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Marriage based AOS Interview Next Week - advice on Prep

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Hi All,

 

Looking to get some advice on the methodology of a delivering some information during the visa interview, since I am positive this question will come up somehow or the other.

As you can read below in my signature, we legally got married on 7/28/17, and had our cultural/religious wedding on 4/29/18... a lot of folks have gone down this path, with different cultural ethnicities; especially coming from Indian descent...aligning birth charts, and looking for specific dates based on the match etc etc...

Technically, we were not opposed to the idea of a cultural wedding, but would have preferred that we use the capital towards more productive/profitable causes.

However, we wanted to keep our folks happy and hence we accepted the idea of the Big Fat Indian Wedding (she is 1st gen Indian-American)

 

How do we deliver this information during the visa interview? For Having 2 weddings...? Any constructive thoughts/comments welcome...

A couple of ideas that come to my mind are - 

1. Tax savings - 2017 had the opportunity as we could file jointly and save some dollars on taxes

2. Dates/Venues - culturally, based on our priest's findings the best conducive dates for International travel (my folks and family still live in India) 

 

Additionally, below is some information on documentation we already submitted along with the AOS Package, and the plan on what documentation to take the interview

Please advise...

 

Take to Interview on 10/11/2018 Submitted (with PD 02/07/2017)
Proof of Petitioner's US Citizenship Passport,
Birth Certificate
TX Driver's License
Copies of all
Copy of petitioner’s Passport and Birth Certificate
Copy of marriage certificate
Copy of beneficiary’s biographical passport pages
Evidence of bonafide marriage
-Joint apartment lease
-Joint real estate purchase contract
-Joint mortgage commitment approval
-Joint bank statements
-Joint life insurance
-Joint car insurance
-Joint retirement benefits
-Selection of pictures that document relationship
Copy of petitioner’s IRS Tax transcript for the years 2016, 2015, 2014
Copy of petitioner’s 4 most recent paystubs
Letter of employment verification from petitioner’s employer
Copy of beneficiary’s IRS Tax transcript for the years 2016, 2015, 2014
Copy of beneficiary’s 4 most recent paystubs
Letter of employment verification from beneficiary’s employer
Copy of applicant’s passport (active and expired) (all pages)
Copy of applicant’s birth certificate
Copy of marriage certificate
Copy of applicant’s most recent I-94 form
Copy of applicant’s all I-797A H-1B Approval Notices
Copy of applicant’s all OPT (EAD) Cards
Copy of applicant’s all I-20s
Proof of Beneficiary's Identification Passport
Birth Certificate
TX Driver's License
EAD Cards
I-797 Approval Notices
I-94 Latest
I-20s
Copies of all
Marriage Certificate Original
Certified
Copy
Evidence of Bonafide Marriage Joint home registration document
Joint home warranty deed
Joint mortgage statement
Joint home insurance
Joint bank statements
Joint life insurance
Joint car insurance
Joint retirement benefits
Joint Mail receipt envelopes
Selection of pictures that document relationship
Evidence of Finances Beneficiary Employment letter
Latest Paystubs (9/14, 9/28)
2017 Joint IRS Tax Transcript
2014-2016 Individual IRS Tax Transcripts
Joint Assets – Checking, Savings, 401k, Stocks
New I-864 with information

 


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F-1 Student

Mar 2014 - We swiped right on our dating apps :wacko:

Oct 2014 - Changed status to H-1B

Jan 2015 - Moved in together

Aug 2015 - Moved to the West Coast, together

Jan 2017 - Proposed/bent the knee and lost all my decision making abilities

Jul 2017 - Legally Married

Feb 2018 - (2/5)Sent AOS Package via Fedex (I-130,I-485,I-765,I-131)

Feb 2018 - (2/7)AOS Package Received by USCIS

Feb 2018 - (2/16)Checks Cashed (No e-NOA)

