Green Cards or Permanent Residency by Marriage

Adjustment interviews for spouses

Marriage Green Card/Permanent Residency - Immigration Attorney

Green card Once you’ve filed your I-485 package to adjust your spouse’s status to that of a permanent resident of the U.S., in about 8-10 months (ideally). Our immigration attorney is available to accompany you and your spouse to the adjustment of status interview and prepare you for that interview to increase your chances of passing the interview. Below are some helpful pointers regarding certain details that are often overlooked by many applicants

INTERPRETATION

Normally, besides your attorney, you are required to bring an interpreter with you. It is important to use only a professional certified interpreters since the results of your interview may greatly depend on minor nuances of how your answer a question or certain unique figures of speech that can only be appropriately conveyed to the immigration officer through highly accurate interpretation by a professional interpreter. We can recommend a number of interpretation services that specialize in;

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • and other languages

oth the citizen petitioner spouse and the beneficiary non-citizen spouse must be present at an interview.

PROMPT ARRIVAL TO THE ADJUSTMENT INTERVIEW

Both must arrive promptly: If you are late, your case may be closed based on abandonment! If your case WAS ALREADY CLOSED because YOU FAILED TO APPEAR AT YOUR ADJUSTMENT INTERVIEW call (213)534-1827 to consult our immigration attorney Dmitry Paniotto on whether you can file a MOTION TO REOPEN your case if you had a good excuse for not appearing for your interview (such as serious illness ; major accident or death in the family).

When planning to attend an interview , make sure you have ENOUGH TIME. When you and your spouse are heading for possibly the most important interview in your non-citizen spouse’s life that’s hoping to get a greencard in the U.S. Just imagine how frustrating it might be to have your case closed for non-appearance and abandonment simply because you did not leave your house early enough to arrive promptly.

WHAT TO BRING FOR MY INTERVIEW?

Bring your spouse, interview notice, any and all immigration paperwork related to your case, evidence of having been fingerprinted if necessary, but most importantly BRING ANY AND ALL EVIDENCE THAT YOUR MARRIAGE IS BONA FIDE REAL MARRIAGE AND NOT A MARRIAGE FRAUD! Specifically, bring joint bank account statements, rent receipts with names of both spouses, joint income tax returns, joint health insurance evidence, your pictures taken at different times in different places that evidence the wedding ceremony and the existence and stability of your marital relationship, bills with both spouses’ names, letters that you’ve written to each other before marriage if possible, declarations of witnesses such as your mutual friends/neighbors who have witnessed your relationship grow and/or who can confirm that you live together. Of course, if you had a child together, bring his/her birth certificate or even display your child to the officer. One of the best kinds of evidence of the validity of your marriage is that you had a child together

WHAT DO WE HAVE TO PROVE AT THE INTERVIEW ?

The immigration officers that conduct adjustment interviews based on marriage to the U.S. citizen are trained to investigate marriage fraud. They presume /assume that every marriage between a citizen and a beneficiary of an I-130 petition was entered into for the purposes of evading the U.S. immigration laws, that every marriage is fraud designed to get a greencard in exchange for money. Your job is to overcome this presumption. It is your burden to prove that your marriage is a true marriage based on love and affection and not on love of a greencard by a beneficiary spouse and love of money by U.S. citizen spouse.

If you are applying for greencard/adjustment of status based on marriage and you are the beneficiary of a citizen spouse’s petition – you have to show to the officer that you fell in love with your spouse and married him/her to create a happy and healthy family and not to fake your feelings in order to deceive your citizen spouse just to get a greencard and then leave him/her as soon as you get what you want (that’s in cases where conspiracy between the citizen spouse and immigrant spouse is not suspected)

REAL MARRIAGE

The most important element of a true marriage is cohabitation – in other words, real spouses normally live together! Any and all proof of your life together must be brought to the interview. Also most of the questions at the interview are designed to elicit testimony from both spouses regarding your cohabitation – you both must prove that you live together and have lived together since you got married.

MARRIAGE FRAUD

One of the most common reasons for denial of adjustment based on marriage to the U.S. citizen is allegations of marriage fraud based on lack of mutual cohabitation. The DHS investigators may initiate investigation of marriage fraud based on their suspicions that may be triggered by the conduct of the immigrant and his/her citizen spouse during the interview ; by discrepancy between answers to officers’ questions between an immigrant spouse and a citizen spouse; or by a field investigation conducted by the undercover immigration officers who may search couple’s premises; talk to the neighbors and/or landlord or actually place the couple under surveillance to collect incriminating information to impeach the couple’s efforts to establish a bona fide marriage.

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Dmitry Paniotto is specializing in both major fields of immigration practice: representation in immigration courts and application for visas and permanent residency in the US. based on political asylum, employment and family.