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Paris Embassy Experience

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Hello forum,

I finally finished my journey and got approved at the interview and will be recieving my green card in the following weeks!

Just wanted to share my experience at the Paris Embassy where I went to attend my interview, if anyone is going there soon. If you plan to go by metro, the Concord station is extremelly close to the embassy. I arrived around 10minutes before the set time, no problems whatsoever. You get stripped of pretty much all electronics at the entrance. Only one person more is allowed to go in with you.

After you're in, you'll be given a number and you'll have to wait in a room, the order of the interviews (if there are more in your day) will be the order of arrival. You have to go through a "pre-interview" where you'll be asked for your medical exam, marriage, birth and police certificate as well as giving your Chronopost package so that they can deliver your passport (quick note on this, you have to buy it in France at La Poste. Don't go for the one near the embassy, its kinda hard to find. There's one right next to Gard du Nord which is an easy commute by subway. It cost me 58€).

After this, you have to wait one more time and then it will be the interview with an officer. A translator will be available for you if you need. Honestly, the interview was super easy. It lasted around 5 minutes. I was only asked about the story of how I met my wife and how is our relationship and then case closed. Didn't have to take a single document out of my briefcase. I came super prepared though which you should always since every case is different. However if you delivered everything to the NVC and have no doubts in your relationship proof, you'll be fine! All in all, I was there around 2 hours due to waiting for my number to be called so be prepared to spend from 2 to 3 hours in the embassy.

There was more people at my interview and some of them didn't bring the Chronopost package, some forgot the police certificate. They all got approved, the only difference was that their Visa was only going to be sent after the missing documents arrived. So don't freak out if you forget something. They're very understanding from my experience!

Wish all the best of luck and if you guys have any questions, I can try and answer them!

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Thanks for your report and congrats on your visa.

I am waiting for my interview to be scheduled hopefully next month.

You do get a number after the "strip" but do they go in order of your arrival at the security point or your arrival in the wait room?


I am the beneficiary.
USCIS
12/20/2013 ... I-130 sent from France to Chicago lockbox
12/23/2013 ... I-130 received
12/27/2013 ... NOA1 email received
01/07/2014 ... I-797C receipt received: Nebraska Service Center, Priority Date: December 23, 2013
06/06/2014 ... "Alien Registration Number Change" email received
07/23/2014 ... e-Request filed. 7 months since NOA1!!!
08/07/2014 ... e-Request response: Security checks still pending
09/15/2014 ... After various requests NSC email received stating that petition is "assigned to an officer" ... Going on 9 months since NOA1
09/24/2014 ... I-130 FINALLY APPROVED!!! ... After 9 months and 1 day
10/15/2014 ... Case shipped to NVC, three weeks after NOA2

NVC
10/28/2014 ... NVC received
11/18/2014 ... Case # and IIN assigned
12/02/2014 ... NVC welcome email received
12/31/2014 ... AOS and IV packages received at NVC - Scan Date
03/05/2015 ... 3 N/As - CASE COMPLETE!!!
03/11/2015 ... P4 email received

Consulate
04/15/2015 ... Interview - APPROVED!!!

POE

06/21/2015 ... Brooklyn Red Hook Terminal. Unbelievable feeling.

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I am the beneficiary.
USCIS
12/20/2013 ... I-130 sent from France to Chicago lockbox
12/23/2013 ... I-130 received
12/27/2013 ... NOA1 email received
01/07/2014 ... I-797C receipt received: Nebraska Service Center, Priority Date: December 23, 2013
06/06/2014 ... "Alien Registration Number Change" email received
07/23/2014 ... e-Request filed. 7 months since NOA1!!!
08/07/2014 ... e-Request response: Security checks still pending
09/15/2014 ... After various requests NSC email received stating that petition is "assigned to an officer" ... Going on 9 months since NOA1
09/24/2014 ... I-130 FINALLY APPROVED!!! ... After 9 months and 1 day
10/15/2014 ... Case shipped to NVC, three weeks after NOA2

NVC
10/28/2014 ... NVC received
11/18/2014 ... Case # and IIN assigned
12/02/2014 ... NVC welcome email received
12/31/2014 ... AOS and IV packages received at NVC - Scan Date
03/05/2015 ... 3 N/As - CASE COMPLETE!!!
03/11/2015 ... P4 email received

Consulate
04/15/2015 ... Interview - APPROVED!!!

POE

06/21/2015 ... Brooklyn Red Hook Terminal. Unbelievable feeling.

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