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Hi! :)

Norwegian citizen, married to US citizen (for two years this July, so I guess IR-1 is our option now!). Sent in application (AOS, etc) June 11, from the US (while under VWP).

Interview (in the US) scheduled for mid September, and I am wondering which documents are VITAL to bring.

I sent in my "original" birth certificate and marriage certificate with my application and do not currently possess any copies of these. I say "original" because we do not receive fancy looking original documents in Norway, nothing next to the grandeur of say, the American birth certificate. I ordered a birth certificate and marriage certificate from the government, and this is what I used for the application. I also had these Apostille stamped just in case. These would count as "original" in Norway, even though I can order more, identical "copies" if I want, and they should arrive quickly so my family can send them to the US.

The marriage certificate we received in Norway was a one sided page print out with relevant information, an official stamp and an official's signature.

My birth certificate was similar, with relevant information and an official stamp and an official's signature.

In my checklist of what to bring (that I currently do not possess), I see:

"Your Birth Certificate"

"A certified copy of your Marriage Certificate Document issued by the appropriate civil authority"

I guess my question is: Are these two documents are ABSOLUTELY vital documents, even though they were submitted with the application? And as I mentioned, a new "original copy" of my Birth Certificate would be the same as the one I submitted with the application. Any Norwegians who might have experience with this?

There is also:

"Original and copy of each supporting document that you submitted with your application. Otherwise, we may keep your originals for our records".

It was my intent to let them have the originals, so do I not need to worry about these supporting documents? I neither need nor want any document attached to my application back.

There is also the elusive:

"All documentation establishing your eligibility for Lawful Permanent Resident status".

What would this encompass? Is this not everything I already sent in as a whole package? Is there anything specific they want here?

Thank you in advance! :)

Edited by jjkkbb

03-16-2015: Entered the US under VWP

06-05-2015: Concurrent filing I-130 and I-485

06-11-2015: Notification of receipt

06-19-2015: NoA Biometrics appointment notice

07-06-2015: Biometrics appointment

08-11-2015: NoA Interview date + I-693 needed

08-28-2015: Full medical for I-693
09-14-2015: Interview (Approved - IR-6!!)

09-21-2015: Welcome Letter received

09-22-2015: Permanent Resident Card in hand!

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Adjustment of Status from Work, Student, & Tourist Visas forum.


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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Hi! :)

Norwegian citizen, married to US citizen (for two years this July, so I guess IR-1 is our option now!). Sent in application (AOS, etc) June 11, from the US (while under VWP).

Interview (in the US) scheduled for mid September, and I am wondering which documents are VITAL to bring.

I sent in my "original" birth certificate and marriage certificate with my application and do not currently possess any copies of these. I say "original" because we do not receive fancy looking original documents in Norway, nothing next to the grandeur of say, the American birth certificate. I ordered a birth certificate and marriage certificate from the government, and this is what I used for the application. I also had these Apostille stamped just in case. These would count as "original" in Norway, even though I can order more, identical "copies" if I want, and they should arrive quickly so my family can send them to the US.

The marriage certificate we received in Norway was a one sided page print out with relevant information, an official stamp and an official's signature.

My birth certificate was similar, with relevant information and an official stamp and an official's signature.

In my checklist of what to bring (that I currently do not possess), I see:

"Your Birth Certificate"

"A certified copy of your Marriage Certificate Document issued by the appropriate civil authority"

I guess my question is: Are these two documents are ABSOLUTELY vital documents, even though they were submitted with the application? And as I mentioned, a new "original copy" of my Birth Certificate would be the same as the one I submitted with the application. Any Norwegians who might have experience with this?

There is also:

"Original and copy of each supporting document that you submitted with your application. Otherwise, we may keep your originals for our records".

It was my intent to let them have the originals, so do I not need to worry about these supporting documents? I neither need nor want any document attached to my application back.

There is also the elusive:

"All documentation establishing your eligibility for Lawful Permanent Resident status".

