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BahamaIslander242

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  1. That doesn’t seem like the normal trend if it went further than just a verbal. I had my interview a week after you I think and I got my card in the mail last Thursday with various “on the way” updates (production, mailing) starting a few days before that.
  2. Just standard stuff. First we went through the application just to make sure it’s still accurate and some of the YES/NO security questions. Then stuff like Where do we live? Is it just us? Some of her family’s and mine’s names. Do we have any nieces or nephews? Her birthday. How did we meet? When did we meet in person? Has she met any of my family? Then a little of my travel history throughout the years as a student on student visa. Like I said, these were all questions he knew the answer to before he asked them by talking to my wife first or just looking through my passport. It was seriously nothing that would be difficult for any married couple to answer tho. I know it’s easier to say than do but dont worry about it. Just tell the truth; there was nothing that required a books worth of detail. It’ll be done before you know it. For evidence, even though I wasn’t sure we had enough, I had brought so much more than he even wanted to see that it took me by surprise when I heard the words, “ok, well you’ve met all the requirements to be approved”. I kept thinking “but I have more stuff to show you”. LOL
  3. Hey everyone, checking in to say we had our interview yesterday and we were APPROVED on the spot. I will say, we were not interviewed together at the outset so be prepared for the possibility as it can be surprising. My wife (sponsor) was interviewed first and then she was brought out and I was brought in to be interviewed. No hard questions, just a conversation (how we met, meeting of family members, our living situation, a little travel history and some of the I485 YES/NO security questions, etc). But I did find out later that most of my questions were already asked of my wife in some form so I assume the interviewer was double checking me for any inconsistencies. She (the sponsor) was asked more questions on various things (my job, our wedding) than I was though and according to her, he had marked approved on some sheet before I ever came in (no clue what that was). At the end, she was brought back for us both to, TOGETHER, present our joint evidence materials. The interviewer even complimented us on our paperwork organization. lol All in all, about 30 minutes and we were reminded to reapply in 2 years - 90 days for ROC. We were a little nervous at first but everyone in the office was nice throughout the entire process so that was calming. Received this via email and text message this morning: Your Case Status: Card/ Document Production On August 28, 2018, we ordered your new card for Receipt Number MSC#, and will mail it to the address you gave us. Feels good to have a 2 year-ish break that we can just go on and enjoy our lives instead of worrying about paperwork. lol Good luck to everyone still waiting. It feels like a long road but God-willing, your turn will soon be ahead. Blessings By the way: I485/765/131 NOA1 was 01/19 EAD/AP approval was 5/31
  4. Hey everyone, checking in to say we had our interview yesterday and we were APPROVED on the spot. I will say, we were not interviewed together at the outset so be prepared for the possibility as it can be surprising. My wife (sponsor) was interviewed first and then she was brought out and I was brought in to be interviewed. No hard questions, just a conversation (how we met, meeting of family members, our living situation, a little travel history and some of the I485 YES/NO security questions, etc). But I did find out later that most of my questions were already asked of my wife in some form so I assume the interviewer was double checking me for any inconsistencies. She (the sponsor) was asked more questions on various things (my job, our wedding) than I was though and according to her, he had marked approved on some sheet before I ever came in (no clue what that was). At the end, she was brought back for us both to, TOGETHER, present our joint evidence materials. The interviewer even complimented us on our paperwork organization. lol All in all, about 30 minutes and we were reminded to reapply in 2 years - 90 days for ROC. We were a little nervous at first but everyone in the office was nice throughout the entire process so that was calming. Received this via email and text message this morning: Your Case Status: Card/ Document Production On August 28, 2018, we ordered your new card for Receipt Number MSC#, and will mail it to the address you gave us. Feels good to have a 2 year-ish break that we can just go on and enjoy our lives instead of worrying about paperwork. lol Good luck to everyone still waiting. It feels like a long road but God-willing, your turn will soon be ahead. Blessings By the way: I485/765/131 NOA1 was 01/19 EAD/AP approval was 5/31
  5. Bear in mind. They usually want tax return "transcripts' from the IRS. https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript
  6. Thanks! I TOTALLY understand. I start training for my new job this coming up Monday but its conducted at their HQ in Indiana so im gone for 2 weeks and then back home for 2 weeks and gone again for another 2. Was hoping the letter didn't come because I didn't want the hassle of having to reschedule. It came anyway buy it worked out for the best because the interview date fell right in the middle of the 2 weeks ill be back in town.
  7. Heads up, both the USCIS sites are still saying "Fingerprint Fee/Received Biometrics Fee" for me with nothing about the interview but here I am with letter in hand. And FYI, interview letter was mailed out to me Fri, Jul 27th and I got it Monday 30th so it only took a weekend for me to actually get.
  8. Hey everyone! Posted this in another VJ AOS forum but thought id check in here too with the old gang about my experience so far. I-485 interview notice FINALLY came in the mail, thank God! So excited to be getting closer. NOA1 was 01/19.....EAD/AP was approved on 5/31 so yesterday made it about 2 months later. Interview appointment is marked 08/27 so about 1 month from now. And heads up, both the USCIS sites are still saying "Fingerprint Fee/Received Biometrics Fee" for me with nothing about the interview but here I am with letter in hand. And FYI, interview letter was mailed out to me Jul 27th it says so it took a weekend to actually get. Hope everyone is getting along ok in the process!
  9. Hey everyone! Big news today so just wanted throw an update in. Green card interview notice FINALLY came in the mail this morning, thank God!!! So excited to be getting closer. NOA1 was 01/19.....EAD/AP was approved on 5/31 so today makes it about 2 months later. Interview appointment is marked 08/27 so about 1 month from now. After EAD came i moved on to focusing on job efforts and getting "LIFE' started but id be lying if I said I wasn't still holding out hope for putting that green card approval behind me ASAP. lol Hope everyone is getting along ok. My best advice is to try to just fill your time with living your new life as fully as possible if you got your EAD. The letter will come when it comes.....
  10. Thank you so much! I knew there had to be some way but my tax guy kept telling me different and I could not find a legitimate source to prove it to him. I will show this to him in the morning and see what he says.
  11. I have a SSN already, thats not the problem. The problem is that I'm being told that the foreign income exemption only covers an exemption from income tax. It does not exempt you from having to pay social security/medicare tax if you didn't pay similar tax already on income made in your home country. So filing jointly and as a tax resident would cost us money rather than save us money.
  12. Did any of you file as a “resident for tax purposes”? That’s what I was told was a requirement to file jointly. Did you have any foreign income in 2017? Did you then have to file a foreign income tax exemption on it? I’ve tried reading through the forums but I keep seeing contradicting information.
  13. Has anyone that recently arrived to the US and applied for AOS dealt with their 2017 taxes yet? I'm at a complete loss on how to go about this. Tax guy says that if we file jointly, i have to file as a resident. Which is fine if we claim a foreign income exemption from income tax but he's also saying that we'd still be on the hook for social security and medicare taxes for that foreign income. Is this right? Wondering if I should file at all since I don't think I'm required to (AOS still pending, arrived in November) and just let my wife file "married filing separately" and be done with it.... Why is this so complicated?
  14. Has anyone that is applying for AOS dealt with their 2017 taxes yet? I'm at a complete loss on how to go about this. Tax guy says that if we file jointly, i have to file as a resident. Which is fine if we claim a foreign income exemption from income tax but he's also saying that we'd still be on the hook for social security and medicare taxes for that foreign income. Is this right? Wondering if I should file at all since I really don't have to and just let my wife file "married filing separately" and be done with it.... Why is this so complicated?
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