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Marriage based AOS Interview Experience - VWP

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Hi All,

 

I just wanted to share my AOS Interview experience. I hope this helps someone as I remember how nervous I was before my interview and reading experiences really helped.

 

Background: I arrived through VWP from UK. Husband is a US born Citizen. Filed for AOS in Dec 2016. Received EAD & AP in March 2017. AOS Interview in May 2017. AOS approved on the same day.

 

My appointment was at 8.30 and we arrived about 15 minutes early, checked in at reception and then waited in the waiting room to be called. We were called in exactly on time and led to our IO's office. 

 

Documents we brought with us:

- My EAD card

- My SSN

- Both our passports

- Certified copies of both our birth certificates

- Certified copy of marriage license 

- Joint tax returns

- Joint bank account statements (we brought 4 months worth but he only kept one)

- Medical Insurance cards (I am beneficiary on Husband's policy)

- Car insurance insurance policy (both our names on policy)

- Joint apartment lease

- Scans of our credit cards (I am an authorized user and so the numbers are the same)

- Scans of our drivers licenses (showing same address)

- Flight confirmation emails of trips we took together after marriage

- Cards that were sent to us after marriage and wedding cards

- Photos (dating life, wedding, after marriage including pics w/ friends and family)

 

Once we entered the office, we were sworn in and then took our seats. Our IO asked for my husbands proof of citizenship (we provided his birth certificate and passport) and my passport and birth certificate also. He tapped away at his computer for a while and readjusted the papers on the table without saying much. He asked for my SSN and then explained how the interview would be conducted. The first part would be focused on the legitimacy of our marriage and then the second part would be to see if I was eligible (criminal history etc etc).

He asked us our full names and addresses and then asked how we met, asked me if I have met my in-laws and what their names were and what my husbands DOB (date of birth) was. He then asked my husband what my DOB was and what our date of marriage was (he made a joke about how he always asks the husbands that question to see if they answer correctly and if they don't, he likes to see the look on the wife's face and the interaction between them after that lol).

He then asked me what documents I had to prove the legitimacy of our marriage and I showed him what I had. He took copies of the lease, medical insurance cards, car insurance policy, 1 month bank statement, the scans of our licenses and credit cards and told me to pick out some photos for him to put in the file. Lastly, he asked about our engagement and who proposed marriage and if we can tell him how it happened. I told him and he then joked about how romantic it was and that  he might cry lol. That concluded that part of the interview.

 

The second part was just  him just asking yes/no questions from the I-485 form and that was it.

He explained the conditional GC to us (because we have been married less than 2 years) and how to remove the conditions after 2 years (less 90 days) and then said we make a beautiful couple and he wishes us all the best. He told me he had recommended me for approval and that I should receive my GC within 3 weeks. I checked the website at about noon that day and it had been updated to say my AOS had been approved and my GC was being produced.

 

The whole thing was about 30 mins and most of that time was just him typing on the computer and adding things to the file.

 

I read a lot about people being really nervous about questions on whether you intended to stay in the US at the time of entry on a VWP and how to prove you didn't have intent. None of those questions were asked at all. He was concerned about the legitimacy of our marriage and nothing else.

 

Hope this was helpful.

 

Questions welcome :)

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1 hour ago, BritGirl88 said:

Hi All,

 

I just wanted to share my AOS Interview experience. I hope this helps someone as I remember how nervous I was before my interview and reading experiences really helped.

 

Background: I arrived through VWP from UK. Husband is a US born Citizen. Filed for AOS in Dec 2016. Received EAD & AP in March 2017. AOS Interview in May 2017. AOS approved on the same day.

 

My appointment was at 8.30 and we arrived about 15 minutes early, checked in at reception and then waited in the waiting room to be called. We were called in exactly on time and led to our IO's office. 

 

Documents we brought with us:

- My EAD card

- My SSN

- Both our passports

- Certified copies of both our birth certificates

- Certified copy of marriage license 

- Joint tax returns

- Joint bank account statements (we brought 4 months worth but he only kept one)

- Medical Insurance cards (I am beneficiary on Husband's policy)

- Car insurance insurance policy (both our names on policy)

- Joint apartment lease

- Scans of our credit cards (I am an authorized user and so the numbers are the same)

- Scans of our drivers licenses (showing same address)

- Flight confirmation emails of trips we took together after marriage

- Cards that were sent to us after marriage and wedding cards

- Photos (dating life, wedding, after marriage including pics w/ friends and family)

 

Once we entered the office, we were sworn in and then took our seats. Our IO asked for my husbands proof of citizenship (we provided his birth certificate and passport) and my passport and birth certificate also. He tapped away at his computer for a while and readjusted the papers on the table without saying much. He asked for my SSN and then explained how the interview would be conducted. The first part would be focused on the legitimacy of our marriage and then the second part would be to see if I was eligible (criminal history etc etc).

