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I posted a few months back that I was having problems tracking where our applicant forms were. We had to resubmit them and they were submitted November of 2014. A week after we received RFE letter and sent the things that they are asking for by January. After a month or so. I received my EAD approval letter. I got my EAD card in February and applied for SSN right away. In March, we received an interview schedule and was interviewed last Tuesday in Los Angeles and was approved on the spot/ Praise God. VJ has been by go to page whenever I am in need of answers and I wanted to share my experience and thoughts throughout this journey.

1. REAL VS SHAM

I know it has been said over and over but if it is a genuine marriage, you need not fret. You cant shake off the anxiety for sure but don't let it consume you. While we were in the waiting room, we can actually point out who the real ones are vs the "pretnding to be real" ones. It's not about being affectionate and all, but it's about the body language and how you and your spouse interact each other.

2. LOS ANGELES LOCATION

The staff are very friendly. Make sure you greet everyone with a smile and they will smile back at you. I know your focus right now is the IO but receiving positive vibes from everyone helps a lot. We came in 3 hours before our scheduled interview.LOL. We passed by the Cathedral of Angels which was 5 minutes away and had lunch at the LA mall. We were too punctual that the waiting part actually drained us to death. Try not to do that. Lol The check in process is quick- You enter the federal building and they will do an airport check like procedure. You hand in your interview notice to the immigration staff in the room and they will send you to a waiting room. No lines at all.

3. DOCUMENTS

Make sure that you and your spouse know what you brought. I made sure that I showed everything to my husband before we went, in case we get separated, it is important that he has an idea of what he can provide the IO. We have our joint income tax, bank statements( for a year), Copy of our costco card, debit card, Disneyland annual pass, joint lease agreement, and a couple of photos pasted on a bond paper. I labeled everything with a post it. I just handed my whole folder containing all these to the IO and it was a lot easier for her. n a separate envelope, I have all orginals- passport, birth certificates, marriage contract. I also brought a small photo album which has maybe 40 pics on it-- pics with my husband's daughter, his nieces and nephews, etc. Oh I also brought our gym contract and post cards from friends and family which has both our names on it. I also brought letters coming from the SSA for me and another federal agency which I forgot for my husband lol which has our address on.

4. INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE

I didnt have the chance to feel nervous. My husband was already drenched in sweat in a fully air conditioned room, I had to be the calm and confident one. Our IO was very intimidating. We were the last interviewees and she looked tired. Make sure you know if she's ready for the small talk or is all about the business. Take the interview as a team. My husband literally missed most of the questions that the IO asked but I was there to support and clarify each of the statements that he made. Ofcourse, there were no conflicting statements. I was even rephrasing the IO's questions to him coz I think the IO was very terrifying for him that he can't think straight anymore. I think him messing up helped a lot. The heck, he cant even remember his phone number and his daughter's bday. Lol. I think it appeared very natural coz I know all these information that he should have known by heart but forgot. So don't beat yourself up if you commit any mistakes coz the IO knows better. Our interview lasted for 40minutes-- 20minutes were dedicated to small talk. She gave us a letter of approval before we left and my USCIS status was updated the next day. Her questions were basic-- where did you meet, when, who was the common friend. That's it.

5. PRACTICE

We made sure that we revisited our love story. We familiarized ourselves with our house, we took a tour of it together. It's a one bedroom house and there's nothing much to see but try to look at your dwelling place in a more detailed perspective. Agree on the colors, where stuff are kept, term that you're going to use (garage vs infront of the garage, used towels vs unused towels etc) to describe it just to be sure. Ask each other questions. Practice boosts confidence.

We still cant wrap our heads around the thought that it's done for now. We are very happy and we are finally moving forward.

We wish you good luck and we are praying for all of you. The journey is tough, it becomes easier when you offer it to Him and ofcourse when you as partners take it together.

Edited by lola0221

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*** Thread moved from "AOS from WS&T Visas" main forum to the Case Progress subforum. ***

[Moderator hat off]

Thanks for your detailed, supportive story!


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Congrats!


Adjustment of Status From F-1 Visa.

8/14/2014: Mailed AOS package: I-130, I-485, I-765.

8/18/2014: Accepted in Chicago. Transferred to Nebraska Service Center.

8/21/2014: Received NOA 1. I-130, I-485, I-765 in mail.

8/25/2014: Received biometrics in mail. Scheduled for 9/8/2014

9/8/2014: Went in for biometrics.

9/24/2014: EAD approved. 36 Days!

10/01/2014: EAD mailed.

10/03/2014: Received EAD card.

10/14/2014: I-485 moved to testing and interview.

1/28/2015: Interview scheduled for 3/4/2015.

1/31/2015: Received interview notice.

3/4/2015: Interview completed and APPROVED!

3/5/2015: Welcome notice mailed and I-130 Approved.

3/10/2015: Welcome notice and I-130 approval notice received.

3/12/2015: Green card mailed.

3/14/2015: Green card delivered.

 

Removal of Conditions: 

12/14/2016: Mailed I-751.

12/19/2016: NOA issued.

01/26/2017: Biometrics.

05/03/2018: I-751 transfered to NBC.

 

Naturalization:

12/02/2017: Mailed N 400 to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox. (I-751 still pending)

12/05/2017: Package delivered in Phoenix, AZ. Transferred to Harrisonburg Processing Center.

12/07/2017: Notice of action issued. (IOE)

12/26/2017: Biometrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I think i will have my interview in LA, thank you so much for ur sharing experience. Hopefully my waiting for scheduled interview date wont be too long... :/


3/17/2015 sent out my whole AOS package thru overnight delivery

3/18/2015 received by USCIS in Chicago

3/24/2015 3 Text/e-mail notifications received

3/28/2015 Hardcopies of NOAs in the mailbox (i-130, i-485, i-765)

4/06/2015 Received notification of biometrics

4/17/2015 Biometrics done as scheduled.

4/27/2015 i-485 online status changed ready to schedule an interview. YAY!!!

5/21/2015 i-485 interview is scheduled for June 23rd!!! OMG so surprised!!!!

5/23/2015 i-485 interview notice received in hand

5/29/2015 i-765 is approved and new card is ordered to be produced.

6/05/2015 i-765 approval notice received

6/06/2015 EAD received in hand !!!

6/23/2015 i-485 and i-130 got approved on the spot!!!! waiting for green card to arrive!!

6/29/2015 i-485 and i-130 approval notices received in mail. (welcome letter) YAY!!!

7/09/2015 Finally, received my green card in hand!!!!

ROC Journey now

6/02/2017 i751 package to CSC

6/03/2017 i751 was received by CSC

6/06/2017 check was cashed

6/08/2017 NOA 1 received in mail

6/17/2017 NOA 2 received in mail. Biometrics is scheduled on 6/29/2017 

8/29/2018 Case status changed to "Approved", now waiting for Permanent green card to be delivered!

9/08/2018 10 year GC was delivered.   This journey finally ended today!! yay

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