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Hi, me and my wife who have been patiently waiting, we now have an interview ahead of us at Seattle field office next Thursday. I met her two years ago while I was living back in Oregon in school and since then we moved to Seattle, got married about a year and half ago and been living the dream!

Though, she's only 22 and I am 25, we seem to have less documents to bring to the interview that worries me. 

 

First of all, she was married once but she got divorced before we got married because they were seperated when she met me and she fell in love with me. 

She has a couple misdeameanors(theft) on her criminal record, its hard for us to get a lease together for the apartment so we live in an apartment where I am on the lease alone. We do have a driver license with matching address since she lives here with me and have mails coming in under her name along with her paystub to match the address. 

 

So far, we have photos of us together on trips, with inlaws and not wedding photos due to us waiting till my father retires so we can have a proper wedding when he has more free time to come to the US. 

-bank statement together

-electricity bill together

-her car on my car insurance (couldn't get on her financed car cause i didnt have social back then but I pay for the monthly payment)

-statement from my sister and her fiance stating our relationship and marriage are bona fide

 

Honestly there are not many more things we can gather together. I feel like we are shorthanded. 

 

Any advice is welcome, how should we approach this?

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Hi, me and my wife who have been patiently waiting, we now have an interview ahead of us at Seattle field office next Thursday. I met her two years ago while I was living back in Oregon in school and since then we moved to Seattle, got married about a year and half ago and been living the dream!

Though, she's only 22 and I am 25, we seem to have less documents to bring to the interview that worries me. 

 

First of all, she was married once but she got divorced before we got married because they were seperated when she met me and she fell in love with me. 

She has a couple misdeameanors(theft) on her criminal record, its hard for us to get a lease together for the apartment so we live in an apartment where I am on the lease alone. We do have a driver license with matching address since she lives here with me and have mails coming in under her name along with her paystub to match the address. 

 

So far, we have photos of us together on trips, with inlaws and not wedding photos due to us waiting till my father retires so we can have a proper wedding when he has more free time to come to the US. 

-bank statement together

-electricity bill together

-her car on my car insurance (couldn't get on her financed car cause i didnt have social back then but I pay for the monthly payment)

-statement from my sister and her fiance stating our relationship and marriage are bona fide

 

Honestly there are not many more things we can gather together. I feel like we are shorthanded. 

 

Any advice is welcome, how should we approach this?

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Can you get a letter from the apartment complex confirming that she lives with you? Do you have any joint health/other insurance? 

 

Do you not have any pictures from the day you got married?

 

I wouldnt worry too much; you have a decent amount of evidence. Good luck!

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Hi most of the time IO's likes to see a lease, as the above person said you should probably ask for a written letter from you apartment complex stating that your wife live with you. Bring a lot of pictures all through your relationship, dating stage, trips together, wedding day etc. Receipt of gifts to each other. I also brought a copy of the whole package I sent to them, and all original documents. USCIS will look close and deep to the applicant and not the USC petitioner. If you have chat logs you should print that out and bring it with you at the interview, it is always better to be over prepared


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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to give you my case experience, we did not have a lease together, bank account or anything that had both our names on. We had pictures, letters from relatives , flight tickets , hotel bookings and text messages. When the IO asked why we didn't have joint documents i explained that i didn't have a SSN to be allowed to do some items and that i never wanted to do anything in a grey area to ruin my chances of getting approved.  He said that it makes perfect sense and approved us on the spot. The most important things in my eyes are the divorce decrees for ALL previous marriages, married documentation and a copy of everything in the file you submitted & anything that has happened since the filling. 

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17 hours ago, rfcpatrick09 said:

Hi, me and my wife who have been patiently waiting, we now have an interview ahead of us at Seattle field office next Thursday. I met her two years ago while I was living back in Oregon in school and since then we moved to Seattle, got married about a year and half ago and been living the dream!

Though, she's only 22 and I am 25, we seem to have less documents to bring to the interview that worries me. 

 

First of all, she was married once but she got divorced before we got married because they were seperated when she met me and she fell in love with me. 

She has a couple misdeameanors(theft) on her criminal record, its hard for us to get a lease together for the apartment so we live in an apartment where I am on the lease alone. We do have a driver license with matching address since she lives here with me and have mails coming in under her name along with her paystub to match the address. 

 

So far, we have photos of us together on trips, with inlaws and not wedding photos due to us waiting till my father retires so we can have a proper wedding when he has more free time to come to the US. 

-bank statement together

-electricity bill together

-her car on my car insurance (couldn't get on her financed car cause i didnt have social back then but I pay for the monthly payment)

-statement from my sister and her fiance stating our relationship and marriage are bona fide

 

Honestly there are not many more things we can gather together. I feel like we are shorthanded. 

 

Any advice is welcome, how should we approach this?

Do you have Wills? or Power of Attorneys for each other?    Life insurance on each other, making each other the beneficiary's?

