If you are an immigrant married to a U.S. citizen and the U.S. government calls the validity of your marriage into question, you may have your work cut out to convince immigration officials otherwise. Emigrating may not have been your plan originally, but love has no borders, so here you are. You went through your first green card interview, but now have received a summons for a second interview, called a Stokes interview.
Government officials will request a Stokes interview if they suspect you and your spouse are faking your marriage to secure a green card or permanent resident visa. This formal immigration proceeding will determine whether you will be allowed to stay in the United States or face removal. Here are several key factors that may help you convince your interviewers that your marriage is legitimate.