What would this encompass? Is this not everything I already sent in as a whole package? Is there anything specific they want here?

Thank you in advance! :)

Hi there!

When did you get to know your interview date and was it by email or phone? Are you interviewing in Sweden? Still here waiting for my date..

Is it cr1/ir1 visa?

Thanks!

Edited by fridaab

USCIS

12/01/14: NOA1

04/16/15: NOA2

NVC

05/01/15: NVC received the case

05/13/15: Case number assigned and IIN

05/28/15: SCAN DATE, IV and AOS package

06/02/15: DS-261 available and completed

06/08/15: AOS bill available and paid

06/23/15: SECOND SCAN DATE (checklist for new i864 form)

07/05/15: IV bill available and paid

07/08/15: DS-260 Available and completed

07/17/15 Case Complete

EMBASSY STAGE

07/15/15: Medical examination

09/02/15: Interview (Changed from 09/23/15) approved (L)

09/10/15: Visa in hand

09/12/15: POE, Los Angeles

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Hi there!

When did you get to know your interview date and was it by email or phone? Are you interviewing in Sweden? Still here waiting for my date..

Is it cr1/ir1 visa?

Thanks!

Hi!

I am currently in California, so the interview will be held here! If I stayed in Norway, it would probably have been held in Stockholm. I got a notice letter in the mail. It was CR1 at the time I sent in my application, but our two year anniversary just passed so I'll have to remind the officer that it will have to be IR1 now :) I am not familiar with the proceedings in Scandinavia I'm afraid, if they call/email/send letters...


03-16-2015: Entered the US under VWP

06-05-2015: Concurrent filing I-130 and I-485

06-11-2015: Notification of receipt

06-19-2015: NoA Biometrics appointment notice

07-06-2015: Biometrics appointment

08-11-2015: NoA Interview date + I-693 needed

08-28-2015: Full medical for I-693
09-14-2015: Interview (Approved - IR-6!!)

09-21-2015: Welcome Letter received

09-22-2015: Permanent Resident Card in hand!

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Hi!

I am currently in California, so the interview will be held here! If I stayed in Norway, it would probably have been held in Stockholm. I got a notice letter in the mail. It was CR1 at the time I sent in my application, but our two year anniversary just passed so I'll have to remind the officer that it will have to be IR1 now :) I am not familiar with the proceedings in Scandinavia I'm afraid, if they call/email/send letters...

Ok got it :) thanks for your reply. Seems like the NVC are late scheduling for september, thats why I asked.. That involves everyone not only swedes.

Did you receive your interview letter recently? What day :)?

By the way, you were able to stay on VWP and then adjust status? Thought that was immigration fraud..


USCIS

12/01/14: NOA1

04/16/15: NOA2

NVC

05/01/15: NVC received the case

05/13/15: Case number assigned and IIN

05/28/15: SCAN DATE, IV and AOS package

06/02/15: DS-261 available and completed

06/08/15: AOS bill available and paid

06/23/15: SECOND SCAN DATE (checklist for new i864 form)

07/05/15: IV bill available and paid

07/08/15: DS-260 Available and completed

07/17/15 Case Complete

EMBASSY STAGE

07/15/15: Medical examination

09/02/15: Interview (Changed from 09/23/15) approved (L)

09/10/15: Visa in hand

09/12/15: POE, Los Angeles

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Ok got it :) thanks for your reply. Seems like the NVC are late scheduling for september, thats why I asked.. That involves everyone not only swedes.

Did you receive your interview letter recently? What day :)?

By the way, you were able to stay on VWP and then adjust status? Thought that was immigration fraud..

It was sent out August 7, and I received it today :) Slow delivery! But fast processing...

It is only considered fraud if your intent was to stay in the country when you landed (as a tourist), which was not the case for me - I wrote them a letter of intent as well :) I was going to help my spouse set up for a new job here then return to Norway, but it fell through and plans changed. I was planning to go to Stockholm after returning to Norway and ask about my choices for staying with him in the US in any way, but a USCIS officer here mentioned I could adjust status from the US while on WVP, as long as the intent was not to stay here when I landed!

