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  1. The interview is usually 4-6 weeks ahead. So, if you got married in early to mid April you could get an interview after the 2 year mark (see @Malaka2019 above - they got April 9th as their date) If your anniversary is late April, you'd probably have to reschedule to get a date after the anniversary. Also, I don't think that's dumb at all. Removing conditions is a pain (and more $$$), so I wouldn't blame you one bit for trying to get an interview after your 2 year anniversary. I *think* there are instructions on the interview letter regarding getting a new date, but I'm not 100% sure. Just wait to see what date you actually get first.
  2. https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage-outside-open-enrollment/your-options/ "For most people, the deadline to enroll in or change a 2020 health insurance plan has passed. But you may still be able to enroll for 2020 two ways: with a Special Enrollment Period or through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)." So yes, nearly everyone has to either get insurance through open enrollment or during a special enrollment period. https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage-outside-open-enrollment/special-enrollment-period/ Life events that qualify: Changes in household You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period if you or anyone in your household in the past 60 days: 1. Got married. Pick a plan by the last day of the month and your coverage can start the first day of the next month. 2. Had a baby, adopted a child, or placed a child for foster care. Your coverage can start the day of the event — even if you enroll in the plan up to 60 days afterward. 3. Got divorced or legally separated and lost health insurance. Note: Divorce or legal separation without losing coverage doesn’t qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period. 4. Died. You’ll be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period if someone on your Marketplace plan dies and as a result you’re no longer eligible for your current health plan. Changes in residence Household moves that qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period: 1. Moving to a new home in a new ZIP code or county 2. Moving to the U.S. from a foreign country or United States territory 3. If you're a student, moving to or from the place you attend school 4. If you're a seasonal worker, moving to or from the place you both live and work 5. Moving to or from a shelter or other transitional housing Note: Moving only for medical treatment or staying somewhere for vacation doesn’t qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period. Important: You must confirm you had qualifying health coverage for one or more days during the 60 days before your move. You don't need to provide confirmation if you’re moving from a foreign country or U.S. territory. Loss of health insurance You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period if you or anyone in your household lost qualifying health coverage in the past 60 days OR expects to lose coverage in the next 60 days.
  3. Credit scores/reports are based on the SSN, and it's impossible to generate a report without one. When you communicated with the credit bureaus, was it through email? If so, I would include the email(s) you received that stated they could not generate a report. Personally, I think the inclusion of credit scores/reporting is absurd, but that's another matter. At the end of the day, you can't provide things that don't exist. Whoever reviews your packet should be aware that AOS applicants without an SSN will not have credit. Once you get an interview, you can always update your I-944 if you have an SSN by then and have a credit report. As a side note, if your spouse has credit cards you can be added as an authorized user once you have an SSN and it will help you get a good credit score much faster as long as the cards are in good standing/paid on time. I added my husband to my CapitalOne card and Discover Card, and his credit report shows a good credit score. I was kind of amazed because he's only been here 9 months, but it seems he got "credit" for all of the on time payments on those 2 cards. Pretty cool.
  4. This bolded part is very important. They are not expecting every person with an interview to already have insurance. But you need to show the IO that either a) you plan to purchase insurance for her as soon as she qualifies (+ show that you have the financial means to pay for said plan) or b) that you have high enough income/assets that you'd be able to pay for her medical needs even without insurance. Basically, not having insurance for her (or a concrete plan to obtain it quickly after she arrives) is not grounds for a denial on its own, but it is a "negative factor" relative to the public charge concern. If there are literally no other public charge "red flags" and your income is high enough, I doubt they'd deny you based on health insurance alone. @geowrian 's advice is spot on, imo.
  5. Plenty of countries are way more strict about a lot of immigration categories than the U.S., including spousal/partner visas. Just look up the income requirements and costs for an Australian to bring a spouse over. "Spouses" is a lot more specific than "everyone". And even then, some spouses simply do not meet the criteria/can't get a waiver (such as for criminal history) so no, not "everyone" should have a legal path to AOS. Just because a USC loves someone doesn't automatically mean their foreign spouse is eligible move here and get a green card.
  6. I was with you until the bolded part. I'm all for keeping families together, but there absolutely shouldn't be a "legal path to AOS for everyone".
  7. I take issue only with those that purposely misuse their visas to stay and adjust, not every single person that adjusts status from a non-immigrant visa. Also, I think it's important to remember that often it is the USC's "fault" that this even happens - eg. a surprise proposal that leads to convincing the fiance to stay, get married, and adjust status. In that case, the USC is the person that had "intent" for their fiance to stay. I just point that out because I feel like these conversations often center on the feeling that the non-immigrant probably planned to stay, but just hid their intent. Of course that does happen, but plenty of USC's are responsible for the "change in circumstances" as well. I wouldn't expect a non-immigrant who did NOT have immigrant intent upon entry to understand the nuances of AOSing on a tourist visa/ESTA etc or understand the other options available such as K-1 or CR-1. When my partner and I knew we wanted to get engaged/married, I (the USC) educated him about the options. I informed him about the issues with trying to adjust from an ESTA (which is what he used any time he visited me). We then made the right choice for us. But oftentimes the USC holds all the cards and the foreign partner is just going to follow the path that the USC deems as best.
