There Are Specific Procedures Regarding How to Provide Proof of Marriage

Immigrants seeking a visa based on marriage to a U.S. citizen must follow the necessary procedures. They must know how to provide proof of marriage during the interview. It may not be enough to simply provide a marriage certificate to prove that you are married. While the marriage may be legal, the immigration representatives are looking for much more documentation in order to show that the marriage is legitimate and not just for the purpose of obtaining a visa.

Visa Interview

The USCIS, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, requires couples to attend an interview. The interview is required only after the initial acceptance of the visa application is complete. The applicant will receive a notice of action which provides the date, time, and location of the interview. Both the husband and wife must attend the interview and must bring the necessary documentation.

Documentation Necessary

First and foremost, the applicant must bring their official marriage certificate which has been properly approved by a governing body. In addition, the couple should also bring other items that will prove that they are a real couple, and that the marriage was not entered into to obtain a green card. A variety of things can be used as proof. For example, photos of the couple together during various times in their relationship can be helpful. They can also bring notarized statements from friends or relatives that indicate they are a real couple. If they have children, bring along the birth certificates that provide the names of both parents. Furthermore, ownership documents containing, insurance documents, and bills with both spouses names can serve as evidence of a bona fide marriage.

Prepare for the Interview

As part of the interview process, the interviewer may ask specific questions to each person regarding the other party as well as their relationship. For instance, the couple may be asked questions such as where or how they met, where their first date took place, and questions about each other’s families. The USCIS representative will be looking for answers that match each other and that show that the couple actually has a real relationship.

Avoid Denial

It is essential that you bring the proof necessary with you to the interview. The failure to do so could result in the denial of your visa request. If your visa application is denied, you may need to begin the process again. However, it may be possible to appeal the decision. Because the matter is complex, it is best to discuss the situation with a qualified immigration attorney.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding How to Provide Proof of Marriage, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at  480.461.5330, log on to udallshumway.com,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.