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Hi! My Green Card interview is on Tuesday and I was wondering if anyone could give me a brief summary of what the Green card interview is like? How long does it take, what questions can I expect? Do they talk to both me and my spouse? Do you usually get your answer right then and there or later? 

Thank you so much!

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They'll introduce themselves, ask you to sit down and take the oath, then review the I-485. Then ask questions. Questions can be about anything, but generally about the relationship. They mainly focus on the applicant, but the petitioner is open game as well.

Some IOs will suggest that they will recommend for approval at the end of the interview. You can ask for what's next. Some may not indicate if they intend to approve or not right away. Many cases are not actually decided the same date as the interview.


It's possible you could get separated and asked the same questions to compare answers. This is uncommon, but it possible.


As for how long it takes, most tend to be in the 5-15 minute range. Some can be well over an hour. No 2 cases are the same.

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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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received





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



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



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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The IOs at the AOS interview phase have pretty wide latitude regarding the depth and breadth of the types of questions they can ask. Your initial answers will likely guide the IO as to which line of questioning you will receive. The key is to keep cool, and tell the truth. These people are trained to interview people in order to identify fakes and frauds. Here is a link to VJ examples of AOS questions that you may be asked: https://www.visajourney.com/content/exampleq/


Good luck on your immigration journey.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

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