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Hello everyone, we have an interview in Louisville, Kentucky and I was curious if anyone had any adivce. They have to capture her biometrics and they said just to bring the letter and ID. I was curious what to expect there, how long we would be there and what we should bring with us??? Any information or help would be appreciated.... Thanks :)

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Bring what it says to bring...yourself, the letter and your ID...


July 2005 - met my awesome, hot, amazing love in Lousiana.
July 2006 - Married said love and moved to Canada.
June 2011 - Entered US to visit family, decided to stay.
Feb. 2012 - Sent paperwork to Chicago.

May 2012 - Received green card.

Day 0 - Package sent to Chicago Lockbox - 02/27/2012
Day 2 - UPS Tracking Confirmation - 02/29/2012
Day 4 - NOA Emails Received - 03/02/2012
Day 7 - All Checks Cashed - 03/05/2012
Day 11 - Hard Copy NOA's Received - 03/09/2012
Day 11 - Biometrics Appointment Received - 03/09/2012
--------- - Booked for - 04/03/2012 (day 36)
Day 35 - Early Biometricts Walk-in - 04/02/2012
Day 44 - Received Appointment Letter - 04/11/2012
Day 58 - EAD Approval Online - 04/25/2012
Day 63 - EAD in the mail - 04/30/2012
Day 65 - EAD in hand - 05/02/2012
Day 77 - AOS Interview - 05/14/2012
Day 77 - AOS Approved!
Day 84 - Green Card In Hand - 05/21/2012

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Yeah, I agree - bring what the letter says to bring. That, and a marriage certificate if you're married now. From my own experience and reading others, it will take you very little time. I was in and out in less than 15 minutes including filling out paperwork. I brought passport, state ID, SSN, marriage certificate, biometrics app letter, and the original NOA1s from EAD/AP/AOS.


K1 process, October 2010 > POE, July 2011

I-129F approved in 180 days from NOA1 date. (195 days from filing to NOA2 in hand)

Interview took 224 days from I-129F NOA1 date. (241 days from filing petition until visa in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until POE: 285 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

AOS process, December 2011 > July 2012

EAD/AP Approval took 51 days from NOA1 date to email update. (77 days from filing until EAD/AP in hand)

AOS Approval took 206 days from NOA1 date to email update. (231 days from filing until greencard in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until greencard in hand: 655 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

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Yeah, I agree - bring what the letter says to bring. That, and a marriage certificate if you're married now. From my own experience and reading others, it will take you very little time. I was in and out in less than 15 minutes including filling out paperwork. I brought passport, state ID, SSN, marriage certificate, biometrics app letter, and the original NOA1s from EAD/AP/AOS.

Did you actually need the marriage certificate? They asked to see it? I guess I may be missing something, but I can't see where or why you would need that for the biometrics appt.


July 2005 - met my awesome, hot, amazing love in Lousiana.
July 2006 - Married said love and moved to Canada.
June 2011 - Entered US to visit family, decided to stay.
Feb. 2012 - Sent paperwork to Chicago.

May 2012 - Received green card.

Day 0 - Package sent to Chicago Lockbox - 02/27/2012
Day 2 - UPS Tracking Confirmation - 02/29/2012
Day 4 - NOA Emails Received - 03/02/2012
Day 7 - All Checks Cashed - 03/05/2012
Day 11 - Hard Copy NOA's Received - 03/09/2012
Day 11 - Biometrics Appointment Received - 03/09/2012
--------- - Booked for - 04/03/2012 (day 36)
Day 35 - Early Biometricts Walk-in - 04/02/2012
Day 44 - Received Appointment Letter - 04/11/2012
Day 58 - EAD Approval Online - 04/25/2012
Day 63 - EAD in the mail - 04/30/2012
Day 65 - EAD in hand - 05/02/2012
Day 77 - AOS Interview - 05/14/2012
Day 77 - AOS Approved!
Day 84 - Green Card In Hand - 05/21/2012

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Did you actually need the marriage certificate? They asked to see it? I guess I may be missing something, but I can't see where or why you would need that for the biometrics appt.

