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7. Q. What is your wife's maiden name?

Comment: If you are married to a divorcee, her former husband's name is not her maiden name. It is possible that her former husband's name is so rampant in her record, but it is important that you know your father-in-law's last name.

8. Q. Do you know how your wife came into the United States?

Comment: The examiner believes that you would have discussed such a background issue, while trying to know each one other. Such a question arose at one of the interviews, I attended, the husband did not know that his wife came into the U.S. through parole granted while asylum application was pending. Don't give the examiner any reason to disbelief your testimony.

9. Q. Where did your wife enter into the United States?

Comment: The forms filed with the INS contain information as to place of your wife's last entry into the United States. Many applicants entered without visa. Please discuss this matter and have a clear and correct answer. Please note that the USCIS now frown at any fraudulent mode of entry. You could earn a life ban from all immigration privileges instead of green card. Consult an attorney before filing.

10. Q. Have you ever been married before?

Comment: You may consider this question a piece of cake, but it could derail you. Some lawyers will deal with only one party until the interview date. Do not conclude that your spouse was married before because she has children. People give funny answers to certain questions. The form 1-130 filed with Immigration has such information, please try to know everything about your spouse's past.

11. Q. Do you or your wife have children outside this marriage?

Comment: This question could be asked for two reasons. First the question could be asked in evaluating whether the family has sufficient income to comply with the Public Charge Law. It could also be asked to test your knowledge of your spouse. An applicant may give information of children born outside the United States to their attorney at the time of filing, but never discuss anything about them with the wife. The examiner has the information; please discuss the children before the interview.

12. Q. What are the names of these children?

Comment: It is important to know the names of your step-children. If you answer «I don't know» you will cast doubt in the mind of the examiner. If the names are such that you cannot pronounce, you may be asked to spell them.

13. Q. How old are your spouse's children?

Comment: It is better to give the date of birth, if you know than to estimate the age. If you do not know the date of birth, tell the examiner; Child «A» is about 10 years old, etc.

14. Q. What is the name of the school your step-children presently attend?

Comment: You must care enough to know the name of their school. It is important. Be sure to go as far as knowing the names of their teachers.

15. Q. Do you plan to have children with your wife?

Comment: Your answer should simply be; «yes» or «no». Do not start to give reasons why you have nut had a child yet. Let the examiner ask you. At one interview, my Clients were asked nine different questions on this issue because one of the parties volunteered health reason for not having children. Don't trap yourself. Let the examiner ask you, do not volunteer any information.

16. Q. What is the date of your marriage?

Comment: This is an all important date. A nervous client was asked this question. Instead of March, she said May. In fact she gave three different dates before regaining her composure. The examiner will not give you any benefit of doubt. The examiner will simply conclude, you do not know because it is not an important date to you.

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17. Q. Where did you get married?

Comment: You need to know the venue of your marriage. Do not just say «Long Island» when you can say «Hempstead».

18 Q. How did you get to your wedding?

Comment: This question simply requires you to give the mode of transportation to the venue. A client once said he got to the wedding by cab and the wife said she was driven there in a limousine. To the examiner there was conflict, but they were actually saying the same thing. In Africa, every rented car is a cab. The man simply referred to the limousine, as a cab* Give an American answer to an American question; otherwise you may confuse the examiner to your own detriment.

19. Q. How many people attended your wedding?

Comment: The examiner wants to know whether the day was so important to the parties that they invited family members. It is not mandatory that many people must attend. The presence of the family members could add weight to your case, but that alone cannot guarantee success.

20. Q. Who were your witnesses?

Comment: It is important that the couple know the names of their witnesses. In one interview, the woman answered that only her husband's friends attended. She did not know their names and never met them before. This suggests «arrange» marriage. Be prepared.

21. Q. Did your mother attend the wedding?

Comment: Marriage is so sacred that it is expected that parents of the couples would attend, except when they are handicapped, for medical reasons, out of town or not in good terms with the couple. Please know what to say.

22. Q. Did you exchange wedding rings?

Comment: Usually the examiner would have observed your fingers to see if you have wedding rings. Please make it a practice to wear your rings. In America, exchange of rings seems to be a necessity especially to the women; therefore, if you attend the interview without your ring, the examiner might form a negative opinion.


