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We just had our Green Card I-485 AOS interview last week. Officer told us to keep track of case online. Checked today and it says 

 

"As of November 28, 2018, we are ready to schedule your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Receipt Number XXXXXXXXXX, for an interview. We will schedule your interview and send you a notice."

 

What does that mean? That there will be another interview? I am worried this is a STOKES, as my wife and I came slightly under prepared in term of evidence and don't have kids. 

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Not unheard of to get a second interview if the IO has some concerns....hard to say for sure without further info from you, though.

 

How did the first interview go?  What areas did the IO seem to focus on/bring into question more?  What did the IO say at the end in terms of approval/denial? Can you elaborate on "slightly under prepared in terms of evidence"?


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Well, we are legally married (since July 2017, we got to the US on December 2017) but my wife did not change her last name nor do we have kids. Our lawyers failed to notify us that our marriage will be vetted in this interview so we did not bring any bank account details, pictures of us on vacations, nor an approval from our landlord that he sees us leaving home everyday together. And lastly since we do not care so much about our anniversary my wife forgot when was it 😕The officer was kind, but also scrutinous and asked us "what do you have to show me to prove that you are married?".  

Oh and in the end she said to keep track online and if she'll need any further documents she'll let us know (kept a very straight face throughout the whole thing so was hard to read her). The letter she handed to us said case is in review, but I know this is what everyone gets (she'd also need to go over our medical documents that were submitted during the interview).

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6 minutes ago, noah_m said:

Our lawyers failed to notify us that our marriage will be vetted in this interview

I am curious as to what you thought was the purpose of the interview?  What did your lawyers tell you?


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The lawyers said the officer will just go over the formal documents we submitted before and ask me a few questions about my job. They exhibited a slightly lackadaisical approach to it as though it is only a formality so we didn't think anything of it (again, tragically it would have been extremely easy for us to bring many documents solidifying our case). Also after the interview, the lawyer said that the thoroughness of the officer took her by surprise. 

 

But perhaps you can give your opinion on what do you would guess the above means? 

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5 minutes ago, noah_m said:

The lawyers said the officer will just go over the formal documents we submitted before and ask me a few questions about my job.

Are you adjusting status through marriage or a work visa?


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It's both - my wife and I both immigrated together from our home country, first through my O1 visa, and now we applied for EB1. So the EB1 is granted to me through my work, and to my wife through marriage to me.

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Just now, noah_m said:

It's both - my wife and I both immigrated together from our home country, first through my O1 visa, and now we applied for EB1. So the EB1 is granted to me through my work, and to my wife through marriage to me.

Ah ok, I figured it was something like that. Explains why the lawyer thought the interview would be centered around your job only.  And explains why the IO brought your marriage into question.

 

Since you seem to have other evidence showing a stronger case (that you didn't bring to the first interview), you can present that at any 2nd interview if called for one.

 

On an aside, your wife not changing her last name/not having kids is not a point of concern----many women do not take their husband's name, and many couples cannot or choose not to have children.


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July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

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July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

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Thank you very much for your reply! I know this is very little data but could you give me your guess as to what's the probable timeline? i.e., when will we know what is it that they want and how long till we're scheduled for the interview, more or less (we're in San Francisco if that matters)?

Also, is there any other possibility on the meaning of the online status aside from an RFE/STOKES? I am still crossing fingers it's some formality and we'll get immediately approved.

Sorry for making you take guesses, you can guess how stressful the process is :) 

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17 minutes ago, noah_m said:

Also, is there any other possibility on the meaning of the online status aside from an RFE/STOKES?

 Glitches in the system have happened before---not common, but possible.

 

18 minutes ago, noah_m said:

I know this is very little data but could you give me your guess as to what's the probable timeline? i.e., when will we know what is it that they want and how long till we're scheduled for the interview, more or less (we're in San Francisco if that matters)?

No way to know for sure as to the timeline----but generally they don't wait too long between initial interviews/Stokes interviews, if that's the case here.

 

You can always try phoning USCIS and speaking to a L2 immigration officer to see if you can gleam any more insight from him/her as to what's going on (the regular customer service people who answer the phone won't be able to get into any specifics about your case).


Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

 

 

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