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Interview Approved in Dallas/Irving, Texas !!!!!!!!!!!

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Hey There VJers!!!!! We have exciting news!!!! We got approved today Monday the 16th of March 2009.... My wife and I were both excited and nervous about it. Turn out to be a walk in the park so to speak. Here are the details on how it went. I'll try to describe it my best:

My wife and I decided to go early so even tho our interview was for 3:30PM, we left for Dallas around 10:30AM. We live 45 minutes north of Dallas in a small town called Denison/Sherman. We wanted to go on a shopping spree before the interview. We did and then around 2PM we started heading towards the place which was in Irving (Dallas sort of). Good thing we were early because the place was tricky to get to. The map we got from Mapquest was not that accurate and we did not have a GPS. Luckily, after some turn around and cul-de-sacs, we found the actual building and since we were more than 45 min early (50min to be exact), we sat in the car and waited an other 20min, then we went inside the building. We first went hrough securty check ( had to empty pockets and take off belts lol), then went upstairs to the actual lobby were a lady took our Interview notice and put it in a box and then she gave us a pager ( If you went to Olive Garden restaurents you know what I speak of, it is a Coaster call that vibrates and flashes when it is your turn). We sat down and there were about 5 or six other couples and/or families waiting. I guess we were the last people to get there because nobody else came after us in the lobby. We saw other couples being silent and just plain worried, but my wife and I were just being ourselves and talking and joking and looking relaxed ( which we were). After about 45 minutes (15 min after our interview time) we got called in. It was actually funny cuz the lady came to the computer and entered the next number then turned around to see who it was but we were the only couple left in the room so it drew a laughter. So she walked us into to the room and before we sat down she swore us in. she asked me to sit on the left and my wife on the right side (which i thought was weird-maybe it was OCD or something lol-I hope she's not reading this).

She first asked us for ID's, SS cards, work permit, travel doc (which i didn't apply for, so none for me), and my passport.

She then went on to ask my wife for my birthday and asked me, her.

She asked also how me met, when we got married (June, Friday the 13th, 2008.... I know right!!!!! what a lucky day!!!)

She then asked my wife how old she is, to which she replied 18. she then quickly hit back with "how old were you when you got married?"

My wife said 17. Then she was like did you bring the notorized letter signed by both your parents from when you went and applied for the marriage license. I was like we didn't need any notoized letter to get married. We just needed both her parents at the courthouse to sign their consent and show ID's. She was like I dont think so, you do need a notorized letter from both parents to get the permission to be married. She paused for a second then decided to go inquire about it to her supervisor. She came back and told us that we were right that the law changed and she didnt know about it.

She started telling me about the conditional GC and how to remove condition, at which moment i knew we were good. She then left the room 2 or 3 times when she noticed my wife was holding a photo album and said, "oh, you brought pictures! Let me see those." She was about to take the album away when I said to her if she needed copies of the pictures we made some for her. To which she said "ya give me the copies" then gave us back the album. She then asked my wife "how do your parents feel about you marrying outside your race?" (my wife is caucasian and I'm black). My wife just replied, "My parents raised me to see people by their personalities rather than the color of their skin. Plus my sister has two interracial children so..."

She said "thats good." Then added "Congratulation, I am approving you for the GC!!!! Everything looks good!!!"

She then went on to exlain again about the conditional GC, then asked if we had any questions. I asked her if she was going to keep my EAD, she said yes then I asked if I could get my passport stamped and she said I would not need it because she was going to place the card production order right now and it would be about 10 to 14 days till I get it in the mail. She said if I had an emergency I could come back with the aproval notice she gave me and they would then stamp it. She then looked at us and said " Yall just a happy couple, aren't yall?" with a big smile, then she said that was it and escorted us out back to the lobby and said "have a safe trip home!!!".

My wife and I were just so excited and relieved that it was over.... For now lol... All and all it took roughly about 10 to 20 minutes, we were in and out. She mostly flipped trough the folder and papers and beside her not knowing the law regarding marriage for under age in Texas, it was pretty easy. Easier than I thought. My wife later said that before we went through all that immigration stuff she had no clue what Immigrants have to go through to get legal and/or residency. She feels so bad for people going through all this, us included.

Thank you all for your support and prayers. It helped us a lot and I wish the best to all and everybody still waiting or about to start the waiting game. If you are true to your heart and just be yourselves, victory shall be yours!!!! .