Feb 2018 - (2/17) e-NOAs at Midnight

Feb 2018 - (2/27) Paper NOAs in mail and Biometrics Appt Letter

Feb 2018 - (2/28) Completed Walkin Biometrics

Apr 2018- (4/29) Cultural/Religious Wedding

Aug 2018 - (8/2) Courtesy Letter for i-693 not submitted finally

Aug 2018 - (8/7) I-485 email notice: Testing and Interview

Aug 2018 - (8/16) Notification on Producing New Card

Aug 2018 - (8/24) EAD/AP received in mail

Aug 2018 - (8/31) I-485 email notice: Interview Scheduled

Sep 2018 - (9/8) I-485 Notice of Action: Interview scheduled for Oct 11

Oct 2018 - (10/11) In-person interview - Approved!

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Honesty is best. Have a free flowing convo with the IO if the topic comes up. 


I-751 journey

 

10/16/2017.......... ROC package mailed

10/18/2017.......... I-751 package received VSC

10/19/2017.......... I-797 NOA date

10/30/2017.......... Notice received in mail

10/30/2017.......... Check cashed

11/02/2017.......... Conditional GC expired

11/22/2017.......... Biometrics completed

  xx/xx/xxxx.......... waiting waiting waiting

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3 hours ago, Cyberfx1024 said:

Yeah just be honest and forth right then you will be fine. 

2 hours ago, WeGuyGal said:

Honesty is best. Have a free flowing convo with the IO if the topic comes up. 

Thank you! That is definitely the intent

 


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F-1 Student

Mar 2014 - We swiped right on our dating apps :wacko:

Oct 2014 - Changed status to H-1B

Jan 2015 - Moved in together

Aug 2015 - Moved to the West Coast, together

Jan 2017 - Proposed/bent the knee and lost all my decision making abilities

Jul 2017 - Legally Married

Feb 2018 - (2/5)Sent AOS Package via Fedex (I-130,I-485,I-765,I-131)

Feb 2018 - (2/7)AOS Package Received by USCIS

Feb 2018 - (2/16)Checks Cashed (No e-NOA)

Feb 2018 - (2/17) e-NOAs at Midnight

Feb 2018 - (2/27) Paper NOAs in mail and Biometrics Appt Letter

Feb 2018 - (2/28) Completed Walkin Biometrics

Apr 2018- (4/29) Cultural/Religious Wedding

Aug 2018 - (8/2) Courtesy Letter for i-693 not submitted finally

Aug 2018 - (8/7) I-485 email notice: Testing and Interview

Aug 2018 - (8/16) Notification on Producing New Card

Aug 2018 - (8/24) EAD/AP received in mail

Aug 2018 - (8/31) I-485 email notice: Interview Scheduled

Sep 2018 - (9/8) I-485 Notice of Action: Interview scheduled for Oct 11

Oct 2018 - (10/11) In-person interview - Approved!

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I do not see an issue here. San Antonio, TX is very diverse. I am sure this will not be the first time they hear about a wedding ceremony taking place months after your civil ceremony. 

Regardless, in the eyes of USCIS, you have been legally married since 07-28-17.


Marriage-based AOS - Concurrent filing.
03/14/2018 - AOS package sent via FedEx to Chicago Lockbox.
03/16/2018 - FedEx confirmation of delivery to USCIS.
03/28/2018 - Four Email/Text notifications 11:18pm; 11:21pm; 11:24pm; 11:27pm.
04/02/2018 - Four I-797 Notice of Action letters received by mail.
04/06/2018 - Biometrics Appointment Notice for 04/18/17.
04/12/2018 - Biometrics Walk-in - Mission accomplished.
04/13/2018 - "We reviewed your biometrics and are still processing your case" - updated 04/15/2018

04/23/2018 - "Case is ready to be scheduled for an interview"

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8 hours ago, USC4SPOUSE said:

I do not see an issue here. San Antonio, TX is very diverse. I am sure this will not be the first time they hear about a wedding ceremony taking place months after your civil ceremony. 

