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My Interview Expereince - Thank You Lord

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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At last I now have the time to post my interview experience. It feels like I’ve been away from Cebu for months. A lot of things had happened and it seems like the past days were just a dream. For someone like me who loves the “way of living” in Cebu, my days in Manila was a riot. Though I had the chance of living in Manila for a year, my experience last week was exhausting but of course it was very rewarding.

I stayed at Bayview Park Hotel. As to proximity, it’s the perfect place to stay coz it’s just across the Embassy. But I have to say that I don’t like the service of the hotel. Their staffs are not “that friendly” at all and they are not efficient also. As to the quality of their system, it needs a lot of improvement. They are not organized and you have to wait for a long time during check-in. I waited for 30 minutes before I got my key card. I was already starving. My plane arrived around 12 noon at NAIA and I was able to have my lunch around 2pm. My knees were already shaking. A piece of advice, if you’re from the Visayas or Mindanao, it would be best to fly to Manila two days before your interview appointment so you’ll have enough time to settle at the place where you would stay and an ample time to relax mentally and physically. About me, my flight was Thursday and my interview appointment was Friday. I flew early from Cebu but I was tired and exhausted when I arrived in Manila. I guess the exhaustion was also due to having to report at work the day before my flight. It would also be best if you’ll file an early leave of absence from work before your trip to Manila, maybe a day before your flight.

Well, on the day of the interview, I woke up at 3AM and even requested for a wake-up call to be sure I will not miss my appointment just in case my alarm will not work. I only had Graham crackers and water for breakfast. The hotel will not allow food delivery so I have to settle for crackers.  I was “ready to go” around 4:30AM. I checked my papers again after having my “breakfast”. My room was just right across the Embassy and I kept on looking down over my window to check the activity outside. I was on the ninth floor and it was hard for me to see the activity at the entrance of the Embassy. What I can see from above was just the lights on the trees. I end up going down around 5:15AM and yeah, it was already crowded outside and those with 6:30AM appointment were already allowed to get in. Not inside the Embassy but to line up on the benches near the entrance. Before 6AM, the guards had started admitting those with 6:30 appointment. Bags were checked and make sure you don’t have any electronic gadgets with you. There was this lady ahead of me and she was bringing a bottle of body spray. The guard actually asked her to spray it on her body. Well, not the entire bottle of course. They were just making sure that it was a body spray. There was also a lady who was bringing bottled water and the guard asked her to drink a portion of it.

After being checked at the entrance, we were allowed to get inside and asked to occupy the rows of chairs near the CR. This area is also facing the windows were the Filipino pre-screeners are stationed. The guard in that area called us by rows to submit all DS forms on the window located beside the CR and situated on the left side of the rows of chairs. Be sure that your Visa Photos are glued on the DS form. You can also leave the bags containing the rest of the documents and just bring the DS forms when you’ll approach that window. In this window, you’ll be given your queuing number and you can return to your seat after that. Please be on watch coz the numbers are called in random. There are three sets of numbers, these are 70**, 60**, and 50**. The 70** are those for K-applicants. And they will flashed these numbers on the queuing board in random, so keep a close watch.

I noticed that those windows queuing for the pre-screening are up to Window 27. Windows 28, 29, 30, 31, and 44 are for the interview with the consul. Windows 33 and 34 are for the finger scanning and Windows 37 and 38 are for the final instructions, this will include the issuing of the pink slip, instruction for Delbros, and instructions for additional documents that they might ask.

Ok, back to the process. I waited until 9:30AM before my number was flashed on the queuing board. I was assigned on Window 18. The Filipino pre-screener was very nice and she didn’t give me a difficult time at all. Before she started to ask me questions, she instructed me for finger scanning. In some cases, the finger scanning and the interview with the pre-screener are done separately. With mine, I had the finger scanning before the pre-screener proceeded with the pre-interview. Here are the questions she asked:

1. What’s your name?

2. Who is your petitioner?

3. Where did you meet your petitioner? When and how?

4. How many times did he visit?

5. When was the last time you saw him?

6. Is he divorce? When was it finalized?

7. Does he have kids? Is it with his ex or with other woman?

8. Have you ever been married before?

9. Do you have children?

Then she asked for my fiancé’s Affidavit of Support, Employer’s Letter, and his 2006 income tax, and our pictures. She checked the income tax return and then gave it back to me. She said that I can give it to the consul if ever I’ll be asked for it. I offered to give her my fiancé’s Pay Stubs but she said, “It’s ok, just have it ready and hand it to the consul if you’ll be ask for it.” Then she instructed me to go back to my seat and wait for my turn to be interviewed with the consul.

