Removal Of Conditions Interview Questions: How To Get Approved For The 10 Year Green Card

Is it time for your removal of conditions interview? Are you excited? If you are like most applicants, you are terrified. I have learned that as long as you prepare properly, you should do just fine at the removal of conditions interview. Why? Because you already know what to expect so it isn’t so scary anymore.

When applying to remove the conditions on your 2 year green card, there is a good chance that you will be required to attend an interview with your spouse. The removal of conditions interview is randomly selected but sometimes the USCIS picks cases that didn’t have strong evidence. So think about what documents you submitted with your ROC petition: was it a solid case? If not, you may have to go to the interview.

Another factor that can affect whether you will be asked to show up for an interview is if any of your previous immigration interviews were difficult. What I mean by this is whether the immigration officer asked you tough questions or leading questions. Sometimes there are some red flags about your case even if you are in a legitimate good faith marriage. Try to overcome this by reviewing the list of removal of conditions interview questions that I provide below.

Obviously, if you have gotten to this stage then you had enough evidence to successfully be approved for a visa and/or adjustment of status.

Reasons That You Will Be Required To Have A Removal Of Conditions Interview

Sending too much documentation/front-loading your removal of conditions petition may lead to an interview. Why? The USCIS are run by people and people are lazy. It’s not because submitting too much evidence shows that you are hiding something, but instead, that the adjudicator doesn’t have time to review it all. They then just pass it along to the local service center to review. Interview confirmed!

USCIS tries to fill a 10% quota every year and people they choose for an interview normally have a very solid evidence and sometimes the immigration officer doesn’t have enough time to go through all the documents so they let the local office deal with it. Not sending required documents will lead to a request for evidence (RFE) or an interview. Always and I mean always respond to an RFE as quickly as possible. USCIS does give you 30 days but I suggest responding sooner.

The USCIS priority documents are joint lease/mortgage and financial documents. Without these documents there is a high chance of receiving an interview and/or an RFE. If you and your spouse have decided to keep your finances separate, you may want to change this temporarily. It certainly will make the removal of conditions a lot easier when you can show that you and your spouse co-mingle your finances.

What Questions Will Be Asked At The Removal Of Conditions Interview?

During the interview, the immigration officer will want to see that you know your spouse well and that you are honest about past issues with criminal records or visa denials.

The following questions are typically asked for the U.S. Citizen:

  • How did u meet your spouse?
  • Whats your spouses date of birth?
  • How did you become US Citizen?
  • Has anyone in your family been denied a visa?
  • Do u have any children?
  • What do u do for living?
  • Is this your first marriage?

The following questions are typically asked for the beneficiary (green card holder):

  • Do u have any children?
  • Whats your spouses date of birth?
  • Is this your first marriage?
  • What is your current address?
  • Have u ever been arrested?
  • Have you ever been denied a visa?

What Is A Stokes Interview And How Do I Prepare For It?

If you and your spouse did not convince the immigration officer that your marriage was real at your removal of conditions interview, you will have a second interview. This second interview is known as the Stokes interview (also known as the marriage fraud interview). The name Stokes Interview comes from the names of two of the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the government that created the framework for the interview.

At the Stokes Interview the immigration officer is trying to determine if the marriage is bona fide or fraudulent. What Happens At A Stokes Interview? The immigration officer will bring you and your spouse in to his or her office and may discuss why they believe the first interview didn’t go well.The immigration officer will go over the procedures of the interview and then will separate you and your spouse into separate rooms. Once separated the immigration officer will ask very personal and invasive questions to each individuals.

The interview will be recorded and the statements will be compared for discrepancies against each other. The immigration officer will then bring the couple in together and give them a chance to explain any discrepancies.

It is your job to explain the details of your life and convince the immigration officer of your genuine marriage. If your answers matched and convinced the immigration officer of your relationship then your case will be approved. However, if the immigration officer is not convinced and has reasons to believe the marriage was created for the purpose of getting a green card, the immigration officer will deny the case.

Questions That Are Asked At A Stokes Interview

Questions about your shared home: these are questions to find out whether you and your spouse live together and are familiar with the home that you share.

  • How many bedrooms do you have in your home?
  • Who cleans the house?
  • What day is the garbage picked up?How many windows do you have in your house?
  • What type of curtains or window coverings are in your living room? What color?
  • How many doors are in your house?
  • How many staircases are in your house?
  • Is there a carpet in your front hallway? What color?
  • Describe the entry into your house?
  • Do you have any pets? Who feeds it? Who walks it?
  • How many showers, sinks, toilets, and are there in your house?
  • What kind of sofa do you have in your living room?
  • Where did you get your furniture?
  • How many Televisions do you have in your house?
  • How many telephones are in your house?
  • Where is the garbage in the kitchen?
  • What size bed do you have?
  • What kind of mattress do you have?
  • Who is your cable/internet/phone provider?
  • What type of camera do you have?
  • What kind of appliances do you have in your kitchen?
  • Do you have lamps next to your bed?
  • How many windows are in your bedroom?
  • Where do you keep your toothbrushes?
  • What kind of toothpaste, shampoo and soap do you use?
  • Where do you keep your clothes?
  • Did you have the air conditioner, fan or heater on?
  • How many computers/laptops do you have?
  • Who is your cable/internet/phone provider?
  • Who shops for groceries? How often? Where?
  • What color is the kitchen curtains?

Questions about your relationship: these are personal questions that most married couples should not have a problem answering. If there are any discrepancies, you will be allowed to explain at the end of the stokes interview.

  • How did you meet?
  • Where did you go out on your first date?
  • Who gets up first? At what time?
  • Who sets the alarm clock to get up in the morning?
  • What do you eat for breakfast?
  • Who makes breakfast?
  • Do you have an answering machine? Who checks the messages?
  • Do you have family cell phone plans?
  • Do you record any Television shows?
  • What Television shows do you watch?
  • What music do you listen to? How do you listen to music?
  • Who shops for groceries? How often? Where?
  • What is your spouse’s favorite food?
  • What are your least favorite foods?
  • How often do you eat out?
  • Where do you go out to eat?
  • Where do you put your dirty clothes?
  • Who does the laundry?
  • When did you eat dinner last night?
  • What did you do after dinner last night?
  • What did you have for breakfast this morning?
  • Which side of the bed do you sleep on?
  • Do you read or watch Television before you go to sleep?
  • Who woke up first this morning?
  • Did you shower this morning?
  • What Television shows do you watch?
  • What music do you listen to? How do you listen to music?
  • What does your spouse drink in the morning?
  • What kind of birth control do you use?
  • When was your wife’s last menstrual period?
  • How did you get to the interview today?
  • What time did you go to sleep last night?
  • Who went to sleep first last night?

Questions on your finances: these are questions about your finances and it determines whether you both share information about bills.

  • Who pays the bills?
  • Do you pay bills online or write checks?
  • How many cars do you have?
  • Do you have any credit cards?
  • What are the balances on the cards?
  • Where do you currently bank?
  • Do you have life insurance?
  • Did you file your taxes jointly?

As you can see, the Stokes interview is more invasive and personal. If you are asked to come back for a second interview then it means that they are suspicious of marriage fraud. Be prepared to answer these questions accurately but more importantly, make sure that you and your spouse are on the same page.

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