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As my interview date is fast approaching, I am having a worsening case of paranoia, even though I know I'll be fine.

So please humour me and let me know if my list of documents I'm taking is adequate!

  • Interview letter
  • Passport
  • DS-260 confirmation
  • Courier confirmation from usvisa-info.com, printed from their website, not the email (for some reason the latter won't print)
  • AOS documents with original signatures in case NVC ate the first lot
  • Same with IV docs plus photocopies of the certificates
  • 2x passport photos, US dimensions
  • DS-3025 and vaccination records (I know I don't need them, but like I said, paranoid)
  • Six pictures I took of the two of us when I visited in August. That's all I'm taking for relationship proof since the rest was front-loaded.

Cheers m'dears


ROC from CR-1 visa (Green Card expiration date was Nov 24th 2016)

 

Link to the evidence I submitted. Be sure to send evidence spanning your entire marriage (especially for K-1) or as far back as you can. Just one or two bank statements will not cut it. I primarily focused on the two years of living here since I came in on a CR-1. If you don't have the fundamentals (i.e. joint accounts/policies), you can explain why in the covering letter. E.g. "While we do not have joint utilities, we both contribute to them from our joint bank account".

 

September 26th 2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

September 28th 2016: Package delivered
September 30th 2016: Check cashed
October 3rd 2016: NOA1 received with receipt date of 09/28/16
November 3rd 2016: Biometrics received with appointment date of 11/14/16.
November 14th 2016: Attended biometrics appointment
October 30th 2017: Infopass appointment to get I-551 stamp
February 26th 2018: I-751 case number (aka the NOA1 receipt number) becomes trackable
March 14th 2018: Submitted service request due to being outside of processing time.

March 15th 2018: ROC approved. 535 days (1 year, 5 months and 17 days)

March 29th 2018: Card being produced

April 4th 2018: Card mailed out

April 6th 2018: Card in hand. Has incorrect "resident since" date. Submitted service request on I-751 case (typographical error on permanent resident card) and an I-90 online.

April 2018 - August 7th 2018: Tons of service requests, emails and now senator involvement to get my corrected green card back because what the heck, USCIS. Also some time in May I sent a letter to Potomac telling them I want to withdraw my I-90 since CSC were handling it.

August 8th 2018: Card in production thanks to the direct involvement of Senator Sherrod Brown's team

August 13th 2018: Card mailed

August 15th 2018: Card in hand with correct date. :joy:

October 31st 2018: Potomac sends out a notice stating they have closed out my I-90 per my request. Yay for no duplicate card drama.

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As my interview date is fast approaching, I am having a worsening case of paranoia, even though I know I'll be fine.

So please humour me and let me know if my list of documents I'm taking is adequate!

  • Interview letter
  • Passport
  • DS-260 confirmation
  • Courier confirmation from usvisa-info.com, printed from their website, not the email (for some reason the latter won't print)
  • AOS documents with original signatures in case NVC ate the first lot
  • Same with IV docs plus photocopies of the certificates
  • 2x passport photos, US dimensions
  • DS-3025 and vaccination records (I know I don't need them, but like I said, paranoid)
  • Six pictures I took of the two of us when I visited in August. That's all I'm taking for relationship proof since the rest was front-loaded.

Cheers m'dears

We've all been there with the nerves!

Looks like you are all set as an American would say. I took pretty much the exact same as you and didn't need most of it but best to be prepared like you say! Good luck and don't apologise if you need to post again for reassurance, I did when I had mine and so have many others :)


My blog about my visa journey and adjusting to my new life in the US http://albiontoamerica.wordpress.com/

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As my interview date is fast approaching, I am having a worsening case of paranoia, even though I know I'll be fine.

So please humour me and let me know if my list of documents I'm taking is adequate!

  • Interview letter
  • Passport
  • DS-260 confirmation
  • Courier confirmation from usvisa-info.com, printed from their website, not the email (for some reason the latter won't print)
  • AOS documents with original signatures in case NVC ate the first lot
  • Same with IV docs plus photocopies of the certificates
  • 2x passport photos, US dimensions
  • DS-3025 and vaccination records (I know I don't need them, but like I said, paranoid)
  • Six pictures I took of the two of us when I visited in August. That's all I'm taking for relationship proof since the rest was front-loaded.
Cheers m'dears
Pretty much what I'm taking though I'm not bothering with photocopies of original docs, I've got copies so they can have them, lol. I've also only got a copy of the Aos pack with no original signatures so hope that'll be ok. And copies of evidence submitted to Uscis plus added photos and airline confirmations of Tammy's trips to see me along with all my expired passports with US stamps. I think I'm the day before you so I'll let you know how it goes x

