Although there are many stages involved in the application process for a green card, the part that tends to scare applicants most is the interview. Generally, the interview is one of the last steps before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services makes a decision. This puts a lot of pressure on the interviewee as everything seems to be riding on this one meeting.

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Before the interview, applicants will be required to gather documentation, fill out several forms and affidavits, and complete other tasks. Many people worry because the interview seems mysterious and has gained a reputation for being tough. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these interviews are meant only to weed out those people who seek to cheat the system, so legitimate green-card seekers should pass with flying colors—especially if they seek the guidance of an immigration attorney.

At O’Brien Law Group in Louisville, we have more than 15 years of experience preparing our clients for every step of the application process. You can count on us to help you optimize your application and stay on track for obtaining permanent residency. To speak with an immigration lawyer about your case, call us at 502-400-7890.

1. Do the Immigration Officials Always Split up Spouses?

One of the more common fears that people have is that they will be quizzed separately so officials can compare answers to determine whether or not the marriage is legitimate. It’s normal to be nervous; after all, the popular television show “The Newlywed Game” illustrated that all couples have trouble agreeing on the details of their relationship. Although there is no way to guarantee a couple won’t be split up, The New York Times reports that interviewers usually only use this tactic if they become suspicious.

2. What Questions Will They Ask?

If your application is marriage based, be prepared for some specific questions about the relationship and living arrangement. Although there is no way to predict exactly which questions an interviewer will ask, applicants can expect to face inquiries that only a couple living together could answer, because it would be extraordinarily difficult to prepare for every possible question. For instance, NY Daily News reports that interviewers will often ask about who pays the rent or where they keep the car keys when at home.

3. What Happens If a Couple Fails an Interview?

It depends on the situation. If an officer suspects that the applicants are trying to cheat the system, the interviewees could face prison or deportation; however, couples have a chance to appeal the decision within 30 days. It’s important to stress that legitimate couples shouldn’t worry and should plan to be as open and honest as possible.

If you are looking for a Louisville immigration lawyer who can provide legal advice and help you through the green-card application process, call us. We have experience handling a variety of issues, and we are passionate about helping our clients reach their goals. To learn more, please call us at 502-400-7890.

 

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