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Just sharing my journey and interview process!

 

My wife and I got married in February and filed in April of 2016. It was a grueling process for us, our initial co-sponsor didn't work out (which wasted many months of time) and we had to scramble to find a new one. We luckily did... our EAD/AP was approved on December 3rd of 2016 (FINALLY... this was the most frustrating part... waiting so many months where my wife was unable to work or leave the country, especially since she had been back in the states since December of 2015) and our interview happened today!

 

We filed with an immigration lawyer who helped us fill out the applications. I highly recommend this route... it saved us a lot of time and stress knowing we were doing everything right and providing all of the right documents.

 

Our interview was in Los Angeles, CA at 8:15am. We arrived a half hour early and waited less than 10 minutes after checking in before being called into the interview room. We had been stressing about what documents and proof of evidence to bring with us, but to be honest with you, the immigration officer barely looked any of it. He was more interested in our story.

 

We took an oath, then he asked us names, passports, ID's. Then (which I don't even feel this was okay or even legal to do), he asked me about my relationship history and sexual orientation. We are a gay couple. He asked me how many boyfriends I had, then girlfriends, then made a statement of "You must be bisexual then." Blergh. He did the same to my wife. Asked if we knew we were gay before meeting and stuff like that. I don't feel like it's appropriate... you wouldn't ask a straight couple the same questions. But whatever, I'm grateful he focused on that and not on my taxes hahaha.

 

He then asked about our history, moving in together, asked if we had our house keys on us, then asked us both to show him the key to the front door. Also asked very briefly about our co-sponsor, if he was a US citizen and where he lived.

 

He didn't ask anything about my work, taxes, income, what we did for a living... didn't look at a single photo or receipts. We had documents showing our apartment lease, joint credit card, and joint cell-phone plan, which he looked at very quickly. That was about it.

 

And then we were approved on the spot! I guess it's just a luck of a draw with immigration officers!

 

My suggestion to other couples... be patient! Be there for one another. It's tough on everyone, but you will get through it. Make sure you are filing things properly to save a lot of time and stress! One little mistake can cost you months and that can be very hard on everyone. It's good to over prepare for the interview! I honestly think printing conversations is overkill (we didn't) but bring whatever you need to make you feel secure about the interview.

 

And finally, it's not as bad as people make it out to be. Don't listen to the horror stories! If your relationship is legit, you've lived together and are an actual couple doing "couple" things (like travelling together, meeting family, etc). you have nothing to worry about.

 

Woot!

 

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11 minutes ago, cvancejp said:

And then we were approved on the spot! I guess it's just a luck of a draw with immigration officers! Usually is; never know what they'll ask for. It's a first I've seen them ask to show house keys. 

 

And finally, it's not as bad as people make it out to be. Don't listen to the horror stories! If your relationship is legit, you've lived together and are an actual couple doing "couple" things (like travelling together, meeting family, etc). you have nothing to worry about. Yep.. legit people work on their relationship; bad apples work to create paperwork. 

 

Congrats


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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16 minutes ago, cvancejp said:

Just sharing my journey and interview process!

 

My wife and I got married in February and filed in April of 2016. It was a grueling process for us, our initial co-sponsor didn't work out (which wasted many months of time) and we had to scramble to find a new one. We luckily did... our EAD/AP was approved on December 3rd of 2016 (FINALLY... this was the most frustrating part... waiting so many months where my wife was unable to work or leave the country, especially since she had been back in the states since December of 2015) and our interview happened today!

 

We filed with an immigration lawyer who helped us fill out the applications. I highly recommend this route... it saved us a lot of time and stress knowing we were doing everything right and providing all of the right documents.

 

Our interview was in Los Angeles, CA at 8:15am. We arrived a half hour early and waited less than 10 minutes after checking in before being called into the interview room. We had been stressing about what documents and proof of evidence to bring with us, but to be honest with you, the immigration officer barely looked any of it. He was more interested in our story.

 

We took an oath, then he asked us names, passports, ID's. Then (which I don't even feel this was okay or even legal to do), he asked me about my relationship history and sexual orientation. We are a gay couple. He asked me how many boyfriends I had, then girlfriends, then made a statement of "You must be bisexual then." Blergh. He did the same to my wife. Asked if we knew we were gay before meeting and stuff like that. I don't feel like it's appropriate... you wouldn't ask a straight couple the same questions. But whatever, I'm grateful he focused on that and not on my taxes hahaha.

 

He then asked about our history, moving in together, asked if we had our house keys on us, then asked us both to show him the key to the front door. Also asked very briefly about our co-sponsor, if he was a US citizen and where he lived.

 

He didn't ask anything about my work, taxes, income, what we did for a living... didn't look at a single photo or receipts. We had documents showing our apartment lease, joint credit card, and joint cell-phone plan, which he looked at very quickly. That was about it.