I waited for 25 minutes before my number was flashed on the queuing board again. I was assigned on Window 30. I waited for approximately 3 minutes before I went inside the room. There was a chair outside the door and you’ll be instructed to wait until the one being interviewed inside will get out. The consul was very nice. I think he’s on his 50’s. He said, “Good morning Ma’am, have a seat.” I replied “good morning”. He was checking on my papers. Actually I noticed that it was the documents we sent to USCIS. And he asked me to raise my right hand and took oath. After that he said, “I need to verify your finger prints first.” He instructed me put my left thumb finger on top of that “Reader/Scanner” instrument (I don’t know its exact name).  He said, “Hmm, it does not match, ok use your left middle finger.” I did that but then it doesn’t match. He then gave me a tissue and asked me to wipe the surface of the “reader/scanner”. After that he said, “Ok, use your left index finger this time”. I did as instructed and he said, “Ok, verified”. I sit down again and waited for him to start. The questions he asked me are the following:

1. What’s your name?

2. Who is your petitioner?

3. How many times did he visit?

4. When was the last time you saw him?

5. Is he divorce? When was it finalized?

6. Does he have kids?

7. Have you ever been married before?

8. Do you have children?

And then he browsed our papers again, signed some of the pages. He also read the Employment Letter of my fiancé. Checked the Affidavit of Support and filed it on top of our folder. He checked our pictures and he made some notes and he said, “Ok Ma’am, that’s all I want to ask, thank you. You can wait outside for your name to be called for further instruction.” I didn’t have the guts to ask if I am approved. I just assumed that everything is ok base on his facial expression. And he kept on saying “Ok, ok, ok” as he scanned our papers. The interview only lasted for 5 minutes. The questioning was only for 2 minutes. Another two minutes was consumed during the verification of my finger prints and 1 minute for the time he spent on checking our documents. I was relaxed all the time during that 5-minute period and there was no problem at all. I believed the expression on the consul’s face helped me relax. He was very welcoming and polite. It was like talking to an Uncle whom I haven’t seen for a long time.

After that I went back to my seat to wait for my name to be called at Window 37 or 38. And this was the part where I experienced some stress. Around 10:30AM, I was called to approach Window 38. I lined up coz they were calling names by batch to approach that window. When it was my turn, the guy at Window 38 asked me if I have made the payment for Document Verification. I said yes and showed the photocopy and the original copy of the receipt from the bank. He stapled the photocopy on my docs. Then he browsed through my papers and noticed something. He said, “Hmm, ba’t andito to, may kulang.” My heart skipped a beat after hearing that… Then he said, “Ok, wait for awhile coz I need to ask the consul something. I waited and then after 3 minutes he came back and instructed me to go back to my seat and wait for my name to be called again. I was really feeling a little nervous that time, wondering what could be wrong. That was 10:30AM and the clock strikes 12, still I didn’t hear my name being called. We heard instructions over the speaker that we may take our lunch and be back at 1pm. We’ll just have to use our queuing number at the entrance and so the guard would let us in.

I had my lunch at Chowking along with two Bisaya I meet inside. One of my companions was also waiting for her name to be called at Window 37 or 38. And oh, before we left the embassy, we approached the lady facilitator at the Immigrant Visa section and told her about our concern. She instructed us to approach her once we get back inside the Embassy so she can relay it to the staff stationed at Window 38. After lunch, we approached the lady and she asked for our names and queuing numbers. Around 1:10PM, my name was called again. The guy at Window 38 asked me if he already gave me any instruction and I said “No”. He then asked what window did I have my interview. I said “Window 30”. He said, “Ok, go back to your seat and wait for your name to be called”. As in golly, my tummy was in a riot. The rows of chairs near the CR, which was fully occupied that morning was starting to be emptied out. There were only three of us waiting on that section. I kept on glancing to the lady facilitator with that worried look on my face. She gave me a smile and said, “Don’t worry Ma’am, you’ll be called and everything will be ok.” I asked her if there’s a possibility that I’ll be asked to return the next working day (which would then be Monday coz my appointment was Friday). She said “No” and that I’ll be done before 5PM. Well, for me who was doing the “waiting”, it was a torture coz I don’t know if there was something wrong with my docs.

