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Hi all,

Just wanted to post our interview experience from this past Friday. We've been rehashing the interview all weekend and are hoping it will be therapeutic for us to post it here and move on with our lives! The good news is that we were approved, the slightly bad news is that it was a more intense interview than we were expecting. However, my husband and I both feel this website was a fantastic source of information and support throughout this process so thank you to everyone!

First of all, we arrived about an hour early for our appointment. After going through security, we sat in a waiting room with about ten other couples who appeared to be there for interviews. Our appointment was at 3:00 pm and we were called in at around 3:10 pm.

Our interviewer was polite but professional. We both felt, looking back at things now, that she was intensely watching the both of us as we replied to the answers to her questions (and taking copius notes which she was hiding so we couldn't see). Our interview lasted about 25 minutes and she asked us quite a few questions. I should mention that my husband is Muslim and I am not. We aren't sure if this made a difference in our interview experience or, if it was the fact that we were there at 3:00 pm on a Friday afternoon and she had more time to interview us because we were her last of the day!

Some of the questions she asked the both of us were:

1. How did you meet?

2. Do you both work? What do you do for a living?

3. Where do you live? How long have you lived there?

4. How many bedrooms do you have?

5. Who does the cooking? When I said my husband did most of the cooking, she asked us what kinds of things he cooks.

6. Do you want to have children? How many children do you want?

7. Where did you get married? Who was there?

8. She asked each of us how many brothers and sisters we have.

9. She asked our dates of birth and when she saw that it was recently my birthday, she asked what we did for my birthday (of course, my mind went completely blank and I couldn't remember a thing!)

10. She asked about my time living in the UK, how long I was there, where I lived, etc.

11. She asked details about trips we had taken in Europe together.

Some of the questions she asked my husband (non USC) were:

1. When was the last time you were in Pakistan?

2. What do you remember about Pakistan?

3. When did your parents move to the UK?

4. How many times a day do you pray?

5. Has your wife ever been to a mosque?

6. She then procedeed to ask a variety of questions about my husband's beliefs about Muslim women covering their heads. She stated she was asking because she didn't know, but my husband feels she was asking to find out more about his religious beliefs. We both found it hard to believe she had never interviewed anyone before who was Muslim. She thanked us for answering her questions and stated she had "learned some new things".

Lastly, she asked the standard "no" questions from the I-485 application - are you a terrorist, communist, etc.

She did not ask for our passports, only our ID/Drivers' license. She looked at our photographs. As evidence, we provided our lease agreement, renter's insurance, life insurance with my husband as primary beneficiary, and joint bank account statements. She did not take copies of any of our evidence. She did a lot of comparing between our K-1 application and our I-485 application.

She ended by telling us that she was approving our case, that our background checks were completed and therefore she was going to cancel our EAD, and that the green card should arrive in the next few weeks. She did not take my husband's I-94.

Looking back at things now, the interview was an intense experience. However, we didn't have anything to hide and answered questions honestly. I don't often post on this forum but the information here has been invaluable and I hope this information can be of use to others!

Saraandiffy


I129-F

Packet sent............10/12/05

NOA 1....................10/17/05

NOA 2....................11/07/05

Received packet 3...12/16/05

Interview date.........04/20/06

Visa received..........04/20/06

Date of US entry......04/30/06

Wedding.................05/28/06

I-485/I-765

AOS/EAD packet sent.........6/02/06

NOA1 AOS.........................6/14/06

NOA1 EAD.........................6/16/06

Biometrics.........................7/03/06

Interview date...................7/28/06

AOS approved !! ...............7/28/06

"Welcome to the USA" letter.....8/04/06

Greencard arrives!!..............8/14/06

AOS approved in 45 days!!

I-751 Removing conditions

Packet sent................4/26/08

Check cashed.............5/02/08

Biometrics..................5/27/08

Approved..................10/17/08

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:dance::dance: Congrats :dance::dance:

We are still waiting for our results. We also interviewed in Seattle. I am hope our file arrives in Seattle. That is what is holding us back right now. Our file is in San Francisco. :angry:

I'm sorry to hear that there is a delay for you - hope things work out and you hear news soon!


I129-F

Packet sent............10/12/05

NOA 1....................10/17/05

NOA 2....................11/07/05

Received packet 3...12/16/05

Interview date.........04/20/06

Visa received..........04/20/06

Date of US entry......04/30/06

Wedding.................05/28/06

I-485/I-765

AOS/EAD packet sent.........6/02/06

NOA1 AOS.........................6/14/06

NOA1 EAD.........................6/16/06

Biometrics.........................7/03/06

Interview date...................7/28/06

AOS approved !! ...............7/28/06

"Welcome to the USA" letter.....8/04/06

Greencard arrives!!..............8/14/06

AOS approved in 45 days!!

