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About Hawksquill

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  1. You can't bring proof of something that didn't happen. They'll see his age and know he wasn't eligible - it's just included on the general list of evidence because many people need to bring it.
  2. If there's nothing exceptional or worrying about your case for other reasons, and one or both of you are both fluent in English, literate, and capable of paying close attention to detail, there's no reason to hire someone. Hundreds of us here on VJ have gone through this process without a lawyer or other paid service. If you're confident that you can read and follow instructions, follow the guides on VJ, fill out the forms carefully, and then proofread them and check the application against the instructions, I'd say save yourself the money. If you're really worried, get a TRUSTED family member or friend to double check them for you. You can always remove your SSN before giving it to someone to proofread and then put the SSN back in again once they've checked everything. If you are genuinely worried that you don't have the literacy, reading comprehension, or attention to detail, and you don't have anyone you trust to help you for free, then by all means pay someone. I second the cautions above about vetting the person you're going to hire very very carefully. Even if you do hire someone, I would insist on looking over everything before you submit it. Even legitimate immigration attorneys have been known to make mistakes, sometimes big and sometimes small.
  3. Nope! The interview notice said you could only bring someone else if you need them to translate or help you if you have a disability. I just dropped my husband off at the office and waited until he was done. The IO asked if I had come up to MA with him (we live in CT) and my husband said yes but that was it. I posted my full experience further up in the thread if you want all the deets. Good luck!
  4. My husband filed under the 3 year rule so we did bring extra evidence - basically updated bank statements, mortgage statements, utility bills, and our most recent tax return between when we applied in September and now, to show that our situation hasn't changed. The IO didn't ask for any of it but I still don't regret bringing it, since they could have asked for it - you never know if you're going to get a hardass, or if USCIS has lost some of the documents from your file along the way or what have you. They can also ask to see the originals of any documents you submitted copies of with your application, so we brought all those along too. And who knows, maybe he saw my husband carrying two massive folders of documents and decided that was proof enough. 😛
  5. Update for anyone wondering about this: No, I was not invited inside for my husband's oath ceremony. He said there were several people who had family members there (including small children), but we suspect those people were allowed in as translators or carers for disabled people.
  6. It's normal for them to give you that "decision cannot be made" paper. When we had our AOS interview they gave us that paper and then the status on the website changed to say we were approved within a couple days. She likely reviewed your file (like she said she would) and recommended you for approval, which is why the website says you've been recommended for approval and the ceremony is pending. Congrats!
  7. I'm confused - it says that you've been recommended for approval and that your oath ceremony is going to be scheduled. That's a good thing. Are you concerned about the phrase "quality review"? This is a normal part of the process. If they had serious concerns, I don't think they would have recommended you for approval.
  8. Your number one priority should be filing the EAD renewal correctly so you can get the NOA for that to ensure you can stay employed. Re: the green card, I think the above advice is best - call USCIS and ask to speak to a tier 2. It could be that there's a delay finding the missing documents. If USCIS needs anything else from you, they will let you know, otherwise there's not much you can do. Have you moved recently, and if so have you updated your address?
  9. Update - everything went well and my husband is now a US citizen! His appointment was for 10:10 AM at the Lawrence, MA office. I dropped him off a few minutes before 10 and he went through security without any issues. He waited until about 10:15 and then got called back. The interview was super quick, and only lasted about 10 minutes! He got the first 6 questions right on the test, so didn't have to do the last 4. The officer asked him a couple questions about his job, my job, and where we live. Then he ran through all the questions confirming he's not committed any crimes, has never been arrested, etc. He didn't ask to see any of the evidence we brought, just asked for my husband's green card. No one ever even asked him for his appointment letter, not even security at the entrance to the building, which surprised me. The IO told him that he had been approved and he could take the oath in a few minutes. Then, USCIS had to throw us for one final loop - the printer they use to print the naturalization certificates was broken! So they took him to another waiting room for like ~40 minutes while they tried to fix it. He said it felt like something out of a sitcom, a room full of people who have taken off from work and driven hours out of their way for a 10 minute interview just to be foiled by a broken printer, and the backlog of waiting people is getting larger and larger and more and more staffers are crowding around this broken printer trying to figure out what's wrong. Eventually they fixed it and he took the oath and was outside at about 11:30. So if you were at the Lawrence office today and things were running about an hour behind, that's why 😛 Now we're home celebrating being done with USCIS forever - feels good!
  10. My husband's interview is in about an hour! Please send us good vibes 🙏
  11. We got an email saying action had been taken on our case about a week and a half before we got the interview notice.
  12. Congrats to everyone seeing movement on their cases! We're currently prepping for my husband's interview next week in Lawrence, MA. Below is the list of documents we're going to bring with us to the interview: Original documents: -Green cards (10 year and temporary) -State ID -Passports (current and expired) -EAD/AP card -Marriage certificate -Appointment letter -USC spouse's birth certificate -Blue or black pen (The appointment letter explicitly said to bring this because of COVID, so we're making sure to add it to the document folder so he doesn't forget!) Copies: -Selective service verification -IRS tax transcripts, 2017-2020 -Scan of USC spouse's driver's license with shared address -Bank statements for two shared bank accounts, 2017-2021 -Mortgage statements, 2017-2021 -Mortgage refinance documents, 2020 -Utility bills, 2017-2021 -Health id cards showing shared health insurance -Home insurance statements, 2018-2021 -Car insurance statements, 2017-2021 -Retirement account statements showing beneficiaries, 2017-2020 -Life insurance beneficiary statements, 2017-2020 Hope this helps anyone who might be preparing!
  13. This has happened with multiple CT N-400 cases recently. I live in southern CT and have had previous interviews in Hartford, but my husband got his interview scheduled in Lawrence, MA which is actually further away than Boston. It's annoying but I'm just glad he's getting an interview. I suspect Hartford might be overwhelmed and they've transferred some cases to MA offices for interviews.
  14. You're still within the normal processing time for N-400 for the Indianapolis office (according to the USCIS website that's between 9.5 to 18.5 months) so there's not much you can do except make sure you update your address if you move and keep waiting. I know it's really tempting to compare your timeline to others' but there's not much discernible rhyme or reason in the way USCIS processes their cases (at least not from the perspective of the people waiting). They could be reviewing your case and it's taking longer than usual, or you've been assigned to a slower IO, or you're still waiting in line. Sometimes it's a short wait and sometimes it's a long wait. Good luck! Edit: I hope this doesn't sound harsh. It's totally frustrating and exhausting, I agree. From personal experience when we were going through AOS and waiting for EAD/AP it was just awful. I was checking pretty much every day and scrutinizing the timelines of everyone on VJ, getting upset because there were people who applied after us who were getting their EAD/AP sooner. Honestly all the stress didn't really help me at all, it just made me unhappy. The EAD took as long as it took and the time I spent worrying about it didn't really change that. I hope this perspective helps!
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