Clients often ask me how to best prepare for their green card interview. What helps most is to understand what USCIS is really looking for, which is: 1) evidence or confirmation that the immigrant entered the U.S. legally, and 2) is there a valid marriage between the petitioner and beneficiary. The first issue is usually fairly straightforward. The second issue requires that the couple produce documentation that proves they have been living together as husband and wife. The most important documentation would be statements of joint bank accounts and other types of accounts such as utilities, insurance, etc., as well as a joint residential lease or letter from a landlord confirming the living arrangements of the couple. Photos of the wedding and other photos of the couple taken during their relationship are also helpful to have.
Be prepared to discuss the entirety of your relationship, and also be ready for some questions that may be asked to discern whether you are familiar with your spouse’s background and family. A family immigration attorney can help you prepare efficiently and can also attend the interview with you to address any problems that may be raised during the interview.