I-751 Removing conditions

Packet sent................4/26/08

Check cashed.............5/02/08

Biometrics..................5/27/08

Approved..................10/17/08

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Congratulations, you passed it!

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06 December 2005 - entered US on tourist visa

08 February 2006 - got married

06 March 2006 - 15 March 2006 - medical exam done

15 March 2006 - I-485 package sent to Chicago Lockbox

21 March 2006 - USCIS received papers

24 March 2006 - notice date for I-130,I-485,I-765 (28 March 2006 - received NOA for I-130,I-485,I-765)

01 April 2006 - I-130, I-485, I-765 touched

06 April 2006 - Notice date for biometrics appointment (received on 13 April 2006)

29 April 2006 - Biometrics done

06 May 2006 - I-765, I-145 touched

08 May 2006 - I-765, I-130 touched

03 June 2006 - I-765 touched

06 June 2006 - Interview letter arrived

07 June 2006 - e-mail received: EAD approved !!!

09 June 2006 - EAD card received in mail

12 June 2006 - applied for SSN

26 June 2006 - SSN arrived

25 July 2006 - Interview

APPROVED!!!

31 July 2006 - Welcome Notice arrived

4 August 2006 - GREEN CARD ARRIVED !!!!

I am back!!!

30 April 2008 - sent out form I-751 to remove conditional residence

12 May 2008 - extention letter arrived

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Congratulations :star:(F)


3dflags_fin0001-0001a.gifSanna and Daniel's journey3dflags_usa0001-0001a.gif

December 13, 2007 - I-751 submitted to NSC (removing of conditions fun begins...)

December 22 - Received a rejection notice because the form was not "properly signed". Package itself was not returned.

January 1, 2008 - Received packet back from CSC. They are requesting we resubmit the packet (which is already organized by CSC) with a properly signed form.

January 2 - Packet resubmitted to California.

January 12 - NOA1 received (dated 01/07/2008)

January 19 - Biometrics appointment notice received (dated 01/15/2008)

February 1 - Biometrics

March 11 - Approved! Card production ordered (notified via e-mail).

March 20, 2008 - New card arrived in the mail :)

Done until 2018 :)

For more details including K1 and AOS journies check out "Our story" in my profile =)

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Congrats (F)


*Karen -- Jamaica ....... Courtney -- New Jersey*

09-12-05 - AOS filed

04-21-06 - AOS Interview

04-27-06 - Approval

05-17-06 - Green Card in hand

02-11-08 - File to remove conditions

03-15-08 - Biometrics

03-18-09 - Approved - No interview (Card production ordered)

03-24-09 - 10-year card arrives!

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Congrats (F)

Congrats. It must be a big weight off your mind to have it over and done with.

Hope you get your GC soon


I-130 For Both Parents

10/10/09 - Mailed both I-130 applications

10/13/09 - Received at Chicago Lockbox

10/20/09 - NOA1 Issued

10/21/09 - Checks Cashed

10/26/09 - NOA1 Received

02/19/10 - Approved - email notice

NVC

02/22/10 - Received at NVC

02/23/10 - Assigned Case Numbers for both applications

02/23/10 - Registered email addresses with case numbers

02/24/10 - Received emails for AOS Bill $70 & DS 3032 Choice of Agent form

02/25/10 - Paid AOS Bill

02/26/10 - Sent DS-3032 priority mail

02/28/10 - Emailed DS-3032

03/01/10 - Sent I-864 priority mail

03/03/10 - DS-3032 accepted by NVC - email notification

03/03/10 - Paid IV Bill for both parents

03/11/10 - IV Bill finally shows as PAID

03/11/10 - Mailed DS-230

03/17/10 - RFE notification mailed out per AVR - It was a false one - for the DS-230

03/19/10 - AVR changed from RFE to Checklist Response received (they received the DS-230)

03/29/10 - RFE - Q.30 on DS-230 for Step dad

03/30/10 - Log in failed for mum's case

04/01/10 - Mailed RFE

04/09/10 - AVR changed from RFE to Checklist response received

04/16/10 - Log in failed for step dad's case

04/16/10 - AVR case complete

04/29/10 - Interview Assigned for 15th June for both parents

06/01/10 - Medical Appointment

06/15/10 - Interview

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Congrats (F)

Congrats. It must be a big weight off your mind to have it over and done with.