Comment: Usually men purchase the rings. This question is very critical during stokes interview because of the next few questions. All these must be discussed before the interview, simply because the examiner expects you to know.

24. Q.

Comment: At one stokes interview, I guessed the couple loaned the rings, the man already said he purchased the rings, not knowing what the wife would say, he became evasive in his answer to this question until the examiner pinned him down to an answer. The wife cleverly bailed him out with «I don't know where he purchased them.

25. Q.

Comment: Thank God, the man in my previous comment did not say his wife was present. «I don't know» would have been a fatal answer. Always maintain your cool, but be at alert. Always anticipate the next question in giving your answer. You are dealing with a lawyer; you could be trapped with your own answer. Be prepared.

26. Q.

Comment: The answer to this question is very important. Most interviews I have attended, people claimed they went for dinner. It is not mandatory that there must be dinner after wedding, if you could not afford it. Do not lie, that could trap you when other questions are asked.

27. Q.Was there a reception after the wedding or dinner and who attended?

Comment: Your answer could lead to series of questions such as venue, menu, time; etc. Anticipate all follow-up questions and be sure you are ready to answer them before you create a make-believe reception in your mind. The best answer is always the truth.

28. Q.

Comment: This is the most commonly asked question. The examiners sing this like a sting. Be ready. Your answer must make sense. Listen and answer only the question «where». Do not volunteer additional information. Wait for the next question.

29. Q. How did you meet your wife?

Comment: At one interview, the man said, I met her at the Airport, she went home with me and we got married less than 30 days thereafter. It is possible because love is blind they say, but let your story make sense to you before telling others; the answer must not be complicated, make it simple and understandable. You must be able to present a coherent narrative of how our meeting led to marriage.

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30. Q. When did you meet your wife?

Comment: It is better to give the date, if you can remember rather than say six months before we got married. At one interview, the wife said the couples met six months before marriage. When pressed further for date, she said January and they got married in April. We are not all very good in mathematics, save yourself the headache.

31. Q. Who approached the other and how?

Comment: In today's world, women do approach men too. It is not mandatory that the man approached the woman; tell it the way it happened. This, question calls for a short story. Do not make it long. For example, I met her at the lobby of my apartment, we rode in the elevator together, I greeted her and paid her a compliment. She smiled and we started talking. Do not take it beyond the question; wait to see if another question will follow.

32. Q. Where was your husband living before your marriage?

Comment: The examiner has the information with dates in the bio-data information submitted with the application for adjustment of status. Please make sure you reviewed the copies of the forms before going for the interview.

33. Q. Did your wife visit you before marriage and where?

Comment: The examiner is just testing to know that the marriage is not an arranged one. The parties are expected to have visited each other before committing themselves to marriage. If you get the location wrong, the interview is doomed.

34. Q. Did you live together before marriage?

Comment: This question is very simple, but technical. It is not mandatory that you must live together before marriage. The examiner is just trying to verify your credibility. The Bio-data information you submitted contain addresses where you lived and dates. The marriage certificate contains your addresses at the time of marriage. The examiner will compare your answers to these two sources of information and draw his conclusions about you. Review copies of documents filed by your attorney before the interview.

35. Q. When was the last time you had ---- with your wife?

Comment: A question like this is usually asked during stokes interview. Many people will feel uncomfortable with this question. The examiner is sensitive to your privacy, but wants to know if the date given by you will match that of your partner. A correct answer will help your interview.

36. Q. Where was the last place you had ----?

Comment: This is a follow up question; you will be surprised what answer people give. Do not just assume and say in the bedroom.

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37. Q. What form of birth controldo you use?

Comment: This question came up at two of my recent interviews. Please know the birth control your wife is using, if she is the one using birth control. Any wrong answer will doom your IntervteWj since this issue is an essential part of marriage.

38. Q. Do you know the color of your wife's underwear today?

Comment: The examiner will not request to see. He simply wants to know if the couples are intimate. This question could be preceded with series of such questions as to whether you slept in the same, room and got dressed together. Be ready.

