Our appointment time was 6.45am and we arrived at 5.50am. The building was still closed and nobody was there haha. Around 6am a few other people started to line up with us, and by 6.30am, when they opened, there was a long line of people. We were first to check in inside but didn't get called for another 30 minutes or so after that, shortly after 7am. We were both feeling nauseous and shaky with nerves but once we went in the room it was much better.
Our interviewer was a lovely woman who had us take the oath, took my photo and fingerprints, and asked us some basic and very random questions, including:
- (To each of us individually) How many times have you been married? (Both just to each other)
- How did you meet? (We began explaining the whole story and she interrupted (politely) to ask what date we met in person? She didn't seem that interested in our (what I think is quite entertaining) story of how we found each other haha)
- What date did you get married? (She asked us several times) - Did you have a wedding? (Yes) What date was your wedding? (Same as our marriage date obviously haha) - no other questions about our wedding although I pointed out our wedding photos were in our original packet
- What is your address? (I had updated it with USCIS when we moved but she copied it off our drivers licenses anyway)
- (To my husband, the USC) - Where did your wife live before moving in with you? (He couldn't remember the exact address as I had hopped between different pet sitting gigs monthly for a year before moving in but she didn't seem to mind that he was going through a few places he remembered me living in that year)
- (To my husband, the USC) - What is your wife's mum's first name and dad's first name? (He told her and explained he's met my mum on Skype as she lives in Australia but not my dad as I'm estranged from my dad)
- (To my husband, the USC) - Where does your wife's dad live? (To which he repeated we aren't in contact with him, and he didn't know and neither did I other than the city I presume he still lives in)
- (To me, the immigrant) - When did you first enter the country, last enter the country and how many times have you entered? (She copied some of the dates out of my passport from the stamps.) -> as I last entered on an F1, although I had since adjusted to an O1 (which I adjusted to AOS from), she asked where I studied and if I had graduated. I said yes, explained the course, and she asked if I had proof I had graduated. I couldn't believe it. I had prepared literally 1000 documents and she asked for the one thing I didn't have with me. I said I have a certificate from graduating but I didn't have it on me. She seemed perfectly fine with that.
- (To me, the immigrant) - Are you working and where? I said yes and gave her my updated list of employment with current employment addresses and dates highlighted, which she copied down and gave back to me.
- (To my husband, the USC) - Are you working and where? He also said yes and gave her the name of his company (which was in our original application anyway)
- She asked us for our current lease, joint bank statements (she also took photocopies of the debit cards from our joint account), joint tax return, my updated medical (old one expired), some photos (she just took a print out of our photo book from a trip we took to Hawaii with my husband's parents). I think that was all the documents. She said we had sent a lot of documents initially so she didn't want to take too many extra. She also asked to look at our original birth certificates, passports, drivers licenses and marriage certificate for both of us.
She may have asked a couple of other questions. I honestly had one hour of sleep and was so nervous I don't remember. But she seemed happy, and approved our I-130, said several times that it was clear our marriage was real or genuine (I don't remember her exact wording), then said she had to finish a background check which she would try to do today but otherwise she'd do tomorrow, and then she could approve the I-485. She also got handed a bunch of new files in the middle of our interview by another officer and had a bunch of files taken out, so I think her day got turned a bit upside down and she said she might not be able to get to it today. She asked if we had any questions and I just asked what's next and how long would it all take? She briefly explained ROC and the background check thing. Then walked us out, photocopying my passports (expired and current) and my driver's license on the way. She also took my I-94 out of my passport - I've heard that's a good sign? Is that right? She was very friendly, and while she was professional, it was very conversational and relaxed, and she seemed super pleased with us and that was it. My status for both I-485 and I-130 updated to "Interview was completed and case must be reviewed" right after we left at 8am. I know she said she just needed to do background check and it would be today or tomorrow (at this point I'm assuming tomorrow) and it was all fine but I'm still a bit anxious waiting for approval!
Hope this helps anyone with their interview!
My main advice would be, if you have ever been on an F1 here - bring proof that you graduated! Hahaha.