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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Morocco

Most of you know Paula- Ohiobuck. She helped me a lot before our interview and she gave me some great advice I thought I would share with people who have upcoming interviews in Casablanca.

She said I should contact my congressmen and senators before the interview to establish a relationship with them so they could be familiar with our case. Also you usually have to sign a release form before they can inquire to Casa about your case so it's best to do that early in case something happens and you need them right after the interview. Paula suggested that I email my state senators and Congressmen with a brief background of our case with the date of the interview and to also sign the release form prior to the interview. I think this is mostly helpful in the case that someone's petition is sent back to USCIS after the interview because you will only have a few days to contact Casa before they send it back to the US. I know I have said this before and my memory is so bad but I know someone had their denial overturned before their petiton made it back to the US so it can be done!

I am sharing this because it really is a great idea and it may seem like overkill but I think it's good to be ready for anything with Casa. When Hicham got his 221g I was pretty freaked out cause it was in French and worded differently than the other examples I had seen. Right after the Interview I went to a cyber and got my Congresswoman's phone number and called. Unfortunately I had not signed the release form before I left for Morocco as I hadn't received a response yet from any offices. I talked to a man who was very helpful and even offered to fax everything to Morocco so Icould sign it. Well the fax never came through but when I got back to California I went to their office and signed the release form. The next morning I got a call from him saying he called the Consulate and that they were issuing Hicham's visa as we spoke which I already knew but I was surprised he got on it so fast!

Anyways hopefully this will help someone in the future and thanks to Paula for the great advice!!! I don't think it would hurt to ge them involved early in case you need them right away later.

Take care and good luck guys!


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco

Great advice Sarah! Thanks for sharing and many many thans to Paula who all along hasbeen a great support to many.



Citizenship (N-400)

09/15/2009 - Application mailed to Texas Lockbox

09/17/2009 - Delivered to the Lockbox

09/21/2009 - Check cashed

09/24/2009 - NOA dated 9/18/09

09/26/2009 - RFE mailed out dated 9/25 (biometrics notice)

10/14/2009 - Biometrics completed

01/01/2010 - finally an update - awaiting interview letter

02/08/2010 - interview (Garden City, NY) -- PASSED

03/03/2010 - Oath Ceremony in Brooklyn

03/13/2010 - U.S. Passport in hand


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Morocco


Thanks, you too!

Hi Jenn.

hehehe... hi gals! ;)

Met briefly in Baton Rouge, LA Nov. 2003 - not available :(

Met again in Baton Rouge, LA March 25, 2005 - 2 souls feel as 1

Sept 17-Oct 3, 2005 Noura goes to Morocco to meet family & friends of Said (informally engaged)

Daily phonecalls, discover internet chatting w/ video cam - OMG!!!

March 25-April 14, 2006 Noura's 2nd trip to Morocco - formal engagement w/ family

April 24, 2006- mailed in K1 Visa package - TSC

Oct 5, 2006 - Interview SUCCESS

Oct 12, 2006 - Called to pick up visa tomorrow!

Oct. 16, 2006 VISA IN HAND!

Dec. 24, 2006 - Said arrives in NOLA, just in time for the holidaze!

Dec. 31, 2006 - OUR WEDDING!!! Ringing in a New Year as husband & wife!

Jan 8, 2007 - applied for SSN

Jan 15, 2007 - recieved SSN

Feb 6, 2007 - checks cashed for AOS/EAD/AP - YAY!

Feb 8, 2007 - NOA1 on AOS/EAD/AP

Feb 14, 07 - touched EAD/AP

March 8, 07 - Biometrics appt in NOLA

April 17, 07 - AP approved

April 19, 07 - EAD approved


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