39. Q. Do you have any scar or tattoos?

Comment: This question was asked recently from one of my clients. The intent of the examiner is to ascertain if the couple has an intimate relationship, at any time before the interview. If you answer yes, the examiner will ask for the location of the tattoos and the designs. Be prepared

Chapter three Q & A About Relations

Marriage is a contract that requires careful thinking and sufficient knowledge of the other partner's family background before being entered into.The examiner believes that a true marriage appears to be those in which the parties have adequate knowledge of each other, their extended family members and their environment. Any display ctf lack of such knowledge will trigger doubt in the mind of the examiner.The questions herein will give both the petitioner arid beneficiary the needed hints regarding the nature of knowledge required of them. These are questions from live-interviews.Some of these questions are quoted verbatim using the exact words of the examiners in some of the real interviews.

1. Q. What is your mother-in-law's name?

Comment: Most of the marriages in the United States are contracted without parental consent. The idea of the parties being consentino adults relegates the need to meet the parents of yotir spouse before marriage to the background; Couples often neglect to note such information as the full names of their partner's parents. You may be asked, please note them.

2. Q. What is your father-in-law's name?

Comment: If your wife was bom out of wedlock, she may be carrying her mother's maiden name as her last name. She has a father and the information is in the document submitted to USCIS, please note her father's name.

3. Q. Where does your wife's parent(s) live?

Comment: You are expected to have made contact with the parents of the woman you married. If her parents are deceased, you cannot say they live in Brooklyn, New York. The examiner will bust you because form G-325 on the bioCarita muy felizata information of your wife, will bell the cat.

4. Q. When was the last time you and your wife saw her mother together?

CbTnflment: listen attentively to the question before you answer. The use of the word «together* is very important especially if this question was asked at a stoke interview. Your wife will not be privy to your answer. She may give a totally different date and time. Such an answer could de rail the interview.

5. Q. How many brothers and sisters has your wife?

Comment: Agree with your wife before the interview that any deceased brothers and sisters Will not be counted. Follow the rule that says «do not volunteer information». If you simply answer two brothers and two sisters and your wife answers two brother and three sisters, the examiner wilj doubt your knowledge of her family tree.

6. Q. What are the names of your wife's brothers and sisters?

Comment: Be prepared to face this type of question at the interview. Usually the examiner will ask foundation questions before asking you about names. You may be asked if you have met or have spoken to any of them before. Once you answer yes, then you are required to know their names.

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10. Q. Would you know if you wife has married sibling?

Commerit: Your answer to this question will lead to another question about their^ehildren. Mere living with a woman does not constitute marriage. Make sure you discuss about your wife's family members before the interview. It will be of tremendous help, especially at a stokes interview where you will be separated.

11. Q. Do you know if any of your wife's brothers and sisters have children?

Comment: This will lead to the names and the sexes of the children. You may be asked if you have seen the children before. If your answer is yes, definitely you will be required to know their sexes. If you do not know their names, simply let the examiner know. Do not guess.

Chapter Four Q & A About Your Home And Environment

Sometime ago, there was a couple on the regular green card interview. The examiner started by cracking jokes and narrating his trip to Africa. He expressed his admiration for «Kente» dresses worn by people in some African countries.The clients got carried away not knowing that the man was a tough cookie.

Suddenly, without notice to clients that the interview has started, the examiner looking at the picture we provided asked the husband «what is the color of your microwave». He was shocked. He lost his composure and became nervous. He was subsequently asked about the name of his telephone provider. He was so confused that he answered «I don't know.»It is easy to conclude that a client that could not remember an answer as simple as «Verizon» was not truly married, but wait until you occupy the «hot seat» unprepared.The examiner expects that you know your home and environment well enough to answer simple questions, if you are truly married. Most of the little things that we take for granted could spell our downfall at the interview, if care is not taken. The questions below are live-questions from green card interviews; they will assist and guide you in your preparation for your own. Practice makes perfection.

1. Q. What is your current address with your wife?

Comment: The question sounds simple, but people make unexpected mistakes. Someone was asked this question and he gave the address where they were living when the petition was filed, but the Lease Agreement given to the examiner had a totally different address.

2. Q. What subway, bus or public means of transportation is closest to where you both live now?

Comment: Do not assume that the examiner knows that «A» and «C» trains run on the same line. He might be from Long Island, New York. Please mention the two in case your spouse gives just one. Advise your spouse before leaving home to listen carefully before answering the questions.

3. Q. How many blocks away is the closest train station to your home?

Comment: Once there was an interview where the man guessed the answer to this question. The wife was not sure either. She rescued him by saying that she used one-dollar cab since her job was not far from home and dollar cab stops in front of their apartment. You may not be as lucky as she was. The examiner might press further. Be prepared.

