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What's the difference between an "interview" v/s an Infopass??

Spoke with a Tier 2 personnel and she mentioned that as of today, my case status shows up as "pending interview." I asked her if a date was scheduled and she said I will have to make an "infopass" appointment if i wanted more information on the case...huh2.gifunsure.pnghuh.png

I have no idea if I should rather wait for the field office to send me an interview date ....or should i just make an infopass..?? (I wouldn't be able to take time off work twice)

On the other hand....Who gets scheduled for an interview?? Anything in particular about my application that might cause for an interview??

I almost dont want to believe what i was told by the tier 2 rep since it will not be the first time i've been given incorrect information...

A few weeks back i contacted the senator and they sent me a letter saying my petition was scheduled for "review" on June 17th..So far no updates on the case...and my case # doesn't show up online either...


USCIS (142 days)
2013-01-25 - Sent I-130 to chicago lockbox
2013-01-28 - NOA1 (case at MSC)
2013-06-21 - NOA2

NVC (____ days)
2013-07-08 - NVC received case

2013-07-11 - IIN assigned
2013-07-17 - DS3032 email sent
2013-07-19 - AOS bill invoiced and paid

2013-07-23 - AOS packet sent
2013-07-28 - DS3032 accepted
2013-08-04 - IV bill invoiced and paid
2013-08-07 - IV packet sent (from India)
2013-09-10 - Case complete

2013-10-01 - Interview scheduled

Consulate
2013-XX-XX - Medical

2013-11-15 - Interview
2013-XX-XX - Visa in hand
2013-XX-XX - POE (Houston, TX)

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What's the difference between an "interview" v/s an Infopass??

Spoke with a Tier 2 personnel and she mentioned that as of today, my case status shows up as "pending interview." I asked her if a date was scheduled and she said I will have to make an "infopass" appointment if i wanted more information on the case...huh2.gifunsure.pnghuh.png

I have no idea if I should rather wait for the field office to send me an interview date ....or should i just make an infopass..?? (I wouldn't be able to take time off work twice)

On the other hand....Who gets scheduled for an interview?? Anything in particular about my application that might cause for an interview??

I almost dont want to believe what i was told by the tier 2 rep since it will not be the first time i've been given incorrect information...

A few weeks back i contacted the senator and they sent me a letter saying my petition was scheduled for "review" on June 17th..So far no updates on the case...and my case # doesn't show up online either...

The interview of course is held to determine if your visa will be granted. An Info Pass meeting provides info about the case in person at a USCIS office. You will not be give info about an interview date during an Info Pass meeting.

It seems your case is in line to be assigned an interview date. If you have submitted the required docs there is no reason to think they will not set the date when they have room in the schedule.

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Is it random how they select for an interview?


USCIS (142 days)
2013-01-25 - Sent I-130 to chicago lockbox
2013-01-28 - NOA1 (case at MSC)
2013-06-21 - NOA2

NVC (____ days)
2013-07-08 - NVC received case

2013-07-11 - IIN assigned
2013-07-17 - DS3032 email sent
2013-07-19 - AOS bill invoiced and paid

2013-07-23 - AOS packet sent
2013-07-28 - DS3032 accepted
2013-08-04 - IV bill invoiced and paid
2013-08-07 - IV packet sent (from India)
2013-09-10 - Case complete

2013-10-01 - Interview scheduled

Consulate
2013-XX-XX - Medical

2013-11-15 - Interview
2013-XX-XX - Visa in hand
2013-XX-XX - POE (Houston, TX)

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Since you don't have NOA2 yet, it seems like your case is being scheduled for an interview in the US with the petitioner. They do this when they suspect fraud. Is there anything odd about your case?

Edited by Harpa Timsah

AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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Nope...It's plain vanilla kind of case...No immigration issues ever...


USCIS (142 days)
2013-01-25 - Sent I-130 to chicago lockbox
2013-01-28 - NOA1 (case at MSC)
2013-06-21 - NOA2

NVC (____ days)
2013-07-08 - NVC received case

2013-07-11 - IIN assigned
2013-07-17 - DS3032 email sent
2013-07-19 - AOS bill invoiced and paid

2013-07-23 - AOS packet sent
2013-07-28 - DS3032 accepted
2013-08-04 - IV bill invoiced and paid
2013-08-07 - IV packet sent (from India)
2013-09-10 - Case complete

2013-10-01 - Interview scheduled

Consulate
2013-XX-XX - Medical

2013-11-15 - Interview
2013-XX-XX - Visa in hand
2013-XX-XX - POE (Houston, TX)

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Has the beneficiary been in the US before? Is there a large age difference between the parties? Multiple previous marriages? Are you a born US citizen or an immigrant yourself?


