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Hey guys, yesterday (Sept 7th, 2016) my husband and I had our interview in the Los Angeles office. The IO who interviewed us was really nice, we talked to her for about 40 minutes and she asked a lot of questions about how we met - mostly about our school days, our classes, our first date... but nothing very specific, 95% of the questions were general, with just a couple specific ones like "do you remember what she was wearing on your first date?". She briefly looked over our photo album and that was it. We did talk a lot about other things though, like my husband's parents, etc.

After those questions about our relationship and looking over some photos, she started asking me (the beneficiary) those basic I-485 questions. She did not ask for ANY proof of relationship nor proof that we are living together - no joint account, car insurance, apartment lease with both of our names, etc (and we had all of those!)

Then she said said they were going to review the application but that everything should be fine in terms of documentation, she said she didn't think they needed anything else from us.

Then she took copy of my passport and my husband's ID and handed us that paper saying the case is being held for review.

Is this good news? I've read here that a lot of people were handed the same paper but I'm just wondering if in our case this is good. The fact that she didn't ask for any proof of our bonafide marriage...can't really tell if it's good or bad?

anyway, any help would be appreciated :)

Thanks a lot!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Hungary
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It is good. Most IOs are not authorized to approve/deny. So their supervisors have to rubber stamp it.


Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

Interview date 04/17/2015 ("Decision cannot yet be made.")

In-line for oath scheduling 05/04/2015

Oath ceremony letter dated 05/11/2015

Oath ceremony 06/02/2015

I am a United States citizen!

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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~Moved from Fam.-based AOS to Fam.-based AOS Progress Forum~

~Inquiry about case status~


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

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Hi, my husband and I went on an interview yesterday. Everything seem to go well and we provided the IO with joint documents, however she gave us the paper saying our case is being held for review. The IO said she is new and need to talk to her supervisor, she also showed us the pile of cases she needs to review (there were tons of it). So now I am really nervous how long all the process will take, we just want this behind us so we can go on with our life and eventually try having a baby. Our interview was at 12:30 in Los Angeles office 6th floor. Any new update on your case?

Edited by lilygracexx

12/18/2015: Got married to the love of my life (L)(L)(L)

07/26/2016 Mailed I-130,I-485 & I-765

07/27/2016 Delivered at Chicago Lock Box with signature confirmation

08/04/2016 Both checks are cashed

08/09/2016 Received NOA1 via text for I-130 & I-485

08/11/2016 Received NOA1 hard copy via mail for I-130 & I-485 (I-765 is rejected, forgot to sign)

08/12/2016 Mailed I-765

08/13/2016 Delivered at Chicago Lock Box

08/15/2016 Picked up at the Chicago Lock Box with signature confirmation

08/05/2016 Received NOA1 hard copy via mail for I-765

08/19/2016 Received Biometrics Appointment letter (2pm at Bellflower location)

08/24/2016 Successful early walk-in for Biometrics Appointment at Bellflower location.

09/09/2016 I-765 receipt number is working online

09/12/2016 I-130 receipt number still not working, I-485 worked for the first time and says "Ready to schedule for Interview

10/03/2016: I-485 is scheduled for interview on November 3, 2016

10/28/2016: EAD card being produced

11/03/2016: We had out interview in Los Angeles CA. Our IO said they don't normally approve on the spot anymore and she gave us a paper saying "your case is being held for interview". The IO also said she is new, therefore she need to talk to her supervisor. Additionally she showed us a pile of cases that is being held for review, so it looks like it will take a while to get an answer about our case.

11/07/2016: EAD card was mailed to me

11/09/2016: EAD card received. Applied for SSN, needs verification will take up to 4 weeks.

11/10/2016: went back to SSA office with my unexpired passport, got verified right away.

11/10/2016: SSN card received

12/28/2016: I-485 status updated to "New Card Being Produced",later in the day updated to "Case was approved"; I-130 status updated to "Case approved"

(1 month, 3 weeks & 4 days after the interview) & (5 months & 2 days after filing AOS)

1/03/2016: Receive I-797 approval letter for I-130 & I-485; status updated to "New Card Being Produced"

1/04/2016: Welcome letter received; status updated to "Card was Mailed"

1/06/2017: 2 year green card received :D

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Hey! It turns out we were approved on the 14th of October! I received the green card on that same week. SUCH A RELIEF! So basically a month waiting. We were freaking out because after doing some research we realized that the officer who interviewed us was the top supervisor in that office, so we thought that if she didn't approve us on the spot, something could be wrong with our case. It turns out I think there were really just a lot of cases to review... and we noticed during the interview that that was the first time she was actually looking at our application, so maybe it took a little longer also to make sure all the documents were there, etc.

Thanks for all your support guys and GOOD LUCK!

Hi, my husband and I went on an interview yesterday. Everything seem to go well and we provided the IO with joint documents, however she gave us the paper saying our case is being held for review. The IO said she is new and need to talk to her supervisor, she also showed us the pile of cases she needs to review (there were tons of it). So now I am really nervous how long all the process will take, we just want this behind us so we can go on with our life and eventually try having a baby. Our interview was at 12:30 in Los Angeles office 6th floor. Any new update on your case?

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Happy for you guys. What visa did you adjusted from? and how did you research about the IO? still freaking out :((


12/18/2015: Got married to the love of my life (L)(L)(L)

07/26/2016 Mailed I-130,I-485 & I-765

07/27/2016 Delivered at Chicago Lock Box with signature confirmation

08/04/2016 Both checks are cashed

08/09/2016 Received NOA1 via text for I-130 & I-485

08/11/2016 Received NOA1 hard copy via mail for I-130 & I-485 (I-765 is rejected, forgot to sign)

08/12/2016 Mailed I-765

08/13/2016 Delivered at Chicago Lock Box

08/15/2016 Picked up at the Chicago Lock Box with signature confirmation

08/05/2016 Received NOA1 hard copy via mail for I-765

08/19/2016 Received Biometrics Appointment letter (2pm at Bellflower location)

08/24/2016 Successful early walk-in for Biometrics Appointment at Bellflower location.

09/09/2016 I-765 receipt number is working online

09/12/2016 I-130 receipt number still not working, I-485 worked for the first time and says "Ready to schedule for Interview

10/03/2016: I-485 is scheduled for interview on November 3, 2016

10/28/2016: EAD card being produced

11/03/2016: We had out interview in Los Angeles CA. Our IO said they don't normally approve on the spot anymore and she gave us a paper saying "your case is being held for interview". The IO also said she is new, therefore she need to talk to her supervisor. Additionally she showed us a pile of cases that is being held for review, so it looks like it will take a while to get an answer about our case.

11/07/2016: EAD card was mailed to me

11/09/2016: EAD card received. Applied for SSN, needs verification will take up to 4 weeks.

11/10/2016: went back to SSA office with my unexpired passport, got verified right away.

11/10/2016: SSN card received

12/28/2016: I-485 status updated to "New Card Being Produced",later in the day updated to "Case was approved"; I-130 status updated to "Case approved"

(1 month, 3 weeks & 4 days after the interview) & (5 months & 2 days after filing AOS)

1/03/2016: Receive I-797 approval letter for I-130 & I-485; status updated to "New Card Being Produced"

1/04/2016: Welcome letter received; status updated to "Card was Mailed"

1/06/2017: 2 year green card received :D

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