USCIS Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status Interview in 2020: Tips and Tricks

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Congratulations on making it to the USCIS Green Card Interview! It could have been a long or short process, that tested your patience and tested your relationship.

The Green Card Interview, when based on marriage, focuses on the validity and strength of the marriage. Supporting documents, such as:

  • Photos
  • Communication Logs
  • Joint Taxes
  • Joint Bills
  • Joint Bank Statements
  • Joint Lease
  • Joint Military Documents
  • Proof of joint trips and dates to concerts, baseball games, or other ticketed sports

Anything to prove a relationship is reviewed at the interview.

Let’s break down the Interview into the many things that happen at the USCIS Field Office (or at least what happens in USCIS Durham / USCIS Raleigh):

The Interview Notice

Never lose this notice! An interview notice states when and where the interview will be, it allows access into the USCIS Building, and it gives a checklist of everything to bring.


Check-in MUST occur on time. So, do not be late. In USCIS Durham, you are checked-in at the time you are scheduled. Some offices may do things 15 minutes prior. Try to arrive 30 minutes early, and things should be fine.


Check-in is where you show appropriate identification, the Interview Notice, a Photo will be taken of the Immigrant, and the Index Fingers will be scanned of the Immigrant. The check-in process can take around 1 minute. You are then given a Ticket with a letter and a number.

Waiting Period

Waiting in the Waiting room until getting called in. The wait can be anywhere between 5 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the time of day the interview is scheduled.

Your Number is called and you see your immigration officer

Your immigration officer will come and get you to take you to their office. You will be sworn in and the Interview can begin. Do not be afraid, just be yourself.


To prove identity, the officer will request the following original documents:

  • Driver’s License (if any)
  • Immigrant’s passport, visa, and entry record
  • Everyone’s birth certificate
  • A Marriage Certificate
  • Any Divorce Certificates
  • Criminal record (if any)

Establishing the Bona Fide Marriage – Relationship Questioning

For a marriage-based petition, the couple should be very prepared and know everything about their spouse. Common marriage-based green card interview questions are as follows:

  • how did you meet?
  • where did you go on a first date?
  • who proposed?
  • did you meet each other’s family?
  • where do you live?
  • who wakes up first in the morning?
  • what does the spouse do for work?
  • who cooks?
  • when does a spouse arrive home from work?
  • who handles the finances? pays the bills?
  • how many cars do you have?
  • what are the names of the in-laws?
  • What is your spouse’s middle name?
  • The Officer may ask to match the spouse’s keys
  • The Officer may ask about stories surrounding Spousal Photos
  • The Officer may ask about the wedding witnesses

Reviewing the Forms – Biographical Questioning

The Officer will go line-by-line of the I-130 and I-485, thoroughly covering the biographical information.

I-485 Eligibility Questioning

The Officer will ask the numerous I-485 Questions and determine overall eligibility to receive a Green Card.

If you have any concerns, you should speak with a local Immigration Attorney, or you may call Fickey Martinez Law Firm, P.L.L.C. at (910) 526-0066.


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