When an American citizen marries a foreign national, in most cases, the foreign national may qualify to undergo a process known as adjustment of status. Adjustment of status is the method by which a U.S. citizenpetitions for their foreign national spouse to get a green card. After the applications are processed, the couple may have to attend an interview with an immigration officer, who will determine the validity of their marriage.
So, what is a Stokes Interview?
A Stokes Interview occurs when an immigration officer has suspicions about the validity of a couple’s marriage. The interview is conducted with a scrutinous eye on the marriage’s legitimacy. It is imperative that the couple come prepared to the interview with any and all evidence which supports the contention that their marriage is valid. It may be wise to consult with an immigration lawyer, who can prepare the couple for the Stokes Interview and provide them with a list of items to bring to the interview.
What Makes a Stokes Interview Different?
Generally, when a married couple applies for adjustment of status, they have to undergo one interview. At that interview, the immigration officer will interview the couple and ask them questions about their relationship and the application. A Stokes Interview only occurs when there is a suspicion of marriage fraud and if one is scheduled, it would be the second interview during the process.
What Happens During a Stokes Interview?
The couple is separated and interviewed separately. The interviews are recorded, so that they can later be compared against each other for any inconsistencies. Individuals who have to attend a Stokes Interview are permitted to have their immigration attorney present.
Consider scheduling a consultation with an immigration lawyer at Gilles Law, PLLC. You can reach us at 980-272-8438 at our office in Uptown Charlotte. We are here to assist with your inquiries.
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