If you come here on a tourist visa with the intent of immigrating, then yes, that is very much considered fraud! (So do not try doing that, people reading this).


03-16-2015: Entered the US under VWP

06-05-2015: Concurrent filing I-130 and I-485

06-11-2015: Notification of receipt

06-19-2015: NoA Biometrics appointment notice

07-06-2015: Biometrics appointment

08-11-2015: NoA Interview date + I-693 needed

08-28-2015: Full medical for I-693
09-14-2015: Interview (Approved - IR-6!!)

09-21-2015: Welcome Letter received

09-22-2015: Permanent Resident Card in hand!

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Ok, so what I understand is that you are going back to Norway now?

Where is your interview, and did NVC schedule it or USCIS?


USCIS

12/01/14: NOA1

04/16/15: NOA2

NVC

05/01/15: NVC received the case

05/13/15: Case number assigned and IIN

05/28/15: SCAN DATE, IV and AOS package

06/02/15: DS-261 available and completed

06/08/15: AOS bill available and paid

06/23/15: SECOND SCAN DATE (checklist for new i864 form)

07/05/15: IV bill available and paid

07/08/15: DS-260 Available and completed

07/17/15 Case Complete

EMBASSY STAGE

07/15/15: Medical examination

09/02/15: Interview (Changed from 09/23/15) approved (L)

09/10/15: Visa in hand

09/12/15: POE, Los Angeles

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Ok, so what I understand is that you are going back to Norway now?

Where is your interview, and did NVC schedule it or USCIS?

No, I cannot go back to Norway since I adjusted status in the US. If I leave the country, my case will be abandoned. I did not apply for any permits that would let me leave and come back, nor do I need that. If you adjust here, you HAVE to stay here, and you are ALLOWED to stay here while waiting for the decision. So essentially, I came here, adjusted status, and now I am waiting for the final decision.

I have not dealt with NVC at all, it has been USCIS 100%, and my interview is scheduled at an office here in Southern California :)


03-16-2015: Entered the US under VWP

06-05-2015: Concurrent filing I-130 and I-485

06-11-2015: Notification of receipt

06-19-2015: NoA Biometrics appointment notice

07-06-2015: Biometrics appointment

08-11-2015: NoA Interview date + I-693 needed

08-28-2015: Full medical for I-693
09-14-2015: Interview (Approved - IR-6!!)

09-21-2015: Welcome Letter received

09-22-2015: Permanent Resident Card in hand!

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Ok :) sorry for my confusion, never heard of anyone filing this way


USCIS

12/01/14: NOA1

04/16/15: NOA2

NVC

05/01/15: NVC received the case

05/13/15: Case number assigned and IIN

05/28/15: SCAN DATE, IV and AOS package

06/02/15: DS-261 available and completed

06/08/15: AOS bill available and paid

06/23/15: SECOND SCAN DATE (checklist for new i864 form)

07/05/15: IV bill available and paid

07/08/15: DS-260 Available and completed

07/17/15 Case Complete

EMBASSY STAGE

07/15/15: Medical examination

09/02/15: Interview (Changed from 09/23/15) approved (L)

09/10/15: Visa in hand

09/12/15: POE, Los Angeles

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Hi! :)

Norwegian citizen, married to US citizen (for two years this July, so I guess IR-1 is our option now!). Sent in application (AOS, etc) June 11, from the US (while under VWP).

Interview (in the US) scheduled for mid September, and I am wondering which documents are VITAL to bring.

I sent in my "original" birth certificate and marriage certificate with my application and do not currently possess any copies of these. I say "original" because we do not receive fancy looking original documents in Norway, nothing next to the grandeur of say, the American birth certificate. I ordered a birth certificate and marriage certificate from the government, and this is what I used for the application. I also had these Apostille stamped just in case. These would count as "original" in Norway, even though I can order more, identical "copies" if I want, and they should arrive quickly so my family can send them to the US.

