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My interview is coming up on October 16, 2014. We are just in the middle of making sure we got everything. I just have a few questions:

1.) On the I797C that we got it says to bring in a certified copy of our marriage document issued by the appropriate civil authority. We have the original that was sent to us. Should we just bring this one just so they can make copies or would it be better to order one and have another original mailed to us just in case?

2.) Is it better to have everything in one binder with organized tabs or loose in a box? I was thinking binder with tabs for easy find and easy access.

Just trying to get all our ducks in a row and not get too nervous about it. Any help/tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to everyone. :thumbs:

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1. As long as the certificate is certified you will be fine. They don't keep it, they just look at it or make a copy.

2. This is up to you. Personally I just bring everything in one of those priority mail envelopes. But if you have A LOT of docs, then you can bring one of those accordion type binders or whatever you feel is convenient. I'm not sure about a box.


This does not constitute legal advice.

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Bring the original that's stamped or embossed, and bring a copy of that to leave with them if they want it. They just want to see the stamp to make sure it's real.

I would suggest bringing a folder of the other stuff, and organize everything with a card clipped to it just so you can find stuff easily if they ask.

I have read others that have said they put a binder together, but it was a pain for the officer to deal with (they'd have to remove pages if they wanted to make copies of something).


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Good Morning,

My interview is coming up on October 16, 2014. We are just in the middle of making sure we got everything. I just have a few questions:

1.) On the I797C that we got it says to bring in a certified copy of our marriage document issued by the appropriate civil authority. We have the original that was sent to us. Should we just bring this one just so they can make copies or would it be better to order one and have another original mailed to us just in case?

2.) Is it better to have everything in one binder with organized tabs or loose in a box? I was thinking binder with tabs for easy find and easy access.

Just trying to get all our ducks in a row and not get too nervous about it. Any help/tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to everyone. :thumbs:

When in doubt, better to be safe than sorry.

What I did was I made two binders, one binder of only originals and the other binder of all copies (and readily available for the IO to keep in case). I used the plastic cover sleeves and used tabs to mark each section so I can easily flip to a document if requested.

1. I had my original marrige certificate and then went back to the civil authority and ordered another original and made copies.

2. binder option is better than taking a box.

You don't want to inconvenience the IO. Just have copies of every original document and have the copies available to where the IO can keep if necessary.

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I did exactly what fullglass did. A second certified copy cost me $5 at the local county clerk's office and took all of 10 minutes to obtain. I figured I'd rather have a copy in case they wanted to keep one. More than likely they won't but you never know.

As far as the paperwork goes, I bought two tabbed file folders from Walmart - one for the originals and one for the copies so I wouldn't accidentally hand over any originals. The folders were tabbed and labeled in the same order for easy access. $10 took care of that. The IO also pointed out how well we were organized which I think reflects positively in the interview as opposed to fumbling around trying to find documents and their copies and wasting the IO's time.

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My USCIS Journey...

 

I had an I-485 filing already submitted through an employment-based application. Post-marriage, I submitted an I-130, which after being approved was interfiled with the existing I-485.

I-130 Timeline:

04/04/13 - Day 000 - I-130 packet sent via FedEx

04/05/13 - Day 001 - I-130 packet delivered

04/08/13 - Day 004 - NOA 1

04/11/13 - Day 007 - NOA1 hard copy received - case under initial review

11/18/13 - Day 228 - Case transferred fom NBC to TSC

12/09/13 - Day 249 - NOA 2 - I-130 APPROVED!

Interfiling/AOS Timeline:

01/03/14 - Day 274 - Interfiling request received by USCIS

04/03/14 - Day 364 - Interfiling service request sent

04/30/14 - Day 391 - Second interfiling service request sent

05/19/14 - Day 410 - Email sent asking for case status update

06/04/14 - Day 426 - Response received that I-485 was transferred to NBC

06/05/14 - Day 427 - I-485 updated to "sent to local office for processing"

07/02/14 - Day 454 - Status changed to testing & interview. Interview date August 4!!

08/04/14 - Day 487 - Mini-Stokes interview. IO intended on approving AOS but computer did not show I-130 approval. The wait goes on...

08/18/14 - Day 501 - Spoke with Tier 2 IO - said that my I-485 is approved but no card prodn ordered. Asked to call back in 2 weeks if no update.

08/29/14 - Day 512 - Spoke with Tier 2 IO - said that my I-485 was not approved yet, but my file was with an IO for a decision

09/03/14 - Day 517 - Wrote a request to my Congressman asking for assistance

09/09/14 - Day 523 - Status updated to Card/Document Production

09/15/14 - Day 529 - Status update - Card mailed to address on record/permanent resident status registered

09/15/14 - Day 529 - Status update - Card picked up by USPS.

09/16/14 - Day 530 - GREEN CARD RECEIVED IN THE MAIL!!

I-751 Timeline:

05/25/16 - Day 000 - I-751packet mailed to CSC

05/27/16 - Day 002 - I-751 packet received at CSC

06/02/16 - Day 008 - Check cashed

06/03/16 - Day 009 - NOA1 received. Receipt Date: 05/27/16

06/10/16 - Day 016 - Biometrics appointment notice received - appointment date 6/22/16

06/22/16 - Day 028 - Biometrics Appointment - complete

01/04/17 - Day 224 - Status update - ROC Approved!  Card production ordered.

01/09/17 - Day 229 - Status update - Approval notice letter received.  Also received notification that card has been mailed.

01/11/17 - Day 231 - Card received in the mail!

 

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I made a copy of it and took along the original and was ready to give them the copy in case they needed (they didn't need neither the original or the copy). Regarding the pack I took it in one bigass envelope. :)

Ps: I know I spelled bigass wrong but don't want them to remove it so hence writing it as one. LOL :D

Good luck!

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Thanks everyone for all your input and answering the questions. I will keep everyone posted on how the interview goes and if I have any last minute questions. The support here is great! :dance:

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