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Hello all,

Not sure if there is a better place for this topic but I wanted to share my interview experience in case it helps anyone else.

After inquiring here and searching other places online, my wife and I decided to bring a lawyer to the interview. The lawyer didn't really do anything but she knew the interview officer and as we got in there she chatted her up about being pregnant and about her other kids etc. So that alone made it more comfortable from the start. As for the rest of the interview, the lawyer chimed in once in a while with little jokes that lightened the mood so although we didn't really need her, I'm glad she was there.

As for the actual interview, it was pretty quick. The interview was conducted by the IO and a trainee. The IO did not smile at all, but the trainee was more pleasant. The IO asked to see my mothers passport (that my mother entered with when she brought my siblings and I to the US). She asked to see my birth certificate. She then went through my entire I-485 and asked me the following:

  • Date of birth
  • SSN
  • Address
  • Date of last entry
  • Every single question on I-485 regarding criminal behavior

She then asked to see my wife's birth certificate and ID. She asked her:

  • Address
  • What company she worked for
  • What her job was at that company

Then she asked to see any documents that proved the validity of our marriage. I showed her the lease to our apartment, renters insurance policy, and affidavit letters from my wife's mom, dad, and sister. That was all I had with both of our names but she wanted to see something else with the address so I showed her utility bills in my wife's name. We also brought a ton of photos. She had the trainee look through a scrap book I had made of us through college.

She spent the rest of the time asking us both questions. These included:

  • What year we met
  • How and where did we meet
  • How did we start dating
  • She asked our address several times throughout the interview
  • How many bedrooms are in our apartment
  • When did we get married
  • Had we ever lived together before marriage (I said no, not thinking about the month prior to us being married but my wife corrected me saying yes for a month before the wedding)
  • She asked my wife what she doesn't like about me
  • She ask me what I didn't like about my wife
  • How much our renters insurance policy covered (which we both had no idea, lol)
  • Who the co-sponsor on the I-864 was

I think that was all. She said she was keeping the copies of what I had shown her and asked if she could keep our photo albums. Our lawyer jumped in and said no for the photo albums (another plus to having her there). The IO and the trainee then stepped out for a few minutes. When they came back IO said they were approving my case and explained that it was conditional and that I would have to remove the conditions in two years. The trainee congratulated us, I think the IO did also, but it was very subtle. She then walked us out and we thanked her and left.

Overall, it went very smoothly. I was worried about them keeping my mothers passport since it was expired and the fact that we did not have many joint accounts. It was a bit awkward at some moments like when she asked what we didn't like about each other. But the whole thing took about 20 minutes I think. Hope this helps anyone else who is nervous about their interview like I was!

So excited!!!!!

Edited by YasJun

4/25/2009 : Began dating!

12/11/2011: I proposed, she said yes!

4/1/2012 : Married!

Adjustment of Status

5/1/2012 : I-130, I-485, I-765 mailed to Chicago
5/8/2012 : SMS/Email notification
5/10/2012: Received I-797's
5/17/2012: Received Biometrics Appointment Notice
5/23/2012: RFE (I-864)
6/4/2012 : RFE Response mailed
6/7/2012 : Biometrics Appointment
7/7/2012 : Received EAD
7/13/2012: Received Interview Appointment Notice
8/14/2012: Interview - Approved!!! I'm a permanent resident!!
8/20/2012: Received I-485, I-130 acceptance notice
8/22/2012: Received Permanent Resident card!

Removal of Conditions
7/15/2014 : Sent I-751, mailed to Vermont Service Center

7/21/2014 : Received I-797 NOA

8/11/2014 : Received biometrics appointment notice (dated 8/2/14, appointment on 8/22/14)

8/12/2014 : Walk-in Biometrics at Tampa, FL office; successful

Citizenship

8/30/2015 : Sent N400, mailed to Dallas Lockbox

: Package delivered

: Received I-797 NOA

: Received biometrics appointment notice (dated ... , appointment on 9/22/2015)

9/18/2015 : Walk-in Biometrics at Tampa, FL office: UNSUCCESSFUL

9/22/2015 : Biometrics Appointment

1/09/2016 : N400 Interview Appointment!

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Congratulations !!


I-485/I-130 filed: January 26,2012 (130/485 sent to Chicago lockbox, transferred to MSC, field office Baltimore, MD).

I-130 Approved: June 25, 2012

I-485 RFE issued: June 25, 2012

Contacted offices of Honorable Senator Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski at the end of July.

I-485 DECISION MADE on August 03, 2012 , LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER CONTACTING THE SENATOR'S OFFICE TO INQUIRE ON CASE STATUS!

