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May 2016 Filer with delay - questions

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Hello, 

 

This is my first post on here. My husband and I filed in May. I am adjusting status from student (although have been out of status for a while). We submitted everything but they requested more info (my husband's taxes)  in July. We finally sent everything by September, in October they requested more paperwork to process EAD. Along with that, there was a separate letter for my husband requesting we sent proof of Bona fide marriage. I never knew they asked for that stuff before the actual interview?

 

We finally sent the first set of paperwork for EAD around mid November  and I got it on December 5th, and on that day I sent in all possible documents to prove that our marriage is real (Pics, joint bank statement, joint cell phone bill, join renters insurance, lease, auto insurance, life insurance listing each other as beneficiaries.. Etc).  They received it a week later (a month ago)  but they still haven't scheduled interview. 

 

Does anyone have similar experience?  Where they ask to see proof before an interview?  Why do they need them?  Should I be worried?  Why do you think it's taking long to schedule interview. 

 

Can someone help if they have insight. By the way, our local office if the Fairfax, VA (Washington DC) office. 

 

 

Any help would be appreciated, 

Thanks

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As per instructions of the I-130/I-485, you were supposed to submit them with the paperwork long before the interview. They ask for it because that is the bread and butter of the I-130; you and your husband need to establish a relationship as a married couple beyond doubt to USCIS to show that you guys are eligible for the marriage-based AOS

 

Assuming you sent in everything within the RFE window, you shouldn't be worried. They warned you plenty that failure to submit required documents could mean a delay in processing, and that's what's happening right now. I waited a while before I got an interview letter after my RFE response was received. Chances are you may have to as well, since we filed at the same field office. 

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No I know that I have to submit all required documents, we had submitted all the main documents required. I'm not talking about main docs.

I'm talking about the extra stuff. I had never heard of them asking for docs to show proof of bonafide marriage before the interview. We did also submit everything before deadline. I'm just wondering how long I'll have to wait.  How long did you wait after submitting RFE

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Bona fide stuff isn't extra. It's you establishing your eligibility to file for the I-130 petition. People bring further/more proof of bona fide stuff they've gathered from time of filing to time of interview. 

 

Wait could be anywhere from weeks to months. You'll see how long I waited if you look at my signature. 

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