Well, I waited until 2:30PM before my name was called again and it was from Window 37. The guy at this window was very nice. He gave me the pink slip which was attached to my letter of appointment and he instructed me to pay Delbros for the visa delivery fee. He advised not to make travel plans yet coz they’ll be waiting for the result of the Document Verification. Actually, I heard them say that to all applicants. I asked the guy if they still need any document from me. He said “No” and returned the pictures I gave to the pre-screener. And then I made a follow up question if everything is ok. He answered, “No, just pay Delbros and then you can go home.” I paid Delbros and exited the Embassy around 2:45PM. I was so relieved! As in gosh, the waiting was really a torture, but thank God everything was ok! :thumbs:


THE K-1 PROCESS

June 14, 2007: Sent I-129F to Texas Service Center (but case was transferred to CSC)

June 27, 2007: Receipt Notice Date

October 29, 2007: Petition is APPROVED! :-)

December 10, 2007: Case received at NVC

December 12, 2007: Case is forwarded to US Embassy!

January 2, 2008: Pay Delbros for Document Verification

January 8, 2008: CFO Seminar

January 23-24, 2008: Early Medical (Original Sched is Feb. 1, 2008)

February 8, 2008: Interview Date (6:30AM)

February 15, 2008: Received Visa :-)

February 27, 2008: Fly to USA... POE: JFK - New York... :-)

March 14, 2008: Applied for SSN

April 18, 2008: Wedding Day :-)

THE AOS PROCESS

May 13, 2008: Sent AOS docs to USCIS including EAD and AP

May 15, 2008: Package was delivered!

May 21, 2008: Check was cashed!

May 20, 2008: Notice Date for AOS, EAD, & AP

May 24, 2008: Received All 3 NOA's in the mail

May 26, 2008: All 3 cases available online (at National Benefit Center or MSC)

June 12, 2008: Biometric Appointment (USCIS Raleigh - Durham, NC)

June 12, 2008: AOS and EAD touched!

July 19, 2008: AP Approved! Approval is sent!

July 22, 2008: Approval status available online!

July 26, 2008: AP received in the mail!

July 28, 2008: EAD card received in the mail! (With July 19 approval date)

Jan. 13, 2009: Interview Date at USCIS - Raleigh/Durham

APPROVED!!!!

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congrats ... hope u receive your visa soon ... :dance:


AOS

April 7, 2008 Sent AOS Package to Chicago Lockbox

April 14, 2008 Received NOA1

April 17, 2008 Case Touched

April 21, 2008 Received Appointment Letter for Biometrics

May 08, 2008 Biometrics Appointment (Sta. Clara, CA) 9am

May 09, 2008 Touched

May 29, 2008 Repeat Fingerprint (FBI cant produce my fingerprints card)

June 9, 2008 Card production ordered for EAD.

June 15, 2008 Receive AP in mail.

June 17, 2008 Approval Notice Sent. EAD

June 18, 2008 EAD received in mail.

Apply for SSN.

June 19, 2008 Applied for California ID

June 21, 2008 Received interview letter for Adjustment of status.

July 30, 2008 Interview in Sacramento @ 10:15am, Wednesday.

August 4, 2008 Card ordered production.

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

May 9, 2010 Sent package to CSC

May 13, 2010 Received NOA1 (containing the notice of 1 year extension of residency)

July 29, 2010 Received BIOMETRICS Letter for AUGUST 20 Appointment (After 83 days from filling I-751)

Aug 20, 2010 Went to scheduled biometrics but unfortunately the USCIS system doesn't accept my fingerprints.

Sept 20, 2010 Repeat Fingerprints.

Sept 24, 2010 Card ordered production.

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Congrats! i hope you get your visa soon!


mikeandlani

our Visa Journey

09.01.06 - Filed I130 to VSC

05.21.07 - NOA2

06.19.07 - NVC receives Petition

11.23.07 - CASE COMPLETE

01.30.08 - USEM Interview

02.02.08 - CR1 Visa Received

03.03.08 - Entered US through Detroit International

03.27.08 - Received 2yr Conditional Resident Card

04.01.08 - Filed for my SSN at the local SSA office

04.05.08 - SSN received by mail

05.03.08 - Finally got my Driver's License

lifting conditions....

I-I-751

12.07.09 - Sent I-751 to VSC by express mail

12.08.09 - I-751 delivered to VSC per USPS tracking :-)

12.09.09 - NOA1 date (Checked cashed :-D)

12.14.09 - Received NOA1

12.18.09 - ASC Appointment Notice Date

12.26.09 - Received ASC Appointment Notice

12.31.09 - Early Biometrics

01.14.10 - Biometrics Schedule

02.26.10 - Email update --Card Production ordered

03.02.10 - Email update --Approval Notice sent

03.06.10 - Approval Notice Received

03.08.10 - Card Received

Naturalization

I-N400

09.09.11 - Sent N400 to USCIS Dallas Lockbox

09.23.11 - Received 1-797 by mail

11.17.11 - Biometrics Schedule

01.25.12 - Received Interview and Exam Notice by mail

02.28.12 - Interview schedule

03.28.12 - Oath Ceremony

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Congratulations !! God bless... :thumbs:


God is Great .. God is good... all the time..

