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I pray I don't fall into depression today. My interview this morning wasn't the most pleasant experience. Why me Lord?

The IO decided to separate my husband and I during the interview and asked personal questions about our daily life, work and income. My husband had a criminal past that I think raises eyebrows but we did the best we could. I was in there for over 30-45mins, questions after questions.

In the end, she gave us a sheet of paper with application under review. My husband (petitioner) was the last one to be interviewed so I didn't get the chance to ask what next? My husband is the very impatient type and kinda got irritated at the repeated questions. We had similar answers expect for some questions we weren't too sure of. For instance, I don't know how much and where my husband purchased my engagement ring and when she asked him, he told her but I never asked so I don't know.

When in a tensed situation like this, you get so nervous and fumble on the questions.

Whew!!!

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I forgot to add, she asked where I keep my passport and told her where it normally is, that's in my closet. My husband said he doesn't know. That's nothing but the truth. She then asked what time I get off work, I said not later than 5-6. My hubby said around 4. You see, little discrepancies because no one walks around knowing every single detail. I'm stressed out!!!

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Sounds like you had a Stokes interview, which is done when they suspects a fraudulent marriage: http://stokes-interview.com/

Was this your first AOS interview, or a redo?

I pray I don't fall into depression today. My interview this morning wasn't the most pleasant experience. Why me Lord?

The IO decided to separate my husband and I during the interview and asked personal questions about our daily life, work and income. My husband had a criminal past that I think raises eyebrows but we did the best we could. I was in there for over 30-45mins, questions after questions.

In the end, she gave us a sheet of paper with application under review. My husband (petitioner) was the last one to be interviewed so I didn't get the chance to ask what next? My husband is the very impatient type and kinda got irritated at the repeated questions. We had similar answers expect for some questions we weren't too sure of. For instance, I don't know how much and where my husband purchased my engagement ring and when she asked him, he told her but I never asked so I don't know.

When in a tensed situation like this, you get so nervous and fumble on the questions.

Whew!!!


Met in Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines: 2007-05-17
Our son was born in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines: 2009-04-01
Married in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines: 2009-10-24
CR-1 Visa - California Service Center; Consulate - Manila, Philippines
I-130 mailed: 2010-04-13
I-130 NOA1: 2010-04-24
I-130 NOA2: 2010-09-30
NVC received case: 2010-10-14
Case Complete: 2010-12-01
Interview scheduled: 2010-12-06
Medical, St. Luke's, Manila: 2010-12-09 and 2010-12-10
Interview at US Embassy in Manila 8:30 AM: 2011-01-05 - Approved!
Visa delivered: 2011-01-08
CFO Seminar completed: 2011-01-10
My beloved wife Sol and my beautiful son Nathan arrive in the U.S. (POE San Francisco): 2011-01-26
Lifting Conditions - Vermont Service Center
Date mailed: 2012-11-01
Receipt date: 2012-11-05
NOA received: 2012-11-09
Biometrics letter received: 2012-11-16
Biometrics appointment date: 2012-12-10
Biometrics walk-in successful: 2012-11-20
Removal of Conditions approved date: 2013-04-27
10 year green card mailed: 2013-05-03
10 year green card received: 2013-05-06
Citizenship
N400 mailed: 2013-10-28
N400 delivered: 2013-10-31
NOA1: 2013-11-04
Biometrics: 2013-11-18
In Line: 2013-12-26
Interview scheduled: 2013-12-30
Interview: 2014-02-03

Oath ceremony queue: 2014-02-07

Oath ceremony: 2014-03-28 Sol is a U.S. citizen

Applied for expedited passport: 2014-04-01

Passport received, Priority Express: 2014-04-09 This is journey's end at last!

Naturalization certificate returned, Priority Mail: 2014-04-12

Passport card received, First Class: 2014-04-14

1457 days, I-130 mailed to passport in hand

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It was my first :)

:( :(

Googling around, it's unusual, but not unprecedented, to have a Stokes interview for the initial interview. Anyone else out there have any idea why this might have happened?


