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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Prior to our interview I scoured for others experiences with their I-751 interviews and I found very little so I thought I should share my experience with all those nervously awaiting theirs.

A little background:

I'm a US Citizen, I met my husband in '06 fall semester, my freshman year of college, he was a senior and graduated that following spring. We were just friends, he was actually getting married Feb '07 (she was not a USC and ran out on him 5 months later). We kept in touch and after he filed for divorce we started dating and got married August of '08 and filed about 3 months later. We did file with an attorney. My dad and step-mom thought they were capable of filing themselves and she was deported (shes a citizen now). We had our I-130 interview in March '09. It took about an hour of grilling about my family, his family, why he divorced, etc. The one thing I remember the officer saying to us that in our case 98% or the time its fraud but he believes we fall into the 2%. I'm African-American and my husband is Chinese and 10 years my senior. We filed the I-751 in Feb of this year ('11)and received the date for our interview. I wasn't really surprised given our circumstances.

We included:

*lease agreements

*joint bank account

*joint credit card

*health insurance

*car insurance

*life insurance

*cell phone bills

*itinerary from our trip to china

*car titles with both of our names

*utility bills

*joint tax returns

*pictures

We our appointment was scheduled for 9am. We arrived at the office at about 7:30 and went over interview questions until about 8:30 and then went inside and gave out interview notice to the man behind the glass. Our attorney arrived at about 8:45. At about 10:30 we were wondering what was going on because everyone that arrived after us had already been called in for their interview. Our attorney went to the window to ask what was going on, apparently the guy behind the glass never assigned our case to anyone and claimed that we never gave him the paperwork even though he found it sitting right on his desk. The head adjudicator was notified and our named was called for the interview about 15 minutes later. Lo and behold its the head adjudicator doing our interview and its a Stokes interview at that. She asked my husband to follower her and I was asked to stay in the waiting room. I tried my best not to fidget and look nervous and kept telling myself there was nothing to be afraid of. I waited about 30 minutes and then my husband came out smiled and said it was my turn. I went to her office and and the attorney was there waiting. She wasn't mean or hostile, but she also didn't seem too friendly either. She swore me and and proceeded with the interview. I'll write as many questions as I can remember:

1. What is name?

2. What is your birthday?

3. What is your social security number?

4. What is your spouses birthday?

5. What is your spouses name? I messed up and first and gave the name he goes by in America but quickly corrected myself

3. What are your addresses in the last 5 years and when did you begin and end the lease?

5. Where are you living now?

6. Who lives with you?

7. How many bedrooms do you have?

8. What is the spare room used for?

9. Where is the light switch in your room?

10. What size are the beds in your house?

11. Where is the light in your room?

12. What type of flooring do you have in your house?

13. What are your parents names?

14. What are your spouses parents names?

15. How many siblings do you have and what are their names?

16. How many siblings does your spouse have and what are their names?

17. When was the last time you had visitors or the last time you went to visit someone together?

18. Do you have insurance, what types, and what is the monthly bill?

19. What utilities do you have and what are their monthly bills?

20. Who is your cell phone provider?

21. Is your spouse on your health insurance and if not, why not?

22. How many times have you been married?

23. How many times has your spouse been married?

24. How many children do you have?

25. Where have your worked the past 5 years, and what city?

26. Where has your spouse worked the past 5 years, and what city?

27. What wall of your bedroom is your bed against?

Those are all of the questions I can remember. After she was finished she said thank you but did not invite my husband back in. She said will review our file and we should receive a decision in 2-3 months. The lawyer asked what else she had to review and she said she only had our T-File (temporary file) and she still had to request that the full file be sent to her office. She then took our Licenses and my husbands old green card and made copies (he had left them behind when he went out to call me in)and she showed us the way out.

We spoke with our lawyer afterwards and he said that all of our questions matched except our rental history. We stayed with my sister for a months and a half wile we looked for a new place (our old landlord was a slumlord and would fix our front door) and my husband forgot to mention it, but the our lawyer said it really shouldn't be a big deal since it was such a short time.

We're now awaiting the decision. I'm a paranoid worry wart the max so I'm stressing out and will continue to stress out until this is finally over with. My husband keeps laughing at my because I swear someone is listening in to my cell phone because I keep getting beeps sporadically throughout my calls.

Oh well I'll keep updated on our status

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Russia
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Heh, it's 2011. But otherwise good post.


May 7, 2007 -- I-129F K1 sent to NSC

Dec 26, 2007 -- K1 Visa approved.

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Sep 16, 2008 -- AOS/EAD/AP sent to Chicago

Apr 01, 2009 -- Conditional green card arrives.