  8. The process for AOS/EAD/AP is almost always biometrics > EAD/AP Approval > AOS interview > receive green card Did you research this thoroughly beforehand? Every person adjusting status has an interview. That's the final hurdle to getting the green card. No one here can tell you when the interview will be, because it completely depends on your local USCIS office's processing times. It can be as quick as 4-6 months from the date of filing to well over a year. The good news is your wife can work and travel now. I would suggest researching what is needed for the AOS interview so you can start gathering all of the necessary documents. The AOS section of VJ has a ton of useful info and it's a good idea to follow the thread for the month you filed (eg: December 2019 AOS filers). Check out the AOS guides here as well.
  9. The people trying to help you understand the processes/timelines are not "negative ever-knowing trolls". How long the entire process takes can be EXTREMELY variable from person to person. Our K1 approval took longer than the current average wait time, but then we purposely delayed the latter part of the process (interview and entering the U.S.) to suit our circumstances. On the flip side, it only took 7 months for my husband's green card to get approved which was a lot faster than we expected (our local office isn't known for speed). It is extremely important to research every individual step and make sure you understand the requirements, time involved, filing fees, etc.
  10. Just reporting back because my husband got a job today ❤️ He goes back tomorrow to get his schedule, so looks like he'll be starting this week. He had been looking and applying diligently for the last month or so, and I think it was starting to really get to him that he hadn't gotten an interview or a serious response. Then, randomly we got a call on Sunday about a job, and today they officially hired him.
  11. I added my husband as a "non-driver" on my car insurance right after we were married, just so it would be additional proof regardless of the fact he's not actually covered. That way, when I printed my dec page for his AOS interview it listed him on there (see screenshot at the bottom of this post). Are both your cell phone numbers on the same account? If so, include that in your proof. Joint health & dental is great, definitely make sure to bring proof of that. The things you mentioned like cards addressed to both of you, gym membership, and church conference are also good secondary evidence. Focus on what you do have and what you can get, and forget what you can't. Every marriage is different, but you need to bring everything you have that is representative of your marriage. If you have taken trips together after you were married, bring the reservations/itineraries etc. Go ahead and get added to his bank account. It'd be best to stay on his bank account at least until you are done with removing conditions, because they are going to want to see continuing co-mingling of assets. If he has credit cards in good standing, get him to add you as an authorized user. I added my husband to my Capital One card and my Discover Card and brought proof for both. (A great side-benefit of this - he now has a great credit score because both cards are now on his credit report). Here is a link to a post I made recently of everything we brought to the interview, as well as additional items that work as evidence (but didn't apply in our case):
  12. @Pixelx My husband also arrived in May, and he got his EAD & SSN in December. Our interview was January 29th, and we were approved (hubby got his green card Feb. 4th). I didn't bring bank statements, and it wasn't an issue. Ironically, I did add him to my account in December and he has a debit card for the account but his name doesn't appear anywhere on the bank statements. So I wasn't able to get "proof" of our joint account before the interview. As someone else said, don't stress about what you don't have. Dig around for anything you do have. Here's a complete list of everything I brought as proof of our marriage: Our lease with both names listed Mobile phone account with both names/numbers Car insurance listing him as my spouse CapitalOne credit card statements showing purchases from both of us (note - it is extremely easy to add someone as an authorized user on a credit card. CapitalOne will even let you do it without an SSN) Discover card listing him as authorized user Heathcare Power of Attorney (one for me and one for him) Documentation that he's an authorized user with our power company Documentation that he's an authorized user with AT&T (our internet company) Receipts/itineraries for trips we have taken since married Photos - a few from the wedding, and others throughout the last 6 months with family and on trips Water bill in both of our names Facebook marriage announcements with comments from many of our family members Other items that can be used: Copies of your driver's licenses (or State ID) showing the same address Life insurance with you as the beneficiary Mail that you've received addressed to both of you (like wedding invitations, Christmas cards, etc.) Shared gym membership (or documents showing you have memberships at the same gym) Joint health insurance Any loan in both names (car loan, mortgage, personal loan, etc) Proof that you have each other as your emergency contact at work (and/or schools, if you have kids) As a side note, the IO took ALL of the marriage evidence I brought to the interview, but he didn't actually look at any of it.
  13. Unfortunately, they are not required to look at any additional documentation. I don't know the specifics for Rwanda, but many African countries are considered "high-fraud" countries (meaning a higher rate of visas are abused to get to the U.S. and stay illegally or adjust status). Visa fraud has the unfortunate side affect of making it much harder for honest people to get visitor visas. There is nothing you can personally do to help her chances. It is her visa application - you cannot sponsor her in any form or fashion and nothing you provide will be given any consideration. Invitation letters are also meaningless. The fact she has a relative in the U.S. will be seen as a negative factor, always. They will likely always assume she may have immigrant intent. I'm sorry to not have a more positive response, but that's the reality of the situation.
  14. That's normal. The next update you get will say that the card has been mailed. I can't speak for Massachusetts, but my husband received his green card 4 business days after the interview.
  15. My husband received his green card in the mail yesterday ❤️
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