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Tanael Joachim

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Hey guys!


I hope everybody is doing well.


I had my green card interview on March 14th (almost two weeks ago). The interview was in downtown Manhattan. We live in Brooklyn, NY. It's marriage based, my wife is the US citizen. It went pretty well and smooth. We had all the documents needed. The officer was a she. Latina woman. I gave her everything she asked for,  she took  5 photos out of the 14 i brought with me. I don't live with my wife currently, and I explained to her why and she seems to understand it. We had a pleasant conversation. She asked me about my job, found out I'm a comedian, she seemed to like that. Ask for my lease. Took my fingerprints. Then we asked for what's next t the end and she gave me the paper that says "under review" and they will be in touch. Obviously I was disappointed not to get it on the spot. But I later found out that that's very common for people . So i guess I'm waiting because there isn't much else to do.

But I wanted to share here and hear from similar folks, because I've heard stories about people who were under review then got it 2-3 days later, or a week later. I've also heard stories  of people having to wait 8-12 months in limbo. That seems crazy. 


If you have some experiences with that, I'll be glad to hear you guys. It will definitely help with the waiting anxiety.

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39 minutes ago, Tanael Joachim said:

Yes, they took my fingerprints and photo during interview (i believe for background checks)

I think it might be for identification purposes, i.e., to make sure that you are not an impersonator.  Typically the background checks seem already finished by the time of the interview.  I got my approval email the morning after the interview, and the card a week later.  

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