In the United States, a marriage is considered to be fraudulent if it was entered into by both parties simply to obtain a green card. For example, two people who meet in college may realize that one of them has to leave when their student visa expires. They may only be friends, but they will agree to technically get married so that the other person can get a green card, after which they can get divorced.
The government tries to stop this from happening by determining which marriages are legitimate. They certainly do want people who are in loving, committed relationships to be able to live together in the United States. They just have to determine if that’s what your relationship really is.
Questions about your life
The big thing to remember about the questions they’re going to ask you is that they aren’t necessarily going to be difficult. This isn’t like other types of immigration tests where you have to study and memorize facts. You’re not being quizzed on your knowledge. Instead, they’re just going to ask you questions about your life with your spouse. When the two of you answer in the same way, they can tell that the marriage is real. Some examples include the following:
- Where did the two of you meet?
- Where did you go on your first date?
- Who proposed?
- Where did you get married?
- Where did you first live after getting married?
- Have the two of you talked about having children?
- Who tends to take care of household chores?
- Do you have any morning rituals, such as sharing a cup of coffee?
- What are your favorite foods or places to go out to eat?
- What do you like to do in the evenings when you relax?
As you can see, there are no right or wrong answers here. If they ask you what you do to relax in the evening, they’re not looking for you to come up with something that is worthy of getting a green card. They’re just looking for evidence that the two of you aren’t actually in a relationship because you don’t know what the other person likes or how they live. If you already do know these things, you don’t have to worry about the interview.
Of course, getting that green card is very important, so it is critical that you know what legal steps to take at this time.