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Had our interview today and were approved! In Sydney we had to send in all our docs ahead of time and everything looked ok so we were scheduled an interview. The documents were all in order and checked off at one window. We had to pay the $480 AUD at another window and then wait to be called to a third window for the interview. We were both asked questions about how we met and the specific dates. They asked what happened after we met, how we stayed in contact. They asked when and where we got married, if our parents had met each other. I was asked what my husbands job was like. He was asked if I had gone to university and where. I was asked when I arrived in Australia and how long I had been living here. My husband has also lived in the UK and the Netherlands and they asked about the dates he was there.

We were surprised to be asked so many questions as we have been married now for almost 4 years and have been living together in Australia for over 3 years. I am the USC and have permanent residency in Australia. The three other couples that were ahead of us all seemed to be getting lots of questions as well.

Good luck everyone! I hope sharing our experience helps.

11-07-2006 Married

28-04-2007 Moved to Australia

11-02-2010 I-130 submitted at Consulate

22-02-2010 I-130 Approved

22-02-2010 Packet 3

01-03-2010 DS-230 mailed to Consulate

03-03-2010 Medical

20-04-2010 Packet 3 mailed to Consulate

28-04-2010 E-mail with interview date received from Consulate

11-05-2010 Interview date

11-05-2010 Visa Approved!

13-05-2010 Visa received

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Congrats ... thank you for sharing. I am stressing. I have read of interviews in Sydney that are really easy. Maybe it's the CR1's that get grilled!! So, I am glad I came across this. Best of luck with the next phase of your journey ... :star:

OUR JOURNEY SO FAR: (dd/mm/yyyy)

18/09/09 - CR1 NOA1

16/07/10 - POE LAX (256 days NOA1 to interview)

27/09/10 - Aussie/American bun in the oven due May 10, 2011

06/01/11 - Submitted change of address online to USCIS. Mailed I-865 for sponsor. Neverending!

05/05/11 - Bouncing baby boy arrives

10/07/12 - Sent I-751

13/07/12 - I-751 NOA1

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Immigration Process (DCF Japan)

08/06/2008 I-130 petition at Tokyo, Japan

08/13/2008 I-130 approved


| Waited until we were ready to move back


07/13/2009 IV interview at Tokyo, Japan

07/15/2009 IV(IR-1) in hand


07/29/2009 POE at Las Vegas

08/17/2009 GC(10yrs) received

Click here for the detailed timeline.

Done with USCIS until

- naturalization in May 2012 or

- GC replacement in February 2019


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congrats on your approval! We did DCF/CR1 through SYdney too and it was super easy :)

DCF Timeline here

POE Timeline

08/24/2008 POE Seattle

08/29/2008 SSN assigned

09/08/2008 SSN (Card) received

09/29/2008 Green Card received

I-90 Timeline (USCIS error)

11/10/2008 Send I-90 to Texas service center

12/xx/2008 NOA1

01/07/2009 Card production ordered

01/14/2009 Card mailed

01/xx/2009 Card received

I-751 Timeline

06/02/2010 Send I-751 to California service center

06/04/2010 Received at CSC

06/07/2010 NOA1

06/09/2010 Check cashed

07/27/2010 Biometrics

07/28/2010 Touch

09/02/2010 Approved

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Bolivia



01-18-2012 : Sent I-751 Package

01-22-2012 : Delivered California Service Center

01-24-2012 : Check cashed! Yayyy

01-30-2012 : Received ASC letter... Dated 01-27

02-08-2012 : Got Extension Stamp (Passport) Expires 02-07-2013

02-24-2012 : Biometrics Appt.

06-13-2012 : Got my 10 years greencard. Yeah baby!!!


01-15-2013 : Eligible to file

07-05-2013 : Sent package to Phoenix Lockbox

07-11-2013 : Check cashed

07-15-2013 : NOA

07-30-2013 : Biometrics done

08-09-2013 : Interview letter

09-10-2013 : Interview!! PASSED!

11-22-2013 : Oath Ceremony - I AM A CITIZEN OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!


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