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Average Rating: 4.26 / 5
42 Review(s)
Philadelphia PA Review #14639 on June 16, 2014:

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Rating: (5 / 5)

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Review Topic: Adjustment of Status

I applied for AOS through diversity visa. My appointment was at 9am on June 11, 2014, and I arrived the USCIS office at 8am. It was very early, and they won't call you earlier than your appointment time so you should be fine if you go there 15 min prior. There are 3 different doors and the lady at the reception tells you which door the IO will call you, so you sit close to that door. I called in at 8:58am, the IO was very polite and friendly. He swore me in as soon as I walked in, and started looking through my file. He asked me my address, last time and place I entered the United States, and my mom's and dad's names. Then he went through the I-485 questions. He asked for the originals of my birth certificate and my I-20s/College enrollment forms.

All went very smoothly and he told me that I would hear about an update by the end of the day/the next day. I have received the USCIS email the next morning and I was approved!! Now waiting for my GC in the mail!

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Philadelphia PA Review #14356 on April 29, 2014:

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Rating: (5 / 5)

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Philadelphia PA Review #14314 on April 20, 2014:

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Rating: (0 / 5)

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Philadelphia PA Review #13917 on February 22, 2014:

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Rating: (5 / 5)

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Review Topic: Adjustment of Status

My wife and I had our interview on the Wednesday 19th of this month, everyone situation is different. We had an 8:40am appointment got there 20min early.
We brought copies of all documents submitted with our applications, The IO sworn us in and ask for the approved I-130..........my daughter birth certificate. Then ask my wife where was she born and when did we get married. And I was asked about my parents and the yes and no questions and that's it. Less than five minutes I was approve also ask for the stamp in the passport but he told you don't really need it........once he enter it in the system I am a permanent resident which he's going to put in the computer while he makes copy.
Less than half hour we get the email and text.
We had a good experience so it all depends on your individual case.
Good luck and nothing beats the truth....we didn't prepare for question or anything because everything about us is real.

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Philadelphia PA Review #13900 on February 20, 2014:


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Rating: (4 / 5)

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Review Topic: Adjustment of Status

Our interview was on February 6, 2014 and it was relatively painless! We arrived about 15 minutes early for the 1 pm interview, went in around 1:15 pm and were outside by 1:30 pm. There's a lot of two hour meter street parking nearby, and we left everything but our giant folder of documents and IDs in the car. We had a friend come with us as an interpreter since my husband isn't fluent in English, but the IO was bilingual so the interview was conducted in Spanish and our friend stayed in the waiting area. We asked the IO how many interviews he does per day, and he told us that he usually does 6-7, but since he was the only Spanish speaker in that day, he had 10.

Going in I was concerned that we didn't have a lot of "official" legal documentation of our relationship, but we followed other VisaJourney members' advice and made sure we brought what we had and lots of photos, cards, emails, etc. Ultimately, the IO didn't want to see anything, but I'm glad we went in prepared!

After we swore to tell the truth, the IO asked to see our passports, birth certificates, and my husband's social security card and EAD/AP card. He asked each of us to say the full name, birthday, and address of the other person, as well as if either of us had been married before. He also asked my husband to confirm the date that he arrived to the US and where he went through customs. Then he basically went through the I-485 document we had sent in to make sure that my husband's answers matched (where he was born, his mother's name, etc.). He also went through all of the questions about if my husband's committed crimes, terrorist activities, drug trafficking etc. and made sure that my husband clearly understood what all of the terms meant. He confirmed that we have a co-sponsor but didn't want to see any new documents, and told us that our case looked good but they would have to wait on paperwork and his supervisor's approval, which could take up to 6 weeks. That was it! Fortunately I had read other VisaJourney posts and knew that it often comes through faster than that. I checked the case status online that night and it already said that the green card was processing. It arrived in the mail a week later!

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