So we had our AOS interview today in Oklahoma City! I thought I would share our experience and get some opinions on how you all think it went!
So here goes, sorry kind of hyper so if this isn't typed so well I apologise!
Basic facts about our relationship:
9 year age difference
US Citizen has been married more than once
Okay so, the lady that interviewed us was lovely.
She swore us in and told us to sit, she asked if we were okay and took our ID and said she has a lot of questions for us, she said they may seem strange but she has to check them off and told us not to worry.
She confirmed our names, parents' names and asked us to confirm each others date of births. She then asked us how we met, when, and also when we met in person, how many times did we meet before marrying.
Why did we decide to get married during this trip, where we got married, why that date and how many times did we visit that state before (she was checking to see that we said at least twice, marriage license and wedding)
She then asked my husband about his divorces and if he thought this was the one and he said definitely this time. She was happy enough with that and we had a laugh about some things, she said it isn't easy being married in the military and she really hopes this is it for him. Not in a rude way though.
She asked if we had any documents for her, husband got a new job so we gave her an updated I-864 and I-864A , we live with mother in law and her income meets the requirements alone. She didn't keep the forms but took mother in laws W2, tax documents and pay stubs, we gave her our tax return but she gave us it back. I'm assuming she only kept mother in laws documents as husband just started his job so it isn't completely reliable. We explained that we kept mother in law on it even though we meet the requirements due to him just starting and she said that's fine and thanked us for that. Mother in law was on it from the beginning anyway so only husband's job was new again I'm assuming this is why she kept the original I-864 etc.
She asked me when I met his family and it was during my first trip here in 2013, she was pleased with this as we had told her some stories just in general conversation so it must of let her know it added up I don't know but I was happy with that.
She asked if we had anything for her so we gave her 2 folders, one with joint financial things such as bank statements, Sams Club memberships, furniture bills, life insurance, VA dependent documents etc and another folder with proof of gifts, financial support from each other during relationship, cards, hotel bookings, flights etc. We also gave her 100+ photos, she looked through them all and chose her 'favourites' for our file. There was a photo of my husband, myself and my mother in law, she pointed to her and asked me who it was. At this point I relaxed a little as she was smiling looking through our evidence (cards and photos etc)
We talked a lot but she didn't really have to ask much as we were giving her plenty of info as it came up in conversation, I apologized for rambling as I do it when I get nervous and she said 'no this makes my job way easier so go on' I also apologized if some of the proof I submitted seemed pointless but I wanted to add anything that showed ongoing relationship and she said no it's fine don't worry.
I also explained that we don't have joint lease or bills as we live with MIL and just give her money each month and she said that makes sense and is fine.
She asked the questions to do with illegal activity etc and then we laughed as I said I can't lie and would be a horrible spy and she said even better because I deal with a lot of lies and she could tell I was sincere (which was great to hear as again it makes you relax)
We also laughed about the photos because she said she's received some explicit photos and we agreed any really couple would not want those images in public!!
We talked for a bit more, really laid back and she was so nice. She then gave me a letter that explained the 2 year green card and when and how to file for removal of conditions. She said it's just to check in as we may be living in my home country by then etc and basically it's to see if we want the 10 year green card. She told us it would make our lives easier to gather our evidence for the next interview in 2 years time as each life event happened. She advised to leave a note of the date to file for removal of conditions on every calendar, phone etc we have so that when the time comes alarm bells ring to file so we don't miss the time frame!
She said she just needs to double check mother in law's income meets everything but said it looks like it does but she didn't want to do math before 9am and laughed which we understood. So I asked her 'so is everything besides that okay like our proof and everything?' she said yes exactly that, she said if she needs anything else for the I-864 she will mail us but she doubts she will need anything more as it looks good. So I said so we should be okay? and she smiled and said yep and that was it! I almost hugged her but switched to a handshake, husband made a joke about it and she said not to worry she got a hug yesterday, we said thank you and said we were so happy and she was like good and was smiling, she walked us out and told us to enjoy the rest of our day.
So that was it, I feel it went really well! I hope this means we are definitely going to get approved! Hope this helps anyone who has their interview coming up.
I know people say this all the time, but honestly as long as you are honest and a legit couple you will be fine. The questions aren't hard, they are questions any true couple will know. Our interviewer was so nice, which may have helped us but still.
Does anyone have any opinions? How do you all think this went? Does it sound like a good sign??
I know she said she just needs to double check the I-864 but it wasn't an approval either and I don't want to get ahead of myself!
I apologize that this is so long!