CR-1 Visa Interview Experience: Top 50 Questions You Need To Know

If you have already scheduled your CR-1 visa interview, you are almost at the finish line! But, now is not the time to celebrate because there is still a chance that there will be further delays depending on how well you do at the interview. Ask any U.S.-bound immigrant and they will tell you that the interview is the most stressful time because they don’t know what to expect and there is no way to guarantee the outcome.

Even if you have an immigration attorney helping with the paperwork, it is likely that they don’t have first hand experience with the interview process. So many beneficiaries worry about the “what ifs”:

  • What if my visa is denied?
  • What if my child’s visa is denied?
  • What if I am placed on administrative processing?
  • What if I am accused of an illegitimate marriage?
  • What if I have to reapply and wait again?
  • What if my spouse and I can never be together?

These questions are normal, and many people have them floating around in their minds before the embassy/consulate interview. The best way to get through the interview process is to know what type of experience and questions you will likely face. Of course, every embassy and consulate is different, so not all interview questions will be exactly the same, but it can help to know what others have gone through.

Top 50 CR-1 Interview Questions That You Need To Know

To prepare for the CR-1 visa at the embassy or consulate, you need to know what type of questions may be asked by the interviewer. We have gathered the top 50 questions that you need to know to help you pass the interview and get your visa approved.

If your spouse will be attending the interview with you, make sure that you both are on the same page about the following questions. The last thing you want is to be placed on administrative processing because of small discrepancies in details.

Personal questions about your spouse:

  • What is your spouse’s name?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?
  • Was your spouse married previously?
  • Tell me about your spouse’s children.
  • What are your spouse’s parent’s names?
  • When and how did you meet your spouse?
  • How long have you been corresponding with your spouse?
  • How long has your spouse lived at their current address?
  • What is your spouse’s religious background?
  • Does your spouse speak and understand your language?
  • Has your spouse ever been convicted of a crime?
  • What is your spouse’s full name?
  • How do you spell your spouse’s middle name?
  • How long has your spouse been in the USA?
  • Does your spouse have any siblings/What are their names?
  • What can you tell me about the state your spouse lives in?
  • How old is your spouse?
  • What is your spouse’s favorite movie/musical artist/food?
  • Does your spouse have any pets/What are their names?
  • Where and when was your spouse born?
  • Did your spouse go to college/Where?

Questions about your spouse’s employment/assets:

  • What do you do for a living?
  • What is your spouse’s salary?
  • What make/model/color is your spouse’s car?
  • How much did your spouse spend on their last trip to see you?
  • How many days a week does your spouse work?

Questions directed towards you (beneficiary):

  • What do you do for a living?
  • Where do you plan to live in the United States?
  • When and how did you meet your spouse?
  • Did you know that your spouse was previously divorced?
  • Where do you plan to live in the United States?
  • Where did you get married?
  • What is your religious background?
  • Do you speak and understand your spouse’s language?
  • How do you communicate with your spouse?
  • Why do you want to come to the United States?
  • Where and how did you meet your spouse?
  • Tell me about your wedding.
  • Did you have an engagement party/Who was there?
  • Do you/did you have honeymoon plans?
  • When do you plan on entering the USA?
  • Do you and your spouse have plans to have children in the future?
  • Have you met your spouse’s parents?
  • How often/how do you communicate with your spouse?
  • How many times have you been married?
  • How does your family feel about the marriage?
  • As a couple, why did you decide to move to the USA rather than your country?
  • Describe the proposal/When was it?
  • How many times have you met in person?
  • How many people showed up to your wedding?
  • How long did you date before getting engaged?

Questions to confirm background check data:

  • Are you a terrorist?
  • What are your other names?
  • Have you ever been to America?
  • Have you ever overstayed a visitor visa?
  • Have you ever been denied a visa to any country?
  • Do you have any relatives in the US?

Some of these questions may seem intrusive but they are easy to answer if you really know your spouse well. This is why it is so important to communicate on a daily basis about a variety of topics. Of course, not everything on this list will come up in regular conversations especially if you don’t live together, but make it a priority to learn about your American spouse as much as possible.

What Happen After The CR-1 Visa Interview?

Once your interview is complete, you will either be told that you have been approved or that your passport will be kept for further processing. Sometimes this delay is called “administrative processing” but it is not always the case. If you are given a 221(g) form, then there is a high likelihood that they need to complete background checks on you and your spouse.

Don’t panic! This is quite common is some countries even if you have rock solid evidence of a bona fide marriage. Some embassies are required to do extensive background checks on everyone due to higher incidences of fraud. I have put together a list of high fraud countries and if you are applying from any of these countries, you will need to prepare for your interview.

If you applied for CR-2 visas for your children, they will normally have them processed at the same time so that you all receive them together. However, delays can and do happen so make sure you stay on top of your child’s visa so that it doesn’t get lost through the cracks. Adjudicators and immigration officers are hard working and do the best they can but they are also human and make mistakes.

I have seen situations where a mother CR-1 visa was approved but her child’s visa was delayed. This can cause problems if your the visa stamped in your passport is getting close to expiring (only valid for 6 months).

Once you have your visa stamped in your passport, the only thing left to do is say your goodbyes and pack your bags! Your new life in America will now begin.

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