4. Q. Do you have fire escape where you both live?

Comment: This type of question you could say «I don't know» if you do not know especially if the marriage is young or you have not had fire incident in the premises. Do not try to guess. Some old buildings do not have fire escape. At one interviews, the examiner knew the exact building we were talking about. Such examiner will fault you. Be truthful.

5. Q. How many floors are in your building and on what floor is your apartment?

Comment: It is important that you know if you are truly married and living together. Your answer will lead to other questions.

6. Q. Do you have an elevator or you use the stairs?

Comment: If you live in big apartment building as suggested by your address, the examiner might know that you have an elevator. Know your facts.

7. Q. How long have you lived at your current address?

Comment: This is a tricky question. The examiner knows the answer before asking you. The answer is in your bio-data form known as form G-325. You cannot afford to make any mistake, remember there is no margin of error,

8. Q. What is your current rent per month?

Comment: Usually the examiner would have taken the lease agreement from you before asking this question. At one interview, the man answered, «I don't know» my wife handles the bills. It may be true but It sounds weird.

9. Q. Who do you pay rent to?

Comment: Be careful. If you live in a big apartment building, you cannot simply say, we pay it to Mr. Doe. The examiner might have seen other applicants living in the same apartment complex who presented rent receipts from a Management Company. Be sure of your answer.

10. Q. How many keys open the door(s) to your apartment?

Comment: Some apartments have multiple entry keys for security reasons. Some apartments have two entry doors for security purposes. It is important that you note this before going to the interview. The examiner has never been to your apartment, he has no clue except if the pictures given to him provide him with a lead. Know your facts and give your answer without hesitation.

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11. Q. How do you pay for your apartment (Cash or Check)?

Comment: The answer could be cash or check. The question is simply seeking to help dig out additional evidence to support the fact that you live together. Be sure to have canceled checks or payment receipts.

2. Q. When did you move into your present apartment?

Comment: Again remember the examiner has the answer to this question in the bio-data information submitted to Immigration when the petition was filed. He has the lease to compare it with. You must be sure that your answer falls in line with the information in your file.

13. Q. When isyour monthly rent due?

Comment: Most rents fall due on the first day of every month, but note your peculiar information as contained in your lease. If your lease commenced in the middle of the month, you rent probably falls due in the middle of every month.

14. Q. Do you have windows in the kitchen and bathroom, if yes how many?

Comment: It is important that you do not take this simple piece of information for granted. Many of us do not know the plate numbers of our vehicles, so it is possible not to note every minute detail about our apartments. Do not guess, be sure.

15. Q. Do you have a shower curtain or a glass?

Comment: Some so-called couples have never lived together before nor visited one another before the interview date. This question is meant to fish out such «arranged couples». Note that couples who are truly married, living in the same premises could make mistakes too, especially, if they have multiple bathrooms. Give answers that will not create confusion, anticipate your partner's.

16. Q. Do you have closets in your bedroom, if yes how many?

Comment: There was an interview where the husband in response to this question simply answered counting the linen closet in the hallway, whereas the wife gave the number of closets in the bedroom. The couple was able to reconcile the inconsistencies when the next question was posed.

17. Q. Are the closets built inside the walls or not?

Comment: Please note that even if the closet is free standing, you need to count it.

18. Q. Where do you keep extra rolls of bathroom tissues?

Comment: This question was asked in lots of the interviews for the past few years. Note the word «extra». The examiner knows that you have extra. A couple with a big bathroom could keep them under the vanity or in some storage closets in the bathroom, but note your peculiar situation.

19. Q. Where do you keep your dirty cloths?

Comment: Some people use laundry bags, while some use hamper. This question was asked several times also. It is meant to gauge the intimacy of the couple

20. Q. What is the color of your laundry bag or hamper?

Comment: The examiner will ask this question if he suspects that you are guessing. Some colors are border line colors. If possible agree on what the correct name of the color is. Some brown look like wine color, don't give the examiner room to doubt your answer.

21. Q. Whose voice is on your answering machine?

Comment: Most of the time, either of the couple occupied the apartment or house before the other partner moved in. The interview usually occurs before couples settle down to marital life. You need to know whose voice is on the machine. The machine could also have been prerecorded.

