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AOS interview, no response. Here's my story. Pls tell me what to expect.

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Hey guys.

I and my wife had an interview with USCIS (Seattle Office) conducted by Officer Sonia Hobart. The interview went great. She was extremely professional and respectful to both of us throughout the interview. We went through my I-485 and my wife's petition I-130, to make sure everything is correct.

We've been dating since 2008. We married on her birthday 2014.

Back to the interview. In our possession we had our marriage certificate, phone records (texts and call log) since it was mostly long distance relationship prior to getting married, email exchanges dating back from 09, car title with both our names, joint lease, work emergency contact, travel itinerarys (both of our visits to each other and trips we made together, including hotel stays with both of our names on it), tons of photos together, and with both of our families.

After going through the application, her first question was, "As a married couple, how do you convince a stranger that you're married?" Which I found funny and confusing at the same time, as in the sense that, in real life all we have to do is tell them we are married, but I know. That doesn't work with USCIS. We started digging through our documents. She took the ones that she needed.

She then asked to see pictures from our wedding. We provided her a few and she asked who were in attendance. It was a very simple court wedding as we can't afford a big ceremony. I'm only 22, no job (just got my social security # couple of months ago). She's 23, graduated college this summer. Her whole family lives overseas. She use to live with a family friend while she was attending high school but they treated her so bad they're not in speaking terms anymore. The only family she has over here is her cousin and her boyfriend and they were both in attendance.

I met both of her parents for the first time when they came from Africa for her graduation last summer. I had the privilege to spend some quality time with them during their short stay. Although, her mom ended up staying here in the US.

The officer's concern was, why did the parents came for her graduation and not for "wedding". I had to correct the officer that this was indeed marriage ceremony, not a wedding. There was no way we could have afforded to pay for their trip to come for both. Considering the fact, they didn't even have their visas at the time. I was unemployed and living with my mom. She was still going to school, living in student housing with 3 other roommates, meaning if they would've came, we would have to pay for their hotel. We were not going to change our marriage date for their convenience. Our birthdays are only few days apart (6days to be exact) and it was extremely important that, we are able to celebrate both our anniversary and birthdays together. We thought it would be a great idea to invite them for her graduation instead. That way we can just celebrate as one big family.

She then asked about my family. My mother is in the US going through her own immigration battle. She lost her mother (my only grandparent left) exactly 11 days before we got married. That, together with her denial letter from uscis with grounds of inadmissibility (meaning she can't even travel back to attend her own mother's funeral) was depressing beyond words. It was an extremely difficult time for my family. There was no way she could attend our marriage ceremony considering it was being held 2,000 miles away from where she lives.

She then decided to separate us. She interviewed me first (the beneficiary) and then my wife (the petitioner). She asked about our proposal, my wife's travel history e.t.c. She escorted me out and asked my first the same questions. Both lasted about 5mins. Our answers matched 100%. From what I read from different forums, it looks like most couples are brought back in the office together afterwards but that wasn't the case for us. She just told my wife she was unable to make a decision at the time and to wait for the decision in the mail and handed her a white piece of paper. It's reads "Your case is being held for review. At this time, USCIS does not require any further information or document from you. Should further information or document be required, you will receive a notice in the mail. We may also schedule you for another interview, you will receive a notice in the mail. Otherwise, a final decision will be mailed to you once your case is complete."

I need help. What should I expect from this?? It's been 2weeks and I haven't heard anything.

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Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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You can't do anything at this point. Be patient.


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12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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My husband and I had our interview in Seattle as well on 3-23-15 and we're still waiting for a decison!

Hey guys.

I and my wife had an interview with USCIS (Seattle Office) conducted by Officer Sonia Hobart. The interview went great. She was extremely professional and respectful to both of us throughout the interview. We went through my I-485 and my wife's petition I-130, to make sure everything is correct.

We've been dating since 2008. We married on her birthday 2014.