Hope you get your GC soon

Congratulations on getting approved. I can see why you felt upset about the interview. I'm from the UK and we interviewed in Oregon and the only question we were asked was how we met. I'm surprised they have a right to ask about religious customs and the number of children you want. I'm pregnant with my first and we don't know how many we want. I don't see how any answer to that question would prove anything. At least it's all over now and you got approved. It was such a relief for us that I conceived this baby about a week after I got my green card and we'd been trying for months without success! Life will be much less stressful for you from now on. Enjoy!

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The hard work pays off!!! Congratulations!

Diana


My Timeline

K1

01/09/06- pakage sent to NSC

01/11/06- NOA1

03/16/06- NOA2 approved!!!

04/03/06- arrived at NVC

04/04/06- left NVC

04/08/06- received packet 3

04/11/06- sent packet 3 to Frankfurt

04/26/06- received packet 4

05/23/06- INTERVIEW at 9:30amAPPROVED!!!!

06/01/06- visa in hand!!!

06/08/06- married in Vegas!!!

AOS/EAD

06/24/06- sent AOS and EAD package to Chicago

06/27/06- Chicago receives package

06/30/06- NOA1

07/03/06- NOA1 received in the mail

07/17/06- biometrics appt. received in mail

07/25/06- biometrics in cleveland

08/30/06- case received at CSC

08/31/06- received a new NOA1 email

09/01/06- touched AOS

09/15/06- AOS APPROVED!! got email saying welcome letter was sent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09/20/06- welcome letter received!!! and approval email sent

09/21/06- touched and GREENCARD RECEIVED!!!!!

06/08/07- one year anniversary

06/08/08- two year anniversary

06/08/09- three year anniversary

Removal of Conditions

06/17/08- package sent to California

06/19/08- California receives package

06/19/08-NOA1

06/28/08-Biometrics appointment

07/28/08-touched

09/01/08-received non conditional green card

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:dance::dance::luv::thumbs::dance::star::lol::P:dance::luv:

**K-1 VISA**

*07.29.05 sent package i-129f to california

*08.02.05 recveived NOA1

*10.17.05 received NOA2

*11.01.05 colombia's embassy received package

*12.05.05 interview date

*12.06.05 recieved VISA

*12.20.05 came to U.S.A!!!!

*12.28.05 applied for a Social Security

*01.05.06 received Social Security card =)

*02.11.06 married....

**AOS**

*03.01.06 sent package for AOS & EAD

*03.03.06 package arrived at unit (Chicago,il 60699)

*03.18.06 NOA1 for AOS & EAD (notice date 03.08.06)

*04.15.06 he had his Biometric taken

*04.17.06 EAD & AOS touched

*05.03.06 AOS touched again & case transfered to CALIFORNIA.

*05.12.06 EAD APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*05.16.06 AOS touched again!!!!!

*05.17.06 EAD approval notice mail it, from USCIS office...and AOS touched again....

*06.12.06 AOS APPROVED

*06.19.06 we received my husband's GREEN CARD!!!!!!!!!

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Congrats (F)

Congrats. It must be a big weight off your mind to have it over and done with.

Hope you get your GC soon

Congratulations on getting approved. I can see why you felt upset about the interview. I'm from the UK and we interviewed in Oregon and the only question we were asked was how we met. I'm surprised they have a right to ask about religious customs and the number of children you want. I'm pregnant with my first and we don't know how many we want. I don't see how any answer to that question would prove anything. At least it's all over now and you got approved. It was such a relief for us that I conceived this baby about a week after I got my green card and we'd been trying for months without success! Life will be much less stressful for you from now on. Enjoy!

Thanks for the congratulations. We both will definitely feel better once we have the green card in our hands!

As for some of the questions we were asked, I'm not sure what they prove either. This whole process can be so intimidating. When we were in the interview, we just wanted to answer the questions and get things over with as quickly as possible!


I129-F

Packet sent............10/12/05

NOA 1....................10/17/05

NOA 2....................11/07/05

Received packet 3...12/16/05

Interview date.........04/20/06

Visa received..........04/20/06

Date of US entry......04/30/06

Wedding.................05/28/06

I-485/I-765

AOS/EAD packet sent.........6/02/06

NOA1 AOS.........................6/14/06

NOA1 EAD.........................6/16/06

Biometrics.........................7/03/06

Interview date...................7/28/06

AOS approved !! ...............7/28/06

"Welcome to the USA" letter.....8/04/06

Greencard arrives!!..............8/14/06

AOS approved in 45 days!!

I-751 Removing conditions

Packet sent................4/26/08

Check cashed.............5/02/08

Biometrics..................5/27/08

Approved..................10/17/08

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