. Q. What is your wife's maiden name?
Comment: If you are married to a divorcee, her former husband's name is XXXXX XXXXX maiden name. It is possible that her former husband's name is XXXXX XXXXX in her record, but it is important that you know your father-in-law's last name.
8. Q. Do you know how your wife came into the United States?
Comment: The examiner believes that you would have discussed such a background issue, while trying to know each one other. Such a question arose at one of the interviews, I attended, the husband did not know that his wife came into the U.S. through parole granted while asylum application was pending. Don't give the examiner any reason to disbelief your testimony.
9. Q. Where did your wife enter into the United States?
Comment: The forms filed with the INS contain information as to place of your wife's last entry into the United States. Many applicants entered without visa. Please discuss this matter and have a clear and correct answer. Please note that the USCIS now frown at any fraudulent mode of entry. You could earn a life ban from all immigration privileges instead of green card. Consult an attorney before filing.
10. Q. Have you ever been married before?
Comment: You may consider this question a piece of cake, but it could derail you. Some lawyers will deal with only one party until the interview date. Do not conclude that your spouse was married before because she has children. People give funny answers to certain questions. The form 1-130 filed with Immigration has such information, please try to know everything about your spouse's past.
11. Q. Do you or your wife have children outside this marriage?
Comment: This question could be asked for two reasons. First the question could be asked in evaluating whether the family has sufficient income to comply with the Public Charge Law. It could also be asked to test your knowledge of your spouse. An applicant may give information of children born outside the United States to their attorney at the time of filing, but never discuss anything about them with the wife. The examiner has the information; please discuss the children before the interview.
12. Q. What are the names of these children?
Comment: It is important to know the names of your step-children. If you answer «I don't know» you will cast doubt in the mind of the examiner. If the names are XXXXX XXXXX you cannot pronounce, you may be asked to spell them.
13. Q. How old are your spouse's children?
Comment: It is better to give the date of birth, if you know than to estimate the age. If you do not know the date of birth, tell the examiner; Child «A» is about 10 years old, etc.
14. Q. What is the name of the school your step-children presently attend?
Comment: You must care enough to know the name of their school. It is important. Be sure to go as far as knowing the names of their teachers.
15. Q. Do you plan to have children with your wife?
Comment: Your answer should simply be; «yes» or «no». Do not start to give reasons why you have nut had a child yet. Let the examiner ask you. At one interview, my Clients were asked nine different questions on this issue because one of the parties volunteered health reason for not having children. Don't trap yourself. Let the examiner ask you, do not volunteer any information.
16. Q. What is the date of your marriage?
Comment: This is an all important date. A nervous client was asked this question. Instead of March, she said May. In fact she gave three different dates before regaining her composure. The examiner will not give you any benefit of doubt. The examiner will simply conclude, you do not know because it is not an important date to you.