Any Sams clubs memberships? or joint credit cards? Joint gym memberships?  All those are good to have.


Adjustment of Status from a Visitors Visa:

Married: January 3, 2013

Chicago lockbox:

Sent: 9/12/16: I-130 + I-485 + I-765 (USPS)

Delivered: 09/15/2016

Received Texts of All 3 receipt's: 09/23/2016

10/04/2016 Received all (3) I-797C receipts via USPS

10/08/2016 Received Biometrics letter received

10/13/2016 Biometrics, walk in-successful.

11/18/2016 EAD card Approved. I-765 //64 Days

11/23/2016 Text from USCIS- EAD card mailed today

11/26/2016 EAD Card received in the mail.

12/01/2016 Applied for Social Security Card

12/08/2016 Received Social Security card in mail

12/14/2016 Applied for Texas ID card.

12/27/2016 Received Texas ID card in mail.

08/08/2017  Sent in paperwork for renewal of EAD card.

08/10/2015   Renewal petition for EAD delivered by USPS to USCIS

08/16/2017   Received text-email notifications EAD /AP renewal received by USCIS

10/02/2017   New medical done-other one long expired.

10/13/2017  Received letter of interview-- Nov. 13, 2017

11/02/2017  Received email and text, Interview cancelled, will be rescheduled.   Heartbroken....

12/18/2017  Still awaiting new interview date.  Have not received renewed EAD/AP card.....Waiting, waiting... Waiting.

12/29/2017  End of the year, not received new interview date or renewed EAD-AP card.  Happy New Year!!

01/25/2018  Welcome to 2018, not a damn word from USCIS on new interview date.

02/02/2018  RECEIVED NEW INTERVIEW DATE    FEB. 21   AND THATS MY BIRTHDAY TOO.

02/21/2018   Had interview, was told in about 4 weeks for a decision... more waiting......

02/23/2018   Renewal of EAD-AP card approved.

02/28/2018   Text from USCIS,  EAD-AP card mailed

03/03/2018   Received in mail EAD/AP combo card.

07/03/2018   Info Pass in Houston,   Houston USCIS office said they are 2000 petitions behind, give them till end of August, as they are doing clean up from interviews.

 

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On 1/17/2017 at 11:27 PM, Brit1 said:

Can you get a letter from the apartment complex confirming that she lives with you? Do you have any joint health/other insurance? 

 

Do you not have any pictures from the day you got married?

 

I wouldnt worry too much; you have a decent amount of evidence. Good luck!

I think you are okay. you have enough evidences. 


Adjustment from F1 status

01/18/2017  Mailed package I-130, I 485 AND I-765

Day 1 : 01/20/2017-USCIS received package

Day 6 : 01/26/2017-received NOA1 through text

Day 13 : 02/1/2017-received N0A1 hard copy

Day 15 : 02/4/2017-received Biometric Appointment

Day 28: 02/17/2017-did Biometric Appointment

Day 35: 02/24/2017-i485 case status changes to ready to be scheduled for an interview

Day 47: 03/08/2017- status changes to Interview scheduled on 13th april

Day 49 03/10/2017- received interview letter for 13th April

Day 83 04/13/2017- approved...case shows new card is being produced

Day 88 04/17/2017 received  hard copy of approval notices for I-485 and I-130 

Day 88 04/17/2017 Online status showed New card was mailed

Day 91 04/20/2017 Received Green card in mail !!! Total 3 months

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Just now, Megha13 said:

I think you are okay. you have enough evidences. 

And yes, bring gifts, cards, pictures. the documents you have is enough i think. You can try to get a letter from the lease consultant that she lives with you. I did that. My husband's name is on the lease, as he pays the rent. I got a letter from the apartment that I also live with him . 


Adjustment from F1 status

01/18/2017  Mailed package I-130, I 485 AND I-765

Day 1 : 01/20/2017-USCIS received package

Day 6 : 01/26/2017-received NOA1 through text

Day 13 : 02/1/2017-received N0A1 hard copy

Day 15 : 02/4/2017-received Biometric Appointment

Day 28: 02/17/2017-did Biometric Appointment

Day 35: 02/24/2017-i485 case status changes to ready to be scheduled for an interview

Day 47: 03/08/2017- status changes to Interview scheduled on 13th april

Day 49 03/10/2017- received interview letter for 13th April

Day 83 04/13/2017- approved...case shows new card is being produced

Day 88 04/17/2017 received  hard copy of approval notices for I-485 and I-130 

Day 88 04/17/2017 Online status showed New card was mailed

Day 91 04/20/2017 Received Green card in mail !!! Total 3 months

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Before living with my boyfriend before (husband now) we were able to have my name on the lease even without the SSN, I was able to open a joint bank account with my husband and he added me as authorize user of his credit card. The lease or a letter from the owner of the aparment makes your evidence much stronger as I say better to be over prepared :)


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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Thanks everyone for the replies. I see a lot of people saying about the lease agreement but my wife (the us citizen) who has misdeameanor won't pass background check for the apartments that's why I can't get the proof from the apartment that she lives with me. Any alternative options??

