Welcome back to our article series on what not to include in your application as evidence of your relationship. As mentioned previously, it is easy to submit things with your best intentions that you think will prove your relationship and accidentally cause yourself a lot more problems.
As immigration attorneys, our job is to sidestep potential landmines to get you smoothly through the process with as few detours and legal hang-ups as possible. One of the types of evidence that we would avoid for proof of your relationship is anything having to do with use of alcohol.
True, there’s no law against having a beer in America. In fact, some people would consider it a patriotic act to have a can of Bud light and watch the Super Bowl!
However, some officers may see photos of you partying or smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer at a concert and wonder if you may be involved in things such as drug use or driving while under the influence. That could disqualify you from obtaining a green card or citizenship. It also called into question your level of personal judgment since you consider that a good idea to submit those photos.
So please, let’s only submit the photos of you on your best, most upstanding, Grandma-approved behavior. (We know - some of you have grandmas who can get pretty crazy. We're talking about your well-behaved grandmothers only!)