N_-400

12/13/2010- SEnt The packet

12/22/2010- The packet was returned due to missing page.

12/23/2010- Resend the packet with complete pages.

12/29/2010- Check cashed in

01/03/2010- Receive NOA

01/10/2011- Email from USCIS for the Required Evidence( Finger printing)

01/26/2011-Biometric Schedule

02/07/2011-USCIS online status update-

02/12/2011- Received Interview Letter Scheduled March 14

02/12/2011- Received Descheduled letter

02/17/2011- USCIS online Status update

02/22/2011-New IL arrived schedule for March 29

02/22/2011-Descheduled Letter Again ( 2nd Time)

02/23/2011- I called USCIS and I was told new schedule in the computer for March 22

02/23/2011-USCIS ONline update....

03/01/2011-Interview Letter for March 22 @ 7:15 AM

03/22/2011- Interview and Oath; US Citizen

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Congrats!!!!!!!! :dance::dance:


AOS Process:

Mar. 11, 2008- ARRIVED US

Mar. 12, 2008- got married

00-00-0000-Temple wedding-Mormon church

Mar.13, 2008-completed vaccinations-I693A supplement from CS

Mar. 18, 2008- sent the AOS package(I-485 and EAD)..applied for SSN..

Mar.19, 2008-Delivered. signed for by V Bustamante-took and passed written driving test

Mar.25, 2008-Check cashed-Received SSN

Mar.27,2008-Received NOA's in mail-Case available online

Mar.28, 2008-Received Biometrics appointment in mail-04/08/08

Apr.08,2008-Biometrics DONE

Apr.08-09,2008-TOUCHED

Apr.14,2008-Transfer Notice date to California(I-485)

Apr.17,2008-Received Notice in the mail about the transfer

Apr.20 and 22,2008-I-485 TOUCHED..No touch on EAD

Apr.24, 2008-Received AR driver license

May 07, 08, 09, 12, 13, 2008- I-485 TOUCHED..

May 16, 2008- I-765 Card production ordered -1st email

May 19, 2008- I-485 TOUCHED

May 21, 2008-I-765 Card production ordered-2nd email

May 22, 2008- I-765 TOUCHED

May 23, 2008-I765 Approval notice sent-3rd email

May 24, 2008- EAD in hand

May 28, 2008-AOS Card production ordered..yehey!!!got another email saying "Notice mailed welcoming the new permanent resident"

May 29, 2008-AOS TOUCHED

June 03, 2008- Green Card in hand

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Congrats!!! Thanks for sharing! :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:


ROC

still waiting for GC replacement

N-400

04/23/2012...... N-400 packet sent to Lewisville, TX via USPS express mail

04/24/2012...... N-400 delivered signed for by J. Arthur; priority date according to NOA1

04/27/2012...... Check cashed

04/30/2012...... Received NOA 1 dated April 26, 2012

06/01/2012...... Received notice for biometrics dated May 29, 2012

06/20/2012...... Biometrics schedule (early bio June 05, 2012)

06/18/2012...... Email notification, N400 placed in line for interview

06/29/2012...... Email notification, N400 scheduled for interview

07/05/2012...... Interview Letter Received

08/07/2012...... Interview (PASSED)

Link to: Full timeline

God is in CONTROL. His time is always better than mine: never too early yet never late, always the perfect time.

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congrats! :dance::dance:


NATURALIZATION TIMELINE

May 16, 2011~ mailed N-400

May 20, 2011~ received NOA1

May 31, 2011~ Biometrics letter received sked June 1st

June 01,2011~ Biometrics appt. DONE!

June 23, 2011~ email notification scheduled for Testing and Interview

June 27, 2011~ received interview letter by mail

Aug 01, 2011~ interview at Atlanta GA, PASSED!

Aug 05, 2011~ Oath taking at 1pm

ROC TIMELINE

Nov. 30, 2009~mailed I-751 (VSC)

Dec. 03, 2009~Extension letter and NOA1 received

Jan. 04, 2010~ Biometrics at Metairie, LA

March 10, 2010~ approved!