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You can ask for a letter from the property management and/or owner of the apartment that your wife lives with you. Do they know that someone lives with you?


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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3 hours ago, rfcpatrick09 said:

Thanks everyone for the replies. I see a lot of people saying about the lease agreement but my wife (the us citizen) who has misdeameanor won't pass background check for the apartments that's why I can't get the proof from the apartment that she lives with me. Any alternative options??

 

Since I moved in after my husband had signed the lease, we couldn't convert it to a joint lease, however we managed to add me as a "legal occupant"

There was no background checks or anything, it was as simple as going to the realtors office and putting my name on some odd page of the lease. Maybe you can do something similar? Might be worth looking into ;) 

 

A legal occupant is different than a tenant, though. You're not required to pay rent if the tenant disappears etc. It just gives you the right to lawfully have access to the apartment/house.


Adjustment of Status from F-1

Day  -16 - 01/01/17 - Married! (Same-Sex)

Day  -01 - 01/17/17 - Sent packet to Chicago Lockbox (FedEx)

Day   00 - 01/18/17 - Packet delivered

Day   07 - 01/25/17 - Email/Text NOA1 (PD 1/18)

Day   08 - 01/26/17 - Checks Cashed & MyUSCIS Works (I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765)

Day   12 - 01/30/17 - Hard Copy of all four NOA1s received in mail

Day   13 - 01/31/17 - Biometrics Appointment Letter received (02/13/17)

Day   19 - 02/06/17 - Biometrics walk-in successful (Arlington, VA)

Day   27 - 02/14/17 - Status changed to RFIE sent

Day   31 - 02/18/17 - RFIE arrived in mail (Forgot joint sponsor's birth certificate)

Day   34 - 02/21/17 - RFIE response delivered

Day   35 - 02/22/17 - Status changed to RFIE received

Day   43 - 03/02/17 - Case Ready to be Scheduled for Interview

Day   92 - 04/21/17 - EAD "New Card is Being Produced"

Day 100 - 04/29/17 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received

Day 184 - 07/21/17 - AR-11 Change of Address Submitted (online)

Day 190 - 07/27/17 - AR-11 Change of Address Confirmed

Day 198 - 08/04/17 - Case Ready to be Scheduled for Interview (again?!)

Day 281 - 10/26/17 - Interview Notice Received - Nov 28

Day 314 - 11/28/17 - Interview Day! (Approved on spot verbally, no paper or online notice yet)

Day 317 - 12/05/17 - Green Card received in mail! (Online status never updated)

 

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5 hours ago, bunkx said:

 

Since I moved in after my husband had signed the lease, we couldn't convert it to a joint lease, however we managed to add me as a "legal occupant"

There was no background checks or anything, it was as simple as going to the realtors office and putting my name on some odd page of the lease. Maybe you can do something similar? Might be worth looking into ;) 

 

A legal occupant is different than a tenant, though. You're not required to pay rent if the tenant disappears etc. It just gives you the right to lawfully have access to the apartment/house.

 

Yes, so you can get a letter that she is an occupant of the apartment and she is livung with you. I have the same exact thing. I signed as a roommate, because my husband is paying the rent. I got a letter from the apartment thar i am living with my husband . You can do that


Adjustment from F1 status

01/18/2017  Mailed package I-130, I 485 AND I-765

Day 1 : 01/20/2017-USCIS received package

Day 6 : 01/26/2017-received NOA1 through text

Day 13 : 02/1/2017-received N0A1 hard copy

Day 15 : 02/4/2017-received Biometric Appointment

Day 28: 02/17/2017-did Biometric Appointment

Day 35: 02/24/2017-i485 case status changes to ready to be scheduled for an interview

Day 47: 03/08/2017- status changes to Interview scheduled on 13th april

Day 49 03/10/2017- received interview letter for 13th April

Day 83 04/13/2017- approved...case shows new card is being produced

Day 88 04/17/2017 received  hard copy of approval notices for I-485 and I-130 

Day 88 04/17/2017 Online status showed New card was mailed

Day 91 04/20/2017 Received Green card in mail !!! Total 3 months

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didn't you posted this thread before?

 


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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Engaged 9-15-2006
K-1 & 4 K-2'S
Filed 05-09-07
Interview 03-12-08
Visa received 04-21-08
Entry 05-06-08
Married 06-21-08
AOS X5
Filed 07-08-08
Cards Received01-22-09
Roc X5
Filed 10-17-10
Cards Received02-22-11
Citizenship
Filed 10-17-11
Interview 01-12-12
Oath 06-29-12

Citizenship for older 2 boys

Filed 03/08/2014

NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

Biometrics 04/15/14

Interview 05/29/14

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