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22. Q. What is your telephone number?

Comment: In this age of cell phone, a question like this is ambiguous. You need to ask the examiner if he means your home phone. If you have more that one phone number give your main number, do not volunteer information about your other lines because your partner might not remember the numbers.

23. Q. Do you have a cell phone?

Comment: Simply answer «yes» or «no». Let the examiner ask the follow up question.

24. Q. What is your wife's cell phone number?

Comment: You should be expecting this question. Do not try to guess. If you can't remember simply say you have it in your pocket book or it is programmed into your ceil phone.

25. Q. Where does your wife work?

Comment: Usually you will be asked about your wife's information and vice versa. If your wife works two jobs and you know them both, give them. It is important you do not leave any room for the examiner to conclude wrongly.

26. Q. What are your wife's hours at work?

Comment: It is important that you know your partner's schedule. Any mistake will raise doubt about your marriage. For example, someone came with a denial notice. They were denied simply because the wife said the husband closes at work by 5:30 p.m. and the husband says 7:30 p.m.. The husband erroneously gave the time he gets home as the time he closes at work.

27. Q. Do you have a beeper, if yes how long have you had it?

Comment: This question does not make any sense, but it was asked at an interview. You could be asked about your spouse's beeper. If she got the beeper after your wedding, you are expected to know when she got the beeper, since you might have contacted her using the beeper.

28. Q. How does your wife reach you when you are at work?

Comment: Simply answer «how». It could be through the office phone, cell phone or beeper. If she uses more than one means, please give a general answer like «sometimes on my cell phone, sometimes on the office phone».

29. Q. Did your wife work yesterday?

Comment: This is a question that could mar the interview completely. If you miss the answer, the examiner will never believe your marriage is real. If you miss the answer to this question the interview is over.

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30.Q. Do you go to Church with your wife?

Comment: Do not try to be fanciful and play the Christian if you are not. In fact lying might derail you. If the answer is «yes» say it. Your answer could be that you attend Church together occasionally, but anticipate the follow up questions.

31. Q. What Church and where?

Comment: You now need to give the name and address of the church. If you do not know the street number you must at least know the name of the street.

32. Q. When was the last time you were in Church together and how did you leave the Church?

Comment: Be sure of your answer. At an interview, the husband said he left the Church in a friend's car while the wife said she left with the husband in the husband's car. Any such inconsistencies could spell doom.

33. Q. What is the name of your Pastor?

Comment: It is possible to attend a church without knowing the name of the pastor especially if you are being dragged to the Church by your wife occasionally. Let the examiner know. Do not just say, I don't know, please give a brief explanation.

34. Q. How did you get to the interview venue?

Comment: The examiner expects you to say that you got to the interview with your wife using the same mode of transportation, but occasionally, people attend afternoon interview directly from work. Your wife must know that you came from work.

35. Q. What form of transportation did you use?

Comment: This question becomes relevant if you lied in your answer to the question above. If you say you came together, your answer must be the same with that of your wife.

36. Q. Did you go to the doctor With your spouse for the medical examination for this interview?

Comment: It is not mandatory that you must go with your spouse, but if your answer is yes, just know that other questions will follow.

37. Q. Where was the medical examination done?

Comment: This question will be asked if you answer yes to the above question. Be prepared.

38. Q. How much did your spouse pay for the medical examination?

Comment: The examiner expects you to have discussed it, if you are truly married. Make sure you have all your information and know everything about the process leading to the interview.

39. Q. When was the medical examination done?

Comment: The date is essential; if you cannot remember the date, just give the month.

40. Q. What is the color of your microwave oven?

Comment: This was the shocking question asked from one client, the examiner could ask this type of question using the documents and pictures provided. Make sure you know the minute details in the photos given at the interview. It is observed that some people go to the interview with big photo albums. It is okay, but you might be volunteering too much, if your marriage is young. We recommend that you select photos that best project your marriage, study them before you give them to the examiner.

41. Q. What colors are your toaster, refrigerator, kitchen table, couch, telephone, computer, radio etc?

Comment: Please know your colors. Some colors are similar. Discuss colors with your spouse. Usually some of these items are in the pictures given to the examiner.

