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frakina

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    San Diego
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    California

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  • Immigration Status
    IR-1/CR-1 Visa
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    Phoenix AZ Lockbox
  • Local Office
    San Diego CA
  • Country
    India

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  1. On February 21st, our i-751 was approved, and on February 24th, the oath ceremony was scheduled. It is on March 25th. Almost there now, very relieved! Thank you VisaJourney for the help throughout the process, and good look to all!
  2. Got the notification on February 21st that i-751 was approved and on February 24th that the naturalization oath ceremony was scheduled. Finally!!
  3. Got the notification today that the oath ceremony will be scheduled. I assume this means i-751 was approved, although that case status hasn't changed.
  4. My wife had the combined N-400 and i-751 interview today. We arrived at 7:45 for 8 am interview, but weren't called in until about 9:20AM. I went in with her, and the officer said there will be two of them with one there just for observation. They had both the files with them. The second officer started with the i-751 interview and checked her birth certificate and our marriage certificate in addition to the green card/passport etc. She told us that she'll ask questions and if she directs them to one of us, the other person should not respond. Here are some questions she asked - (To me, the petitioner): Wife's full name and maiden name and the date and place of birth (To wife): My full name and date of birth (To wife) When and where did we meet? (We met in India while I was visiting family) (To wife) What happened after that? (To me) Was I on a vacation? Was I already a US citizen at that point, and why did I go there How did we keep in touch after I came back to the US? How often did we see each other between the first time and until she immigrated to the US Details of each trip (To wife) When did we meet on my second trip - wife replied it was right before we were getting married, we went to buy our rings (To me) What does my wife's ring look like - and then she asked my wife to show the ring to her How come we got married so quickly (about 6 weeks from us meeting to me proposing her, and then the wedding was about 1.5 months after that) (To wife) How many people were at the wedding? (To us) Why are there no pictures in our file (We submitted a lot of pics with our i-751, but they were almost all following her immigration since we didn't think marriage pics would be necessary anymore) - wife offered to show the pics on her phone, she said she'll check them later (To wife) How many days were the wedding events (since Indian weddings have many events over a few days) (To me) What is our address, phone number Have we ever lived at any other address? (To me) Why did I wait two years to put my wife on the home deed? - I said just getting a trust company to do the paperwork took time. She said it wasn't a good excuse. I explained that California being a community property state, I didn't think it mattered that much. NOTE: we had submitted home deed transfer copy with i-751 docs, so they were prepared to ask this question beforehand. Asked if we had traveled since our i-751 application in 2018 and asked to see itineraries, which we had brought. Asked for our 2018 tax return. The questions were quite intense but I think we answered everything satisfactorily. At this point, the officer conducting i-751 interview told me that they'll continue my wife's interview and move on to the naturalization interview and I didn't need to be present for that so she escorted me out, telling me it might take another 30-45 minutes. My wife came out about 20 minutes after that. She was asked a couple more questions, such as if we both have personal bank account (in addition to the joint statements we submitted) and how is the joint bank account money spent. My wife showed pictures from our wedding events on her phone (Q13 above), specifically ones showing many guests. She also made copies of our bank joint account statement, travel itineraries in the last year, and took some other pics we had brought with us from recent trips. All this while the other officer was interviewing her for naturalization. Naturalization interview questions - Name the US war between the North and the South What are the first 10 amendments called? Name of the speaker of the house Who makes federal laws What are the two major political parties Name of the president For the English test, she had to read "Who can vote" and write (on the tablet) "Citizens can vote". She was approved for N-400 but it's pending i-751 approval. They didn't say anything about the status, just said they will send the update. If the i-751 petition is approved, she won't receive a new green card and instead will take the oath directly. Fingers crossed all went OK!
  5. My wife had the combined N-400 and i-751 interview today. We arrived at 7:45 for 8 am interview, but weren't called in until about 9:20AM. I went in with her, and the officer said there will be two of them with one there just for observation. They had both the files with them. The second officer started with the i-751 interview and checked her birth certificate and our marriage certificate in addition to the green card/passport etc. She told us that she'll ask questions and if she directs them to one of us, the other person should not respond. Here are some questions she asked - (To me, the petitioner): Wife's full name and maiden name and the date and place of birth (To wife): My full name and date of birth (To wife) When and where did we meet? (We met in India while I was visiting family) (To wife) What happened after that? (To me) Was I on a vacation? Was I already a US citizen at that point, and why did I go there How did we keep in touch after I came back to the US? How often did we see each other between the first time and until she immigrated to the US Details of each trip (To wife) When did we meet on my second trip - wife replied it was right before we were