Tips to prepare for a green card interview
For most people, the I-485 (green card) interview is the last step in the application process. While this is true, it is also a source of stress and anxiety for many.
One of the best ways to get through this process is by knowing what to expect and preparing.
What’s the goal of the green card interview?
For those who are pursuing citizenship for their spouse, the main goal of the interview is to ensure the marriage is authentic. Because of this, you can expect questions about the history of your relationship, your interactions as a married couple, and what plans you have for the future.
Preparing for relationship-based questions
While you don’t want your answers to seem rehearsed during your interview, it is good to think about what you will say. To do this, consider some of the following common questions that are asked:
- How did you meet?
- What was your wedding day like, who was there and what about your honeymoon?
- What are your habits as a married couple?
- Do you have children?
- Have you made plans for the future?
If you think about these questions ahead of your interview, you will be ready to answer them without hesitation or long pauses.
Always be honest and open
One of the best things you can do is be honest and open with the interviewer. The more authentic you are, the better. In most cases, after this interview, you will find out if your citizenship has been approved. Remember that each case is unique, so you can ask the interviewer about the outcome and when you will have a final decision.