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Feb 19, 2011 -- Mailed I-751 Packet to lift conditions

Nov 11, 2011 -- Permanent GC rev'd in mail.

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Apr 25, 2012 -- Mailed N-400 Naturalization

Aug 16, 2012 -- Citizenship Interview. Approved.

Sep 06, 2012 -- Citizenship Oath.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Heh, it's 2011. But otherwise good post.

We just had our i-751 interview this year. We filed around the same time as you

Wow...thanks for sharing. I wish you all the best.

thank you

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Filed: IR-5 Country: Australia
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wow wow wow!! :wacko: what flooring do you have? where is the light switch? dang! she really testing ya'll... or should I say "making sure" that everything is legit. i also read before that they even ask questions like "what color is your spouse's toothbrush?" and "what did you eat for dinner last night". but now they getting real technical....like what wall is the bed against!

but congrats to you and hubby for getting thru it! im sure you will be approved!


I-751 ROC TIMELINE

05/17/11... I-751 packet mailed to VSC... 05/18/11... I-751 packet received... 05/24/11... Check cashed... 05/26/11... NOA1 received (receipt date 05/19/11)... 06/25/11... Biometrics Letter received (Bio set for 07/20)... 06/28/11... Early Walk-In for Biometrics (Durham NC)... 12/30/11... I-751 Petition Approved (called USCIS on 01/04 and was advised of approval)... 01/05/12... Card Production Ordered... 01/05/12... Approval Letter received... 01/XX/12... GC received in the mail... 04/08/14... 

 

N-400 CITIZENSHIP TIMELINE

05/09/14... Eligible to apply for Naturalization based on the 5-year rule...10/08/14... N-400 packet sent via UPS to Texas (finally!)...10/10/14... N-400 packet received...10/16/14... Check cashed...10/20/14... NOA1 received (Priority Date 10/10/14)...10/31/14... Biometrics Letter received (Bio set for 11/12/14)...11/12/14... Biometrics completed (Tampa FL)...11/13/14... Received yellow letter today (Dated 11/07/14)...11/14/14... In line for interview (e-notifications received at 12.36pm)...12/24/14... Interview scheduled (e-notifications received)...01/02/15... Interview letter received (Interview set for 02/03/15)...02/03/15... Interview completed Successfully!...02/11/15... In line for Oath! (e-notifications received at 7.00pm)...02/12/15... Oath scheduled & letter sent (e-notifications received at 1.30pm)...02/17/15... Oath letter received (Oath set for 02/23/15)...02/23/15... Oath Ceremony at 1pm in the Tampa Field Office... I'm officially a US Citizen!!

 

I-130 FOR MY PARENTS TIMELINE

11/14/16... I-130 packet for my parents sent via UPS to Phoenix

11/15/16... I-130 packet received (Priority Date)

11/18/16... Checks cashed, received emails and text messages at 5:22pm, cases routed to Texas Service Center

02/22/17... NOA2 for Mom received (Notice Date 02/15/17)

02/28/17... NOA2 for Dad received (Notice Date 02/17/17)

03/01/17... Status online shows application sent to NVC 

03/17/17... Received emails from NVC for next steps!

03/21/17... Went online to Choose an Agent

03/28/17... Received emails from NVC confirming Agent selection and to proceed with the next step (paying fees!)

04/05/17... Paid the $120 Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee online today (Also eligible to pay the $325 Fee but will wait before doing so...)

April-August... Took a break from the process in order to move back from USVI to mainland USA.

08/07/17... Paid the IV Fees for both my parents ($325 each) today

08/23/17... Called NVC because payment still showing "In Process", was advised to email proof of payment to have them manually correct it

08/24/17... CEAC website shows "Paid" and can now have parents' DS-260 forms filled in.

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stokes interviews suck, always.

I thinkn was stupid they only had the T-file, as they had months to go to get the big file there - incompetence, IMO.


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stokes interviews suck, always.

I thinkn was stupid they only had the T-file, as they had months to go to get the big file there - incompetence, IMO.

That's exactly what our lawyer said. He was a little miffed that its going to take so long to get a decision. I've heard of people getting an approval notice 2 weeks after their interview but I guess that won't be the case for us

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Excellent, detailed post; thank you for sharing. Wishing you all the best, I'm sure your approval will follow. :)


USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Prior to our interview I scoured for others experiences with their I-751 interviews and I found very little so I thought I should share my experience with all those nervously awaiting theirs.

