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  1. Yes. My wife had her interview at the San Francisco office in late January, 2021. That was after being in the ""Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview" status for over a year.
  2. Interview report! More than 15 months from filing back in October 2019, we finally had our interview this morning. San Francisco USCIS field office. Parked at the Hilton Hotel two blocks away. The whole area is deserted due to Covid, and the building is kind of creepy as it's covered in anarchist and "F*** ICE" graffiti. Went through security, equal to airport security, they have you take off your belt and shoes. USCIS waiting room was nearly empty, most seats marked closed due to Covid. Waited about 15 minutes, then got called in by a youngish female officer. My wife and I went in together. The officer had me immediately turn over my big stack of documents/evidence of our marriage. The officer's attitude was friendly, but she did ask more questions than I was expecting, though nothing too surprising. Interview lasted about 30 minutes. She asked my wife my birthday, her parents' names, what my job is, how we met, where we live. She asked us both if we had any previous marriages or kids (no). She asked me about our joint bank accounts (yes). She asked my wife how she is supported financially (by me). And then she asked several of the "security" questions from the I-485 form. Up until now, my wife had been listening and responding in English, but the questions in this section were too difficult, so the officer actually got a Chinese language interpreter up on the phone for this part. We didn't have to pay anything for this or arrange this ahead of time. At the end of the interview, the officer said "well it looks like everything is in order" and thanked us for coming in. She never actually told us "you passed". She haded us a "notice of interview results" that said "USCIS is unable to complete your case at this time. Your case is being continued until a final decision can be made" and "Your case is being held for review." I wasn't worried, because I figured this was just standard routine processing. Just a few hours after the interview, we logged onto the USCIS website and checked her I-485 case status, and saw the good news. Her case status had been updated today and read "New Card Is Being Produced. On January 28, 2021, we ordered your new card for Receipt Number xxx, and will mail it to the address you gave us." I think it's safe to assume that this point that this means she was approved, and should be receiving her GC shortly!
  3. If I were you, l would re-create the filled out I-485 (as well as any other forms submitted with it) so that you have physical copies, and bring these to the interview. The interviewer should a copy, but just in case he or she doesn't, you have the backup. Also, you're going to want copies of all these forms for when you apply for removal of conditions and naturalization. You don't need to fill out a new Affidavit of Support. Just bring the updated supporting documents. Not having an "album" is fine, but I'd recommend you go for higher quality, color photos over computer-printed black and white. FedEx Print Centers charge just 39 cents each for 4x6" high quality photo prints.
  4. Did you not make copies of your filled-out forms before sending them in? All the advice on here makes it pretty clear that you should back up everything. That means physical copies, not just digital ones, since your digital forms won't include your signatures. Interviewer should have a copy, but it's recommended you bring your own copies just in case interviewer is missing something (it does happen). If I were you, I would re-fill out all the forms exactly as you did when you first submitted, and bring them to your interview as a backup copy. Also, you're going to want to save those backup copies for the rest of this process down the road (removal of conditions, naturalization, etc).
  5. I apologize for doing this, but I was really hoping to get some more quality responses to my questions above in advance of my wife's interview, but it looks like my thread got buried on this sub, so I'm writing this reply so that it gets pinged back up to the top of the sub.
  6. I'm trying to download my most recent (2019) tax transcript from IRS.gov to take to my wife's upcoming AOS interview. I've used the IRS.gov site in conjunction with the IRS2Go app in the past to do this without problem, so I'm puzzled why I'm encountering problems this time around. There seems to be a disconnect int the security authentication process that I can't get my head around. When I request my tax transcript on IRS.gov, I'm instructed to open the IRS2Go app on my phone, click on the "security" icon, and obtain a "6-digit security code" which I'm to then enter the IRS.gov website. t However, when I click on the security icon on the IRS2Go app, it doesn't give me any 6-digit security code. Instead, it asks for my "username" and "key" which it says should be provided by IRS.gov. But IRS.gov did not provide any "username" and "key". I thought maybe it was referring to my IRS.gov account username and password, but that can't be, because the "key" is numerical only. I know I can request the transcripts in the mail through the IRS automatic phone system, but I'm worried they won't arrive in time before the interview. I found instructions on how to game the IRS customer service phone line to reach an actual person, but it didn't work. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  7. I'm confused by your language "what should be enter". It sounds like you are filling out a form. What form are you filling out that asks you this information? I wasn't aware that there are any forms to be filled out for the interview.
