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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Sweden
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Hi all,

I haven't been on here in a while but this site really helped us a lot throughout the process so I wanted to share our interview experience. We had our initial interview rescheduled back in July and had been waiting for a new date. Turns out they had moved our file to another office (St Louis). I guess they didn't get the memo that we had moved before sending out the first interview notice even though we changed the address months before. Anyways, we just had our interview yesterday and we were approved right after :)

We got there around 11 for our 11:30am appointment. We were called in around 11:35 and done just before noon. Pretty quick! The officer told us she was going to go over the I-485 with me first and then the I-130 with my husband. I was so nervous but the officer was friendly--direct and serious but nice. I messed up immediately by stating my maiden name instead of my married one as it is on the app! (haven't changed it yet) oops.. She questioned me about it and I just explained I hadn't changed it yet but was planning to and that's why we filled out the application with that name. From there she just checked off the questions on the forms and made sure the answers matched. She also changed our address on the form.

She asked us how we met and I told her about how we met in college, my husband filled in as well with some other details. She asked something about us being away from each other but I can't remember the question exactly and I think I misinterpreted it but oh well. She asked if we had any family in this area, when I moved here etc. My husband talked a little bit about his school and future job and our move to Indiana when he's done. She asked what I want to do (career wise). She asked what our parents thought about us eloping and my husband said that they were supportive because we are still doing a wedding ceremony in Sweden next year. She asked if we had anything else we'd like to share with her and I went through my binder as I told her about our joint bank account and phone bill (we didn't have a lot of proof) but she didn't even want to look at it, just copied our marriage license. She asked about insurance (health and car) and my husband explained how my insurance plan was a lot better than his but I wasn't able to add him to mine since it's continuation coverage after terminating my employment at my previous university and how he just lost his coverage under his parents as he turned 26 in September and as a student only have temporary coverage that isn't very good. She asked if my name was on the lease but I said it wasn't. Basically, she seemed to want more proof. However, she said it is understandable that we didn't have a lot of stuff right now at the beginning and immediately went on to talk about the conditional green card and what we needed to do 90 days before the 2 years are up. She told us to hold on to everything we accumulate until then to send in as evidence for ROC. At this point it was pretty clear she was going to approve us but she just told us that was all and that she'd look over our file and send us a letter if she needed anything else. Oh, and she didn't ask for pictures and I forgot to show them so she never even looked at those.

An hour later my case status was updated to card production and later that evening the I-130 was approved :)

Now I can finally relax for a while! :D

Happy Thanksgiving!


Our journey:

12/17/09 - Met for the first time!

03/07/10 - Officially became a couple

05/24/13 - Engaged

03/05/14 - Married! <3

AOS from F1:

04/02/14 - day 00 - 130 / I-485 / I-765 / I-131 sent via USPS

04/04/14 - day 02 - Arrival of AOS packet according to USPS tracking

04/13/14 - day 11 - Email/text receipt notification

04/14/14 - day 11 - Checks cashed

04/25/14 - day 25 - Biometrics appointment letter received (dated 04/16/14) for 05/13/14

05/01/14 - day 30 - Successful walk-in biometrics in Ft. Myers, FL

05/01/14 - day 30 - RFE (birth certificate)

05/23/14 - day 52 - RFE reply delivered

05/27/14 - day 56 - Status update: I-485 RFE response review

06/13/14 - day 73 - EAD/AP mailed
06/14/14 - day 74 - EAD/AP combo card delivered!

06/27/14 - day 87 - I-485 online status updated to Testing/Interview

07/10/14 - Received letter from local office that my interview reschedule request was granted

07/28/14 - Notice of rescheduled interview sent

10/07/14 - New interview notice received

11/25/14 - day 237 - Interview at St. Louis Field Office

11/25/14 - Status update: Card production ordered / welcome noticed mailed / I-130 approved!

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Spain
Timeline

Thanks for sharing with us!! Congrats and have a good thanksgivings :)


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---------------------------------- Pre I-130 ----------------------------------------

Feb- 25- 2009 - Met in Barcelona Spain thanks to a friend in common ???

11 visits in the next 5 years........ ????????????

Apr - 23 - 2014 - My last entry in the US to visit ✈️

Jul - 18 - 2014 - finally proposes and ask me to stay forever!!!! ❤️??

Jul- 20 - 2014 - I don't get in the flight back to Spain ( that means my ESTA will expire the next day )

Jul - 22 - 2014 - wedding ❤️??

---------------------------I-130, I-485, EAD, AP ----------------------------------

Sep- 12- 2014 - AOS sent to Chicago ?? ( delivered sept 15 )

Sep - 18 - 2014 - AOS texts/ emails received with case number ??

Sep- 19 - 2014 - checks cashed ?

Sep - 21 - 2014- hard copies of NOA received in the mail!!! ??

Sep - 26 - 2014- biometrics letter received!! Appointment for Oct 7

Sep - 30 - 2014 - succesful early walk in biometrics ??

Nov - 22 - 2014 - EAD/AP approved ?? ( 71 days )

Nov - 24 - 2014 - card in production

Dec - 1 - 2014 - card mailed ??

Dec - 3 - 2014 - Combo card received ??

Dec - 15 - 2014 - email received with interview date for Jan 15 2015! ??

Jan - 15 - 2015 - Approved!! ???? Here is our interview experience --> http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/531853-aos-interview-from-esta-approved/

Jan - 24 - 2015 - Green card received

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