Met in Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines: 2007-05-17
Our son was born in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines: 2009-04-01
Married in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines: 2009-10-24
CR-1 Visa - California Service Center; Consulate - Manila, Philippines
I-130 mailed: 2010-04-13
I-130 NOA1: 2010-04-24
I-130 NOA2: 2010-09-30
NVC received case: 2010-10-14
Case Complete: 2010-12-01
Interview scheduled: 2010-12-06
Medical, St. Luke's, Manila: 2010-12-09 and 2010-12-10
Interview at US Embassy in Manila 8:30 AM: 2011-01-05 - Approved!
Visa delivered: 2011-01-08
CFO Seminar completed: 2011-01-10
My beloved wife Sol and my beautiful son Nathan arrive in the U.S. (POE San Francisco): 2011-01-26
Lifting Conditions - Vermont Service Center
Date mailed: 2012-11-01
Receipt date: 2012-11-05
NOA received: 2012-11-09
Biometrics letter received: 2012-11-16
Biometrics appointment date: 2012-12-10
Biometrics walk-in successful: 2012-11-20
Removal of Conditions approved date: 2013-04-27
10 year green card mailed: 2013-05-03
10 year green card received: 2013-05-06
Citizenship
N400 mailed: 2013-10-28
N400 delivered: 2013-10-31
NOA1: 2013-11-04
Biometrics: 2013-11-18
In Line: 2013-12-26
Interview scheduled: 2013-12-30
Interview: 2014-02-03

Oath ceremony queue: 2014-02-07

Oath ceremony: 2014-03-28 Sol is a U.S. citizen

Applied for expedited passport: 2014-04-01

Passport received, Priority Express: 2014-04-09 This is journey's end at last!

Naturalization certificate returned, Priority Mail: 2014-04-12

Passport card received, First Class: 2014-04-14

1457 days, I-130 mailed to passport in hand

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Moved from Adjustment of Status from Family Based Visas forum to Adjustment of Status from Work, Student, & Tourist Visas Progress Reports.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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I pray I don't fall into depression today. My interview this morning wasn't the most pleasant experience. Why me Lord?

The IO decided to separate my husband and I during the interview and asked personal questions about our daily life, work and income. My husband had a criminal past that I think raises eyebrows but we did the best we could. I was in there for over 30-45mins, questions after questions.

In the end, she gave us a sheet of paper with application under review. My husband (petitioner) was the last one to be interviewed so I didn't get the chance to ask what next? My husband is the very impatient type and kinda got irritated at the repeated questions. We had similar answers expect for some questions we weren't too sure of. For instance, I don't know how much and where my husband purchased my engagement ring and when she asked him, he told her but I never asked so I don't know.

When in a tensed situation like this, you get so nervous and fumble on the questions.

Whew!!!

Was your interview in San Francisco? Edited by 10pmStalker

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Separation during first interview happens though. Many officers go through this metric for their interviews. At this point all you have to do is wait for their review to be completed. Many people on this site have had way not so consistent 100% or even crazy interviews and got approved later so don't be too hard on yourself. There's even the case of a guy here months back who forgot his wedding date and was told by the officer to come back later same day in the evening for another interview. He was under stress and sleep deprivation the day prior that fried his brains. Fortunately he went back later had a smooth answer and was approved. Just keep fingers crossed, you'll probably get a status change to card production days, a week or several weeks from now like in many cases. And hey do an info pass if it sits pending past 120 days! Good luck.

Edited by Starkilla09

Adjustment of Status From F-1 Visa.

8/14/2014: Mailed AOS package: I-130, I-485, I-765.

8/18/2014: Accepted in Chicago. Transferred to Nebraska Service Center.

8/21/2014: Received NOA 1. I-130, I-485, I-765 in mail.

8/25/2014: Received biometrics in mail. Scheduled for 9/8/2014

9/8/2014: Went in for biometrics.

