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Interview Advice: BRING EVERYTHING!

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My husband had his interview today, but they can't yet approve him because they wanted copies of our joint account statements and leases. They did not mention this ANYWHERE in the document list on the letter, not to mention, we've submitted this to them countless times on the other applications. How can they not approve us for something they didn't even say they needed??? I'm fuming angry right now.

I just wanted to post here to warn people to bring everything, even if they don't say it's needed. He went in with only the documents listed on the letter: Green card, passport, tax statements for the last 3 years, both birth certificates, and our marriage certificate. Nope, apparently we have to be mind readers.

Hopefully this only delays us slightly. We are getting it all to them tomorrow, but why do I have a feeling this will take forever to sort out? If they wanted to see it, why the wouldn't they ask for it on the letter???

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Naturalization Process (FINALLY!)

05.29.14 - N-400 filed

06.02.14 - Packet received at the Lewisville Texas Center

06.05.14 - Check cleared

06.04.14 - NOA date

06.13.14 - Biometrics letter received

07.02.14 - Biometrics appointment

07.07.14 - In line

07.17.14 - 'Yellow Paper' date

09.10.14 - Interview scheduled NOA date

10.15.14 - Interview date

10.15.14 - RFE (missing documentation)

10.21.14 - RFE response received in NYC facility

11.04.14 - Oath ceremony scheduled, approved!

11.19.14 - Oath ceremony (8:30am) in Brooklyn - Completed! DONE WITH USCIS!

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I just wanted to be done with this, TODAY. I am so sick of gathering documents. Now we have to send some vague documents to a random address and not even know if it's enough for them, and now we don't know if or when he's going to be approved or if the ceremony scheduling will be delayed. Now we have to sit and hit refresh again on the stupid website rather than just being done today.


Naturalization Process (FINALLY!)

05.29.14 - N-400 filed

06.02.14 - Packet received at the Lewisville Texas Center

06.05.14 - Check cleared

06.04.14 - NOA date

06.13.14 - Biometrics letter received

07.02.14 - Biometrics appointment

07.07.14 - In line

07.17.14 - 'Yellow Paper' date

09.10.14 - Interview scheduled NOA date

10.15.14 - Interview date

10.15.14 - RFE (missing documentation)

10.21.14 - RFE response received in NYC facility

11.04.14 - Oath ceremony scheduled, approved!

11.19.14 - Oath ceremony (8:30am) in Brooklyn - Completed! DONE WITH USCIS!

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They have attached a paper saying if you apply for marriage rule, you need to bring those things. I apply 5 year rule, my all past marriage document are in officer table from previous application for green card. I do bring everything just in case they ask. If you don't bring them, your case will be delayed.


<p>06/20/14: N-400 mailed06/23/14: N-400 Delivered06/26/14: I-797 in the mail7/1/14: Fingerprint notification via text and email7/8/14: Fingerprint Letter In the mail7/22/14: Fingerprint Appointment Date7/11/14: Walk-in Fingerprints completed7/24/14: SMS and Email about in-line for interview8/18/2014 receive yellow letter dated8/89/8/2014 interview txt/email9/11/2014 receive interview letter10/14/2014 interview date<p>10/21/2014oath date

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Yeah, they didn't attach anything additional on our documentation letter for the interview. They only asked for what we brought. The craziest thing? All of the documentation they asked us to bring to the interview they didn't care about. He wasn't asked to show any of it. The only documentation they wanted was the stuff they didn't tell us to bring. It's like they mixed up our letter with another applicant or something.

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Naturalization Process (FINALLY!)

05.29.14 - N-400 filed

06.02.14 - Packet received at the Lewisville Texas Center

06.05.14 - Check cleared

06.04.14 - NOA date

06.13.14 - Biometrics letter received

07.02.14 - Biometrics appointment

07.07.14 - In line

07.17.14 - 'Yellow Paper' date

09.10.14 - Interview scheduled NOA date

10.15.14 - Interview date

10.15.14 - RFE (missing documentation)

10.21.14 - RFE response received in NYC facility

11.04.14 - Oath ceremony scheduled, approved!

11.19.14 - Oath ceremony (8:30am) in Brooklyn - Completed! DONE WITH USCIS!

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I mean the officer already has all your documents you submit for green card. It is on her table when she interview me, she did dig some paper from her file to check it, she even know my nickname, she ask why I didnt put it on application. I was so suprised, how come he know my name I ise at work which is not my official name. I ask officer how she know it, she said we know it.i prepared all the documents like roc doc. Because they had a attached paper said officer may ask more docs during interview, if you don't have it, you can give to them later, this will result in delaying your process. But they didn't ask me to show ten anything just gc do passport on the table, she do check the dl address. When you prepare everything, they just don't ask it. When you are not, they ask it. It is not hard to do it, I keep all the doc in file back to 5 ys. I use the same flile when I apply for roc . I told the officer, I prepare everything good, but I cannot sleep last night for not reason. My husband said he doesn't mind if I bring a suitcase.


