When you and your spouse go to a Stokes interview, be prepared to answer many detailed and difficult questions about your lives together, separately. Even couples who truly love each other can get very nervous about this kind of interview, and for good reason.
A Stokes interview is when you and your spouse are separately questioned by an immigration officer about all aspects of your marriage to prove that it is not a fraud. You will be notified in advance of the interview and informed of any documentation to bring. Here are five tips on how to prepare and handle it.
Five Stokes Tips
Couples with unusual arrangements can pass a Stokes interview -- the point is not to prove that you are typical but to see whether you have much (or any of the) indicators of married couples. Not all of that is practical stuff, but your preparation will involve a growing awareness of the details of your married life.
You show a bona fide or true marriage by knowing your spouse, and that is possible through observation. So start watching.
Stokes interviews are difficult to prepare for in part because that is the point. You are just supposed to know things about the person you pledged your life to and how you live together. So start studying your lives!
Talk to a Lawyer
If you have a Stokes interview or any other immigration issue, talk to a lawyer. An attorney can guide your preparation and accompany you to interviews. Many lawyers consult for free or a minimal fee and will be happy to discuss your situation.