The marriage certificate we received in Norway was a one sided page print out with relevant information, an official stamp and an official's signature.

My birth certificate was similar, with relevant information and an official stamp and an official's signature.

In my checklist of what to bring (that I currently do not possess), I see:

"Your Birth Certificate"

"A certified copy of your Marriage Certificate Document issued by the appropriate civil authority"

I guess my question is: Are these two documents are ABSOLUTELY vital documents, even though they were submitted with the application? And as I mentioned, a new "original copy" of my Birth Certificate would be the same as the one I submitted with the application. Any Norwegians who might have experience with this?

There is also:

"Original and copy of each supporting document that you submitted with your application. Otherwise, we may keep your originals for our records".

It was my intent to let them have the originals, so do I not need to worry about these supporting documents? I neither need nor want any document attached to my application back.

There is also the elusive:

"All documentation establishing your eligibility for Lawful Permanent Resident status".

What would this encompass? Is this not everything I already sent in as a whole package? Is there anything specific they want here?

Thank you in advance! :)

birth and marriage: Those should be fine. My birthcertificate is similar (german) and I was not asked to produce another copy at the interview. I also send in a certified copy of my marriage certificate, and they did not want to see anything else. Did you submit translations with your documents? They will want those. If you have the time, request another copy of both anyways, just for your personal records.

original/copy: if you don't mind handing them originals, than you don't need copies. I think this covers mostly things you take to the interview after the fact. Some things (like a lease agreement) would not be something to hand over or if you have only one print of a special photo, etc.then you'd want to get a copy made. So, for example, I made copies of my wedding photos so they could have whichever one they wanted, but i didn't make copies of the bank statements I took.

lawful perm: all documents that show that you are in the US legally and can adjust status; for me as F-1 that's I-20, visa in ppt, and i-94. I had already send it with my application and they did want to see the visa and i-94.

Edited by piano

ROC Timeline:

May 31: Package mailed    

June 8: NOA1 received, dated June 2

June 27: Biometrics done

Sept 25: Case Status Update Card in Production

 

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It's usually wise to take copies of all documents you filed, in the event they miss lay any. Any documents, they requested to take to the interview are usually, the original, so even though you have sent your original, you never know... Therefore, get another set of what's missing, if possable and Good luck with your interview.

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It's usually wise to take copies of all documents you filed, in the event they miss lay any. Any documents, they requested to take to the interview are usually, the original, so even though you have sent your original, you never know... Therefore, get another set of what's missing, if possable and Good luck with your interview.

So they basically want a copy of everything in my application (or the originals) except for their own forms? I obtained a lot of documents only and specifically for the purpose of the application, and I did not want to just give them a copy of it, especially not the foreign documents with signatures and official stamps, so they have a lot of originals or signed copies already. I'll just try to get as many new originals as possible... Even if it's a bit of a hassle since I'm in another country now!

Edited by jjkkbb

03-16-2015: Entered the US under VWP

06-05-2015: Concurrent filing I-130 and I-485

06-11-2015: Notification of receipt

06-19-2015: NoA Biometrics appointment notice

07-06-2015: Biometrics appointment

08-11-2015: NoA Interview date + I-693 needed

08-28-2015: Full medical for I-693
09-14-2015: Interview (Approved - IR-6!!)

09-21-2015: Welcome Letter received

09-22-2015: Permanent Resident Card in hand!

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So they basically want a copy of everything in my application (or the originals) except for their own forms? I obtained a lot of documents only and specifically for the purpose of the application, and I did not want to just give them a copy of it, especially not the foreign documents with signatures and official stamps, so they have a lot of originals or signed copies already. I'll just try to get as many new originals as possible... Even if it's a bit of a hassle since I'm in another country now!

Just get as many as you can. It likely won't be a problem or even come up, but USCIS does lose stuff.


ROC Timeline:

May 31: Package mailed    

June 8: NOA1 received, dated June 2

June 27: Biometrics done

Sept 25: Case Status Update Card in Production

 

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