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Sent in an e-request that we were beyond normal processing time (October 2014 filer). They responded by sending us notice of an interview on June 26, 2015 @ 7:15 am. No RFEs. I put together a stellar package (or so I thought). The only thing we can add would photos from; Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mammoth trips and Songkran (New Years) in Thailand with the family, 2014 tax returns and we re-financed so wife is now on title to the house.

Will we be interviewed together or separately? While my wife's English is good (she just completed ESL level 3, is starting level 4 and citizenship classes), she is shy and tends to get nervous and intimidated around strangers (our AOS interviewer was a very kind man who was nice and patient with my wife). We are a 100% bona fide married couple married for almost three years and having dated for three and half before we got married. No kids yet, just a dog and a cat.

While it is a good sign that they are doing something with our petition, is it a bad sign that we have an interview?

What can we expect?

Thanks in advance.

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Sent in an e-request that we were beyond normal processing time (October 2014 filer). They responded by sending us notice of an interview on June 26, 2015 @ 7:15 am. No RFEs. I put together a stellar package (or so I thought). The only thing we can add would photos from; Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mammoth trips and Songkran (New Years) in Thailand with the family, 2014 tax returns and we re-financed so wife is now on title to the house.

Will we be interviewed together or separately? While my wife's English is good (she just completed ESL level 3, is starting level 4 and citizenship classes), she is shy and tends to get nervous and intimidated around strangers (our AOS interviewer was a very kind man who was nice and patient with my wife). We are a 100% bona fide married couple married for almost three years and having dated for three and half before we got married. No kids yet, just a dog and a cat.

While it is a good sign that they are doing something with our petition, is it a bad sign that we have an interview?

What can we expect?

Thanks in advance.

Together. The officer will go thru a check list making sure the case file is complete as questions are asked. There is nothing to be concerned about.

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Together. The officer will go thru a check list making sure the case file is complete as questions are asked. There is nothing to be concerned about.

Thank you for your reassurance. My wife has blossomed here and I have become wiser to the ways of her country. She and her friend will be starting a CNA program in the fall when she finishes ESL 4. I trust you know what that the means to her. She makes me smile every day!

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Thank you for your reassurance. My wife has blossomed here and I have become wiser to the ways of her country. She and her friend will be starting a CNA program in the fall when she finishes ESL 4. I trust you know what that the means to her. She makes me smile every day!

I am sure the freedom feels good & its good to be in America.

I do know what all of this must mean to her but for those that don't I would add to the obvious the tremendous sense of accomplishment we feel when we get thru each phase of this journey. To end in citizenship is a dream for millions & to know you are one is very special.

For her I am pretty sure she can put behind her the typical Thais that like to tell ourselves & others we will fail. Or the classic my husband refers to where he sells myself & our daughter at the local morning market.

She not only brings happiness to you but I assure you her family back home is pleased to have such a success story so the smiles are international.

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I am sure the freedom feels good & its good to be in America.

I do know what all of this must mean to her but for those that don't I would add to the obvious the tremendous sense of accomplishment we feel when we get thru each phase of this journey. To end in citizenship is a dream for millions & to know you are one is very special.

For her I am pretty sure she can put behind her the typical Thais that like to tell ourselves & others we will fail. Or the classic my husband refers to where he sells myself & our daughter at the local morning market.

She not only brings happiness to you but I assure you her family back home is pleased to have such a success story so the smiles are international.

Her father's smile says it all, and the strong hug. He is simple corn and rice farmer, we can't talk much but exchange a lot through our eyes, I am part of the family now.

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Hmmm... It's quite interesting that you got scheduled for an interview without an RFE while filing jointly, for that matter. Just makes me wonder why. I'm sure you'll do fine since you're in a bona fide marriage. I'm just really surprised. All the best with the interview!

Sent in an e-request that we were beyond normal processing time (October 2014 filer). They responded by sending us notice of an interview on June 26, 2015 @ 7:15 am. No RFEs. I put together a stellar package (or so I thought). The only thing we can add would photos from; Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mammoth trips and Songkran (New Years) in Thailand with the family, 2014 tax returns and we re-financed so wife is now on title to the house.

Will we be interviewed together or separately? While my wife's English is good (she just completed ESL level 3, is starting level 4 and citizenship classes), she is shy and tends to get nervous and intimidated around strangers (our AOS interviewer was a very kind man who was nice and patient with my wife). We are a 100% bona fide married couple married for almost three years and having dated for three and half before we got married. No kids yet, just a dog and a cat.

While it is a good sign that they are doing something with our petition, is it a bad sign that we have an interview?

What can we expect?

Thanks in advance.

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Hmmm... It's quite interesting that you got scheduled for an interview without an RFE while filing jointly, for that matter. Just makes me wonder why. I'm sure you'll do fine since you're in a bona fide marriage. I'm just really surprised. All the best with the interview!

It is not rare for random interview, USCIS states it as quality control.


N400

12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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By statute, 5% of ROC applicants have to be interviewed.

This was what an immigration attorney told me when I asked, at the time.


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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By statute, 5% of ROC applicants have to be interviewed.

This was what an immigration attorney told me when I asked, at the time.

I don't remember the exact percent but this seems similar to what an immigration officer told me years ago. Some of those with scant evidence get RFEs and interviews (obviously) and some with solid evidence get them too.


 

 

AOS

03/24/11 - Got married in the Boogie-Down Bronx, NYC!
04/21/11 - Mailed I-130,I-765, I-485, I-864 and I-693 - Day 00

04/23/11 - Application delivered - Day 02
04/28/11 - NOA (most forms) - Day 07
05/03/11 - Checks cashed - Day 12
05/31/11 - Biometrics completed in the Bronx, NYC - Day 40
06/24/11 - Received someone else's employment authorization card!!! What the...? - Day 64
07/01/11 - Mailed the poor lady's card back after calling USCIS - Day 71
07/07/11 - Received poor lady's interview notice! What??? - Day 77
07/15/11 - Received my own EAD card - Day 85
08/12/11 - Interview. Approved on the spot! - Day 113
08/18/11 - Received card in the mail - Day 119

ROC
05/28/13 - Mailed I-751 - Day 00

05/30/13 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/31/13 - NOA I-797 - Day 03
06/04/13 - Check cashed - Day 07

06/06/13 - NOA delivered to my home/Biometrics letter generated - Day 09

06/10/13 - Received Biometrics letter in the mail - Day 13

06/27/13 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 30

09/10/13 - Application approved! - Day 105

09/14/13 - 10 year Green Card received! - Day 109

Citizenship

05/10/16 - Mailed N-400 - Day 00

05/12/16 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/13/16 - Credit card payment accepted - Day 03

05/17/16 - Received text & email update - Day 07

05/20/16 - Received 1st NOA (dated 05/13/16) & created ELIS acct - Day 10

05/21/16 - Received 2nd NOA (dated 05/16/16) confirming my DOB and address - Day 11

05/22/06 - Biometrics scheduled (online update) and appt letter was mailed on 05/20/16 - Day 12

05/24/06 - Biometrics letter became viewable online (appt scheduled for 06/07/16) - Day 14

05/27/16 - Received Biometrics letter in mail - Day 17

05/31/16 - Was denied walk-in fingerprints with just 1 person left in line. Milwaukee office, boo! - Day 21

06/07/16 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 28

12/21/16 - Passed Citizenship test/Interview was successful! - Day 197

01/26/17 - I am a US citizen!!! - Day 233

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