I-485 WELCOME NOTICE RECEIVED IN MAIL: 08/08/12

Green Card in Mail: 08/11/12

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Congrats..that is very helpful for us waiting for interview:-)


Adjusting from B2,married to my U.S army husband:-)

March 17-married in Las Vegas
June 11-AOS sent
June 13-touched
June 15-NOA1
June 26-Notice for Biometric
June 29-RFE notice(2011 tax)
July 09-Biometric 1:00 pm at Buena Park,CA
July 11-RFE sent
July 12-Notice I-30 transferred from CSC to NBC
July 16-Response Review
July 20-email saying I-30 transferred to USCIS office
Aug 07-recieved email for interview (Sept 10,2012)
Au9 09-interview letter in the mail at Santa Ana@10:30am
Aug 15-EAD card production
Aug 23-EAD card in hand
Sept 10-Interview Day-APPROVED ON THE SPOT..thank You God:-)
Nov 6-After info pass and Service request finally it updated to DECISION.....
Nov 9-Card Production
Nov 15-Green card in hand:-)

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Congrats :)

I am also thinking of having a attorney for interview. How much they usually charge?

Edited by shranjan84

2009 - Came to US on F1 visa
2009 - met my long time online friend and fell in love with her :)
12/2010 - Graduated
03/2011 - started working on OPT
03/2012 - STEM started
05/2012 - wife naturalized to USC
------------------------------------------------------------
05/31/2012 - My employer filed my H1B ( still pending with USCIS)
07/06/2012 - Got married
08/06/2012 -(day 0)- AOS package sent USCIS
08/08/2012 -(day 2)- AOS package delivered to Chicago USCIS lockbox
08/13/2012 -(day 7)- NOA for I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 through email and text
08/18/2012 -(day 12)- Bio-metric appointment letter received - date 09/07/2012
08/20/2012 -(day 14)- Walk-in Bio-metric done(day 14)
08/24/2012 -(day 18)- Hard copies of NOAs for I-130, I-485,I-131 and I-765 received through mail
09/11/2012 -(day 36)- Got message for Interview date on 10/15/2012
09/13/2012 -(day 38)- Hard copy of NOA for Interview
10/09/2012 -(day 64)- EAD and AP approval notice
10/15/2012 -(day 70)- Interview
10/16/2012 -(day 71)- Approved
10/17/2012 -(day 72)- Combo card rcvd(EAD and AP)
10/19/2012 -(day 74)- production of new card ordered
10/20/2012 -(day 75)- Welcome mail
10/22/2012 -(day 77)- card mailed
10/24/2012 -(day 79)- GC in Hand :)

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7/23/2014 I-751 packet sent to CSC

7/25/2014 Package delivered

7/29/2014 Check encased

7/31/2014 Received NOA 1 dated 07/25/2014

08/11/2014 Received Bimometric appointmnet letter for 08/22/2014

08/12/2014 Early walk-in bio done

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Congrats :)

I am also thinking of having a attorney for interview. How much they usually charge?

Thats a good idea. It depends upon where you live and the how reputed the attorney is.

BTW, what we need to do (in order to inform USCIS) if we want to take some attorney at the interview?


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May GOD bless All !

2007 - Entered, Start work in USA on H1B

2010 - Met my now wife :-)

2012 - Got married -> I Do !

July, 2012 - Preparing AOS package

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It varies depending on the attorney. The attorney that I chose didn't require that we use their services. They charged me $600 in all.

$250 for interview preparation. There the lawyer looked through our paperwork and gave us an idea of what to expect at the interview.

$350 for actually going to the interview.

But even that varies. They first told me $500 just for going to the interview but then they worked with me and charged less.

If you are thinking about going with an attorney, I would recommend doing a lot of research well in advance. Several of the attorneys I called would not give me ANY information without going to a consultation for which I would be charged. Not even the price for their services. The attorney I chose was very open with me before even going to their office. Throughout the entire process whenever I called them with questions they provided a lot of good information. From the beginning they even gave me the option to fill out all the forms myself and then just have it reviewed by them so that it would be cheaper for me.


4/25/2009 : Began dating!

12/11/2011: I proposed, she said yes!

4/1/2012 : Married!

