An IR1 visa is a family-based green card that is given to the spouse of a U.S. citizen. This allows the spouse who is a foreign national to join their loved one in the United States on a permanent basis and gives them the opportunity to freely travel and work in the U.S., among other benefits that are awarded to family-based green card holders.
Although the IR1 visa is a great opportunity for foreign nationals who are legally married to a U.S. citizen, the process can be complex and frustrating if you are not property prepared each step of the way. Specifically, the IR1 visa interview can be a challenge for many couples, and it is important to review and practice IR1 visa interview questions beforehand. While, of course, you likely know your spouse very well and have honest intentions, it is still imperative for you and your spouse to properly prepare before the interview.
What Are The IR1 Visa Interview Questions?
The interview questions for the IR1 visa may look different for every interviewee couple, so pinpointing exactly what will be asked is impossible. However, this should not keep you from properly preparing. There are general topics that you can expect to be asked about during your IR1 visa interview, which include:
How You And Your Spouse’s Relationship Started
The consular will most likely ask a series of questions related to how you and your spouse developed your relationship. Examples of questions that you may be asked include:
- How did you meet?
- Where did you go on your first date?
- When did you get engaged?
- Have you met their parents? If so, when?
The questions are not likely to be too personal, but the consular may dig deeper to help verify the legitimacy of the marriage. Due to the specificity of the questions that are usually asked, it can be easy for even the most honest couples to confuse details and get mixed up during the interview without preparing beforehand.
Details About The Wedding (i.e., location, who was in attendance, etc.)
There will almost certainly be questions in regard to the wedding. Specifically, the consular may ask about the specific location (city and venue) the wedding was held, who (and how many) were in attendance, and other minor details. They may also ask about who the best man/maid of honor was, details about the honeymoon, and any other details surrounding the time of your wedding.
The Present (and Future) Of You And Your Spouse’s Relationship
In addition to details about the past of your relationship with your spouse, the consular may also ask about your current situation with your spouse and where you see the marriage in the future. For example, you may be asked:
- Do you have any children?
- Do you plan to have more in the future?
- What do you enjoy doing with your spouse?
- Do you spend a lot of time together?
- Do you have shared or separate finances?
You do not have to provide perfect answers to these questions, and it is okay to mention struggles with your relationship that you and your spouse are working through if asked about them. However, the most important thing is to give consistent answers and be on the same page as your spouse.
Friends And Family Members Of You And Your Spouse
You and your spouse may also be asked about family members and friends of you and your spouse. For example, you may be asked:
- How close do you live to each other’s family?
- How often do you visit family?
- Does your spouse have nieces and nephews?
- What is your spouse’s mother’s name?
- Do you spend a lot of time with your friends?
- Do you have any shared friends?
- Who are your spouse’s best friends?
These questions are used as a gauge to how well each spouse knows their partner; not knowing details about your spouse’s family could be considered a red flag, so going through these details beforehand can certainly help.
Education And Employment Information
Lastly, there are likely to be questions about education and employment for both you and your spouse. This could be questions in regard to where (and if) each of you went to college, degrees that each of you have, what your spouse’s first job was, current employment statuses, and career aspirations. Once again, it is important that you know your partner well and have a clear understanding of their education, employment, and career goals.
Contact Pride Immigration Today For More Information
If you and your spouse are interested in the IR1 visa, then contact our immigration team today to learn more and to get the application process started. Here at Pride Immigration, we take pride in helping foreign nationals and their spouses get through the immigration process. So, why wait? Call us today at (571) 520-6116 or contact us online to get started.
Beeraj Patel, Esq.
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