 

And then we were approved on the spot! I guess it's just a luck of a draw with immigration officers!

 

My suggestion to other couples... be patient! Be there for one another. It's tough on everyone, but you will get through it. Make sure you are filing things properly to save a lot of time and stress! One little mistake can cost you months and that can be very hard on everyone. It's good to over prepare for the interview! I honestly think printing conversations is overkill (we didn't) but bring whatever you need to make you feel secure about the interview.

 

And finally, it's not as bad as people make it out to be. Don't listen to the horror stories! If your relationship is legit, you've lived together and are an actual couple doing "couple" things (like travelling together, meeting family, etc). you have nothing to worry about.

 

Woot!

 

Congrats !!!

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3 hours ago, KierenHby said:

Congrats

Yeah the house key thing was a trip. My wife NEVER carries her keys with her if she's with me. But for some random reason, I grabbed both hers and mine before we left. Lucky.

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Congrats!!!


AOS FROM - F1 OPT (Married Apr 28, 2016)                                                                                                ROC
Day 00 - Jun-08-2016 - AOS Package Delivered [Chicago Lockbox]                                                                              Day 00 - Mar-12-2018 - ROC Package Delivered [California Service Center]        

Day 13 - Jun-21-2016 - Hardcopy NOA  for I-485, I-130, I-765                                                                                         Day 09 - Mar-21-2018- Check Cashed                                                                                        

Day 17 - Jun-25-2016 - Biometrics Letter [Appointment July 5]                                                                                      Day 11 - Mar-23-2018-Received NOA Letter

Day 50 - Jul-28-2016 -  Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled for an Interview                                                                      Day 68 - May-18-2018 - Received Biometrics WAIVER Letter

Day 61 - Aug-08-2016 - AOS Interview Letter [interview Date Sept 7]                                                                             Day 159 -Aug-17-2018 - Received 18 Month Extension Letter

Day 71 - Aug-17-2016 - Interview Cancellation Letter [unforeseen Circumstances]

Day 79 - Aug-25-2016 - New AOS Interview Letter [New Interview Date Sept 27]

Day 85 - Aug-31-2016 - Received EAD Card

Day 112 -Sep-27-2016 - AOS Interview [Case Status: New Card Is Being Produced] 

Day 118 -Oct-03-2016 -  Received AOS Approval Letter

Day 121 -Oct-06-2016 - Received Green Card [ROC opens ~ Mar 10, 2018]

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*** Thread is moved from the "AOS from WS&T Visas" main forum to the Case Progress subforum. ***


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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14 hours ago, cvancejp said:

Yeah the house key thing was a trip. My wife NEVER carries her keys with her if she's with me. But for some random reason, I grabbed both hers and mine before we left. Lucky.

Congratulations.....what a thinking....saved your day ha!


04/28/2016 - Packet reached USCIS (i-130, i-485, i-131, i-765)

05/05/2016 - Checks cashed

05/06/2016 - USCIS Email/Text acceptance confirmation

05/09/2016 - NOA1 hard copy

05/13/2016 - Biometrics letter arrived in mail

05/27/2016 - Biometrics scheduled

07/20/2016 - Submitted Service Request for (I-765); Sent letter to congressman
07/21/2016 - EAD card is being produced
07/21/2016 - AP document is being produced
07/23/2016 - AP documnt received
07/27/2016 - EAD card received

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Congratulations! First time hearing about house keys, but you never know. 


2016/04/05 AOS/EAD/AP package sent to USCIS Chicago Lockbox

2016/04/08 NOA1 received

2016/05/09 Biometric Appointment
2016/07/01 EAD/AP approved

2016/07/08 EAD/AP combo card received

2017/02/24 Interview notice received in email. Schedule for 2017/04/03.

2017/04/03 Interview date. Approved on the spot.

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Always glad to see success cases. Congratulations on completing this perilous journey. 


 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Day 00~12/08/2016: Package received at USCIS PO Box (Concurrent Filing I-130, I-485, I765, I-131)

Day 07~12/15/2016: Checks En-cashed
Day 08~12/16/2016: Electronic NOA's

Day 15~12/23/2016: Physical NOA1 for all 4 petitions

Day 23~12/31/2016: Received Bio-metrics appointment letter for 01/09/2017

Day 32~01/09/2017: Bio-metrics complete as per scheduled appointment

Day 80~02/27/2017: Raised an Online E-Request (SR) for an update on my I-765 which was closed on 3/13 

Day 98~03/16/2017: Tier II officer confirmed status quo for I-765 "Under Review, case should be adjudicated soon"

Day 98~03/16/2017: EAD card is being produced

Day111~03/29/2017: EAD+AP Combo card in hand

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