Adjustment of Status

5/1/2012 : I-130, I-485, I-765 mailed to Chicago
5/8/2012 : SMS/Email notification
5/10/2012: Received I-797's
5/17/2012: Received Biometrics Appointment Notice
5/23/2012: RFE (I-864)
6/4/2012 : RFE Response mailed
6/7/2012 : Biometrics Appointment
7/7/2012 : Received EAD
7/13/2012: Received Interview Appointment Notice
8/14/2012: Interview - Approved!!! I'm a permanent resident!!
8/20/2012: Received I-485, I-130 acceptance notice
8/22/2012: Received Permanent Resident card!

Removal of Conditions
7/15/2014 : Sent I-751, mailed to Vermont Service Center

7/21/2014 : Received I-797 NOA

8/11/2014 : Received biometrics appointment notice (dated 8/2/14, appointment on 8/22/14)

8/12/2014 : Walk-in Biometrics at Tampa, FL office; successful

Citizenship

8/30/2015 : Sent N400, mailed to Dallas Lockbox

: Package delivered

: Received I-797 NOA

: Received biometrics appointment notice (dated ... , appointment on 9/22/2015)

9/18/2015 : Walk-in Biometrics at Tampa, FL office: UNSUCCESSFUL

9/22/2015 : Biometrics Appointment

1/09/2016 : N400 Interview Appointment!

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Dave&Judy, I'm not sure. I didn't do anything. But when the lawyer showed up she had me sign something for them. I would talk to your attorney about that.


4/25/2009 : Began dating!

12/11/2011: I proposed, she said yes!

4/1/2012 : Married!

Adjustment of Status

5/1/2012 : I-130, I-485, I-765 mailed to Chicago
5/8/2012 : SMS/Email notification
5/10/2012: Received I-797's
5/17/2012: Received Biometrics Appointment Notice
5/23/2012: RFE (I-864)
6/4/2012 : RFE Response mailed
6/7/2012 : Biometrics Appointment
7/7/2012 : Received EAD
7/13/2012: Received Interview Appointment Notice
8/14/2012: Interview - Approved!!! I'm a permanent resident!!
8/20/2012: Received I-485, I-130 acceptance notice
8/22/2012: Received Permanent Resident card!

Removal of Conditions
7/15/2014 : Sent I-751, mailed to Vermont Service Center

7/21/2014 : Received I-797 NOA

8/11/2014 : Received biometrics appointment notice (dated 8/2/14, appointment on 8/22/14)

8/12/2014 : Walk-in Biometrics at Tampa, FL office; successful

Citizenship

8/30/2015 : Sent N400, mailed to Dallas Lockbox

: Package delivered

: Received I-797 NOA

: Received biometrics appointment notice (dated ... , appointment on 9/22/2015)

9/18/2015 : Walk-in Biometrics at Tampa, FL office: UNSUCCESSFUL

9/22/2015 : Biometrics Appointment

1/09/2016 : N400 Interview Appointment!

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It varies depending on the attorney. The attorney that I chose didn't require that we use their services. They charged me $600 in all.

$250 for interview preparation. There the lawyer looked through our paperwork and gave us an idea of what to expect at the interview.

$350 for actually going to the interview.

But even that varies. They first told me $500 just for going to the interview but then they worked with me and charged less.

If you are thinking about going with an attorney, I would recommend doing a lot of research well in advance. Several of the attorneys I called would not give me ANY information without going to a consultation for which I would be charged. Not even the price for their services. The attorney I chose was very open with me before even going to their office. Throughout the entire process whenever I called them with questions they provided a lot of good information. From the beginning they even gave me the option to fill out all the forms myself and then just have it reviewed by them so that it would be cheaper for me.

You found a good attorney, good job!


I-485/I-130 filed: January 26,2012 (130/485 sent to Chicago lockbox, transferred to MSC, field office Baltimore, MD).

I-130 Approved: June 25, 2012

I-485 RFE issued: June 25, 2012

Contacted offices of Honorable Senator Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski at the end of July.

I-485 DECISION MADE on August 03, 2012 , LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER CONTACTING THE SENATOR'S OFFICE TO INQUIRE ON CASE STATUS!

I-485 WELCOME NOTICE RECEIVED IN MAIL: 08/08/12

Green Card in Mail: 08/11/12

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A good attorney can be worth their weight in gold.

Unfortunately you will have to dig through a whole lot of #### before you find that gold.


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AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

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Dave&Judy, I'm not sure. I didn't do anything. But when the lawyer showed up she had me sign something for them. I would talk to your attorney about that.

You got pretty good price & Attorney too !!

In Bay area, they charge 500-700 just for attending interview.

When the lawyer showed up > You mean when Lawyer showed up at the interview venue? So, we don't need to send anything

to USCIS before interview day just to let them know that some attorney will be joining at the interview?

