EP4: CR1 Spouse Visa Interview Questions & Answers
Nervous about the CR1 spouse visa interview questions? Well, this post is perfect timing for you then. Let’s get you prepared for the CR1 spouse visa interview so you can answer any question that is thrown at you.
The visa interview is a chance for the consular officer to see you in person. Not only do they want to ask you questions in person but they want to see how you react to them.
You can say that they are trying to “feel you out” a bit. It’s easier to tell if someone is lying when you can look them in the eye, right?
So, this podcast episode we’ll talk about the most common CR1 spouse visa interview questions that you can prepare for. This will help you to feel more confident when it comes time to go to your visa interview.
Below, I’ve broken down the spouse visa interview questions into four categories to make them easier to understand.
Personal questions about your spouse:
This set of spouse visa interview questions focus on your spouse. You should know as much as possible about your spouse because this shows that you have a bona fide marriage. Of course, you may not know every single details about your spouse’s life but know the answers to the following.
- What is your spouse’s name?
- This question is pretty basic. You should be able to provide both the first and last name of your spouse. If you know the middle name too, all the better. If you only know your spouse by a nickname be sure to use their legal name to answer the interview question.
- Was your spouse married previously?
- This question is meant to find out whether your spouse told you the truth about their past. If this comes as a complete surprise to you, the consular officer will likely look at your case more closely. Being previously married and divorced will not have a negative effect on your case but not telling the truth certainly will.
- Tell me about your spouse’s children.
- Again, be sure that you know your spouse’s children by name. Only the first name is required and you may want to know their age as well.
- What are your spouse’s parent’s names?
- This one might have you a bit stumped if you haven’t really talk about each other parents a lot. But, it’s best if you can name your spouse’s parents by first name only. This shows that you are familiar with their close family members and creates stronger evidence of a bona fide marriage.
- When and how did you meet your spouse?
- You can state both the date that you met online and in person. Provide some details on the circumstances of the meeting but try to keep it to a few sentences. The consular officer doesn’t really want to know every juicy detail of your firs encounter!
Questions about your spouse’s employment/assets:
Other spouse visa interview questions will focus on your spouse’s employment and income situation. Knowing the answer to some of these questions will help to convince the consular officer that you are married for love and not just a green card.
- What does your spouse do for a living?
- This one is pretty simple, right? You don’t need to provide the name of the company that your spouse works at but their title will be enough. If you get this wrong or don’t know, don’t worry. As long as you answer most of the questions asked, you should be fine.
- What is your spouse’s salary?
- Consular officers ask this question to see how well you know your spouse. Generally, people tend to share their income with those they love and trust. Since you are married to your spouse, you should know roughly how much they make monthly or yearly. Don’t try to guess if you are unsure, it’s better to just say you don’t know.
- How many days a week does your spouse work?
- This question may not be asked but it’s good to know whether your spouse works full time or part time. You should also know whether their job is strictly Monday – Friday or if they work weekends.
Questions directed towards you (beneficiary):
The following questions will be about you. It will mostly confirm the information you’ve provided in the biographic form I-130A. Be sure that you have your dates and information the same as what you submitted.
- What do you do for a living?
- Most of the questions that will be asked at the interview will be about your relationship and your spouse. But, sometimes you will be asked details about your background. If you are asked about your current employment situation, be honest. It actually doesn’t matter what type of job you hold (or held) since you will be moving the U.S. but they may just want you to confirm that information on form I-130A.
- Where do you plan to live in the United States?
- Most likely, this will be the same address as your spouse. But, if you two plan on moving elsewhere before or after you arrive in the US you can state this. Provide the current address of your spouse and let them know that you will be moving to another location soon after. You don’t need to provide a reason why you will be living at a new address but it won’t hurt to provide an explanation.
Questions to confirm background check data:
The final category of questions will be about background information obtained during the review of your case. They’ll want to confirm some of the things they’ve found and check to see if you tell the truth.
- Have you ever been to America?
- This question is used to determine if you have ever entered the U.S. before. Be honest because they are able to find out anyway. Don’t worry about previous visa denials as this will not affect your immigrant visa application (CR1 visa). If you truly aren’t sure how many times you’ve visited you can let them know that, especially if they were short trips or a layaway at a U.S. airport.
- Have you ever overstayed a visitor visa?
- Be honest when you answer this question! Again, they will have this information so there’s no point in lying. If you have overstayed your visa, you may be subject to a bar on entering the U.S. There are two types of bars: the 3 year and the 10 year bar for unlawful presence. If you overstayed your visa by more than 6 months but less than a year, you are subject to the 3 year bar. If you stayed in the U.S. unlawfully for more than a year, you are subject to the 10 year bar. You will need to use waiver form I-601 if you haven’t fully served the bar period yet.
- Have you ever been denied a visa to any country?
- This question is looking to see if you answer it truthfully and whether you were blocked from entering any country in the past. They may have follow-up questions if you do answer yes but it’s always best to tell the truth to immigration officers. Being denied a visa to a different country doesn’t mean you will be denied a U.S. visa or green card but the consular officer wants to know why you were denied.
- Do you have any relatives in the US?
- Consular officers want to know if you have family in the U.S. for a specific reason. If you have family already in the U.S., you are more motivated to find a way to immigrate to be close to them. This question is an attempt to learn whether you are trying to commit immigration fraud. Be honest though even if you believe they will not find out who your relative is.
Final Thoughts On Spouse Visa Interview Questions
Alright, now that you know some of the spouse visa interview questions and answers do you feel more prepared? I hope so. By knowing how to answer these questions, it ensures your DHS visa interview goes well.
Remember, there are countless other questions that could be asked so this isn’t fool-proof.
But, there is a pattern to the spouse visa interview questions that consular officers ask. It’s not random and there is a reason they pick certain questions to ask you and not others.
I think it’s based on their gut feeling when they meet you. They’ll ask you questions that they believe will provide them with more information about you and your relationship.
Learn more about the CR1 spouse visa interview.
Do you have a CR1 visa interview coming up? Do you feel prepared to answer any question they throw your way? Let me know in the comments below.
Ayan is the founder of the Migrant Academy community, the My Path To Citizenship Blog and Podcast.
After successfully navigating the hurdles of US immigration. She now dedicates her time to helping other couples achieve their goals of starting their new life together in the US.