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AOS/Marriage Interview Impressions

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My wife and I just had our interview on May 31, 2019 after having filed our paperwork in April 2018.  Here are our (mixed) impressions:


  • We arrived on time and our very nice female IO called us in about 15 minutes after.  She started with asking us to take the oath and immediately said we may receive the card in a week's time or maybe a month.  This is before she started asking us anything.  She also mentioned she hadn't reviewed our file in detail, yet, because she'd had a busy day.
  • She asked general questions: how we met, what we're doing after the interview, other casual stuff
  • She then went over the paperwork and asked basic questions like dates of birth, parents' names, SSN
  • She asked me, the Beneficiary, simple yes/no questions from I-485.  To one of the questions, I said, "well, I received a traffic ticket once but that wasn't in the US."  IO said that's fine but proceeded to change the answer on the form from No to Yes.  She clarified that if there are no criminal proceedings, this is not a problem.  So, I wonder why she'd mark at as yes, then?
  • IO reviewed our originals for our passports, my birth certificate, our driver's licenses and our marriage certificate.  She did not ask for my latest I-94 or EAD, but asked to see the latest stamp on my passport.
  • IO then asked us if we have any updates to submit.  We had an updated I-864 with the latest tax return information.  This included newer bank statements with both of our names and our new address.  We also had newer pictures and newer lease agreement that we simply forgot to bring up in the easy flow of conversation.  Our original submission had several pieces of evidence (~100 photos, bank statements, older lease document, utility bills, etc.) but for our older address.  I hope us forgetting to submit new information doesn't cause an issue.
  • I then asked whether this is an approval.  She said she still had to review the new form and check the originally submitted documents.  She didn't give us any paper or any stamp.  I still have my existing EAD.



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1 minute ago, little immigrant said:

Sounds positive for me. Any mention of the medical? Keep updating your online status. That was our first indicator on when we were approved 👍

We'd submitted I-693 with the original bundle.  She said it's still valid since the new expiration period is 2 years.

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