Back to the interview. In our possession we had our marriage certificate, phone records (texts and call log) since it was mostly long distance relationship prior to getting married, email exchanges dating back from 09, car title with both our names, joint lease, work emergency contact, travel itinerarys (both of our visits to each other and trips we made together, including hotel stays with both of our names on it), tons of photos together, and with both of our families.

After going through the application, her first question was, "As a married couple, how do you convince a stranger that you're married?" Which I found funny and confusing at the same time, as in the sense that, in real life all we have to do is tell them we are married, but I know. That doesn't work with USCIS. We started digging through our documents. She took the ones that she needed.

She then asked to see pictures from our wedding. We provided her a few and she asked who were in attendance. It was a very simple court wedding as we can't afford a big ceremony. I'm only 22, no job (just got my social security # couple of months ago). She's 23, graduated college this summer. Her whole family lives overseas. She use to live with a family friend while she was attending high school but they treated her so bad they're not in speaking terms anymore. The only family she has over here is her cousin and her boyfriend and they were both in attendance.

I met both of her parents for the first time when they came from Africa for her graduation last summer. I had the privilege to spend some quality time with them during their short stay. Although, her mom ended up staying here in the US.

The officer's concern was, why did the parents came for her graduation and not for "wedding". I had to correct the officer that this was indeed marriage ceremony, not a wedding. There was no way we could have afforded to pay for their trip to come for both. Considering the fact, they didn't even have their visas at the time. I was unemployed and living with my mom. She was still going to school, living in student housing with 3 other roommates, meaning if they would've came, we would have to pay for their hotel. We were not going to change our marriage date for their convenience. Our birthdays are only few days apart (6days to be exact) and it was extremely important that, we are able to celebrate both our anniversary and birthdays together. We thought it would be a great idea to invite them for her graduation instead. That way we can just celebrate as one big family.

She then asked about my family. My mother is in the US going through her own immigration battle. She lost her mother (my only grandparent left) exactly 11 days before we got married. That, together with her denial letter from uscis with grounds of inadmissibility (meaning she can't even travel back to attend her own mother's funeral) was depressing beyond words. It was an extremely difficult time for my family. There was no way she could attend our marriage ceremony considering it was being held 2,000 miles away from where she lives.

She then decided to separate us. She interviewed me first (the beneficiary) and then my wife (the petitioner). She asked about our proposal, my wife's travel history e.t.c. She escorted me out and asked my first the same questions. Both lasted about 5mins. Our answers matched 100%. From what I read from different forums, it looks like most couples are brought back in the office together afterwards but that wasn't the case for us. She just told my wife she was unable to make a decision at the time and to wait for the decision in the mail and handed her a white piece of paper. It's reads "Your case is being held for review. At this time, USCIS does not require any further information or document from you. Should further information or document be required, you will receive a notice in the mail. We may also schedule you for another interview, you will receive a notice in the mail. Otherwise, a final decision will be mailed to you once your case is complete."

I need help. What should I expect from this?? It's been 2weeks and I haven't heard anything.


AOS

8/1/09- Married (L)

9/5/14- Sent AOS Package

9/10/14- Received texts with receipt numbers, Online status updated for all four cases to " Acceptance" & " Initial review "

9/20/14- Biometrics letter recieved ( Date set for 9/30/14 )

9/30/14- Biometrics completed

10/8/14- Case moved to "Testing and interview "

10/16/14- EAD and AP Approved

10/22/14- EAD Mailed

10/24/14- EAD Delivered

03/23/15- Interview... no decision,

08/07/15- Rec'd email that my husband is APPROVED!!! Praise the LORD!!!!! Thank you, JESUS!!!!

08/11/15- Welcome Notice rec'd in mail

08/25/15- Green Card has been mailed!!!!!

...waiting on Green Card

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Congratulations!

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*** Thread moved from "AOS from WS&T Visas" main forum to the Case Progress subforum. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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