42. Q. Has your spouse ever traveled since you got married?

Comment: It seems that this question did not make sense until I found out that people give conflicting answers. Your spouse might have made a short trip for business purposes to a neighboring State which you did hot consider a trip, but to him it was a trip. Please discuss this. It is riot a trip to Europe, Asia or Africa alone that qualifies to be called one.

43. Q. Where and when did she travel?

Comment: Be prepared for this question. If you cannot remember the exact date give the month or season. If you traveled together, please add that to your answer since that will give credibility to your marriage. You must be able to tell the means of transportation used.

44. Q, How long did her trip last?

Comment: Do not forget that you have just given your passport to the examiner, he can see the reentry stamp in your passport, and therefore he has an idea of dates. You need to master your facts in order to excel.

45. Q. What was your spouse's gross income in the preceding year?

Comment: Some people do not know the income of their spouse. This is usually kept a secret to curtail demands. It is important that you know, if you must succeed at the interview. You need to know how much he earns weekly or biweekly. In fact your tax returns given to the examiner will give him an idea of your spouse's income, especially if you have filed returns together

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46. Q. What is the color of the carpet in your apartment?

Comment: You need to exercise caution when trying to answer these questions. At one interview this question came up. The African man said the color is «Ox-blood», the American lady said «burgundy». They were saying the same thing, but the examiner thought there was a conflict until they cleared the confusion.

47. Q. Where were you and your Spouse born?

Comment: People usually give the capital city of their countries as their place of birth for convenience sake since the examiner might have heard the names of such cities before. This is wrong, it will confuse the examiner. Make sure your answer corresponds with what is in your passport and birth certificate.

48. Q. Where did you celebrate your last birthday?

Comment: Some clients have tried to be fanciful and they ended up making mistakes. Do not try to impress the examiner. Tell it exactly how it happened. The one simply said, my husband gave me a card and we prepared an African dish at home and ate. The examiner was satisfied.

49. Q. Did you give your husband a gift for his birthday?

Comment: This question is usually asked if the birthday of one of the parties came up shortly before the interview. Tell the examiner what you gave. Do not make up gifts. It does not matter what you gave, the examiner is simply trying io see how you will respond.

50. Q. Do you smoke?

Comment: This is a simple question answer it with a yes or no. Do not forget that you could be asked the same question about your spouse especially with regards to the type of cigarette he smokes.

51. Q. Does your wife use any medication?

Comment: You need to know. At one interview the examiner asked about the type of medication one of the parties was using. He called it antidepressant; the other party called it medication for bipolar disorder.You need to master your environments.

52. Q. How many telephone sets do you have in your apartment?

Comment: It fs important that you know this. If you give conflicting answers, the examiner will conclude that you do not live together. It is possible to miss the answer if you are not prepared. A fax machine with a handset by the side to some qualifies fora telephone while some will not count it. Discuss this matter before the interview.

53. Q. Where are the telephone boxes placed in your apartment?

Comment: It is not enough to know how many they are, you also heed to know their locations in your apartment. Do hot just assume and mention locations where phones are generally placed in homes.

54. Q. Do you have television sets, if yes how many?

Comment: At a recent interview, this question came up. The examiner adopted the most unusual approach. She typed ten questions and asked my clients to write the answers. The man wrote one television, the woman said two. Eventually, we discovered that the man wrote one because the one in the bedroom no longer works. Be careful.

55. Q. Do you have a computer, if yes what brand name. E.g. IBM, Dell?

Comment: The color of the computer and the brand name came up at one stokes interview. Some people may not be computer friendly; however they need to know about everything in their apartment to pass.

56. Q. Do you have Internet, if yes, who is your service provider?

Comment: This is a technology age, the examiner will assume that if you are relatively young you should be using a computer. You need to know the name of your Internet provider.

57. Q. How often do you do laundry and who does it?

Comment: Be careful with this question. Laundry could be done by anyone. Your answer could be every weekend or every Saturday. If it is irregular, please say so.

58. Q. Where do you do your laundry and when was the last time it was done?

Comment: If you have a washing machine at home. Let the examiner know. Answer the question but do not volunteer any further infbma-tion.

59. Q. How far is the Laundromat from your home?

Comment: You could measure the distance in blocks or by the number of minutes it takes you to drive there. Be close to being accurate.

