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The interview is one-on-one. You'll be sitting in the waiting area.

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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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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What is the interview for? They are for AOS based on K1 visa, not sure about others.

21 Aug 2013: I-129F Sent

11 Feb 2014: Visa APPROVED!

20 May 2014: Wedding!


31 Jul 2014: Mailed AOS Packet

12 Feb 2015: AOS Interview - Approved


22 Feb 2017: Mailed ROC Packet

08 Aug 2018: ROC Approved

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I don't think so for the initial interview but you can probably wait in the waiting area.

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Met online October 2010

Engaged December 31st 2011

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September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center

September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received

March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:

NVC Stage

March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid

April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid

May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application

May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents

May 18th 2015 - Scan Date

June 18th 2015 - Checklist received

June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC

June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review

Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team

Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests

Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:

Embassy Stage

Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam

Dec 21st 2015 - Interview

Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms

Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning

Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864

Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning

Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:

In the US

April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.

April 14th 2016 - SSN received

May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:

May 27th 2016 - Green Card received

June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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I was allowed in to the interview, and I am glad that I was, because they were about to make a big mistake concerning her name. I confronted the interviewing officer about that, and he spoke with his director and we got things corrected. This took place in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Why didn't your wife offer the name correction herself?

First of all, I was invited into the interview room from the beginning, before the problem came up. And there was no need to do a name correction... her legal name was good enough.

During the interview is when there became a problem, while I was in there. We got married in the Philippines. In the Philippines, it is customary for the woman to replace her middle name with the maiden name, and then take the husband's last name as her own. For example, Jamie White Smith marries John Pete Wayne and the wife's name becomes Jamie Smith Wayne. The IO apparently was unaware of this. He kept insisting that for the naturalization she would have to change her name back to the original middle name. So as in our example, he was saying instead of her using her legal name, Jamie Smith Wayne, she would have to change it back to the former middle name, Jamie White Wayne. To change her name for naturalization would mean that she would have to use an alias instead of her legal name. All her records, from before ever leaving the Philippines was in her legal name, the name she got when we married. Our marriage certificate, her updated Philippines passport, all our immigration paperwork, social security number, drivers license, bank accounts, credit cards, birth certificate of our son with her name on it, military records... EVERYTHING was in her legal name and this IO wanted her to assume an alias for naturalization because he had a brain cramp or something.

Anyways, I was glad I was in the room, because I was able to help him see he could be making a huge mistake. If my wife was in there alone, instead of confronting him she would have just gone along with what he said and assumed an alias name, which would have really messed up her life, having 2 names. In the end the IO spoke with his director after I confronted him and the director told him that her legal name is the one that he should use, not the alias that he had chosen for her.

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hehe... yes....

It still irks me though, this long after. This guy works for USCIS. I cant figure out how he could have a job there. Imagine being told that you have to use a fake name to become a US citizen. And I asked him does it not occur to him that she will have to have every single legal document of hers changed to reflect this name that he is choosing for her? And he only appologized and said he cant help that. Just glad he spoke with the director and got straightened out.

Guess you being there was a good thing :-)

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Dont know what the IO was thinking, but it was good I was allowed in that interview with my wife. She is very non-confrontational and would have said nothing. She doesnt always look at the long term consequences of things. It can be somewhat intimidating, those interviews, in some cases. I think they should always allow both spouses to be in the interview for naturalization, for the very reason it was good I was there. It affects both.

Maiden name becoming middle name is also common practice (though not quite as common as it used to be) in the US - why would USCIS IO not know this?

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