Claire- () • 01/16/2011 15:29:30 PM
My husband and I are both college students right now. We are currently waiting for our interview, and my anxiety continues to grow as our interview approaches. I came to the United States when I was 11 years old. I attended public school and graduated high school with honors. During the end of my senior year, I met my husband, and we found out that we were attending the same college together. We endured the challenges of our freshman year of college hand in hand, and we spent practically everyday together. Our relationship continued to grow, and as our sophomore year approached, we decided to elope. We were married on my husband's 19th birthday (2009) under Michigan's secret marriage law. Our marriage is legitimate, but circumstances have prevented us from fulfilling society's expectations as a married couple. His parents (who are incredibly overbearing) disapproved of our relationship from the very beginning. This has prevented us from going public about our marriage to anyone beyond my family. We do not share a legal residence together, doing so would only promote more tension with his family. I have an apartment of my own, but I spend the majority of my time at his apartment with the two cats that we both adopted. We hired a lawyer and submitted all of our paperwork in November 2010. My biometrics were processed in December, and I recently received the notice of our initial interview. Since we are still college students, we've barely had any money to open a joint checking account, but we recently just did that. As far as other documents are concerned, we do not have any joint insurance, leases, or anything else of that nature since most of those are still handled by both of our parents. We do have a plethora of photographs that tell the story of our relationship, and we hope that it will be enough. If anybody could offer me any advice on how to approach and prepare for this interview, it would be greatly appreciated. We would have never even considered filing for my adjustment of status petition if it wasn't for the fact that I'll be graduating college in about a year, and I need a social security number to even be considered by any potential employers or internships. Our marriage and love are real, and our only hope is that whoever interviews us will believe it so.