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Thank you man. I already checked my portfolio on the USCIS website and It says Card production ordered on the I-485 the date has been updated to todays date. That was quick. But I should have expected it because the lady placed the order right in front of us.... Man I'm so happy we got this. Sorry if you think me post was long but I wanted to describe the details of my experience and share it with yall.

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Thank you for the long detailed post!!!

I'll have interview in irving, tx too! I'm kind of anxious. It was nice to hear about your experience.

Could you provide details on what evidence did you send in with your application and what else did you bring to the interview?

Thanks a lot!

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I had an appointment there too today at 1:30, and we did not leave till 4:30. My hubby and i totally were so nervous and messed up on some answers but at the end. the IO said that though not completely convinced, was going to approve the case w conditions, gave us the welcome letter, and said it should b in mail in 2 to 8 weeks!!! Our case status has not changed yet though, and hubby is a wreck coz he messed up coz he is dyslesic (sp)...i cant believe it until i get card production notice...congrts though - we probably saw each other :)

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I had an appointment there too today at 1:30, and we did not leave till 4:30. My hubby and i totally were so nervous and messed up on some answers but at the end. the IO said that though not completely convinced, was going to approve the case w conditions, gave us the welcome letter, and said it should b in mail in 2 to 8 weeks!!! Our case status has not changed yet though, and hubby is a wreck coz he messed up coz he is dyslesic (sp)...i cant believe it until i get card production notice...congrts though - we probably saw each other :)

Hi 'futuregcholder',

Could you give us details on the questions you were asked?

Thanks!

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Thank you for the long detailed post!!!

I'll have interview in irving, tx too! I'm kind of anxious. It was nice to hear about your experience.

Could you provide details on what evidence did you send in with your application and what else did you bring to the interview?

Thanks a lot!

Well with my application I sent in a copy of my birth certificate in french a copy translated in english, a copy of my wife's birth certificate, a copy of our marriage license, copies of my passport with the f1 visa and I 94 and the pages of my current new passport with my informations on it. As supporting doc we got my in-laws to write a letter saying that I am married to their daughter and we are happily arried and that they met my mom when she was her. We did not have a lease appartment so we got a letter saying that we live at a friends house and that he too knew that we were happilly married. Also copies of bank statments, credit card(we got one I just added her as a user), Greeting cards amd mail sent to both of us. I also went ahead and sent in copies of our IDs.

For the interview, I just prepared all of the above including the originals of all the copies I sent in with the application. All were asked tho were Ours IDs, my work permit, our social security cards and we also brought the album photo but made copies of the photos for her that she kept. That was it! I was surprised tho because she did not even mentioned our joint taxe for this year (2008) with we had just in case.

Also my wife did not file her 2007 taxes, but we had an excuse that she was dependent of her dad at the time and had his 1040 sowing her name as a relative. I was out of status from my f1 visa since April of last year and the only time she mention school was that on my visa the school name was an ELS center and asked me if I ever attended another institution to which I replied I did go to Grayson County College till 2006 then transferd to the Art Institute of Dallas. That was it did not ask about my current status or nothing.

We were lucky tho I guess because she place the oder for my card right there and then because we told her that we were wnating to get an appatment and its been three months that the place has been checking on my status and that they wont let us move in unless I am at least an green card holder. She said I know how it is to want your own place so I'm going ahead and as a courtesy to place your card produtcion order and if you are lucky they might even make it tonight( the card). When I later got home, got e-mail from CRIS saying that card prduction orderd and my I-130 and I-485 dates were changed to 03/16/2009 from 12/17/2008.

Hey futuregcholder, you are right we probably saw each other. I was there with my wife she is caucasian and I was the really dark skinned looking guy wearing a blue collar and button up shirt with dark blue pants and my wife was wearing a red shirt and black slacks pant. I was wearing glasses too...

I've been told the Dallas office is really a cool place to be interviewed at and overall it is true. I was worried there for a bit because as soon as she swore us in she was serious and did not wanted to converse despite me trying to spark the conversation ( I guess she was trying to concentrate on checking the files) but as soon as she saw that we were relaxed and smilling and laughing just plain excited she was more and more talkative. I'm guessing just try to relaxe and get your mind out of this whole process and just think about anything else besides the stress of the whole thing.

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