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My American wife and I went to our interview at the USCIS yesterday (a really , dreary, rainy day here in Milwaukee). Luckily Thursday is her day off work so we were quite happy that we got scheduled for a Thursday. We got through security without a problem (nothing at all like the awful 2 hour line-up we had to stand in 3 or 4 years ago). We went up to the second floor, dropped our letter in the slot for appointments and waited.

At some point one of the officers came out and called the name of an Asian couple. They got up to go inside the (locked) interview area and called out to another Asian woman who was on her cellphone on the other side of the room (we weren't sure who she might have been... maybe an interpreter for the couple?). The female officer bellowed, "Ma'am, get off the cellphone. You are not supposed to use cellphones up here." So the woman hangs up and goes over to her seat to get her coat and purse and put her cellphone away and she is taking a bit too much time apparently. "Okay, fine," the officer says rudely, escorts the other two people through the door and quickly pulls it closed to lock the other woman out. She gets to the door a couple of seconds after it shuts and, of course, can't get in. So she sheepishly takes her seat again.

My wife and I look at each other and think, "Wow, I hope we don't get THAT officer for our interview!"

About 20 minutes later... guess who we get as our officer!!???

Well, it didn't turn out so bad after all. We were sworn in (didn't expect that) and then I was asked some pretty basic questions (current address, mother and father's first names, my birthdate). I was asked where and when I first met my wife and I rambled off for a few minutes on that. Then, taking me surprise I got asked "What do you love about your wife?" Well, I just got totally flummoxed. I stammered and said something about her warmth and sense of humor... and then, after some uncomfortable silence I came out with "We share the same interests.... we like movies and we go shopping together..." "Shopping???" the officer gives me a wide-eyed look. "Really???" So now my wife is never going to ever let me forget that I was asked why I loved my wife and my answer was "Shopping!"

We had photocopied a ton of papers (not knowing what they would consider important) and, of course, t5he officer only wanted a few things. She first wanted to see our current lease or mortage statement in both or names (which we didn't have). We rent the top half of a duplex from my wife's best friend and they have nothing on paper. "Well," the officer says, "you'll have to bring me a letter signed by her, saying that." Right away my heart sinks. "Oh, great," I think. "I'm not getting approved today... gonna have to come back." Then we show her some insurance papers where we are listed as each others' beneficiary, our tax returns for last year, a bank statement with our names on it and the certificate of title to our new car (which we just bought last month). Luckily we had both our names on the title because that piece of paper seemed to impress her more than anything else (we almost didn't remember to bring it at all). She even changed her mind and said that we wouldn't be needed a letter explaining our lease arrangements after all. (Whew!)

The officer pried the staple out of my passport and took the I-94, took my EAD card and said that she was approving me and that I'd probably get the Green Card in 2 weeks! (Yee Haw!) She explained we now had 2 years before the next step and said we should be applying in February 2008. We gathered up our big satchel of documents (I brought every piece of paper I *ever* obtained in connection with USCIS) and left smiling.

Yay! We did it!

Now I just need a job...

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Congrats! That's an interesting experience and quite funny. And in the name of all males I have to say "Shame on you for promoting shopping! Oy Vey!" :lol:



March 2 Filed I-129 F

July 21 Interview in Bogota ** Approved ** Very Easy!


Oct 19 Mailed AOS Packet to Chicago


Feb 17 AOS interview in Denver. Biometrics also done today! (Interviewing officer ordered them.)

Apr 25 Green card received


Removal of conditions

March 17 Refiled using new I-751 form

April 16 Biometrics done

July 10 Green card production ordered



Jan 20 filed N400

Feb 04 NOA date

Feb 24 Biometrics

May 5 Interview - Centennial (Denver, Colorado) Passed

June 10 Oath Ceremony - Teikyo Loretto Heights, Denver, Colorado

July 7 Received Passport in 3 weeks

Shredded all immigration papers Have scanned images

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Congratulations - and hey, my husband enjoys shopping too!

“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


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Congratulations! Is there a thread just of people's interview experiences?

Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.

Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.

Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.

--Pueblo Blessing



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LOL very funny interview story haha. Glad you were approved, congrats!

Mel and Paul


09/04/05- Married

11/01/05- I-130, I-485 and I-765 applications mailed to Chicago lockbox

11/22/05- NOA

12/06/05- RFE on I-864 for medical and petitioners Birth Certificate

02/23/06- Biometrics taken for AOS and EAD

03/17/06- EAD approved

03/20/06- EAD received in mail

03/22/06- Applied for Social Security Number

03/27/06- Received Social Security Card

03/27/06- Received interview date for AOS

04/06/06- Started first job in America

04/29/06- Passed the test at the DMV, now have a state permit to drive

05/03/06- Initial Interview for AOS

05/03/06- AOS approved! I-551 stamped in passport!!

