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Back from the interview this morning at 7:15 am.

Short story: we're approved!

Long story: Got there at 6:40. Got to waiting room at 7:15. Got called in at 7:45. The IO was a very relaxed and gracious man. Started off by commenting on how much evidence we provided and that he only had time to go through half. Asked my wife if she has ever been arrested, been deported or was in removal proceedings, no, no and no. He then started going through all of our stuff. He made a comment that "if we were approved" which made me feel like I was going to be ill. He started BSing about our trips, his vacations etc. In fact, more than half the time was just chit chat small talk. I told him we brought additional stuff and he said he would get to it. He then asked for my wife's GC so he could make a copy of it for my wife because he was going to keep her GC. When I asked why he said because we should be receiving the new card in 2-3 weeks and that we were approved. I asked him point blank why we got an interview and he said somebody at Laguna Niguel "flagged" our petition, possibly due to age (54/40). He said we provided much more than he usually sees and it was all good stuff. I asked if there is a statistical requirement that they interview a certain percentage of petitions and he said no, there is no such thing. Continued to talk about his plans for retirement later this year and a cruise that he was going on that we went on.

We then moved on to what I had brought; 2014 tax transcripts, more bank statements, more boarding passes, photos, cards etc. He was very impressed that I had brought all this new stuff and only took the tax transcripts, bank statement and made a copy of a 8 X 10 photo of from Laos April 2015. He then proceeded to type up the approval letter and we were done at 8:15. I was stressing hard the past week given what we had initially provided and no RFE. Interestingly, I made an e-request for being beyond normal processing times and a week later got the interview notice. Maybe they're connected, who knows.

We have a few months break from our friends at the USCIS before we file for naturalization in October. Glad this part of the journey is done! :dance::dance::dance:

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Great news -- congratulations!

The IO might be unaware about the statutory requirement to interview (what is it?) 5% of ROC petitions because the selections for same are made at a different level, long before he gets any files of interviewees.


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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Back from the interview this morning at 7:15 am.

Short story: we're approved!

Long story: Got there at 6:40. Got to waiting room at 7:15. Got called in at 7:45. The IO was a very relaxed and gracious man. Started off by commenting on how much evidence we provided and that he only had time to go through half. Asked my wife if she has ever been arrested, been deported or was in removal proceedings, no, no and no. He then started going through all of our stuff. He made a comment that "if we were approved" which made me feel like I was going to be ill. He started BSing about our trips, his vacations etc. In fact, more than half the time was just chit chat small talk. I told him we brought additional stuff and he said he would get to it. He then asked for my wife's GC so he could make a copy of it for my wife because he was going to keep her GC. When I asked why he said because we should be receiving the new card in 2-3 weeks and that we were approved. I asked him point blank why we got an interview and he said somebody at Laguna Niguel "flagged" our petition, possibly due to age (54/40). He said we provided much more than he usually sees and it was all good stuff. I asked if there is a statistical requirement that they interview a certain percentage of petitions and he said no, there is no such thing. Continued to talk about his plans for retirement later this year and a cruise that he was going on that we went on.

We then moved on to what I had brought; 2014 tax transcripts, more bank statements, more boarding passes, photos, cards etc. He was very impressed that I had brought all this new stuff and only took the tax transcripts, bank statement and made a copy of a 8 X 10 photo of from Laos April 2015. He then proceeded to type up the approval letter and we were done at 8:15. I was stressing hard the past week given what we had initially provided and no RFE. Interestingly, I made an e-request for being beyond normal processing times and a week later got the interview notice. Maybe they're connected, who knows.

We have a few months break from our friends at the USCIS before we file for naturalization in October. Glad this part of the journey is done! :dance::dance::dance:

Good stuff. Congratulations.

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Congrats!


N-400 process

03/03/16 Submitted N-400 application and docs
03/09/16 USCIS ackn rcpt (txt, email, and NOA1) and chk cashed
03/29/16 Biometrics (walked in - orig date 04/05/16)
04/04/16 In Line for an Interview (txt, email, and checked case status)

05/16/16 Scheduled for an Interview (Case Status Online)

05/20/16 Received I/L
06/24/16 Interview date (PASSED)
07/20/16 Oath-taking at LACC ( I AM NOW A US CITIZEN!!!)

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That is great news !!! Congratulatons !!! :dancing:

Maybe after almost two years since USCIS agreed to the recommendations that the CIS Ombudsman sent to USCIS regarding how people in the ROC process were being treated like serfs, adjudicators are finally getting the appropriate training on the actual updates and changes as it relates to the Recommendation 56 memorandum. :wow:

http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/nativedocuments/Response_to_CISOMB_I-751_Recommendation_Signed_7-10-13.pdf


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

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