60. Q. Do you have a car, if yes, what is the make and color. How many doors has your car?

Comment: If your spouse has a car and you do not know the name and color, the examiner will conclude that your marriage is arranged.

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61. Q. When did you wake up today and who woke up first?

Comment: This is to ascertain that you live together. It is easy to ms'ss the answer, depending on what waking up means. Some people wake up to read the Bible or to take a shower and only to go back to bed again be prepared and know your answer.

62. Q. When did you leave your home for the interview (TIME)?

Comment: Some people meet at the interview venue for various reasons. One might be coming from work. Make sure you watch and know everything that happened that morning. They could be the subject of your interview

63. Q. Do you use an alarm clock, if yes, where is it located in your apartment?

Comment: You need to be familiar with your new home. The irony of it is that one of the partners might have just moved into the apartment after the wedding and this could be just a couple of months before the interview. You need to study your environment very fast especially in States where interviews are scheduled less than six months after filing.

64. Q. Did you use the same or different metro cards to get to the interview venue?

Comment: Your answer should simply be either yes or no. If you traveled by car, simply say so.

Chapter Five

Q&A About Documents Filed With USCIS

It is quite unfortunate that many failed immigration interviews due to their inability to answer correctly questions drawn from documents they submitted to the Immigration.It is usually assumed by attorneys that the client will remember even the minutest detail which they provided when the application was filed months or years before the interview.Experience has shown that various factors, including but not limited to nervousness, little education, etc militate against parties at immigration interviews. The tendency to forget some information which might be of interest to the examiner is very high. For example, an American spouse could be asked about how her spouse entered the United States. If her memory is not refreshed before the interview, she might miss the answer and say «he came through the JFKAirport», since JFKAirport is usually the point of entry for most immigrant. The correct answer based on information already given to Immigration, could be that he entered illegally through Canada. It is therefore, important that you obtain copies of the forms filed with immigration together with the attached documents from your attorney and review them with your spouse before the interview.I have itemized below some of the questions you may be asked from the forms submitted to Immigration. It is important to point out that the list below is not exhaustive, since I have eliminated some questions already discussed in previous chapters of this book to avoid repetition.

1. Q. Have you ever, in or outside the US knowingly committed any crime of moral turpitude or a drug related offence for which you have not been arrested?

Comment: Listen carefully before you answer this question. Your answer will determine whether or not you will get the green card. A «yes» answer could stop you from getting the green card. If you answer yes, be prepared for follow-up questions such as request for copy of the disposition.

2. Q. Have you ever, in or outside the US been arrested, cited charged, indicted, fined or imprisoned for breaking or violating any law or ordinance, excluding traffic violations?

Comment: Don't forget the INS has your fingerprint. The FBI would have confirmed your previous arrest. A «yes» could stop you from getting the green card, but if you have a disposition verifying the dismissal of your case, make sure you take a sealed original to the interview to avoid delay.

3. Q. Have you ever in or outside the U.S. been the beneficiary of a pardon, amnesty, rehabilitation decree, other act of clemency or similar action? Exercised diplomatic immunity to avoid prosecution for a criminal offense in the US.

Comment: A «yes» could stop you from getting the green card. If your answer is yes, be prepared for follow-up questions.

4. Q. Have you received public assistance in US from any source, including the US government or any state, county, city or municipality (other than emergency medical treatment), or are you likely to receive public assistance in the future?

Comment: This question is directed at the alien. It is the law, under the Public Charge Law that any individual that will become a public charge, (that is, feed on the government of the United States) through welfare program or any program whatsoever should not be given green card. A «yes» could stop you from getting the green card.

5. Q. Have you ever within the past ten years been a prostitute or procured anyone for prostitution or intend to engage in such activities in the future?

Comment: A «yes» could stop you from getting the green card. If you answer yes, be prepared for follow-up questions. The law of the United States discourages prostitution, therefore, if you have practiced prostitution, you are a violator of the law, you will not be given green card.

6. Q. Have you ever engaged in any unlawful commercialized vice, including, but not limited to illegal gambling?

Comment: A «yes» could stop you from getting the green card. If you answer yes, be prepared for follow-up questions.

7. Q. Have you ever knowingly encouraged, duced, assisted, abetted or aided any alien to try to enter the US illegally?

Comment: A «yes» could stop you from getting the green card. If you answer yes, be prepared for follow-up questions.