5 Mistakes to Avoid at Your USCIS Marriage Interview

The journey to obtaining a green card through marriage is punctuated by the USCIS interview—a pivotal moment where couples must demonstrate the authenticity of their relationship and their adherence to immigration laws. While many focus on what to say, understanding what not to do is equally important.


#1 – Avoid Interrupting the Officer

Respect in communication is fundamental. Interrupting or being disrespectful to the immigration officer can be perceived negatively. It’s important to listen attentively and respond only once the officer has finished their question, ensuring you fully understand what is being asked before you reply.

#2 – Never Lie

Honesty is non-negotiable. Misrepresenting facts or lying during the interview can lead to severe consequences, including a potential denial of your application. Immigration officers have extensive resources at their disposal to verify your information, so always stick to the truth.

#3 – Do Not Guess

If you’re unsure about an answer, especially concerning dates or specific details, it’s better to admit uncertainty rather than guess. Incorrect guesses can lead to inconsistencies in your file, raising doubts about the credibility of your application.

#4 – Keep Your Answers Concise

Provide direct answers to the officer’s questions without volunteering unnecessary information. Over-elaboration can lead to inadvertent discrepancies or additional scrutiny from the officer.

#5 – Do Not Answer for Your Spouse

Each partner should answer questions pertaining to themselves unless specifically asked to speak about the other. Answering for your spouse can trigger doubts about the genuineness of your relationship and may even lead to a separation during the interview for individual questioning.

Be Prepared

Successfully navigating a USCIS marriage interview requires both preparation and presence of mind. By avoiding these five common mistakes, couples can present a strong, unified front to the immigration officer. Remember, the goal is to demonstrate not just the legality of your union, but its authenticity and depth. If you’re unsure about how to prepare or need personalized advice, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional guidance. If you find yourself overwhelmed or uncertain about the next steps, consider reaching out for advice, and don’t hesitate to visit our resource center for more detailed guides to use on your journey through this process.

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