Just returned from interview this morning and interviewer here in Seattle approved BOTH the I-130 AND the I-485. Green card will be mailed, but also stamped wife's passport with "temporary" green card (big red stamp he filled out).
Went very fast; just wanted us to raise our right hands and then explored how we met and where we live etc. Looked at our combined lease and a few bank statements, our insurance statement and that was about it, followed by routine questions for the 485 e.g. have you ever been arrested, engaged in prostitution, part of a militia etc, etc.
We are SOOOO FREAKING HAPPY!!!
Don't know how to insert timeline but Received date in Chicago lockbox was May 30 so less than 90 days from them getting application to APPROVAL!!! No RFEs, but we resubmitted paperwork a few times after getting contradictory scheduling/processing messages from them.
We are hopeful that my husband will be approved within the next month. While I understand that one has six months to use the visa before it is cancelled, I would like to know if there are any restrictions or any potential difficulties (perceptions of CBP upon entering the US etc) if he goes to live in another country (other than the US) during that six month period? Especially given that his passport will show that he left his country of origin on X date and then shows him entering the US 3 months after leaving his home country. I ask because I am currently working abroad for an NGO and my contract will end approximately 2-3 months after he receives his visa. We have considered the option of him coming to join me in my country of assignment until my contract ends and at that point we would come home together at the end (but before his visa expires).
When we sent our IV Packet, we included items to prove that we have a bona fide relationship. These items included skype and email conversations, photos or us (and me with his family) and a health benefit form from my employer listing my husband as a beneficiary. As we approach our interview date, I do not know what else to tell my husband to bring as proof as it will just be more of the same. I'm wondering if it'll be overkill to include more photos and more emails? What else is absolutely crucial to bring to the interview to show proof of a bona fide relationship that we haven't already sent?
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I'm thrilled my wife just received date for interview (scheduled August 29, 2012) of AOS from F-1 student visa to Conditional Residency however, one of the documentation requests on the NOA reads as follows:
Birth Certificates for all children of this marriage, [b]and [/b]custody papers for your children and for your spouse's children not living with you...[/size][/font][/font][/size][/i]
My current wife (non-USC)and I have no children.
My oldest two children from previous relationships are already gone (26 and 23 years old) and I also have a 13 year old who lives with his mother. The 13 year old's mother and I only dated and the relationship was and still is amicable, but we never went though a court to file the administrative paperwork with the state of Washington. All support is paid through the state DHS so there is a clear paper trail on support, however the DHS does not keep copies of the original administrative agreement (i.e. custody papers, I think, per USCIS?).
So now the crazy part: I never kept a copy of the papers and my son's mother also did not keep a copy. And the attorney we had 13 years ago draw up the paperwork (administrative agreement required by the Wash state DHS) is probably dead (he was about 80 years old and I do not even remember his name). I was active army for about 24 years and honestly, the only thing I cared about at the time was making sure the boy was well taken care of, which he was.
Now with USCIS possibly asking for custody papers (has anyone with non-custodial kids ever been through the process of sponsoring an I-485 candidate?), I'm wondering what my next course of action should be.