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What questions will be asked at a marriage Green Card interview?

Married couple holding hands before marriage green card interview

There are many different questions that the adjudications officer will ask you and your spouse during your marriage Green Card interview. Some questions will be very broad while others will be more specific and personal. 

 You should not be too concerned, however, because all of these questions will relate to things that people in a long-term relationship should already know about each other. 

In general, the questions will relate to your relationship with your spouse, your daily lives together, your spouse’s family history, and more personal questions about your marital lives and future together.  Below is a list of some Green Card marriage interview questions.

1. Common marriage questions about your past

Be prepared to answer basic questions about the beginning of your relationship. Some common questions include:

  • How did you first meet?
  • When did you first meet? 
  • Where did you first meet?
  • Where did you live when you met your spouse?
  • Was your spouse working when you first met?
  • Where was your spouse employed?
  • How much time passed between your first meeting and your first date?  
  • When was your first date?
  • Where was your first date? 
  • How much time passed between your first date and when you decided to get married?
  • When was your wedding?
  • Where was your wedding?
  • Did your wedding take place in a church or religious venue?
  • What type of food was served at your wedding?
  • Did you have a honeymoon?
  • Where did you go on your honeymoon?
  • How did you get to your honeymoon location?
  • When is your spouse’s birthday? 
  • How old is your spouse? 
  • Where was your spouse born?
  • Have you ever met your spouse’s parents? If so, where?
  • What are the names of your spouse’s parents? 
  • Are your spouse’s parents deceased? 
  • Where do your spouse’s parents live? 
  • Are your spouse’s parents employed. If yes, what do they do?  
  • When was the last time you spoke to your spouse’s parents?
  • How many brothers and sisters does your spouse have? 
  • Is your spouse the oldest, in the middle, or the youngest sibling? 
  • Do your spouse’s siblings have children? If so, what are their names? 
  • Are your spouse’s siblings employed? If so, what do they do?
  • What is your spouse’s highest level of education? 
  • Where did your spouse receive his or her highest level of education?
Your couple in love hugging in the park

2. Marriage questions about your daily lives 

The adjudications officer will ask about your present relationship. While some questions will focus on very specific details of your life, most will deal with subjects that married couples should have little difficulty answering. 

  • Does your spouse have a mobile number? What is it?
  • Is your spouse employed?
  • Who is your spouse’s employer?
  • How long has your spouse worked for this employer? 
  • What is your spouse’s job title?
  • Does your spouse work from home or commute to work?
  • Where does your spouse commute to?
  • How does your spouse get to work? 
  • What are your spouse’s job hours?
  • What time does your spouse leave for work?
  • What time does your spouse get home from work?
  • What is your spouse’s salary?
  • Who does the grocery shopping?
  • Where do you usually go grocery shopping?
  • Where do you shop? 
  • Who does the cooking?
  • Who does the housework?
  • When did you and your spouse move in together?
  • How many bedrooms does your home or apartment have? 
  • Are you located on a one way or two-way street?  
  • Who pays the mortgage or rent? 
  • How much is the monthly mortgage payment or rent?  
Husband working on computer in the office

3. More specific questions about your spouse and marital relationship

While many questions during your Green Card interview will be very broad, the adjudications officer will also ask more narrowly tailored questions about such things as special occasions and children you or your spouse may have from a prior relationship. 

  • Did you get your spouse a birthday present? What was it?
  • Did you celebrate your spouse’s birthday? What did you do?  
  • What did you do for New Year’s Eve? 
  • What do you normally do for Christmas or major religious holidays?
  • What did you do for your last holiday?  
  • What did you do last Valentine’s Day?  
  • Does your spouse have any children from another relationship?
  • Does your stepchild live with you? 
  • What is the name of your stepchild? 
  • How old is your stepchild?  
  • What is your stepchild’s birthday?
  • What school does your stepchild attend? 
  • How does your stepchild get to school?
  • What is your stepchild’s favorite sport?
  • What is your stepchild’s favorite hobby?
  • What is your stepchild’s favorite holiday?
  • What are the names of your stepchild’s friends?    
  • What is your spouse's favorite meal?
Back of the legs of the little step daughter walking away on the grass

4. Intimate aspects of your marital life

You need to be prepared to answer more intimate questions about things that only married couples would normally know.

  • Do you and your spouse intend to have children?
  • How many children do you intend to have?
  • Does your spouse have any piercings? If so, where?
  • Does your spouse have any tattoos? If so, where?
  • Does your spouse have any scars? If so, where?
  • Does your spouse have any birthmarks? If yes, where?
Married couple's hands holding fingers with little tattoos on the fingers

5. Events leading up to the interview 

Do not get tripped up on questions that the adjudications officer may ask about the day of your interview and more recent events:

  • Did you both come together for the interview today? 
  • How did you get here?
  • Did you eat dinner together last night? If yes, what did you eat?  
  • What did you do last weekend?  
  • When was the last time your spouse spoke with his or her parents?

The sample questions for a marriage-based Green Card listed above should give you a good idea of what to expect during your Green Card interview. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that an answer to any of these questions could cause the adjudications officer to ask a more detailed followup question. Just be prepared to elaborate on a topic when needed.

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