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Marriage fraud is something that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) examines during immigration interviews with foreign nationals who marry United States citizens and seek a green card.  So-called “sham marriages” are attempts to secure a green card to the United States by paying a U.S. citizen to marry an immigrant seeking residence and are illegal. USCIS attempts to be vigilant to weed out potential marriage fraud from the immigration system.

The New York Times yesterday published several questions that could be used in a potential green card interview for immigrants seeking a marriage visa. The questions read like they could have been cribbed from The Newlywed Game, a popular TV game show from the 1960s. During an immigration interview, spouses could be separated and asked the same questions to see if their answers match up.  Some of the questions asked in a green card interview could include some simple origin questions:

  • How did you meet each other?
  • Tell us about your proposal.
  • Where did you buy the rings?
  • Who attended your wedding?

If immigration officers suspect possible marriage fraud, they may ask tougher questions, something like:

  • What color sheets are on your bed at home?
  • When was the last time you went out to eat dinner?
  • Tell us about your spouse’s family.
  • How did you celebrate your spouse’s last birthday?

Immigration agents may also interview neighbors and investigate into your living situation if any answers raise suspicions.

One important way to successfully prepare for an immigration interview is to hire an experienced immigration attorney.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been helping immigrants to the United States seek legal permanent residence for more than 34 years.  Call us today at 888-517-9888 for a free consultation with an immigration expert.

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