05/12/06- Welcome To America letter

05/15/06- Green Card arrived in mail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lifting Conditions I-751

09/04/07 - Married 2 years

04/30/08 - Sent package

05/03/08 - Green Card expired

05/02/08 - USCIS Received package

05/05/08 - Check cashed

05/08/08 - Received Extension letter

05/17/08 - Received Biometrics appointment letter for May 31, 2008

05/24/08 - Received 2nd letter for Biometrics appointment for June 4, 2008

05/31/08 - Went to biometrics appointment on May 31, 2008, said Paul did not have to go on June 4th, computer glitch.

06/04/08 - Case was "touched"

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Wow, the woman on the phone was an idiot.

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies."

Senator Barack Obama
Senate Floor Speech on Public Debt
March 16, 2006


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Congrats!!! :D

Kat :luv:

I-130 for both parents

March 28th 2013 - Priority date/ NOA 1
November 14th 2013 - Transferred to Nebraska Service Center

January 7th 2014 - Case changed online to approved for both

January 8th 2014 - case changed to shipped to NVC

January 9th 2014 - case changed to NOA 2 mailed

January 10th 2014 - Received the hardcopy of the NOA 2 stating that NVC would issue a case number in 30 days approx.

January 21st 2014 - Case Received at NVC

February 26th 2014 - Case numbers and IIN number received - Wrong embassy code assigned...now waiting for new case numbers.

March 3rd 2014 - Filled in DS-261 for both parents

March 5th 2014- AOS available, paid and submitted AOS packet.

March 6th 2014 - USPS shows packet was delivered at NVC

March 10th 2014 - AOS shows as paid in the CEAC portal/AOS logged into system as being received by NVC.

March 11th 2014 - New case number assigned for my Dad.

March 20th 2014 - Paid IV fee for my Mum.

March 25th 2014 - AOS accepted by NVC with no checklist.

March 26th 2014 - Filled in and submitted DS-260 for my Mum

March 31st 2014 - AOS found in my Mum's file for my Dad - accepted and placed into his file/IV fee available for my Dad and Paid.

April 1st - Mailed all civil documents to NVC for both parents.

April 3rd: IV fee shows as paid in portal/submitted DS-260 for my Dad.

April 22nd: checklist issued for civil documents - NVC error ...

April 23rd: sent another certified copy of my marriage certificate

April 24th: Case complete! :)

April 30th 2014 - Medical scheduled for parents at Knightsbridge in London

June 11th: Interview at London Embassy - Approved :)

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Congratulations!! :dance: :dance:

JAMA0001.GIFMindy & Roy

06/08/05 -- I-129f Sent to Nebraska

08/30/05 - Approved

12/02/05 - Interview in Kingston

01/13/06 - Roy flies to Chicago

03/03/06 - Married

03/29/06 - EAD/AOS Sent

06/06/06 - EAD Approved

07/11/06 - AOS Approved - w/o interview

07/17/06 - GC Received....

I-751 - Lifting Conditions

04/01/08 - Sent to Nebraska

04/03/08 - NOA1 Notice Date -- Trans to California

04/14/08 - Received NOA1 in mail

04/14/08 - Check cleared bank

04/24/08 - Biometrics letter received

05/02/08 - Biometrics scheduled

10/10/08 - Card Ordered

10/16/08 - Card received -- DONE!!!

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Congratulations! I wish my husband likes shopping! :wacko: He goes to the mall for what he needs and that's it! Is shopping an art? :D


12/06/04 - I-129F mailed to Nebraska Service Center

02/14/05 Got RFE via email

02/17/05 Received RFE snail mail

02/19/05 Sent the original forms requested

02/28/05 Approved NOA 2 (email)

03/04/05 Received NOA2 (mail)

04/06/05 Pack. 4 - appointment date for mid May, 2005!!!

05/16/05 Inteview and visa granted!!!

06/16/05 Arrived to US

07/09/05 WEDDING DAY!!!

08/13/05 AOS, EAD and AP mailed to Chicago Lock Box

10/04/05 AP approved! :)

11/08/05 Biometrics taken

03/22/06 We received the letter for the AOS interview!!! it is scheduled for May 11th ...

And still waiting for my EAD.... Can you believe it?

11/05/06 AOS interview. APPROVED!!

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Congrats and best wishes for the both of you.

Removal of Conditions (I-751)

August 16/08: VSC received I-751

August 22/08: check cashed (certainly did not waste any time)

September 11/08: Received NOA 1

September 15/08: Rec'd Biometrics Appointment Letter

October 02/08: Biometrics Completed

March 04/09: File transferred to CSC

June 01/09: Letter stating Petition Approved and Card Production ordered

July 12/09: Card Production ordered e-mail

July 13/09: Received card in the mail


March 27/06: Sent I-485

March 31/06: NOA 1

April 4/06: Rec'd NOA 1

April 5&6/06: Touched

May 4/06: Rec'd Biometrics Appointment Letter

May 23/06: Biometrics Appointment

May 26/06: Touched

July 22/06: Rec'd Appointment for Interview

Sept 12/06: Interview

Sept 18/06: Rec'd Welcome to USA letter

Sept 26/06: Rec'd Green Card

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