The Stokes interview is a secondary interview conducted on a couple who are trying to obtain a green card in the United States because of marriage. It occurs when the immigration officer conducting the adjustment of status interview suspects that a couple’s marital status is fraudulent.
If the interviewer suspects that the couple has no genuine romance and married only to get the green card, or if there are any other suspicions or discrepancies, a second interview is provided – and the couple is given one last chance to prove that their love is real.
This second interview is called the the “Stokes” interview or “marriage fraud” interview. The “Stokes” name comes from a 1975 case Stokes vs INS.
During a Stokes interview a couple will be interviewed both together and separately. The process can take several hours to complete. Each person will be asked many personal and intrusive questions about themselves, their spouse, their relationship. Their spouse will be asked the same questions separately. The two interviews will be recorded and compared for discrepancies.