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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from Philippines regional forum to US Embassy & Consulate Discussion; topic is applicable to multiple countries and processes.


Our journey:

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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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Iran
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"8. Having Poor Communication
Poor communication is the number one reason that can affect your case in a negative way. If your English is not that great, then you should request for a regional language interpreter. They are offered at the beginning of the interview."

Not always. My fiance asked for translator, but CO refused and stated if you don't speak good English; how can you be in relationship??? CO did speak my fiance's language, but still conducted it in English. Luckily, we had really good relationship evidence.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Singapore
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Here are a list of common interview questions, compiled by VJ'ers over the years!

 

https://www.visajourney.com/content/exampleq/


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Good list! Thanks for sharing!

 

The only one I would kinda disagree with is #1. Being prepared is good in terms of the other factors noted - being nervous, sharing too much information, etc. But for the core questions, I actually believe it is something one generally should not practice. An answer that appears rehearsed can go against you negatively as well.

I guess my suggestion would be "know your stuff, but don't rehearse it".


Timelines:

ROC:

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7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received

AOS:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago, 9/27/17: received by USCIS, 10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received, 10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received, 10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update), 1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed, 1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received, 1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice, 10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice, 10/25/18: Formal approval, 10/31/18: Green card received

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: NOA1 hard copy received, 3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification), 3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved! , 3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received, 4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy, 4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy, 4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

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I am trying to figure out what the immigration interview letter looks like. I thought it was an I-797 that would be sent by mail, but some have said it is not that. Is there a link to a photo of one? Can anyone tell me what they took to their IR -2 interview in Brazil? The NVC didn’t set our appointment. We set our own appointment after being expedited. Thank you. 

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Hi, I understand this is the wrong thread to post in, but I've been trying to search and I'm unable to find anything related to the interview experience itself. Can anyone guide me to threads if there are any, regarding what the interview at the London Embassy was like. Thank you so much! 

 

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Country: Brazil
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On 6/10/2020 at 3:58 AM, Mask said:

Hi, I understand this is the wrong thread to post in, but I've been trying to search and I'm unable to find anything related to the interview experience itself. Can anyone guide me to threads if there are any, regarding what the interview at the London Embassy was like. Thank you so much! 

 

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