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No questions asked at the interview... Should I be worried ?

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Hello everyone !

 

So... My petition was approved by the USCIS last week without any RFE, which surprised me considering that I applied through premium processing (my attorney told me that they tended to be more picky when applying with this option). 

 

Seemed too good to be true but... Yay anyway ! :)

 

However I had my « interview » today at the Paris embassy, which was the strangest and shortest one I had to date...

 

 « - Bonjour sir, can I have your I-197, DS—160 and passport please ?

- Hello, sure, there you go.

- What is your occupation ?

- I’m a retoucher.

- Great, is this your first O1 application ?

- Yes.

- (30 seconds goes by, the officer is reading my case).

- All right, we still are waiting for some elements from the USCIS, we should have everything by Thursday.

- Oh ok, do I need to come back for another interview on Thursday ?

- No, you’re all set man. Have a good 

one. »

 

I have to say that I’m a little lost for so many reasons.

Was that the interview ? I mean, the absence of any serious question made me ask him seriously if I had to come back for a real interview !

Is it a good sign that they kept my passport without asking any serious question ?

 

And finally, did this American Embassy Officer really greet me with a « You’re all set man, have a good one» ? :D

(Gotta love the relaxed tone).

 

This really was different from what I imagined... Well anyways, I just checked the CEAC status, and it now shows the legendary « Administrative Processing ».

 

If anyone experienced this kind of bizarre interview before, your story is most welcome !

 

Best,

 

Kevin

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Why would you be worried? It was an interview and it appears that a couple of questions were asked. It doesn't mean that you will certainly get the visa but you completed the interview without any issues. So far so good, I guess. Best luck!


03/04/2016 AOS (EB2-NIW concurrent with I-485) mailed to Lewisville TX Lockbox
03/07/2016 AOS delivered to USCIS and signed
03/12/2016 Case received by Nebraska Service Center (NSC)
03/14/2016 Text notification received for I-140/I-485/I-765/I-131.
04/08/2016 Biometrics notice received for 04/21
04/13/2016 Biometrics early walk-in completed.
04/15/2016 EAD/AP combo card received in mail.

 

Long wait begins...

 

11/04/2016 I-140/485 cases transferred from Nebraska to TCS
12/01/2016 Prepared package for EAD/AP renewal (expires 04/09/2017)
12/23/2016 USCIS suddenly changes several forms, invalidating my EAD/AP renewal package (not yet sent)
12/27/2016 USCIS suddenly reforms the entire NIW criteria system, replacing a 20 years old one. Uncharted waters. 
01/07/2017 (Saturday!) EAD/AP renewal package with new forms received in Phoenix "reception desk"
01/17/2017 EAD/AP renewal case accepted; text/email with receipt numbers was received
01/30/2017 Law firm finally confirms that USCIS has suspended processing all EB2-NIW cases due to new criteria. 
02/23/2017 USCIS slowly starts adjudicating NIW cases again.
04/21/2017 Extended EAD/AP received in mail. Valid for 2 years. 
05/06/2017 Received a massive RFE on I-140 NIW case.
07/20/2017 RFE response received by USCIS (a very long response with 30 pages of docs)
09/14/2017 I-140 NIW approved!!! 
11/28/2017 RFE for new medical issued (plus another request re Supp J for employment which is clearly issued in error)
12/04/2017 RFE received in mail
12/07/2017 repeated medical exam for I-485
12/08/2017 Attorney receives documents for responding to I-485 RFE
12/21/2017 Response to RFE received by USCIS 
02/09/2018 I-485 approval (text, email) :)
02/08/2018 I-485 approval notice issued (the "welcome letter") - I'm LPR now
02/16/2018 Green card received

 

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Hi randomstairs, thank you for your reply. I was a little bit worried because I was expecting something far more complicated than this...

 

...Anyways, I just checked, and the Ceac visa status is now on "Issued" ! I guess this is good sign and I should receive my passport soon if I understand this right ?

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33 minutes ago, AarRT said:

Hi randomstairs, thank you for your reply. I was a little bit worried because I was expecting something far more complicated than this...

 

...Anyways, I just checked, and the Ceac visa status is now on "Issued" ! I guess this is good sign and I should receive my passport soon if I understand this right ?

Yes it does.

about the interview, mostly they are a formality because the consulate should have all the info it needs to make a decision from your submitted application. 

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