Married New York 09/27/13Filed I-130 11/23/13Noa1 11/27/13 VSCNoa2 05/23/14 Case received nvc 6/6/14Case # and IIN 6/27/14AOS and IV invoiced 7/12/14AOS and IV paid 7/14/14DS260 submitted 7/22/14Aos and IV scan date 08/14/14Case complete 10/06/14Medical 9/22/14<p>Interview 11/17/14

POE Philadelphia 12/2/14

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I took a new police certificate as my original one expired while it was sat gathering dust at the NVC. But otherwise your list looks good to me


USCIS (239 days):

04.18.2013 - NOA1

12.13.2013 - NOA2 via email; I-130 approved. Shipped to NVC

NVC (274 days):

12.30.2013 - Arrived at NVC

01.27.2014 - Received case no. & IIN

02.07.2014 - Completed & submitted DS-261 form online

02.13.2014 - Paid AOS bill

02.18.2014 - AOS showing as 'paid'

03.18.2014 - Invoiced for IV bill (finally!)

03.19.2014 - Made payment for IV bill

03.21.2014 - IV bill showing PAID

03.24.2014 - Completed DS-260 online

03.29.2014 - Mailed IV Packet

04.26.2014 - IV packet all approved, false checklist from NVC for AOS packet

05.07.2014 - AOS packet sent

06.12.2014 - AOS packet scanned in (took them THAT LONG to do it)

07.29.2014 - Received checklist via email

07.30.2014 - Sent re-filled AOS form, as per checklist instructions

09.24.2014 - Case Complete (FINALLY)

09.30.2014 - Case leaves NVC

Embassy:

10.29.2014 - Medical

11.04.2014 - Interview in London - APPROVED

11.05.2014 - CEAC - Issued

11.07.2014 - Courier email

11.10.2014 - Passport and visa received via DX courier

In the USA:

12.02.2014 - POE (Denver)

12.24.2014 - ELIS changed to "In Process"

01.05.2015 - Greencard received in mail

ROC:
10.05.2016 - NOA1

12.13.2016 - Biometrics

11.13.2017 - Infopass Appt.

03.30.2018 - Approval

04.05.2018 - Greencard Arrived

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the only other thing I can think of is bring evidence of how you communicate just in case they wanted to see it. I am going to bring skype chat log, whatsapp chat, facebook posts.


our K1 visa journey

Signed up with RapidVisa company: June 10th 2014
Petition Filed: June 25th 2014
Received at California Service Center: July 3rd 2014
Petition approved: September 25th 2014
Received at NVC: October 5th 2014
Received at US Embassy: November 13th 2014
Delay because of Greek Police Certificate
Filled in DS-160: January 13th 2015
Received Greek Police Certificate:January 19th 2015
Got Greek Police Certificate translated: January 21st 2015
Got it licensed with Greek Embassy: January 27th 2015
Sent Readiness Form to US Embassy: January 28th 2015
Medical Exam: February 4th 2015
Visa Interview: March 3rd 2015 Approved!!
Administrative Processing : March 4th 2015
Visa Status Issued: March 5th 2015
Email from Consulate: March 9th 2015
Collected from DX courier: March 10th 2015
Flight to Minnesota: March 24th 2015
POE: Philadelphia International Airport
Destination: Minneapolis, Minnesota


Our Wedding day: April 15th 2015
Adjustment of Status Filed:
Employment Authorisation:
Advanced Parole:

My blog : https://ourstoryourfamily.wordpress.com/


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the only other thing I can think of is bring evidence of how you communicate just in case they wanted to see it. I am going to bring skype chat log, whatsapp chat, facebook posts.

The OP is already in the US so I assume their interview went well :)


Immigration Timeline

 

June 2013: Met whilst working at a summer camp in Michigan 

K1

November 1st 2014: I-129f submitted for K1 visa

February 24th 2015: Visa in hand!

February 26th 2015: POE at Las Vegas airport, then onwards to Oregon! 

March 6th 2015: Marriage (with a "real" wedding to follow next year on 7/6/2016)

March 9th 2015: AOS, EAD & AP submitted

September 22nd 2015: Interview

January 14th 2016: Two year Green card received -phew!

ROC

August 8th 2017: 90 day window begins! ROC time!