getting married, we went to buy our rings (To me) What does my wife's ring look like - and then she asked my wife to show the ring to her How come we got married so quickly (about 6 weeks from us meeting to me proposing her, and then the wedding was about 1.5 months after that) (To wife) How many people were at the wedding? (To us) Why are there no pictures in our file (We submitted a lot of pics with our i-751, but they were almost all following her immigration since we didn't think marriage pics would be necessary anymore) - wife offered to show the pics on her phone, she said she'll check them later (To wife) How many days were the wedding events (since Indian weddings have many events over a few days) (To me) What is our address, phone number Have we ever lived at any other address? (To me) Why did I wait two years to put my wife on the home deed? - I said just getting a trust company to do the paperwork took time. She said it wasn't a good excuse. I explained that California being a community property state, I didn't think it mattered that much. NOTE: we had submitted home deed transfer copy with i-751 docs, so they were prepared to ask this question beforehand. Asked if we had traveled since our i-751 application in 2018 and asked to see itineraries, which we had brought. Asked for our 2018 tax return. The questions were quite intense but I think we answered everything satisfactorily. At this point, the officer conducting i-751 interview told me that they'll continue my wife's interview and move on to the naturalization interview and I didn't need to be present for that so she escorted me out, telling me it might take another 30-45 minutes. My wife came out about 20 minutes after that. She was asked a couple more questions, such as if we both have personal bank account (in addition to the joint statements we submitted) and how is the joint bank account money spent. My wife showed pictures from our wedding events on her phone (Q13 above), specifically ones showing many guests. She also made copies of our bank joint account statement, travel itineraries in the last year, and took some other pics we had brought with us from recent trips. All this while the other officer was interviewing her for naturalization. Naturalization interview questions - Name the US war between the North and the South What are the first 10 amendments called? Name of the speaker of the house Who makes federal laws What are the two major political parties Name of the president For the English test, she had to read "Who can vote" and write (on the tablet) "Citizens can vote". She was approved for N-400 but it's pending i-751 approval. They didn't say anything about the status, just said they will send the update. If the i-751 petition is approved, she won't receive a new green card and instead will take the oath directly. Fingers crossed all went OK!
  6. My wife's N-400 (naturalization) interview is scheduled for February 18th. I'm hoping it's a combine N-400 and i-751 interview.
  7. Interview scheduled for February 18th in San Diego. Hopefully it's a combined interview and the case gets completed soon.
  8. Your justification to not add your husband to the property is exactly the reason USCIS might think your marriage is just a sham marriage to get a green card. I had bought my house before our marriage, but added my wife to the deed afterwards even though she didn't have any income at the time. Depending upon what state you are in and if it's a community property state or not, your husband could get half of your assets anyway whether or not he is on the deed. I suppose you could respond to the RFE with a statement that he doesn't have an income, but it still doesn't answer the question why you bought it in only your name in the first place. It doesn't pass the smell test, sorry.
  9. We applied for N400 a couple of months ago. My wife's i-751 was also transferred from California to Potomac in June. She had already done i-751 related biometrics in March, and did another one for N400 in August, about 3 weeks after applying. I just saw someone whose case was transferred to Potomac got approved - https://www.visajourney.com/timeline/profile.php?id=245081 - perhaps won't have to wait that long anymore.
  10. We just filed for N-400 as well on Saturday morning. Timeline is similar, applied for i-751 in August 2018, NOA was October 2018, and case was transferred in June to Potomac. I'm expecting that it'll be adjudicated together and should get it before the 18 month extension expires in April.
  11. I agree too. I think maybe it has more to do with them trying to simply reduce their backlog - https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-aims-decrease-processing-times-n-400-and-i-485
  12. My wife had her biometrics at the end of March as well. I am assuming whether the case went to Nebraska or Potomac was a random decision. I wouldn't read too much into it. I remember back when we started getting transfer notices, there were people seeing that Potomac was one of the quicker ones. Hopefully they are and we start seeing our approvals soon too.
  13. Any updates for anyone who had the case recently transferred to Potomac?
  14. Got it, thank you and I'll check out the other thread as well. Good luck to you as well, hope all goes quickly!
  15. Definitely. I just read the N-400 instructions and it seemed pretty straightforward. It asks for 5 years of history - address, employment/education etc. The only question that we weren't entirely sure about was - "List all trips of 24 hours or longer than you have taken outside the US during the last 5 years". Luckily, I had saved all the dates we traveled because I remembered they ask for the exact dates. However, it asks for last 5 years even though we are applying based on the 3 year rule for marriage-based naturalization. My wife hadn't been to the US before she came here on the CR1 green card, so we debated whether to skip everything before that, or to list the dates from her birth to arriving in the US as being outside the country and hope the person looking at it understands. A quick Google search showed that people have done both in the past and I'm leaning towards the latter.
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