Immigration Questions

Our immigration interview is coming up real soon, and I have spent the morning printing out photos, making sure I have the right documentation (criminal background checks from everywhere I have lived since the age of 16, medicals for all of us, birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees etc) and putting it all together in a file. I have been told by others that it’s important to also provide any paperwork that shows the KoD’s name with mine – for example: bank statements, bills etc, even though it isn’t asked for specifically. I have to take more passport pictures tomorrow for myself, luckily I still have two each for the boys from when we took photos for the medicals.

Over the weekend I spent some time talking with the boys about how to conduct themselves at the interview. To only speak when spoken to. To speak politely. To answer the questions posed – but not add any additional information. To tell the truth only. I could apply for the younger boys to be exempted from the interview – but I think it’s important that they are there and take part. One of the older ones told the youngest that if he is as annoying as usual they might not let him into the States. Brothers can be so nasty.

One thing I couldn’t tell them was what questions we will be asked. I have absolutely no idea what kind of things they will want to know. I know the documentation will tell them most of what they want to know. I know they are looking to see if this is a marriage of convenience. Let me think about that for a second. Living apart, managing two residences, juggling 7 kids between us, car issues, driving up and down the I-87 every other weekend for over a year, missing each other – this has hardly been convenient!!

If you have knowledge of this kind of interview – will they ask the boys any questions? What questions will they ask me and the KoD? Will they even ask the KoD anything as he doesn’t have to be there, but chooses to come? Does what we wear matter?

None of us has anything to hide – so I am not too worried, I just want to be adequately prepared and have the kids ready for anything that might happen.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. mrsmelissasg says:

    When a good friend of mine went through it they asked a lot of questions about their relationship. How they met, When they met, Why they got married… And then some questions people who know each other well know Birthday, favorite food, etc – Just to see if you stumble. They didn’t have kids so I can’t help on that part, but I’d imagine it might be asking the kids questions about how much the adults talk and how they interact with the step-parent… Good luck!

  2. Shoshana says:

    I wrote u stuff on fb. They want to see you’re a legitamate family. KoD should be there. As long as the kids know their NY address name of schools etc I think it will be fine. They’ll see you’re really married through natural body language especially btwn kids & kod. We were also nervous but there’s nothing to worry about. Make sure u have a backup copy of all the paperwork at home and with you. I think it’s the paperwork that’s the main thing at this point. The interview is a formality.

  3. sarah Rochel Hewitt says:

    Honestly, I don’t remembrer what they asked. I was seen or eight months pregnant, so that might have helped…but the thing i hear makes the biggest difference is the interview site. Sorry to say I heard they were less friendly in NY than NJ.

    From what I remember, our interview was fairly bland. Sorry, wish I had more guidepoints to tell you. Be yourself. And follow the guidelines you gave your boys.

  4. Baila says:

    My husband, who is Venezuelan was interviewed with me in NY. We also prepared a great deal for the interview, but they didn’t ask any tough questions. It was so quick, it was rather anti-climactic. I think the person who said they can tell by your body language is correct. You will be fine, they will see that you really are together and want to emigrate for the right reason.

  5. Yossi says:

    they want mak sure you’re good enuf to be a Merican, so watch ur speling. (Witness how real good Mericans spel & talk!)
    Gotta keep them furriners out!

  6. Rabbiswife says:

    One of our friends was asked what color his wife’s undergarments were that day. No kidding.

  7. sheldan says:

    Best of luck with this Hadassah. We’re pulling for you!

  8. Z! says:

    You’ll be fine! I can’t wait!

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