Common Marriage Green Card Interview Questions


Prepping for your marriage green card interview can be stressful. While it would be nice to think the normal course of married life could prepare you, the truth is that USCIS often asks questions that married couples don’t think about. It’s possible to make major mistakes at green card interviews.

While sometimes it’s okay to admit you don’t know the answer to a question, it’s better to prepare. Here are some common questions you can expect to receive.

  • How did you meet?
  • How long did you date?
  • What attracted you to your spouse?
  • What are the names of your spouse’s brothers and sisters?
  • Tell us about your marriage proposal.
  • Who was at your wedding?
  • What was your wedding like?
  • Where was your honeymoon?
  • Where did your spouse go to college?
  • Where does your spouse work?
  • Where did you live right after your marriage?
  • Where do you live now?
  • What is your daily life like?
  • Who gets up first?
  • What does your spouse like to drink or eat in the morning?
  • What does your home routine look like?
  • What side of the bed do you sleep on?
  • What medications does your spouse take?
  • What’s your spouse’s birthday? 
  • What’s your spouse’s favorite sports team?
  • What kind of music does your spouse like?
  • What TV shows do you and your spouse watch together?
  • Do you and your spouse attend religious services? Where?
  • What’s the most important holiday in your house?
  • What was your last argument? Who started it? How was it resolved?
  • Does your spouse have scars or tattoos?
  • Who pays the bills, and how do you pay them?
  • Do you own joint property?
  • Do you have joint bills in common?
  • Have you purchased any items together?
  • Do you have a joint bank account?
  • Do you file joint tax returns?
  • Describe the last day both of you spent the entire day together.

USCIS may get very granular with some of these questions. For example, they might ask you what shampoo your spouse likes. 

In addition to being ready to answer questions, you should be prepared to provide evidence, such as:

  • Wedding photos
  • Family photos
  • Bank statements
  • Utility bills
  • Lease or mortgage documents
  • Receipts 
  • Tax returns
  • Government IDs

Remember, you can ask your immigration lawyer to attend your marriage interview with you. This often prevents immigration officials from asking questions that are so granular or out of the blue that most people couldn’t possibly answer them. It also ensures that you have someone you can trust who can help you understand exactly what is being asked, as sometimes USCIS officers opt to ask very complex questions that aren’t so routine. 

See also:

4 Good Reasons to Bring an Attorney to Your Green Card Interview

5 Things Same-Sex Couples Should Know About Immigration

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