September 28th 2017: Biometric Appointment in Portland, OR

March 5th 2018: Case received by local office

August 18th 2018: 18 month extension letter mailed

December 2018: Case moved to another office

February 2019: I was emailed that I was approved and my card was in production the same day of my N400 interview 😂

N400

August 8th 2018: Window opens to submit naturalization application

August 13th 2018: N400 Application submitted online 

August 14th 2018: NOA1

September 6th 2018: Biometrics

February 6th 2019: Interview Date! APPROVED!

February 6th 2019: I was asked to return later the same day for my Oath Ceremony! :dance:

 

❤️ Our Visa Journey is finally complete ❤️

 

I am the Beneficiary

 

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the only other thing I can think of is bring evidence of how you communicate just in case they wanted to see it. I am going to bring skype chat log, whatsapp chat, facebook posts.

The OP is already in the US so I assume their interview went well :)

Yep, all went smoothly. I didn't need evidence of the relationship, just answered a few mundane questions and it was approved. The only time I worried at all was thinking I wouldn't get to the embassy on time even though I left 4 hours before my appointment and ended up getting there 2 and a half hours early :P

Btw, if you get there super early like I did and they start dividing the lines into early/later appointments, tell them you're there for an immigrant interview and they'll let you in with the earlies.


ROC from CR-1 visa (Green Card expiration date was Nov 24th 2016)

 

Link to the evidence I submitted. Be sure to send evidence spanning your entire marriage (especially for K-1) or as far back as you can. Just one or two bank statements will not cut it. I primarily focused on the two years of living here since I came in on a CR-1. If you don't have the fundamentals (i.e. joint accounts/policies), you can explain why in the covering letter. E.g. "While we do not have joint utilities, we both contribute to them from our joint bank account".

 

September 26th 2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

September 28th 2016: Package delivered
September 30th 2016: Check cashed
October 3rd 2016: NOA1 received with receipt date of 09/28/16
November 3rd 2016: Biometrics received with appointment date of 11/14/16.
November 14th 2016: Attended biometrics appointment
October 30th 2017: Infopass appointment to get I-551 stamp
February 26th 2018: I-751 case number (aka the NOA1 receipt number) becomes trackable
March 14th 2018: Submitted service request due to being outside of processing time.

March 15th 2018: ROC approved. 535 days (1 year, 5 months and 17 days)

March 29th 2018: Card being produced

April 4th 2018: Card mailed out

April 6th 2018: Card in hand. Has incorrect "resident since" date. Submitted service request on I-751 case (typographical error on permanent resident card) and an I-90 online.

April 2018 - August 7th 2018: Tons of service requests, emails and now senator involvement to get my corrected green card back because what the heck, USCIS. Also some time in May I sent a letter to Potomac telling them I want to withdraw my I-90 since CSC were handling it.

August 8th 2018: Card in production thanks to the direct involvement of Senator Sherrod Brown's team

August 13th 2018: Card mailed

August 15th 2018: Card in hand with correct date. :joy:

October 31st 2018: Potomac sends out a notice stating they have closed out my I-90 per my request. Yay for no duplicate card drama.

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Yep, all went smoothly. I didn't need evidence of the relationship, just answered a few mundane questions and it was approved. The only time I worried at all was thinking I wouldn't get to the embassy on time even though I left 4 hours before my appointment and ended up getting there 2 and a half hours early :P

Btw, if you get there super early like I did and they start dividing the lines into early/later appointments, tell them you're there for an immigrant interview and they'll let you in with the earlies.

Great tip! Thank you


Immigration Timeline

 

June 2013: Met whilst working at a summer camp in Michigan 

K1

November 1st 2014: I-129f submitted for K1 visa

February 24th 2015: Visa in hand!

February 26th 2015: POE at Las Vegas airport, then onwards to Oregon! 

March 6th 2015: Marriage (with a "real" wedding to follow next year on 7/6/2016)

March 9th 2015: AOS, EAD & AP submitted

September 22nd 2015: Interview

January 14th 2016: Two year Green card received -phew!

ROC

August 8th 2017: 90 day window begins! ROC time!

September 28th 2017: Biometric Appointment in Portland, OR

March 5th 2018: Case received by local office

August 18th 2018: 18 month extension letter mailed

December 2018: Case moved to another office

February 2019: I was emailed that I was approved and my card was in production the same day of my N400 interview 😂

N400

August 8th 2018: Window opens to submit naturalization application

August 13th 2018: N400 Application submitted online 

August 14th 2018: NOA1

September 6th 2018: Biometrics

February 6th 2019: Interview Date! APPROVED!

February 6th 2019: I was asked to return later the same day for my Oath Ceremony! :dance:

 

❤️ Our Visa Journey is finally complete ❤️

 

I am the Beneficiary

 

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