The marriage certificate is your proof of name change. The biometrics appointment letter has your name on it, and they want your documents to reflect that name in the future. So if you filed AOS/EAD/AP in married name, then you'll need to show evidence of changing last name/being married.

Yes, I brought it along and they asked to see an official document proving my name change from maiden to married name. I had my SSN in married name as well but that wasn't the document they wanted to see. If you want the greencard and EAD to be in married name then indeed bring the marriage certificate. I brought a certified copy(seems to do the trick with those agencies - banks too). Either way, it's great to have a copy/certified copy laying around, either for biometrics appointment, name change, joint accounts, insurance etc.

Edited by moomin

K1 process, October 2010 > POE, July 2011

I-129F approved in 180 days from NOA1 date. (195 days from filing to NOA2 in hand)

Interview took 224 days from I-129F NOA1 date. (241 days from filing petition until visa in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until POE: 285 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

AOS process, December 2011 > July 2012

EAD/AP Approval took 51 days from NOA1 date to email update. (77 days from filing until EAD/AP in hand)

AOS Approval took 206 days from NOA1 date to email update. (231 days from filing until greencard in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until greencard in hand: 655 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

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The marriage certificate is your proof of name change. The biometrics appointment letter has your name on it, and they want your documents to reflect that name in the future. So if you filed AOS/EAD/AP in married name, then you'll need to show evidence of changing last name/being married.

Yes, I brought it along and they asked to see an official document proving my name change from maiden to married name. I had my SSN in married name as well but that wasn't the document they wanted to see. If you want the greencard and EAD to be in married name then indeed bring the marriage certificate. I brought a certified copy(seems to do the trick with those agencies - banks too). Either way, it's great to have a copy/certified copy laying around, either for biometrics appointment, name change, joint accounts, insurance etc.

Ahah...that makes sense in the case of a woman applicant. :)

Good to know.


July 2005 - met my awesome, hot, amazing love in Lousiana.
July 2006 - Married said love and moved to Canada.
June 2011 - Entered US to visit family, decided to stay.
Feb. 2012 - Sent paperwork to Chicago.

May 2012 - Received green card.

Day 0 - Package sent to Chicago Lockbox - 02/27/2012
Day 2 - UPS Tracking Confirmation - 02/29/2012
Day 4 - NOA Emails Received - 03/02/2012
Day 7 - All Checks Cashed - 03/05/2012
Day 11 - Hard Copy NOA's Received - 03/09/2012
Day 11 - Biometrics Appointment Received - 03/09/2012
--------- - Booked for - 04/03/2012 (day 36)
Day 35 - Early Biometricts Walk-in - 04/02/2012
Day 44 - Received Appointment Letter - 04/11/2012
Day 58 - EAD Approval Online - 04/25/2012
Day 63 - EAD in the mail - 04/30/2012
Day 65 - EAD in hand - 05/02/2012
Day 77 - AOS Interview - 05/14/2012
Day 77 - AOS Approved!
Day 84 - Green Card In Hand - 05/21/2012

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Ahah...that makes sense in the case of a woman applicant. :)

Good to know.

It does yeah. I'm sorry I didn't look at username/profile to determine gender :blush: However, a keeping a copy when going to these things won't be a bad idea since you're adjusting status based on marriage.

Some places accept a walk-in(doing biometrics days/weeks before your appointment without rescheduling, you can read up on that in Visa Journey searches or in reviews of that specific office). They stamp your biometric app. letter.

Good luck with your appointment. : )

Edited by moomin

K1 process, October 2010 > POE, July 2011

I-129F approved in 180 days from NOA1 date. (195 days from filing to NOA2 in hand)

Interview took 224 days from I-129F NOA1 date. (241 days from filing petition until visa in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until POE: 285 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

AOS process, December 2011 > July 2012

EAD/AP Approval took 51 days from NOA1 date to email update. (77 days from filing until EAD/AP in hand)

AOS Approval took 206 days from NOA1 date to email update. (231 days from filing until greencard in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until greencard in hand: 655 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

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