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AOS Interview Questions! (Marriage Based)

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Hi, I thought I wanted to share with you all what kind of questions were asked at the marriage-based AOS interview. Can anyone tell me how yours went, and the overall flow of the interview?

 

I am going to share mine. My US spouse and I got called separately (my spouse first, and me second). The interviewer asked my spouse about 20 questions (which I thought were way more than I had expected, after I read everyone's experience on here), and took note of every answer to check if I will give her the same answers later. After my spouse finished the interview, my name was called and here is the flow of what I went through. By the way, I have no criminal history, no health issue, and no immigration issue in the past. 

 

1) When I entered the room, I was asked to raise my right hand and swear to tell them the truth during the interview.

2) First, she went over my application and asked me to answer the following: 

---What is your full name?

---What is your birthday?

---What is your place of birth?

---What are your parents' names?

----What is your spouse's name? Including middle name

----What is your spouse's birthday?

----How did you last enter the US?

----(Going over the application) Have you engaged in any illegal activities etc (She asked me about 20-30 similar questions, to all of which I answered no).

 

3) Then she asked me to submit any documents that prove that our marriage is based on true love. She counted the number of pages of the documents I submitted and asked me to sign a paper.

 

4) Finally the interview questions. (She asked me so many, so I am going to write all I can remember. )

----How did you come here today?

----What type of car?

----How did you and your spouse meet?

----What is the date of your wedding?

----What did you do after the wedding? 

----What did you eat at the wedding reception?

----Did you eat cake? What kind of cake?

----How many people attended your wedding? and how many witnesses?

----What kind of siblings do your spouse have?

----What bank do you and your spouse use?

----Do you and your spouse have a joint bank account?

----Do you have TV and/or internet at home? What provider?

----Do you have a cellphone? From which company? How about your spouse?

----Where do you and your spouse work? How much does each of you make?

----What did you and your spouse do last night?

----Do you live in an apartment or a house? If apartment, what's the rent? Who owns the property?

----Who do you live with? Any roommates? What are their names?

----Do you have a washer and a dryer at home?

----Where do you put your dirty clothes? How about your spouse?

----What's the color of the bathroom?

----Is there a window in the bathroom? 

----Describe your bathroom.

 

After that, she asked if I have any questions. And she did not tell me if I passed the interview or not. My USCIS online case status has not been updated, so I am still nervous if I did okay. 

 

Anyone, please share your experience!

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10 minutes ago, ThomasNC1988 said:

That's not typical. They suspected fraud for some reason most likely. Happens sometimes though.

I doubt that is the case. My immigration lawyer had told me that in this specific USCIS I had to do the interview at, all couples get separated regardless. It seems like this is how they do it here. So, I wasn't surprised when we had a separate interview.

 

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This is not standard at all. They definitely suspected fraud. Most interviews are just a couple of questions for formality. I don’t mean to offend by what I’m about to say but please don’t say this is normal on a forum like this. You’re scaring people saying this is normal. This is not normal procedure. For whatever reason, and that is no one’s business, they suspected you weren’t a real couple. This is the procedure when they think the relationship isn’t genuine. A standard aos interview is nothing but a couple of questions and basically just looking over paperwork with the couple together. 

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They didn't separate us. The interview took 15-20  minutes. They didn't say i was approved right away. I just looked into my USCIS status online and said that I was approved. And 7 days after my interview i got my green card.This was in Norfolk, VA. 

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That's called a stokes interview and is not typical. It could be random or it could be because they suspect fraud.

I wouldn't be surprised if IOs at some offices do it more often than others, but it's still not a norm.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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22 minutes ago, TNJ17 said:

This is not standard at all. They definitely suspected fraud. Most interviews are just a couple of questions for formality. I don’t mean to offend by what I’m about to say but please don’t say this is normal on a forum like this. You’re scaring people saying this is normal. This is not normal procedure. For whatever reason, and that is no one’s business, they suspected you weren’t a real couple. This is the procedure when they think the relationship isn’t genuine. A standard aos interview is nothing but a couple of questions and basically just looking over paperwork with the couple together. 

When you said "looking over paperwork with the couple together", are you saying, normally the couple won't get separated?  If that's what you meant, that is not necessarily true. My lawyer had told me in advance that almost all couples my lawyer had seen in his clients got separated in this USCIS. It is located in Louisville Kentucky.

When I got there, I saw 4-5 couples ahead of us, and they all got separated too! Always the US spouse got called in first, and then after 10-20 min, the international spouse got called in.

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23 minutes ago, geowrian said:

That's called a stokes interview and is not typical. It could be random or it could be because they suspect fraud.

I wouldn't be surprised if IOs at some offices do it more often than others, but it's still not a norm.

Which part of the interview I went through is "stoke interview"? Like how they separated us? or the number of questions asked?

the number of questions, yes even I thought too many, but separated interview is a norm here in Louisville Kentucky, or at least that is what my lawyers told me. And I saw some couples ahead of us getting called in separately as well. 

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27 minutes ago, NovaDC said:

They didn't separate us. The interview took 15-20  minutes. They didn't say i was approved right away. I just looked into my USCIS status online and said that I was approved. And 7 days after my interview i got my green card.This was in Norfolk, VA. 

How long did it take before the USCIS status got updated?

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15 minutes ago, Jun2580 said:

Which part of the interview I went through is "stoke interview"? Like how they separated us? or the number of questions asked?

the number of questions, yes even I thought too many, but separated interview is a norm here in Louisville Kentucky, or at least that is what my lawyers told me. And I saw some couples ahead of us getting called in separately as well. 

The separated interview questions.

Maybe a fairly recent policy there? It's not the norm in general (https://www.visajourney.com/reviews/index.php?cnty=&cty=Louisville+KY&dfilter=5).


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Definitely not the norm. But glad you're taking it so well. Most people would've freaked out considering it's not that common to get a stokes interview.


K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)

 

ROC: 04-19-2019 earliest filing date

 

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5 minutes ago, Scandi said:

Definitely not the norm. But glad you're taking it so well. Most people would've freaked out considering it's not that common to get a stokes interview.

am freaking out right now. Since my lawyer had told me about the separated interview being highly possible in Louisville Kentucky USCIS, I wasn't surprised when we got called in separately. But then after reading all comments on here telling me how my marriage was suspected, I am freaking out... because I haven't done anything wrong, and same for my spouse. And we have been together for 5 years now with a bunch of evidence.  I am scared now... but the officer told me after the interview that I should keep collecting more documents like I did for this interview, in order to remove the condition in 2 years. I am taking this as I am getting a conditional GC, but I am not sure because my case status hasn't been updated yet.

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8 minutes ago, geowrian said:

The separated interview questions.

Maybe a fairly recent policy there? It's not the norm in general (https://www.visajourney.com/reviews/index.php?cnty=&cty=Louisville+KY&dfilter=5).

This interview was VERY stressful... My officer didn't show a single smile during our interview. Every time I answered her question, she either put a check mark on my spouse's answer when our answers matched, OR writing down what I said when our answers were different. 

 

What surprised me was, she didn't take any of our photos. She asked for the evidence of our relationship and marriage, so I turned in a bunch of papers I collected, like insurance, bills, lease, receipts, old texts, and our pics. But she bluntly said "I don't need to see the photos" and refused to take them!! I don't know why. 

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Stokes is certainly not normal, any reason they would have suspicions?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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