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tell me about your green card interview

DH and I are going for his green card interview on May 9 in Boston.  We meet with our lawyer next week to prepare.  If you've done this interview, what was it like?  We have a huge list of questions they might ask and I know they never ask all of them, but what did they actually ask you?

It'll probably turn out fine, but this is our last hurdle to DH getting permanent residency and it's a little nerve-wracking!

Re: tell me about your green card interview

  • They asked us for one of the kid's birth certificates to keep and they asked us why we waited so long to apply. It was bc his company sponsored his visa and gc and didnt want to make the switch until she had to, so that bit won't really apply to you. But anyway, that was it. I guess our lawyers did a really god job on the application :) Good luck, I am sure it  will be fine! Just bring lots of evidence.
  • Ours was all of 10 minutes. They verified our names, address, etc and that was it. No seperate interviews and comparing answers, no "what color is his toothbrush" or history of our relationship or anything. It was creepy- I expected so much more!
  • I was single at the time, but mine was pretty short and easy. They asked me a few questions about my application to make sure I gave the same answers. They asked me a few questions on American history that I had studied for anyway. I can't remember much else.
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    Ours was all of 10 minutes. They verified our names, address, etc and that was it. No seperate interviews and comparing answers, no "what color is his toothbrush" or history of our relationship or anything. It was creepy- I expected so much more!
    I've heard this from several people. I hope they go easy on us. Not sure if they will scrutinize us more because DH is from a poor country? I mean, it wouldn't be fair but it also wouldn't be surprising. We know all the stuff from the list of questions anyways :) (although DH failed to accurately describe our bedspread...but really, I bet a lot of husbands would have trouble with that one!)
  • Good luck on the interview! :D I'm sure it will go great though.
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  • Ours was easy peasy. We took pics of our wedding, baby and baby's birth certificate. She said it would have been better if we'd brought the actual baby - who was 2 months old at the time - and we explained that waiting several hours at a federal building seemed a bit advanced for him :P

    But yeah, lots of waiting then a 10 minute interview where she asked us standard questions then we were sent on our way. 

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  • Oh, and good luck!
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  • Our interview in the UK was all of about 5 minutes, so easy. And then when we applied to lift the conditions after 2 years they didn't even call us for an interview.
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    Ours was easy peasy. We took pics of our wedding, baby and baby's birth certificate. She said it would have been better if we'd brought the actual baby - who was 2 months old at the time - and we explained that waiting several hours at a federal building seemed a bit advanced for him :P

    But yeah, lots of waiting then a 10 minute interview where she asked us standard questions then we were sent on our way. 

    do you mind sharing what the standard questions were?
  • I hate to say it but I am pretty sure interviews are different whether you come from desirable countries or not. And I am pretty sure the length of your marriage counts as well. When I had mine, we had been married for alsmot 3 years and I am from France. I just showed up at the counter at the embassy (like at the post office really), the interviewer didn't ask me a single question, she just made sure my paperwork was in order and I was the person I claimed to be. That's it. I got asked to sit down, waited 10 mins, got called again and she gave me an envelope and that was it. Once I arrived in the US, the took my enveloppe at the airport and I received my GC 1 week later in the mail.
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    Ours was easy peasy. We took pics of our wedding, baby and baby's birth certificate. She said it would have been better if we'd brought the actual baby - who was 2 months old at the time - and we explained that waiting several hours at a federal building seemed a bit advanced for him :P

    But yeah, lots of waiting then a 10 minute interview where she asked us standard questions then we were sent on our way. 

    do you mind sharing what the standard questions were?

    How we met, where we've lived, what jobs we've had, who came to our wedding? I can't remember the rest as it was nearly 2 years ago, but no trick questions. 

    eta: DH and I met while he was on a H1B many years ago so I believe that's why our job history was discussed, but I'm not sure. 

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