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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I'm the USC. (through naturalization - i was naturalized at the charlotte office - that was in 2009)...We're 6 months apart (no age difference)....My husband has never been to the USA. Never denied visas (never even tried applying for a tourist visa either)!! No previous marriages either..


USCIS (142 days)
2013-01-25 - Sent I-130 to chicago lockbox
2013-01-28 - NOA1 (case at MSC)
2013-06-21 - NOA2

NVC (____ days)
2013-07-08 - NVC received case

2013-07-11 - IIN assigned
2013-07-17 - DS3032 email sent
2013-07-19 - AOS bill invoiced and paid

2013-07-23 - AOS packet sent
2013-07-28 - DS3032 accepted
2013-08-04 - IV bill invoiced and paid
2013-08-07 - IV packet sent (from India)
2013-09-10 - Case complete

2013-10-01 - Interview scheduled

Consulate
2013-XX-XX - Medical

2013-11-15 - Interview
2013-XX-XX - Visa in hand
2013-XX-XX - POE (Houston, TX)

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Is it random how they select for an interview?

I wouldn't term it random. As far as I know they do it based on submission timing.

Harpa Timsah noticed that you don't show an NOA 2 approval. I missed that. Do you have it?

Do you know the procedure and timing of submitting the P 3 docs? The embassies I am familiar with set the date only after submission of the P 3 but yours may differ.

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No NOA2 yet..My NOI1 date is Jan 30th.


USCIS (142 days)
2013-01-25 - Sent I-130 to chicago lockbox
2013-01-28 - NOA1 (case at MSC)
2013-06-21 - NOA2

NVC (____ days)
2013-07-08 - NVC received case

2013-07-11 - IIN assigned
2013-07-17 - DS3032 email sent
2013-07-19 - AOS bill invoiced and paid

2013-07-23 - AOS packet sent
2013-07-28 - DS3032 accepted
2013-08-04 - IV bill invoiced and paid
2013-08-07 - IV packet sent (from India)
2013-09-10 - Case complete

2013-10-01 - Interview scheduled

Consulate
2013-XX-XX - Medical

2013-11-15 - Interview
2013-XX-XX - Visa in hand
2013-XX-XX - POE (Houston, TX)

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No NOA2 yet..My NOI1 date is Jan 30th.

I have made a mistake here. Your case doesn't require the P 3 docs I think. I think I have misunderstood your original question.

If you don't have NOA 2 then I don't understand what you need to know. Please forgive my mistake in understanding.

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since local offices have been adjudicating I-130s , since 15 Aug 2012,

there's been some things to note:

1. variances in local offices for adjudication process

2. MORE local interviews because they can

3. NOID instead of RFEs issued

4. Misrouting to NRC after approval

5. Long transfer times after approval

6. Stuff for bonafide marriage evidence may or may not make it to NVC.

so - when you go in on an infopass, be prepared ! Have a list of questions about your casefile, and ask for the I-130 Adjudication Unit Supervisor when yer at the glass window.

When yer there for an interview, bring copies of everything and all of your bonafide marriage evidence.

Edited by Darnell

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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.

Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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since local offices have been adjudicating I-130s , since 15 Aug 2012,

there's been some things to note:

1. variances in local offices for adjudication process

2. MORE local interviews because they can

3. NOID instead of RFEs issued

4. Misrouting to NRC after approval

5. Long transfer times after approval

6. Stuff for bonafide marriage evidence may or may not make it to NVC.

so - when you go in on an infopass, be prepared ! Have a list of questions about your casefile, and ask for the I-130 Adjudication Unit Supervisor when yer at the glass window.

When yer there for an interview, bring copies of everything and all of your bonafide marriage evidence.

Thanks for your help ...Just found out today that it was all approved (the aide from the senator's office followed up on my case filed at the Charlotte office). I called the USCIS and they said i was misinformed ...


USCIS (142 days)
2013-01-25 - Sent I-130 to chicago lockbox
2013-01-28 - NOA1 (case at MSC)
2013-06-21 - NOA2

NVC (____ days)
2013-07-08 - NVC received case

2013-07-11 - IIN assigned
2013-07-17 - DS3032 email sent
2013-07-19 - AOS bill invoiced and paid

2013-07-23 - AOS packet sent
2013-07-28 - DS3032 accepted
2013-08-04 - IV bill invoiced and paid
2013-08-07 - IV packet sent (from India)
2013-09-10 - Case complete

2013-10-01 - Interview scheduled

Consulate
2013-XX-XX - Medical

2013-11-15 - Interview
2013-XX-XX - Visa in hand
2013-XX-XX - POE (Houston, TX)

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