Just for the interview thing. How it works as attorney hardly know about the couple? How you managed that?


Get Fit > Learn > Work Harder >> Earn your Happiness !

May GOD bless All !

2007 - Entered, Start work in USA on H1B

2010 - Met my now wife :-)

2012 - Got married -> I Do !

July, 2012 - Preparing AOS package

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big cong!!!


- 7/23/2008 came to US with F-1 visa
- 9/11/2012 I-485, I-130 and I-765 package sent to USCIS Chicago lockbox
- 9/12/2012 package delivered and signed by XXX
- 9/14/2012 received email with receipt numbers
- 9/17/2012 check cashed
- 9/30/2012 received hard copy of biometrics appointment on 10/19/2012, notice dated on 9/21/2012
- 10/12/2012 successfully walk-in one week earlier without asking reason at New York Long Island City office
- 11/5/2012 started to work in a new firm
- 11/11/2012 EAD approved!!! AWESOME!
- 11/19/2012 EAD card delivered, one day ahead of my birthday!
- 1/11/2013 received txt and email about interview time
- 2/14/2013 interview - Got APPROVED on the spot!!
- 2/27/2013 USCIS online update - 485 decision!! we mailed you a notice that we had registered this customer's new permanent resident status :) Later, my 130 update too!!!
- 3/4/2013 Card Production!!

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

- 11/24/2014 I-751 package sent to USCIS Vermont Service Center to remove conditions

- 11/25/2014 package was delivered and signed by XXX

- 11/26/2014 check cashed @16:49 before thanksgiving!

- 12/17/2014 bio letter received, scheduled on Dec 30, 2014 11:00 AM

- 12/19/2014 early bio done in Long Island City Office!

Good Luck!!

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Thanks everyone! :D

You got pretty good price & Attorney too !!

In Bay area, they charge 500-700 just for attending interview.

When the lawyer showed up > You mean when Lawyer showed up at the interview venue? So, we don't need to send anything

to USCIS before interview day just to let them know that some attorney will be joining at the interview?

Just for the interview thing. How it works as attorney hardly know about the couple? How you managed that?

I never sent anything before the interview day.

And the way it worked for us since they hardly know us as a couple was that we went to the lawyers office a few weeks before the interview date. We met with one of the attorneys and he went through all of the paperwork and told us what to expect and the general process. He also told us that he would not be attending the interview, but another one of the lawyers from the firm would. However, he provided her with notes about our case and everything we talked about at the interview prep meeting.

I didn't really mind that the attorney hardly knew us, because our case was straight forward. I don't think they can answer for you anyway. I just wanted one there so that there was no funny business from the IO. I'd been waiting for this for so long so I just wanted to make sure everything went smoothly. The lawyer was just there for a sense of protection just in case (although, i didn't need it at all)


4/25/2009 : Began dating!

12/11/2011: I proposed, she said yes!

4/1/2012 : Married!

Adjustment of Status

5/1/2012 : I-130, I-485, I-765 mailed to Chicago
5/8/2012 : SMS/Email notification
5/10/2012: Received I-797's
5/17/2012: Received Biometrics Appointment Notice
5/23/2012: RFE (I-864)
6/4/2012 : RFE Response mailed
6/7/2012 : Biometrics Appointment
7/7/2012 : Received EAD
7/13/2012: Received Interview Appointment Notice
8/14/2012: Interview - Approved!!! I'm a permanent resident!!
8/20/2012: Received I-485, I-130 acceptance notice
8/22/2012: Received Permanent Resident card!

Removal of Conditions
7/15/2014 : Sent I-751, mailed to Vermont Service Center

7/21/2014 : Received I-797 NOA

8/11/2014 : Received biometrics appointment notice (dated 8/2/14, appointment on 8/22/14)

8/12/2014 : Walk-in Biometrics at Tampa, FL office; successful

Citizenship

8/30/2015 : Sent N400, mailed to Dallas Lockbox

: Package delivered

: Received I-797 NOA

: Received biometrics appointment notice (dated ... , appointment on 9/22/2015)

9/18/2015 : Walk-in Biometrics at Tampa, FL office: UNSUCCESSFUL

9/22/2015 : Biometrics Appointment

1/09/2016 : N400 Interview Appointment!

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Congrats!! I advise you to copy your review in the reviews section of the website, so it's easier to find for future members who will deal with the same USCIS local office. :)

http://www.visajourney.com/reviews/


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Thanks for the report ! I'm so happy you took my advice and obtained an attorney for the interview.

Being an overstay is never easy, but you made it through the big gate.

Congratulations !


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