9/24/2014: EAD approved. 36 Days!

10/01/2014: EAD mailed.

10/03/2014: Received EAD card.

10/14/2014: I-485 moved to testing and interview.

1/28/2015: Interview scheduled for 3/4/2015.

1/31/2015: Received interview notice.

3/4/2015: Interview completed and APPROVED!

3/5/2015: Welcome notice mailed and I-130 Approved.

3/10/2015: Welcome notice and I-130 approval notice received.

3/12/2015: Green card mailed.

3/14/2015: Green card delivered.

 

Removal of Conditions: 

12/14/2016: Mailed I-751.

12/19/2016: NOA issued.

01/26/2017: Biometrics.

05/03/2018: I-751 transfered to NBC.

 

Naturalization:

12/02/2017: Mailed N 400 to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox. (I-751 still pending)

12/05/2017: Package delivered in Phoenix, AZ. Transferred to Harrisonburg Processing Center.

12/07/2017: Notice of action issued. (IOE)

12/26/2017: Biometrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Separation during first interview happens though. Many officers go through this metric for their interviews. At this point all you have to do is wait for their review to be completed. Many people on this site have had way not so consistent 100% or even crazy interviews and got approved later so don't be too hard on yourself. There's even the case of a guy here months back who forgot his wedding date and was told by the officer to come back later same day in the evening for another interview. He was under stress and sleep deprivation the day prior that fried his brains. Fortunately he went back later had a smooth answer and was approved. Just keep fingers crossed, you'll probably get a status change to card production days, a week or several weeks from now like in many cases. And hey do an info pass if it sits pending past 120 days! Good luck.

I can tell you from experience, infopass does nothing at all. They didn't even know we had our interview. They only know what the first line of phone operators know. Total waste of time.

Edited by 10pmStalker

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For what I heard, nobody answers 100% accurate those questions. And if a couple did, I'm sure it would rise suspicious. For example, in our house I'm the one that knows where everything is...My husband does not even know where his passport is. And If I tell him, later he forgets. :crying:

I'm sure your interview was fine.

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You all got stoked....but I don't think its major, they may do field investigation

if doubtful. like asking neigbors if they know that couple and at times do a

home visit checking closet & for other appearances you are both living

together (that's rare Don't tear your hair it , it'll be ok

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I didn't know that AOS could be such an issue. We're struggling so much with just an approval, I thought it would be much smoother sailing after that. So sorry to hear of your stressful day. I don't think your answers were off at all. Is the woman supposed to know where her engagement ring was bought and how much it costs? If you're off work at 4pm you may not arrive home until later. Maybe your husband took it as what time do you get home.

Sometimes looking back you read more into it and think up more problems than it really was. Try not to stress out. From what I've heard a stokes interview is very tough. Sounds like you guys did a good job!! :)

Edited by LionessDeon

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Isn't it normal to not know how much your engagement ring is or where it came from? I mean, it's not a very romantic thing to ask is it?! "Oh yes honey, I'll marry you! BTW, how much was this ring and where did you get it? No, I'm totally not materialistic!"

I certainly don't know how much mine was. What a stupid question that officer asked. At least she didn't ask you embarrassing sexual questions... that would just get incredibly creepy and uncomfortable for me. Unfortunately they have to pry into our private lives because of how widespread immigration fraud is, but it can get quite stressful for genuine couples.

I hope you get an approval after all that!


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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I can tell you from experience, infopass does nothing at all. They didn't even know we had our interview. They only know what the first line of phone operators know. Total waste of time.

Yup! InfoPass is a big joke! They know as much as the people you talk with on the phone.


“You cannot enter heaven until you believe, and you will not truly believe until you (truly) love one another.” [Muslim, Al-Iman (Faith); 93]

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Yup! InfoPass is a big joke! They know as much as the people you talk with on the phone.

Wish I had known that. Took 2 hour round trip train ride and a lot of walking for nothing. They should sticky it on these forums.

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