Marriage is one reason why the government will give someone a green card. The green card allows them to be a permanent resident so that they can continue to live with their spouse, who is already a U.S. citizen.
We have already discussed some of the documentation that you may need in order to get a green card. It can help to provide proof of your relationship, such as pictures of the two of you or joint bank statements showing that you are sharing your finances. Even just using your mail to demonstrate that you do live together can be beneficial.
But to prevent fraud, the government will also often carry out a green card marriage interview. How will this process likely play out?
The validity of the marriage
The goal of the green card marriage interview, much like looking at your pictures and other documentation, is to show that the marriage is valid. All the government wants to know is that you are legitimately in a relationship. You’re not just pretending to be in a romantic relationship so that the other person can get a green card.
As such, the interviewer may ask you questions about your daily routines and your life together. Where did you meet? What do you do in your free time together? Where do you like to go on dates? Are you thinking about having children in the future? What are your career goals? Do you have any routines together around the house? Who tends to do more of the chores?
These seem like basic questions, and they are. They’re just trying to offer an insight into your life. At the same time, though, this is a very important legal process, so it’s crucial to understand all of your options as you move through it.