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. 44 Can Same Sex Couples file for Immigration benefits?

  • It is possible in the state that allows same sex couples to marry.
  • Same sex couples can marry and proceed with immigration benefits.
  • Even if you don’t live in the states that allows same sex couples to marry, as long as you married there, you can proceed with your federal benefits

Raw Transcripts:

Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Jacob and you ask, we answer, simple.

Welcome to our Ask an Immigration Podcast and today we have a question from our Twitter page from the state of New York. Eduardo is asking whether same sex couples can marry in the United States and pass the benefits of a green card from US citizen same sex person to their partner. 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. 28 What is the marriage based green card process for persons already in the U.S. and entered legally?

  • This process is only for somebody who entered the US legally
  • It is important that both parties are free to marry. A divorce proceedings pending in the foreign country is going to be a problem. Immigration service might not recognize the marriage
  • After the marriage takes place a number of paperwork will be filed along with supporting documents
  • After two years there will be another application that requires the removal of conditions on the green card

Raw Transcript:

Jacob: Hello everybody, welcome to another episode of Ask An Immigration Lawyer. And this question comes from Tina. This is, again, a very common question that we get asked a lot and the question is I am in the United States legally, I came here as a visitor and now I’m about to marry my US citizen boyfriend. How can I get a green card and what are the steps? Continue reading

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