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Hey guys,

My USC husband and I had our interview on September 7th. The interview went well and the IO was very pleasant. She asked various questions about how we met but nothing TOO specific. After the questions, she didn't even ask to see any of the proof of our relationship (which I think may be a good sign?). However, at the end she handed us that famous paper saying our application is up for review.

I genuinely believe she only saw our application for the first time when she was with us, given that she wasn't even aware of my husband's GI Bill (that's a story for another topic), and maybe that's why they still have to review it to make sure everything's in fact okay. But we were confident that the interview went well and were a little disappointed we didn't get a response right there and then.

Well, it's been two weeks and I know it may be normal but we are so anxious! We called USCIS today and the representative who spoke to us said our local USCIS office is now working on cases from February of 2016 - we sent our application in March. Does that count for us even though we already had the interview? If they already interviewed us, why would it take so long to just say yes or no?

Anyway, we're a little anxious because we had plans of spending Christmas with my family in my home country and we won't be able to do so if I don't get the temporary green card in time :(

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

As always, thank you all so much!!

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You had your interview so your timeline can no longer be compared to others.

If you want to travel for Christmas, use your Advance Parole that you most certainly applied for because it is free and easy to do. Right?


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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We got the same paper after our interview, but the case was finalized a few days later and my wife received her GC in a week or so after the interview. You have already surpassed this time period, but that may be due to the numbers of cases on the supervisor's desk. It is hard to tell, but hopefully it is just a workload thing and you will hear something soon. When our IO gave us the no decision paper she also explained that we would have to apply for the ROC in two years, so we fully expected an approval. Did your IO discuss that with you in your interview?

Good Luck!


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

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N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

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We got the same paper after our interview, but the case was finalized a few days later and my wife received her GC in a week or so after the interview. You have already surpassed this time period, but that may be due to the numbers of cases on the supervisor's desk. It is hard to tell, but hopefully it is just a workload thing and you will hear something soon. When our IO gave us the no decision paper she also explained that we would have to apply for the ROC in two years, so we fully expected an approval. Did your IO discuss that with you in your interview?

Good Luck!

No, she didn't :(

She just said they were going to review the application but it looked like everything was good..

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We are on the same boat. We just had our interview today and got the same piece of paper.

We had to move in August after our apartment was flooded by the maintenance crew. We changed our address as soon as we found a place and were no longer living in black mold. We have proof of everything and USCIS still didn't change our address. We had to fight through the most rude agents at their customer service hotline to finally get our appointment form faxed to us.

It has been an ordeal. Who knows what they'll request or investigate next. They're more than welcome to dig around, all they'll find our marriage is so real it's vanilla to where we argue about what we will name our pets and kids. I'll win the name battle though. The wife always wins. ;)

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My wife and I were married over 2 years at the time of the interview and have been together nearly 9 years. Submitted a mountain of evidence with our application. At the interview the officer did not even ask to see anything we brought like photos, updated bank statements, credit card statements etc. She handed us a paper saying we were recommended for approval. That was nearly 2 months ago. She even gave us hope that we would get formal approval in 2 weeks. Well that never happened. So nearly 2 months have passed since the interview and we have nothing no notice or GC and no case updates. I honestly have no idea what makes some cases get approved the same day or a few days later, while others wait months or even years. All you can do is wait and once it is out of processing time go through the service request channels all the way to ombudsman. If that doesn't work then filing a lawsuit is the only way to get an answer.

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We just had our interview yesterday at Los Angeles office 6th floor and though we think the interview went well the IO gave us a paper saying our case needs further review. The IO said she is new and that she needs to talk to her supervisor, she showed us a pile of cases that needed a review. She also told us that the paper she gave us does not necessarily mean a bad thing but who knows. It looks like my case will take a while :( please let us know if any of you guys have an update.

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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Its now officially been 3 months since my GC interview. I am still waiting. My case has not been adjudicated yet and I have no decision it is still pending. I am waiting until the end of month 4 then I will initiate congressional inquiry.

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