A little background:

I'm a US Citizen, I met my husband in '06 fall semester, my freshman year of college, he was a senior and graduated that following spring. We were just friends, he was actually getting married Feb '07 (she was not a USC and ran out on him 5 months later). We kept in touch and after he filed for divorce we started dating and got married August of '08 and filed about 3 months later. We did file with an attorney. My dad and step-mom thought they were capable of filing themselves and she was deported (shes a citizen now). We had our I-130 interview in March '09. It took about an hour of grilling about my family, his family, why he divorced, etc. The one thing I remember the officer saying to us that in our case 98% or the time its fraud but he believes we fall into the 2%. I'm African-American and my husband is Chinese and 10 years my senior. We filed the I-751 in Feb of this year ('11)and received the date for our interview. I wasn't really surprised given our circumstances.

We included:

*lease agreements

*joint bank account

*joint credit card

*health insurance

*car insurance

*life insurance

*cell phone bills

*itinerary from our trip to china

*car titles with both of our names

*utility bills

*joint tax returns

*pictures

We our appointment was scheduled for 9am. We arrived at the office at about 7:30 and went over interview questions until about 8:30 and then went inside and gave out interview notice to the man behind the glass. Our attorney arrived at about 8:45. At about 10:30 we were wondering what was going on because everyone that arrived after us had already been called in for their interview. Our attorney went to the window to ask what was going on, apparently the guy behind the glass never assigned our case to anyone and claimed that we never gave him the paperwork even though he found it sitting right on his desk. The head adjudicator was notified and our named was called for the interview about 15 minutes later. Lo and behold its the head adjudicator doing our interview and its a Stokes interview at that. She asked my husband to follower her and I was asked to stay in the waiting room. I tried my best not to fidget and look nervous and kept telling myself there was nothing to be afraid of. I waited about 30 minutes and then my husband came out smiled and said it was my turn. I went to her office and and the attorney was there waiting. She wasn't mean or hostile, but she also didn't seem too friendly either. She swore me and and proceeded with the interview. I'll write as many questions as I can remember:

1. What is name?

2. What is your birthday?

3. What is your social security number?

4. What is your spouses birthday?

5. What is your spouses name? I messed up and first and gave the name he goes by in America but quickly corrected myself

3. What are your addresses in the last 5 years and when did you begin and end the lease?

5. Where are you living now?

6. Who lives with you?

7. How many bedrooms do you have?

8. What is the spare room used for?

9. Where is the light switch in your room?

10. What size are the beds in your house?

11. Where is the light in your room?

12. What type of flooring do you have in your house?

13. What are your parents names?

14. What are your spouses parents names?

15. How many siblings do you have and what are their names?

16. How many siblings does your spouse have and what are their names?

17. When was the last time you had visitors or the last time you went to visit someone together?

18. Do you have insurance, what types, and what is the monthly bill?

19. What utilities do you have and what are their monthly bills?

20. Who is your cell phone provider?

21. Is your spouse on your health insurance and if not, why not?

22. How many times have you been married?

23. How many times has your spouse been married?

24. How many children do you have?

25. Where have your worked the past 5 years, and what city?

26. Where has your spouse worked the past 5 years, and what city?

27. What wall of your bedroom is your bed against?

Those are all of the questions I can remember. After she was finished she said thank you but did not invite my husband back in. She said will review our file and we should receive a decision in 2-3 months. The lawyer asked what else she had to review and she said she only had our T-File (temporary file) and she still had to request that the full file be sent to her office. She then took our Licenses and my husbands old green card and made copies (he had left them behind when he went out to call me in)and she showed us the way out.

We spoke with our lawyer afterwards and he said that all of our questions matched except our rental history. We stayed with my sister for a months and a half wile we looked for a new place (our old landlord was a slumlord and would fix our front door) and my husband forgot to mention it, but the our lawyer said it really shouldn't be a big deal since it was such a short time.

We're now awaiting the decision. I'm a paranoid worry wart the max so I'm stressing out and will continue to stress out until this is finally over with. My husband keeps laughing at my because I swear someone is listening in to my cell phone because I keep getting beeps sporadically throughout my calls.

Oh well I'll keep updated on our status

Bad luck with the temporary file, at least your attorney was present, hand in there.


In Arizona its hot hot hot.

http://www.uscis.gov/dateCalculator.html

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Egypt
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Thank you for sharing your experience with us!


ROC Timeline

8/1/12: ROC window opens
9/4/12: ROC packet sent
9/8/12: ROC packet delivered to VSC
9/12/12: Check cashed
9/14/12: NOA letter received (NOA dated 9/10/12)
9/20/12: Biometrics letter received (Bio appointment 10/15/12)
10/12/12: Early biometrics walk-in

4/27/13: RFE received

6/17/13: RFE response sent

7/1/13: ROC petition approved

7/5/13: GC received in the mail.

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