March 13, 2010~ approval notice sent

March 15, 2010~ received approval letter and GC in mail!

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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I asked the guy if they still need any document from me. He said “No” and returned the pictures I gave to the pre-screener. And then I made a follow up question if everything is ok. He answered, “YES, just pay Delbros and then you can go home.” I paid Delbros and exited the Embassy around 2:45PM. I was so relieved! As in gosh, the waiting was really a torture, but thank God everything was ok! :thumbs:

Have to make a little correction... :)

Edited by Sha and Scott

THE K-1 PROCESS

June 14, 2007: Sent I-129F to Texas Service Center (but case was transferred to CSC)

June 27, 2007: Receipt Notice Date

October 29, 2007: Petition is APPROVED! :-)

December 10, 2007: Case received at NVC

December 12, 2007: Case is forwarded to US Embassy!

January 2, 2008: Pay Delbros for Document Verification

January 8, 2008: CFO Seminar

January 23-24, 2008: Early Medical (Original Sched is Feb. 1, 2008)

February 8, 2008: Interview Date (6:30AM)

February 15, 2008: Received Visa :-)

February 27, 2008: Fly to USA... POE: JFK - New York... :-)

March 14, 2008: Applied for SSN

April 18, 2008: Wedding Day :-)

THE AOS PROCESS

May 13, 2008: Sent AOS docs to USCIS including EAD and AP

May 15, 2008: Package was delivered!

May 21, 2008: Check was cashed!

May 20, 2008: Notice Date for AOS, EAD, & AP

May 24, 2008: Received All 3 NOA's in the mail

May 26, 2008: All 3 cases available online (at National Benefit Center or MSC)

June 12, 2008: Biometric Appointment (USCIS Raleigh - Durham, NC)

June 12, 2008: AOS and EAD touched!

July 19, 2008: AP Approved! Approval is sent!

July 22, 2008: Approval status available online!

July 26, 2008: AP received in the mail!

July 28, 2008: EAD card received in the mail! (With July 19 approval date)

Jan. 13, 2009: Interview Date at USCIS - Raleigh/Durham

APPROVED!!!!

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Congratulations!!!


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11-20-2004 ♥ when we are falling in love

03-03-2007 ♥ he visit me in Cebu

03-05-2007 ♥ he visit my family

03-06-2007 ♥ we're officially engaged

--------------♥ so many things happened / unforgettable date

03-11-2007 ♥ temporary departure

03-14-2007 ♥ finally, he went home to Florida...very sad day...

04-06-2007 ♥ I29F sent to CSC

04-12-2007 ♥ CSC received I29f

04-13-2007 ♥ NOA1 received through mail

08-07-2007 ♥ status online RFE

08-11-2007 ♥ got RFE letter

08-13-2007 ♥ calling CSC about RFE

08-13-2007 ♥ APPROVED!!!

08-18-2007 ♥NOA2 hard copy

10-29-2007 ♥MEDICAL @ SLEC

11-07-2007 ♥INTERVIEW DAY!!!APPROVED!!!

12-14-2007 ♥Soon to be with my GG!!!

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Filed: IR-5 Country: Philippines
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congrats! thank you for sharing im sure it will help a lot... for us ( the beginners) we are still working and waiting for the interview schedule. i am from cebu too and i dont know a lot about manila...

i even dont know where to stay when my interview will be schedule. any suggestions? thank you.. i will be glad to hear from you guys!


Naturalization

01-04-2012 --- N400 sent

01-11-2012 --- Check Cashed

01-10-2012 --- NOA1

02-07-2012 --- Biometrics

02-14-2012 --- Yellow Letter (it says "bring any state issued ID" for interview)

02-24-2012 --- Placed in line for Interview Scheduling

02-27-2012 --- Interview Letter sent out

03-02-2012 --- Interview Letter received

04-02-2012 --- INTERVIEW- passed!

05-01-2012 --- Oath scheduled/ Oath Letter Sent

05-16-2012 --- Oath Taking! I am now a USC!!!

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IR-5

05-17-2012 --- I-130 Sent

05-29-2012 --- NOA1

09-24-2012 --- NOA2

10-11-2012 --- Received Case Number via email

10-12-2012 --- Mailed AOS

10-24-2012 --- Mailed DS-230

11-16-2012 --- Case Complete

11-27-2012 --- Received interview schedule via email

11-05-2012 --- Early Medical day 1

11-06-2012 --- Medical Day 2 -PASSED!

01-03-2013 --- Interview- APRROVED!

01-10-2013 --- VISA Received

01-14-2013 --- POE LAX

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