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My wife and stepson's interview lasted for about ten minutes, that was in the old consulate. The USC petitioner is not allowed at the interview. I was around the corner and had her cell phone, another option is to leave it in your hotel room.

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The interview itself is usually short(<10min), but the waiting period was dreadful. I was scheduled for 9am, arrived at 8:30ish, out of the embassy around noon.

I was an international student on F-1 visa

January 2010 - Met him at a dinner party in our hometown and started dating wub.png in August
7/10/13 - Got married heart.gif to my best friend in the world (real wedding 5/18/2014 in China)
10/6/13 - package mailed to Chicago Lockbox via Fedex - DAY 0
10/8/13 - package delivered - DAY 2
10/11/13 - Check cashed - DAY 5
10/18/13 - Received NOA1s - DAY 12
10/21/13 - Received biometrics appt letter (scheduled for 11/07) - DAY 15
10/22/13 - Walk-in biometrics successful (Columbus OH office) - DAY 16
11/14/13 - Form i-485 status changed to "Test and interview" - DAY 39
11/22/13 - Expedited AP and EAD approved!! (EAD status changed to "card production") - DAY 47
11/30/13 - Received combo card and two copies of paper AP (weird) - DAY 55
12/5/13 - Interview date updated on USCIS website (Jan 31, 2014) - DAY 60
1/31/14-Rejected Green card because I forgot to mention a previous J1 visa that will require a waiver to apply for an immigrant visa...

9/30/15-Started IR-1 application
3/20/16-Sent all required materials to NVC
4/18/16-Case Complete
8/10/16-Interview scheduled in Guangzhou, China for 9/6/16
8/18/16-Sealed medical package received (and an X-ray CD)
9/6/16-Visa approved! :goofy: :goofy: :goofy:

10/7/16-POE in San Francisco

12/02/16-Greencard in hand

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For those who have gone through the interview in Guangzhou recently, how long was the interview? What did you do about the cellphones that cannot be brought into the interview?

Thank you.

My wife interviewed at the new Building, her interview lasted ~10 minutes, but there was about 1hour of wait before the interview.

As for the Cell Phone, leave it outside with a friend or family member (I was waiting for her outside, so I held her purse and phone). If she will be there by herself, it is best to leave it at the Hotel.

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Timeline to date:

11/11/14 - Met online through eHarmony
11/12/14 - Started communication through email (1-2 emails daily)
12/20/14 - Communicating through Phone Calls and Video Calls
07/04/15 - First Trip to China to visit her (spent time at her home, her hometown, and Beijing), Met the whole family.
07/18/15 - Sadly I had to return back to the US
10/01/15 - I am returning back to China to be with her again
10/11/15 - She will accompany me back on the same flight for 30 days
11/14/15 - She returns back to China
12/01/15 - I-129F Fed-Ex'd to the Lewisville address
12/03/15 - Packet signed for by the receiver
12/07/15 - NOA1 Generated
12/11/15 - NOA1 Received
01/14/15 - NOA2 Generated (Approved)
01/28/16 - NVC Received (Still waiting papers for official date)
01/29/16 - NVC Case# Assigned (Still waiting papers for official date)
02/03/16 - Case Sent to Embassy
02/04/16 - Case Received by Embassy
03/03/16 - Packet 3 Received
03/03/16 - Packet 3 Sent back to Embassy
03/04/16 - DS-160 Fee paid
03/09/16 - Packet 4 Received (Documents were prepared in advance)
04/02/16 - I return to China to provide moral and emotional support as she goes to her Interview on the 5th
04/05/16 - Interview Date (APPROVED!!!)

04/25/16 - POE Dallas Texas (DFW) smooth sailing through customs

04/25/16 - Arrived in Nashville, TN 10pm
04/29/16 - Marriage Certificate received
SSN filed somewhere after this point (exact date is not remembered, received after a 30 minute wait)
11/16/16 - AoS packet mailed (i-485, i-765, i-131)
11/18/16 - AoS packet received
12/06/16 - Check Cashed
02/28/17 - EAD and AP Approved
03/02/17 - NOA2 for EAD and AP Arrived
03/02/17 - EAD/AP Card Arrived

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On 9/18/2016 at 10:19 PM, ecwai said:

For those who have gone through the interview in Guangzhou recently, how long was the interview? What did you do about the cellphones that cannot be brought into the interview?

Thank you.

My wife just completed her interview on Sept.6. Her appointment was for 7:50, but they won't let people into gate until 7:30. She said that once they got inside the gate everything went smooth. I waited outside the gate for a while to make sure she got in then I headed back down the street to Starbucks. I waited an hour, and as I was about to get up to walk back down to consulate I looked up and she was standing on the corner to cross street. Do not take phone with you. Either leave at hotel or give to someone. Just a note, the storm that rolled through the last few days wreaked havoc on Guangzhou. We received an email saying that the consulate was closed yesterday. I feel sympathy for the people that traveled to Guangzhou for interview schedule this week. Everything will be delayed (we are waiting on her visa package.

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Our journey:


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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