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We went to our interview appointment yesterday. Had to wait 90+ mins before our names were called, even though we arrived before appointment time.

Our story: Meet my spouse in China (04/2014) while that time she already applied and approved J-1 visa to US for work exchange. We met again in US when she working on her J-1 (6/2014) and started our relationship, I asked and propose to her at the end of 2014 after she fulfilled her J-1 requirement, and got married in US. Filed AOS on December 2014 and my spouse stayed and living with me in the US, got the interview finally this month. (8/2015)

The interview took a full 45+ mins.

Things we didn't do well:

*Not enough pictures - we don't have wedding reception or honeymoon pictures since we didn't do either of that yet.

*Not enough evident of joint account/assets - our joint bank account verification and joint lease agreement is not good enough, officer want to see the monthly banking statement that shows we use the account together like on daily basis or utility bills with both names

*We don't have joint assets such as car, house, property....etc (who as newly weds have all of those nowadays?)

*I didn't bring my full wallet into the interview, thus can't show officer if I have any bank cards with joint names & wallet pictures*my guess* ( I left in car because I knew the security checkpoint hassle, brought just my ID and all documents )

Tests we passed: (but quite awkward)

*Able to unlock the passcode on your partner's phone

*Able to dig through your partner's phone to locate some pictures or selfies of ourselves

*Able to verifies my employment history back dates like 5 years

Questions that didn't mention:

I thought many personal and private questions will be asked, but none. No sex life questions, no "why you liked him/her" , no daily routine check, we didn't tested to memorize each other's birthday/anniversary ..etc

Conclusion:

We didn't grant approval on site, our case will be reviewed and decisions will be made and notify us within 30 days.

Wish us luck and hope next time I update this post will be a good news.

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We went to our interview appointment yesterday. Had to wait 90+ mins before our names were called, even though we arrived before appointment time.

Our story: Meet my spouse in China (04/2014) while that time she already applied and approved J-1 visa to US for work exchange. We met again in US when she working on her J-1 (6/2014) and started our relationship, I asked and propose to her at the end of 2014 after she fulfilled her J-1 requirement, and got married in US. Filed AOS on December 2014 and my spouse stayed and living with me in the US, got the interview finally this month. (8/2015)

The interview took a full 45+ mins.

Things we didn't do well:

*Not enough pictures - we don't have wedding reception or honeymoon pictures since we didn't do either of that yet.

*Not enough evident of joint account/assets - our joint bank account verification and joint lease agreement is not good enough, officer want to see the monthly banking statement that shows we use the account together like on daily basis or utility bills with both names

*We don't have joint assets such as car, house, property....etc (who as newly weds have all of those nowadays?)

*I didn't bring my full wallet into the interview, thus can't show officer if I have any bank cards with joint names & wallet pictures*my guess* ( I left in car because I knew the security checkpoint hassle, brought just my ID and all documents )

Tests we passed: (but quite awkward)

*Able to unlock the passcode on your partner's phone

*Able to dig through your partner's phone to locate some pictures or selfies of ourselves

*Able to verifies my employment history back dates like 5 years

Questions that didn't mention:

I thought many personal and private questions will be asked, but none. No sex life questions, no "why you liked him/her" , no daily routine check, we didn't tested to memorize each other's birthday/anniversary ..etc

Conclusion:

We didn't grant approval on site, our case will be reviewed and decisions will be made and notify us within 30 days.

Wish us luck and hope next time I update this post will be a good news.

They asked you to unlock your parnters cell phone?? That's VERY weird ... hmmm ...

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They asked you to unlock your spouse's phone ? :huh:


Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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My Husband couldn't unlock my phone if he had to. He has never had, nor he says will he ever have, a cellphone. In fact, it rang this morning on the way to the post office, and he couldn't work out how to answer it. Really. :D


I can explain it to you. But I can't understand it for you.

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yes, me and my wife were asked to showing the officer that we could unlock each other's cellphone.

LOL is all I can say.


Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the "AOS from WS&T Visas" Case Progress subforum. ***


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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wait...I thought that when you go to interview that cell phones and electronics were prohibited???


 

8/22/15 Received notice of interview "call in letter" for September 1st 8am

9/01/15 AOS Interview Houston-APPROVED!

9/01/15 Card in production, Welcome notice has been mailed

9/05/15 Welcome Notice Received

9/08/15 Greencard was mailed

9/10/15 GREENCARD RECEIVED!!!!!!!!

 

ROC

6/2/17 mailed I-751 to csc priority mail

7/1/17 I-751 returned rejected (multiple items)

7/3/17 I-751 mailed again with signature confirmation

7/6/17 second I-751 delivered and signed for by Daniel Manchaca

7/10/17  Check Cashed

7/10/17  NOA

7/22/17  Biometrics letter for 8/2/17

8/02/17 Biometrics appointment DONE

3/05/18 case moved to local office

8/25/18 Extension letter (18 months)

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I have already added my husband to utility bills and deed before he went to interview for visa

Do you own a car to add your spouse?

Does spouse have a debit card for banking?

Changed my beneficiary on life insurance and my will to show co-mingle funds for the visa interview

Even if you don't own a lot, make out a will / each of you/ example forms online / young people fail to see how important this is as you don't think you own anything but it is especially when you start to have children and want to leave specific instructions on their care if something happens

Good luck

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wait...I thought that when you go to interview that cell phones and electronics were prohibited???

I thought has much


06/24/2015 - Package received
06/29/2015 - fingerprint fee accepted.
06/30/2015 - Received text & e-confirmation of NOA. Case received & routed to USCIS National Benefits Center
07/06/2015 - NOA1 received.

07/13/2015 - Biometric letter arrived mail box. Date 07/24/2015

07/24/2015 - Biometric done. One month mark

08/29/2015 - EAD approved

09/03/2015 - EAD card mailed

09/04/2015 - EAD approval mail in mail box

09/08/2015 - EAD card received.

09/09/2015 - Applied for SSN.

09/15/2015 - Got my SSN in the mail

04/14/2015 - Update online: Your interview has been scheduled for 05/19

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Asking those question is a basic knowledge means how well you know your fiance'/wife. And all the evidence they wanted is to see how true that you are a marriage couple. Bank records or assets means that since you marriage her,that you should put her name in your house or anything that you own.This will tell that you can afford to give her,her basic needs.So that she nor you will not be a problem to the government about having financial issues.

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We went to our interview appointment yesterday. Had to wait 90+ mins before our names were called, even though we arrived before appointment time.

Our story: Meet my spouse in China (04/2014) while that time she already applied and approved J-1 visa to US for work exchange. We met again in US when she working on her J-1 (6/2014) and started our relationship, I asked and propose to her at the end of 2014 after she fulfilled her J-1 requirement, and got married in US. Filed AOS on December 2014 and my spouse stayed and living with me in the US, got the interview finally this month. (8/2015)

The interview took a full 45+ mins.

Things we didn't do well:

*Not enough pictures - we don't have wedding reception or honeymoon pictures since we didn't do either of that yet.

*Not enough evident of joint account/assets - our joint bank account verification and joint lease agreement is not good enough, officer want to see the monthly banking statement that shows we use the account together like on daily basis or utility bills with both names

*We don't have joint assets such as car, house, property....etc (who as newly weds have all of those nowadays?)

*I didn't bring my full wallet into the interview, thus can't show officer if I have any bank cards with joint names & wallet pictures*my guess* ( I left in car because I knew the security checkpoint hassle, brought just my ID and all documents )

Tests we passed: (but quite awkward)

*Able to unlock the passcode on your partner's phone

*Able to dig through your partner's phone to locate some pictures or selfies of ourselves

*Able to verifies my employment history back dates like 5 years

Questions that didn't mention:

I thought many personal and private questions will be asked, but none. No sex life questions, no "why you liked him/her" , no daily routine check, we didn't tested to memorize each other's birthday/anniversary ..etc

Conclusion:

We didn't grant approval on site, our case will be reviewed and decisions will be made and notify us within 30 days.

