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Hey all!

 

Some of you may have seen my post earlier in the week regarding our upcoming AOS interview. You can check it out here: 

Anyway, we had our interview yesterday, and I wanted to share me and my husband's experience for anyone else who has an AOS interview coming up.

 

I'll start at the beginning of our day when we woke up at about 3 a.m., and hit the road by 4. We had our interview at the Chicago field office, and it is about 3 hours away on a good day without traffic. Our interview was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and we arrived by about 8 a.m., so we decided to chill in the parking lot for an hour and prep ourselves.

 

We entered the building at 9, hit security, checked in and waited until about 9:35 when our number was called. There were probably about 30 other people in the room waiting with us.

 

We were called by the nicest IO we could probably ask for (and young too!). She escorted us into her office where she had a trainee with her, and put us under oath.

 

The first thing she did was take my ID and his passport, and verify information on our I-485. She verified my employment and my job title, our address, and finally all the "yes-no" questions. She then asked my husband when his first day in the US was, and if he has ever left the country since. Afterward, she asked the both of us to give a brief overview of our relationship and how we got to this point (all the while, she was taking notes in our file).

 

Then the IO asked to see some documentation that supports our marriage, and this is where we went a little overboard! I pulled out a stack of about 18 bank statements and asked her how many she needed (she said 2), then we gave her our car insurance card and my husband's vision, dental and life insurance policy information from his job. I had told her that we really don't have anything that arrives at our address with both our names on it because my name is on the lease and all the utilities, so she asked if my husband had any mail at all that was addressed to him specifically. Thankfully I thought to bring some pieces of mail with his name on them.

 

At that point, she said that is all she needs, and that our case is approved as of that moment! WOO HOO! By the time we got home from Chicago, I checked our case status, and it was updated to "approved"!

 

In the end, this was literally the most stressful couple weeks of my life, and I was WAY more stressed than my husband, even though he's the one getting the green card :D We had tons more bona fides than we needed, but I'm still happy that we came with as much paperwork and proof as we did—because you never really know how your own personal experience will be until it happens. So, for now, we get a couple years of normalcy until we start the whole process over again. In the meantime, we get to breathe easy, and I wish all of you with an AOS coming up, the best of luck! Just make sure you're overly prepared!!!

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Thank you! definitely helpful for a lot of us :)


K1

 

Spoiler

I-129F sent : 30 November 2015
I-129F NOA1 : 16 December 2015
I-129F NOA2 : 02 February 2016
Packet 3 received : 29 February 2016
Packet 3 sent : 28 April 2016
Packet 4 received : 06 May 2016
Interview date : 13 June 2016 (Result: Administrative Review, document needed)
Visa received : 11 July 2016

 

AOS
 

Spoiler

 

US entry : 09 September 2016
I-94 downloaded: 27 September 2016

SS number requested: 28 September 2016
SS number established: 25 October 2016
Marriage ceremony: 02 December 2016
AOS sent to Chicago lockbox: 16 January 2017
Case accepted confirmation by email/sms: 27 January 2017
NOA1 received: 03 February 2017
Biometrics appointment letter received: 06 February 2017

Biometrics passed: 08 Februay 2017 (walk-in)
EAD status updated to "New Card Is Being Produced": 01 May 2017
NOA for EAD and AP received: 04 May 2017
EAD mailed: 04 May 2017

Combo Card in hand: 06 May 2017

I-485 status updated to "New Card Is Being Produced": 15 July 2017
NOA for Green Card received: 20 July 2017
Green Card in hand: 21 July 2017

 

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Congratulations !


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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