He asked us our full names and addresses and then asked how we met, asked me if I have met my in-laws and what their names were and what my husbands DOB (date of birth) was. He then asked my husband what my DOB was and what our date of marriage was (he made a joke about how he always asks the husbands that question to see if they answer correctly and if they don't, he likes to see the look on the wife's face and the interaction between them after that lol).

He then asked me what documents I had to prove the legitimacy of our marriage and I showed him what I had. He took copies of the lease, medical insurance cards, car insurance policy, 1 month bank statement, the scans of our licenses and credit cards and told me to pick out some photos for him to put in the file. Lastly, he asked about our engagement and who proposed marriage and if we can tell him how it happened. I told him and he then joked about how romantic it was and that  he might cry lol. That concluded that part of the interview.

 

The second part was just  him just asking yes/no questions from the I-485 form and that was it.

He explained the conditional GC to us (because we have been married less than 2 years) and how to remove the conditions after 2 years (less 90 days) and then said we make a beautiful couple and he wishes us all the best. He told me he had recommended me for approval and that I should receive my GC within 3 weeks. I checked the website at about noon that day and it had been updated to say my AOS had been approved and my GC was being produced.

 

The whole thing was about 30 mins and most of that time was just him typing on the computer and adding things to the file.

 

I read a lot about people being really nervous about questions on whether you intended to stay in the US at the time of entry on a VWP and how to prove you didn't have intent. None of those questions were asked at all. He was concerned about the legitimacy of our marriage and nothing else.

 

Hope this was helpful.

 

Questions welcome :)

 

Hi

Congrats to you both, when we went for my AOS just over three years ago, the immigration officer had a very relaxed manor & most of the time he was talking to my wife about the different US Army postings as my wife's dad was in the Army.

It didn't feel like an interview more like a little chat lol. 

 

Brian


AOS

Feb 3rd 2014 sent AOS pack I-130, I-485, 
Feb 17th 2014 Received NOA1 x 3 NOA1 date 5th Feb 2014
Feb 22nd 2014 Received biometrics appointment for 7th March 2014 at 3pm
Feb 27th 2014 Did early walk in for Biometrics successfully
March 17th 2014 Received text & email with interview date on 22nd April 2014

March 18th 2014 Received interview letter in post with time & place, 2.15pm at Mt Laurel NJ
April 16th 2014 Received EAD card
April 22nd 2014 Had AOS interview at Mt Laurel NJ APPROVED
April 22nd 2014 Text & email Case Status: Card / Document Production
April 26th 2014 Received my Green Card today
Total time from Application to Approval 11 Weeks & 1 Day
ROC
Feb 9th 2016 I-751 package sent to Vermont Service Center
Feb 11th 2016 I-751 package received at VSC
Feb 17th 2016 Cheque for $590 cashed

Feb 19th 2016 Received I-797 NOA Dated 02/12/2016

March 8th 2016 Biometrics Appointment at 10am. (Done)

April 14th 2017  I-551 stamp in passport 

April 27th 2017 Received text & email Card/Document Production

May 3rd 2017 Received 10 year Green Card today   

N-400

March 7th 2017 N-400 sent to Dallas TX 

March 10th N-400 Application received

March 15th Cheque for $725 cashed

March 20th received NOA1 dated March 15th

March 24th received biometrics appointment for 04/05/17

March 28th did early walk in for biometrics 

October 10th received Citizenship Interview letter

November 13th Citizenship Interview at 10 am Mount Laurel NJ passed my interview.

November 13th Oath ceremony 3pm now a citizen

November 14th applied for my passport 

November 25th Received my passport 

November 27th Received my naturalization certificate back

November 28th Updated my social security records 

 

 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, blk said:

 

Hi

Congrats to you both, when we went for my AOS just over three years ago, the immigration officer had a very relaxed manor & most of the time he was talking to my wife about the different US Army postings as my wife's dad was in the Army.

It didn't feel like an interview more like a little chat lol. 

 

Brian

Thanks so much!! It was the same with us. It was really like a chat, we felt so at ease. Most of the time the IO was talking to my husband about sports and how cold it was living up north. Pleasant experience.

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Congrats!  And thanks for the review of the experience.  These are always helpful to those preparing for an interview.

Edited by Bill & Katya

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

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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***** Moving from AOS from Family Visa to AOS from Tourist Visa forum *****


Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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