Wish us luck and hope next time I update this post will be a good news.

To not have any of these basic things 7 months into a marriage raises Read Flags that's why not the approval.

Most couples go get credit cards and add each other to their accounts so as they have a SS# and married. That should have been the first thing you did.

What about your lease if you are renting are you both listed if not why?

There have been a few holidays since December where are your pictures of you and her with family and friends.

They asked about the phone code to see if you even knew each other because you didn't show anything that you were even together. I would not be surprised if they order up a field visit to your home checking you out.

You need to be going to the bank, adding each other to your insurance (if you have it). Now. Your approval depends on it.


Case Complete to Interview spreadsheet

From now on your VJ Member name will be verified. If the name you put on form to be added to spreadsheet comes up not found, you will not be added to the spreadsheet. If you don't have a timeline you will not be added to the spreadsheet.
Please Please put your VJ member name only. Not nicknames or real names whatever your VJ name is. It's below your profile picture!!

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BS detector is going off!

Electronic devises of any kind are strictly prohibited when entering any embassy. It's a major security issue. Try to get into an embassy carrying your cellphone! Not gonna happen....ever!


IR-1/CR-1 Visa

I-130 Sent : 2014-09-06

I-130 NOA1 : 2014-09-08 I-130

I-130 Appr5oved : 2015-02-22

NVC Received : 2015-03-09

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-03-20

Pay AOS Bill : 2015-03-28

Send AOS Package : 2015-04-28

Submit DS-261 : 2015-04-25

Receive IV Bill : 2015-04-14

Pay IV Bill : 2015-04-22

Send IV Package : 2015-04-28

Scanned date: 2015-04-28

Check list : 2015-06-07

Check list scanned: 2015-06-10

Sent to Supervisor 49 days after scanned: 2015-07-28

Case Complete 7 days after it went to Supervisor: 2015-08-05

Interview Appointment Letter from NVC: 2015-13-10

Case shows as READY 2015-10-19

Medical done: 2015-16-11

Interview Date: 2015-11-18

APPROVED....GOD IS GREAT!!!!! PRAISE THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! :goofy:

Case changed from "Ready" to "AP" on 19th, then to "Issued" on 22nd

Visa was ready for pick up November 3rd in the afternoon

VISA IN HAND! THANK YOU GOD!

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BS detector is going off!

Electronic devises of any kind are strictly prohibited when entering any embassy. It's a major security issue. Try to get into an embassy carrying your cellphone! Not gonna happen....ever!

USCIS office is not an embassy - different rules. You can bring electronics to the USCIS office - I had my phone when I had my naturalization interview.


Removal of Conditions Journey

3/3/2009 - Removal of conditions - sent off packet to CSC

3/5/2009 - I-751 received in CSC

3/9/2009 - Check cashed

3/20/2009 - Biometrics notice received (no NOA1)

4/2/2009 - Biometrics

4/9/2009 - NOA1 date (first undelivered one is 3/5)

4/3/2009 - Touch?

5/6/2009 - ROC Approval - 65 days

6/22/2009 - CRIS Card production ordered email

7/7/2009 - GC arrived!

Naturalization Journey

3/03/2010 N400 sent to Arizona Lockbox

3/15/2010 Check cashed

3/17/2010 NOA1

3/18/2010 - Biometrics notice sent

3/26/2010 Early biometrics done at an ASC different from the one assigned to (Original BIO date was 4/15)

4/30/2010 Yellow letter received and info from USCIS mil line they are working on my interview letter (6/17 appt)

5/1/2010 Text and email interview letter sen

5/6/2010 Interview letter received - scheduled for 6/17/2010 at 10:05am

6/17/2010 Interview appointment - PASSED

6/29/2010 US Citizen

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