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What Should I Know About the Marriage Visa Interview?

If you are ready to start a life with your spouse in the United States, you may begin applying for a marriage visa. This may take considerable time and effort, with the final and arguably most important step being the interview with a United States Department of State consular officer. But if you leave a good impression, this may make this entire process worth it. Continue reading to learn what you should expect from the marriage visa interview and how an experienced Lyndhurst fiancé visa attorney at The Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC can help you achieve preparedness.

What is a marriage visa?

Formally known as a CR1 or F-2A visa, a marriage visa is a form of green that may allow you to live in the United States with your spouse. Importantly, this is so long as your spouse is a confirmed United States citizen or lawful permanent resident. Other eligibility criteria for this visa type are as follows:

  • You must file this visa application once you are officially married.
  • Your United States spouse must prove they can financially support you during your stay.
  • You must prove that you are eligible for an immigration visa in the first place (i.e., no criminal record, etc).

What should I expect from the marriage visa interview?

Once your marriage visa application is processed, the United States embassy or consulate in the country you currently reside may contact you regarding the date and time of your scheduled interview. Of note, your United States spouse may not be expected to travel abroad to attend this interview alongside you.

Then, during your interview, a consular officer may bombard you with many questions. The purpose of these questions is so that a consular officer may confirm that your marriage is not fraudulent or a facade to obtain green card status in the United States. Rest assured, there are standard questions that you may practice your answers for ahead of time, out of an abundance of preparation. They are as follows:

  • How and when did you and your United States spouse first meet?
  • How and when did you or your United States spouse propose marriage?
  • How long have you and your United States spouse been married?
  • Where did you and your United States spouse get married?
  • When was the last time you visited your spouse in the United States?
  • What does your United States spouse do for work? As hobbies?
  • Has your United States spouse ever been married? Have children from a previous marriage?

When handling an urgent matter like this one, you must drop everything and call our Lyndhurst family & individual immigration law firm. Our team at The Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC can help you put the puzzle pieces together.