Regardless, in the eyes of USCIS, you have been legally married since 07-28-17.

Thanks much. Appreciate the input.


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F-1 Student

Mar 2014 - We swiped right on our dating apps :wacko:

Oct 2014 - Changed status to H-1B

Jan 2015 - Moved in together

Aug 2015 - Moved to the West Coast, together

Jan 2017 - Proposed/bent the knee and lost all my decision making abilities

Jul 2017 - Legally Married

Feb 2018 - (2/5)Sent AOS Package via Fedex (I-130,I-485,I-765,I-131)

Feb 2018 - (2/7)AOS Package Received by USCIS

Feb 2018 - (2/16)Checks Cashed (No e-NOA)

Feb 2018 - (2/17) e-NOAs at Midnight

Feb 2018 - (2/27) Paper NOAs in mail and Biometrics Appt Letter

Feb 2018 - (2/28) Completed Walkin Biometrics

Apr 2018- (4/29) Cultural/Religious Wedding

Aug 2018 - (8/2) Courtesy Letter for i-693 not submitted finally

Aug 2018 - (8/7) I-485 email notice: Testing and Interview

Aug 2018 - (8/16) Notification on Producing New Card

Aug 2018 - (8/24) EAD/AP received in mail

Aug 2018 - (8/31) I-485 email notice: Interview Scheduled

Sep 2018 - (9/8) I-485 Notice of Action: Interview scheduled for Oct 11

Oct 2018 - (10/11) In-person interview - Approved!

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Thanks everyone for the comments. Just wanted to ask if the the documentation I listed above, will that suffice? Should I plan to take copies of what I sent in my original PD?
I plan to take Original's of what I sent across in my PD for sure...


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F-1 Student

Mar 2014 - We swiped right on our dating apps :wacko:

Oct 2014 - Changed status to H-1B

Jan 2015 - Moved in together

Aug 2015 - Moved to the West Coast, together

Jan 2017 - Proposed/bent the knee and lost all my decision making abilities

Jul 2017 - Legally Married

Feb 2018 - (2/5)Sent AOS Package via Fedex (I-130,I-485,I-765,I-131)

Feb 2018 - (2/7)AOS Package Received by USCIS

Feb 2018 - (2/16)Checks Cashed (No e-NOA)

Feb 2018 - (2/17) e-NOAs at Midnight

Feb 2018 - (2/27) Paper NOAs in mail and Biometrics Appt Letter

Feb 2018 - (2/28) Completed Walkin Biometrics

Apr 2018- (4/29) Cultural/Religious Wedding

Aug 2018 - (8/2) Courtesy Letter for i-693 not submitted finally

Aug 2018 - (8/7) I-485 email notice: Testing and Interview

Aug 2018 - (8/16) Notification on Producing New Card

Aug 2018 - (8/24) EAD/AP received in mail

Aug 2018 - (8/31) I-485 email notice: Interview Scheduled

Sep 2018 - (9/8) I-485 Notice of Action: Interview scheduled for Oct 11

Oct 2018 - (10/11) In-person interview - Approved!

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10 hours ago, bombayburpster said:

Thanks everyone for the comments. Just wanted to ask if the the documentation I listed above, will that suffice? Should I plan to take copies of what I sent in my original PD?
I plan to take Original's of what I sent across in my PD for sure...

Sorry if I missed it what’s yor PD for the San anotnio Office? I am on a mobile.


  • June 29, 2018 : USCIS applications (I-130, I-130A, I-485, I-864, I-765, I-131) received by USPS.
  • July 5, 2018: SMS/Email Notifications that cases have been received
  • July 12, 2018: All NOA paper receipts
  • July 17, 2018: Biometrics Appointment Letter received
  • July 23, 2018 :Received RFE (I-693 Medical Exam) in mail
  • July 26, 2018: Biometrics Appointment at 3:00 PM (Done by 1:50PM)
  • July 30, 2018: Case is Ready to be Scheduled for Interview

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