I really would have enjoyed speaking with the official that conducted our interview. He was very engaging. I asked him how many cases he handled daily, he told me seven. He showed me the list, although I couldn't read any of the names, as if it would matter. I was tempted to ask him questions concerning fraud, but I certainly didn't want to subject ourselves to interrogations. I'm sure we had a few things going for us, that made the process faitly smooth. I'm 39 years old; this is my first marriage. I have no children. I've worked for the same company for 16 years. I earn decent money. I have a college degree. I've lived in the same house for several years. I'm essentially stable. I wasn't so sure about the our supporting eveidence, and went in believing I needed a lot more. We hold no property together. Her name isn't on any bills. She wasn't insured to drive, so I carried full coverage on my car. We had 20 pictures or so, over four years of life together. I thought we needed twice that.
I can't emphasize enough how great our translator Pola was. She was fantastic. If you are going to interview, bring an interpreter, unless your spouse is fluent in English. My wife was so relaxed, because she knew she didn't have to concentrate on every word, and then try to reply properly. My wife was able to explain, along with Pola, details about every photograph. I'm repeating myself, at this stage, but I'll be more than happy to tell anyone what I've learned from the experience.
Does the spouse automatically become the sponsor after they get married? I've been told the spouse has to have a good paying job or else they don't qualify. Is that true? What sort of proof is needed to show that someone is qualified to be a sponsor?
I submitted my tax records for the past three years, which was required in the application. I earn over $40,000 a year. You are required to bring in your last two months of paystubs, although I was not asked to show them.