When a U.S. citizen marries a non-U.S. citizen, the couple will have to take part in a marriage interview. The non-U.S. citizen needs to go through an interview to obtain permanent residency status. The marriage interview is used to determine the legitimacy of the marriage.

How Is the Interview Conducted?

Generally, immigration officials conduct the interview with one spouse at a time. Officials will interview the U.S. citizen spouse first, then the non-U.S. citizen spouse. Officials will try and confirm that you and your spouse are in fact living as married couple would.

What Will We Be Asked?

The questions vary and depend on your individual circumstances. Some areas the questions will cover include:

Personal information about your spouse:

  • Date of birth
  • Location of birth
  • The name of their parents
  • Body description
  • Scars
  • Tattoos

Note that you may even be obscure questions like how your spouse likes their coffee.

Questions about your relationship and life together:

  • How you and your spouse met
  • If you lived together before getting married
  • Where you and your spouse live

Note that questions may be as detailed as when and where garbage is picked up

Questions about your wedding:

  • Who attended your wedding
  • Where was it held
  • What was the weather like
  • Did you exchange rings

Questions about what you did before the interview:

  • What time you woke up that day
  • Who woke up first
  • What did you both eat for breakfast

What Can I Do to Prepare for the Marriage Interview? 

There are several steps you can take to help prepare for the interview. The first thing you should do is collect and compile all documents that prove your marriage is legitimate. 

Documents, such as photographs, letters, emails, notes, and your marriage certificate. You should also review and provide financial information, such as: your bills, mutual assets, bank accounts, and tax returns.

Even if you have previously submitted these to authorities, you may be questioned about them, so it is best to review them thoroughly.

Also, you should explain any changes and updates that have occurred since the application was filed. These can include events such as the birth of a child, getting a new job, changing residences, etc.  The interviewing official will likely refer to answers that you provided in your application forms. Be sure to review your application forms.  

Should I Get a Lawyer For My Marriage Interview?

Yes. Even if you have been together for years, the questions you may be asked during a marriage interview are endless. An immigration attorney can help you prepare by conducting mock interviews and suggest techniques.