What Should You Bring to a Green Card Interview?

If you’re preparing for a marriage green card interview, it can be an intimidating process. While the stakes are high, the best way to feel confident is to prepare. That’s why it’s essential to understand what you should expect during a green card interview and ensure you bring all of the correct records.

What should I expect at my interview?

The final step in the green card process is the interview. The examining officer’s primary goal is to assess the authenticity of your marriage. You will be sworn in and asked to tell the truth at the beginning of the interview, so it’s crucial to answer honestly. The examining officer’s questions will typically focus on your relationship, your daily lives together, and your plans as a couple.

If the examining officer is concerned about your answers or the authenticity of your marriage, they may split the two of you into separate rooms for questioning. Don’t panic. Just answer the questions honestly. Remember, you can have an attorney with you during your green card interview. While your attorney cannot answer questions for you, they can clarify confusing questions and help prepare you and your spouse for the interview.

How should I prepare for a Green Card interview?

There’s no need to memorize or prepare answers to questions in advance. Instead, be prepared to answer questions about your marriage and relationship, the daily details of your lives, and your planned future. The examining office will ask you about the date and details of your wedding, shared vacations and birthdays, your spouse’s family or job, how you met, the location of your first date, and so on. These will be questions that you can easily answer, but if the examining office asks you something you don’t know, say so. You should never try to guess. Take a look at our Green Card Interview Preparation blog for more tips on getting ready.

What should I bring to my Green Card interview?

When you show up for your green card interview, there are certain items you should bring with you, including:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Your appointment notice for your interview
  • A complete copy of your application to adjust status as well as any additional forms you submitted
  • Originals of any supporting documents you submitted to USCIS, including birth and marriage certificates, divorce decrees, or death certificates
  • Your passport
  • Your travel documentation
  • Your doctor’s report from your medical examination on Form I-693 if you didn’t submit it with your application
  • The originals and a copy of documents showing your married life, such as a joint lease or mortgage, joint bank and investment accounts, children’s birth certificates, joint credit card statements, and more.

Remember, you don’t have to wade through your marriage green card application alone. It’s always good to consult an experienced immigration attorney, wherever you may be in the immigration process. I’ve helped hundreds of couples navigate the U.S. immigration process, and I’d like to help you.