<p>06/20/14: N-400 mailed06/23/14: N-400 Delivered06/26/14: I-797 in the mail7/1/14: Fingerprint notification via text and email7/8/14: Fingerprint Letter In the mail7/22/14: Fingerprint Appointment Date7/11/14: Walk-in Fingerprints completed7/24/14: SMS and Email about in-line for interview8/18/2014 receive yellow letter dated8/89/8/2014 interview txt/email9/11/2014 receive interview letter10/14/2014 interview date<p>10/21/2014oath date

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Thanks for the advice, I'm having my interview next month and I'm preparing my evidence just in case... now I have to go through a bunch of paperwork

Bring EVERYTHING. I've just spent an entire day at work going through our accounts over the last 4 years, scanning, highlighting, digging through old emails on a day we were supposed to finally be celebrating. :rolleyes:

This process never ends. The interview was today, and we should have all additional documents sent to them by tomorrow (at least we don't have to send it to a processing center, they gave us the direct address of the local office where the interview took place), but I really hope this doesn't delay his oath for too long. So frustrating! He has been expertly prepared the entire process for the last 4 years, I've made sure he brought a novel's worth of paperwork in duplicate to be on the safe side. We combed through every interview review on here and looked at every document 100 times to be prepared, then this just came out of nowhere.

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Naturalization Process (FINALLY!)

05.29.14 - N-400 filed

06.02.14 - Packet received at the Lewisville Texas Center

06.05.14 - Check cleared

06.04.14 - NOA date

06.13.14 - Biometrics letter received

07.02.14 - Biometrics appointment

07.07.14 - In line

07.17.14 - 'Yellow Paper' date

09.10.14 - Interview scheduled NOA date

10.15.14 - Interview date

10.15.14 - RFE (missing documentation)

10.21.14 - RFE response received in NYC facility

11.04.14 - Oath ceremony scheduled, approved!

11.19.14 - Oath ceremony (8:30am) in Brooklyn - Completed! DONE WITH USCIS!

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All this paper gathering does get so old, so fast...and the whole process lasts such a long time. My sympathies, gosh. But thanks very much for the heads-up.


"Wherever you go, you take yourself with you." --Neil Gaiman

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Morocco
Timeline

Very good advice - we have three 2" ringbinders full of material - one has copies of everything we have submitted to USCIS and NVC, the second has every kind of relationship evidence we could think of (including photos, boarding cards, etc., from all our visits), and the third has everything they asked us to being to the interview, an updated AOS form and supporting documents, and anything else we have heard that they sometimes as to see up front.

Just keep in mind, you could always get some jerk who is having a bad day and decides to delay you over something trivial. So bring absolutly everything - bury them in documentation. Don't give them the slightest chance of finding anything lacking.


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09/08/2013 - I-130 Priority Date
02/26/2014 - RFE
03/10/2014 - RFE sent
03/26/2014 - NOA2 date

04/08/2014 - NVC received
05/08/2014 - Case number assigned
05/12/2014 - DS-261 Completed
05/13/2014 - AOS paid
05/22/2014 - AOS pack sent
06/13/2014 - IV Paid,Finally!
06/14/2014 - IV pack sent
06/17/2014 - DS-260 completed
06/22/2014 - IV pack scan date
07/01/2014 - AOS checklist
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07/09/2014 - Checklist scan date
08/22/2014 - Case Completed!

09/08/2014 - Case left the NVC
09/10/2014 - Case is ready
09/10/2014 - Interview letter received
10/20/2014 - Medical Appointment
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I agree, when you are applying based on the 3 year rule and even under the 5 year rule, if you are married bring everything. I have seen several people here already with the same issue. Of course I think it depends on the IO because some will be fine with the taxes and marriage cert. They really shouldn't keep bothering because that's what ROC is for, but sometimes they just want to make it difficult.


This does not constitute legal advice.

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It is good to know that no matter what others have had to say or will have to say you adamantly say to "BRING EVERYTHING" because you never know what might be asked for. There are several self-proclaimed rocket scientists here on this website that will tell you "Not" to bring everything as it will not be needed. "BRING EVERYTHING" is definitely great advice.

Best of luck!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Namibia
Timeline

Question for you guys - do you bring original copies to the interview or copies of original documents??? What I am reading says original documents need to be submitted to NVC. . . but then it says original documents need to be submitted at the interview. Can't have it both ways obviously, so which is recommended???????

Secondly, when people are saying the interviewee brought tax statements - is this tax statements of the petitioner or what?


06.21.13 : Met in Namibia


06.21.14 : Married in Namibia (L)


USCIS


  • 10.11.14 : Submitted I-130 via DHL from Namibia to Chicago Lockbox
  • 10.15.14 : Petition Received (according to online case status)
  • 10.20.14 : NOA1 (received initially via e-mail); Case Transferred to California Service Center
  • 10.31.14 : NOA2 (received initially via e-mail); Case Transferred to NVC (11 days from NOA1)

NVC


  • 12.11.14 : Case # and IIN # received from NVC via e-mail
  • 12.11.14 : DS-261 Choice of Agent Form Generated (notified via e-mail) & Submitted
  • 12.11.14 : AOS Fee Invoice Generated (notified via e-mail)
  • 12.24.14 : AOS Fee Paid
  • 01.13.15 : IV Fee Invoice Generated (notified via e-mail)
  • 01.24.15 : IV Fee Paid

*** Intentionally Delayed Further Submission ***


  • 09.26.15 : DS-260 Submitted
  • 10.20.15 : AOS & IV Packages Submitted
  • 10.22.15: AOS & IV Packages Received by NVC (scan date)
  • 12.2.15: Cased Closed at NVC - Received Interview Date for January 14

EMBASSY


  • 12.18.15: Medical Completed in Johannesburg

*** Intentionally Delayed Interview ***


  • 01.20.16: New Interview Date Scheduled for March 17
  • 03.14.16 & 03.15.16: New Medical Completed (First one would expire before our preferred date of entry!)
  • 03.17.16 Interview in Johannesburg - successful!
  • 04.02.16 Visa received (Expires 9/14/16)
  • 07.11.16 USCIS ELIS fee paid
  • 08.26.16 Date of Entry (POE Boston)

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