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hi. my wife and i have our interview at USCIS scheduled to take place one week from today. i've gone over the check list printed in the I-797C form that we received, but i was wondering if you guys who have already been through this might know of some tips to give us.

also, the checklist says that both of us are required to bring our birth certificates. it doesn't say "copy". does this mean we need to bring the original document? both our birth certificates (the originals) are overseas at our parents' homes. by the way, we submitted copies of our birth certificates when filing the I-485.

thanks!


AOS from F-1 to Permanent Resident

01/12/2007 Married

08/25/2011 Arrived to the US (petitioner with F-1 status)

day 0 - 06/23/2012 - filed I-130 concurrently with AOS package, mailed to Chicago Lockbox via USPS

day 02 - 06/25/2012 - received USPS delivery confirmation

day 06 - 06/29/2012 - received USCIS acceptance confirmation via email

day 09 - 07/02/2012 - checks for fees cashed

day 16 - 07/09/2012 - received NOA 1 and biometrics appointment

day 26 - 07/19/2012 - biometrics done on appointment day

day 79 - 09/10/2012 - EAD card received via USPS

day 90 - 09/21/2012 - received I-797C, interview scheduled for 10/29

day 128 - 10/29/2012 - interview postponed due to hurricane sandy

day 139 - 11/09/2012 - received notice of rescheduled interview for 11/26

day 156 - 11/26/2012 - attended interview. I-130 and I-485 approved. greencard stamp in passport

day 159 - 11/29/2012 - received NOA for I-130 approval + NOA for I-485 approval via USPS

 

Naturalization
day 0 - 05/28/2021 - sent form N-400 + payment

day 1 - received confirmation

day 32 - received notice for biometrics scheduled, but had to postpone due to being overseas

day 57 - new notice for biometrics scheduled

day 115 - biometrics

day 167 - received appointment for interview

day 193 - interview at USCIS, application recommended for approval, waiting for date of oath ceremony

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thanks for your reply tanga08 :)

we have digital scans of our birth certificates which we can print copies of.

this is what we did for the filing of the i-485.

we're both living in the US now. the original documents are overseas. our parents have them. they could send them by fedex or something and they would arrive in time, but we're not sure if it is at all necessary.


AOS from F-1 to Permanent Resident

01/12/2007 Married

08/25/2011 Arrived to the US (petitioner with F-1 status)

day 0 - 06/23/2012 - filed I-130 concurrently with AOS package, mailed to Chicago Lockbox via USPS

day 02 - 06/25/2012 - received USPS delivery confirmation

day 06 - 06/29/2012 - received USCIS acceptance confirmation via email

day 09 - 07/02/2012 - checks for fees cashed

day 16 - 07/09/2012 - received NOA 1 and biometrics appointment

day 26 - 07/19/2012 - biometrics done on appointment day

day 79 - 09/10/2012 - EAD card received via USPS

day 90 - 09/21/2012 - received I-797C, interview scheduled for 10/29

day 128 - 10/29/2012 - interview postponed due to hurricane sandy

day 139 - 11/09/2012 - received notice of rescheduled interview for 11/26

day 156 - 11/26/2012 - attended interview. I-130 and I-485 approved. greencard stamp in passport

day 159 - 11/29/2012 - received NOA for I-130 approval + NOA for I-485 approval via USPS

 

Naturalization
day 0 - 05/28/2021 - sent form N-400 + payment

day 1 - received confirmation

day 32 - received notice for biometrics scheduled, but had to postpone due to being overseas

day 57 - new notice for biometrics scheduled

day 115 - biometrics

day 167 - received appointment for interview

day 193 - interview at USCIS, application recommended for approval, waiting for date of oath ceremony

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my parents only provided copies of my birth certificate. the original is still with them and yes, overseas. I brought copies of my birth certificate to the interview and was prepared to explain but the immigration officer didn't even ask to see it.


Adjustment of Status from H-1B, Family-Based
07/26/2012 - 10/18/2012: 85 Days from Application Received to GC Received.
Removal of Conditions
07/22/2014 - 11/14/2014: 116 Days from Application Received to GC Received.
Naturalization
02/03/2016 - 05/31/2016 : 119 Days from Application Received to Oath Ceremony.

I am a United States citizen!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

You're supposed to bring the originals. They might want to see them. From what I've seen reported here, they usually don't ask to see them, but they could. If they ask for originals and you don't have them, you could get an RFE.

If there's any way possible to get the originals before your interview, I'd recommend you do it.


AOS

5/16/2012 - Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 1:33pm

5/21/2012 - Email/text notifications received at 4:50 p.m.

5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

8/02/2012 - Email notification of GC production at 5:30pm

8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

8/07/2012 - EAD received.

8/08/2012 - GC mailed.

8/09/2012 - Welcome letter and I-130 approval letter received.

8/10/2012 - Green card received. :)

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: Haiti
Timeline

Our IO asked to see my husbands original birth certificate. We had official "copies" but he did ask to see the original.


October 10, 2011 - We met in Turks and Caicos Islands
May 26, 2012 - We eloped - Ocean City, MD

Adjustment of Status

August 3, 2012 - Mailed AOS packet to Chicago Lockbox
August 6, 2012 - AOS Packet delivered & signed for at 1:22pm
August 17, 2012 - Received Email/Text Notifications for NOA1 at 12:52am EST
August 24, 2012 - Biometric appt noticed received. Scheduled date 09/10/12 at 3pm in Alexandria, VA
August 27, 2012 - Received Hard Copies NOA1/receipts by mail

August 31, 2012 - Successful early walk in for Biometric Appt in Alexandria, VA
September 13, 2012 - Text notice received for Interview

September 15, 2012 - Received Hard Copy Interview Notice
October 6, 2012 - Text notice EAD Card in Production

October 12, 2012 - Text notice EAD Card mailed
October 15, 2012 - Received EAD/AP Combo by mail
October 16, 2012 - 11am Interview in Baltimore, MD

October 22, 2012 - AOS Approval!!
October 26, 2012 - Green Card mailed
October 30, 2012 - Green Card received!

Removal of Conditions
August 8, 2014 - I-751 packet mailed to Vermont Service Center.
August 11, 2014 - Packet delivered and signed for at 2:50pm
August 16, 2014 - NOA1 Received

September 9, 1014 - Biometric Appointment - 2pm - Fort Myers, FL
February 5, 2015 - Case transferred to California Service Center due to move to Texas.
March 30, 2015 - Card Production notice received.

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Our IO asked to see my husbands original birth certificate. We had official "copies" but he did ask to see the original.

I brought my husband's original BC too, but they didn't ask to see it. I guess it really depends on who you get.


Adjustment of Status from H-1B, Family-Based
07/26/2012 - 10/18/2012: 85 Days from Application Received to GC Received.
Removal of Conditions
07/22/2014 - 11/14/2014: 116 Days from Application Received to GC Received.
Naturalization
02/03/2016 - 05/31/2016 : 119 Days from Application Received to Oath Ceremony.

I am a United States citizen!

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