses to go through, and successfully finish the application process. When the spouses get to the USCIS local field office where their interview is scheduled, they will generally have to show their photo identification and initial appointment notice. The security procedure is similar to those at the airport, and the couple will have to pass the metal detector. Once they give the security checking, they will get a number in a waiting area, and lastly, they will be called by an immigration officer to access the interview office. If the couple has the immigration attorney, he or she will also be allowed to enter the interview.
Before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration office, the marriage-based green card interview is the last step in the application process for getting permanent residence. However, there can be few more requests and different outcomes as a result of the interview.