Ep. 67 How To Pass A Marriage Interview

  • Green card marriage interview usually takes place three to four months after the green card application is filed.
  • Some things you need to know/prepare for the interview.
  • Common questions asked.

Raw Trascript:

Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Jacob Sapochnick, the host of Ask an Immigration Lawyer podcast. Welcome to the show. Today I’m going to cover something that people always, always ask me. How do we prepare for a green card marriage interview?

The green card marriage interview usually takes place about three or four months after the application for the green card is filed with the immigration service, also known the 485 and I-130 Adjustment of Status package. Again, there’s some things that you need to know in preparing and attending this green card. Continue reading

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Ep. 43 What to expect at the Stokes Immigration Interview?

  • Before an important benefit is given to a foreign national due to marriage to a US citizen, it is the USCS’s responsibility to make sure that the marriage is real.
  • A stokes interview is where the couple will be interviewed for the second time but this time separately. This is done when the couple fails to convince the USCS that the marriage is real on the first interview. A step in which is more complicated and better to be avoided.

Raw Transcript:

Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Jacob Sapochnick – another episode of Ask An Immigration Lawyer. You ask, we answer, simple. This is a podcast where you send email us questions on Facebook page – even directly – or we get them for our chats.

Today’s question is coming from Jenny in Phoenix, Arizona.

The question is why do immigration officer separate couples at a marriage interview and what is a stokes interview also known as a second interview? That’s a good question. Continue reading

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Ep. 30 Married a Different Petitioner on a K1 Fiance visa, can I still get my Green Card inside the US?

  • K-1 Fiancé visa is designed to marry the original US citizen petitioner
  • It will not be possible to proceed with an adjustment of status from inside the US, it has to go through the US Embassy in your country

Raw Transcript:

Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Jacob Sapochnick and welcome to another episode of Ask An Immigration Lawyer. This question is from Suki. Suki is asking about the K-1 Fiancé visa.

So came into the United States with a fiancé visa that was approved for 90 days to marry her fiancé but unfortunately things didn’t go well and Suki did not marry her fiancé. And the question is now that Suki is here for about a year now after the fiancé visa and she met somebody else, can she marry the new US citizen and proceed with adjustment of status in United States as well as getting a green card. Continue reading

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Ep. 21 Overstayed visa and now married to an American Citizen. Can She Still Get Green Card?

  • Overstayed visa and now married to a US citizen. Can she still get a green card?
  • Despite overstaying visa, someone who is married to a US citizen may be able to legalize his/her status.
  • The key is the proper inspection at the port of entry
  • Any criminal offense or fraud may subject to bars

Raw Tramscript:

Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: Hello everybody to another episode of Ask An Immigration Lawyer.

I’m excited because we’re getting a lot of questions on Facebook and in Twitter. This question today is very, very common one. The question is I’m married to a US citizen but I came to United States more than 10 years ago and overstayed my visa. Continue reading

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Ep. 7 Consequences of Getting Into a Sham/Paid Marriage

Raw Transcript:

Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: This question is actually coming from San Diego, California and Roberta is asking what is the penalty, what are the consequences of a US citizen who marries a foreign national if it’s a sham marriage? If the four national pays the US citizen to get married. Continue reading

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