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I-751 Interview Experience

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I was married in 2010 moved with spouse (USC) back home to Ireland for 1 year until November 2011 and then we came to the US to live.

We were divorced in early 2014.

I had my I-751 Interview today and wanted to get your thoughts...

Having filed to remove the conditions a couple of weeks after my divorce was final, I was given an interview date. My wife and I entered the marriage in good faith. The marriage itself broke down by early 2013.

I went to the interview alone today and was sworn in. I was asked some tough questions such as "what went wrong in the marriage" I said that it broke down over time. My wife was a difficult person and was on medication. She asked if I live with someone now and I said that I have a new girlfriend. She asked about the living situation with my ex-wife in the US and I said that we lived with her parents the whole time and never had a place of our own.

The evidence that I supplied was:

Joint bank account info - though this did not cover the entire time we were married. Just the first couple if years as we has seperate accounts for the most part in the US.

Photos. I supplied what I had. She asked if i had more and why not and I said that we had a ton but most of these were in my wifes possession.

Affidavits.

Joint Phone - though this was in her name as i did not have credit when i first arrived in the US. I had bill eveidence that i had paid for the phone.

100 Pages of letters to each other which read like a book of our thoughts, why we had loved each other and what went wrong.

Divorce decree.

The IO said seemed nice and would smile occassionally and then every so often would put on a stern interrogation face so it was extremely hard to read her feelings. She remarked that we did not have much together that suggested co-existence. I said that whilst this is true, we had a lot of evidence that suggested that we did not marry for immigration purposes. I told her that many of the photos that we had as a couple were left at her apartment and I noted that whilst you are married, you never think to keep everything after a divorce, just on the chance that one day your relationship would be brought into question and you would need that information. I also commented that my mother and father were married for 55 years and throughout this period had seperate accounts. Filed taxes seperately etc etc. She somewhat agreed but said that she had a job to do.

She looked and perused the file and said that there was some conflicting evidence and I said what is it, i'll be glad to clear it up for her. she didn't go into detail. i said that i apologize in advance if some of the dates are off by a couple of weeks or a month but that it is hard to get the past 4 years down to a tee.

She asked if they had my fingerprints. I said that I believed they had.

She said that honestly, I did not have a lot of evidence and that most people come in there armed with information. I agreed and said "but the information that i do have should confirm that our marriage was legitimate and that we were very much in love". At this point i started to get a bit upset and i think she noticed that i was struggling a bit.

It is a really tough situation for anybody that has to go through this. I never planned on getting a divorce and I never planned on everything being brought into question and interrogated so ruthlessly but i guess that is there job and i accept that.

Again, i commented to her that when we were first married our goal was to live in Ireland and it wasn't until my ex-wife became sick that we decided it would be best for her to be around her family. She also struggled for work there and we thought that her being in the US would also be a benefit. The IO listened and nodded. I said that we didn't get together for a visa. The IO said, "yeah i know, you didn't come to the US straight away, you went to Ireland" and i said exactly.

At this point the IO said that she would need more time to go through all of the documentation and that I should hear from them in 60-120 days.

I said thank you and she thanked me for coming in. Prior to leaving I said to her that it had been a tough experience for me and that our marriage was entered into in good faith. I think that deep down she could tell that I was being honest about that. At which point the IO said "well you're here now. Do you plan on staying?" I said that i hoped so but that would be up to her.

She then saw me out.

I have read many peoples experiences on here but I just wanted to see what other people thought? Just massively concerned. I guess that there is nothing that I can do about it now, just have to sit and wait.

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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 think you'll be fine, all of these people are stern in my experience, on a side note, I was born in Ireland too (Westmeath) so its good to see another Irishman on here. Good luck with everything and make sure you keep us updated


-K-1 Timeline-                                                                                         -ROC Timeline-
Visited girlfriend first time - 07/20/13                                                    Sent - 12/16/16
I-129f Filed - 08/04/13                                                                              NOA 1 - 12/19/16
NOA1 - 08/20/13                                                                                       Biometrics - 01/27/17
Visited girlfriend second time - 09/10/13 - 09/30/13                       Card Production - 6/14/18
RFE - 08/28/13 (parental consent from courthouse)                        Card in hand - 6/21/18
NOA2 - 11/05/13
Visited girlfriend third time - 11/14/13
Case Shipped to NVC - 12/16/13
NVC Case number - 12/26/13
Sent to London Embassy - 12/27/13
DS - 160 Sent - 05/01/14
Readiness Form Sent - 06/01/14
Medical - 01/09/14
DS Forms & Medical Received By Embassy - 01/14/14
Interview - 02/13/14 APPROVED!!
CEAC Issued - 02/19/14
Visa in hand - 02/24/14
POE: Newark - 02/25/14
Married - 03/22-14

-AOS Timeline-
Filed - 04/16/14
NOA1 Email - 04/24/14

NOA1 Letters - 04/28/14

Biometrics Appointment - 05/19/14

RFE - 04/16/14

EAD Card Production - 07/03/14

EAD In Hand - 07/11/14

Potential Interview Waiver Letter - 07/29/14

Approved! - 03/16/15 (Took Almost 11 months total)

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