  8. Thanks for your response. Unfortunately, the timing of the interview makes this tough. I won't have my 1099 showing 2020 income until February, just after the interview. At the time of the interview, my tax documents will all be almost one year out of date. Maybe I should request that my broker write a letter summarizing my investment income in 2020 in lieu of the not-yet-prepared 1099?
  9. Hi, I know this is a perennial topic. However, I do have some specific questions that I haven't seen answered here, so that's why I'm creating yet another thread. My wife's AOS interview has been scheduled for the end of this month (Jan. 2021) at the San Francisco USCIS field office. She filed for AOS before Oct. 15, 2019, so she's not subject to the new I-944 rules. I'm assuming that we're going to be interviewed together, and not subject to a "Stokes interview", but I'm not 100% sure. Below you can see my categorized list of all the documents that I've gathered and plan to bring to the interview. But first I have some questions I want to put to the VJ community. 1. Missing documents There are several documents in the "suggested" list which we do NOT have. Specifically, her driver’s license or state ID (she doesn't have one yet), joint lease agreement, mortgage, or utilities (we've been living rent-free at my parents' house), letters and W2s from current employers (we're both currently unemployed), life insurance (don't have any yet), auto insurance or joint ownership (car is still in my name only because she doesn't drive yet), or joint liabilities. We've no sponsors, no previous divorces, no children, so those docs are all n/a. I'm assuming that none of the above missing documents will be a "dealbreaker" since we still have plenty of evidence that does prove our relationship (listed below). I realize the fact that we're both currently unemployed might seem like a red flag. Would it be a good idea for me I bring some additional evidence showing that I have been looking for a job (resume, job applications, etc), and her planning for her career goals? Or is it enough to simply explain this verbally if we're asked about it? I'm assuming that the interviewer will be somewhat understanding that the job market is particularly unstable recently due to the Coronavirus and shelter-in-place orders. In any case, as my tax returns show, I have more than enough income from investments to put me well above the required minimum income threshold so I'm assuming this should not be a "dealbreaker"? 2. I-765 and I-131 renewal applications? We originally submitted forms I-765 and I-131 with the full AOS package back in Oct. 2019, and got the AP/EAD combo card in Mar. 2020. In Sep. 2020 we against submitted forms I-767 and I-131 for AP/EAD renewal. Should I bring the original I-765 and I-131 applications from Oct. 2019, or the renewal applications from Sep. 2020 (or both)? 3. Other documentation from K1 process? Planning to bring copies of the full K1 package, as well as the approval notice from the I-129F application. Do I need to bring other correspondence from the overseas K1 phase, such as the various notices of action and correspondence from the overseas consulate? 4. Originals vs. copies? I'm still a bit confused about how many copies of each document I should be bringing. I have originals for passports, social security cards, birth certificates, marriage certificate, all received I-797s and I-797Cs, EAD/AP combo card. Do I need to bring photocopies of all these original documents as well? For evidence of cohabitation, and co-mingling of finances, insurance, etc. I assume that I can just print out screenshots from online banking, my insurance portal, etc, and don't need copies certified by my banker, insurance provider, or a notary public? 5. Certification for letter? My parents will write a letter explaining that my wife and I have been living in their home since moving to the US, for a period of time longer than originally intended due to the Coronavirus and shelter-in-place order. Is it enough that they simply sign and date this letter, or do I need to have it certified by a notary public? 6. Updated I-864? Somewhere on VJ, I recall reading about "updating" the I-864 to reflect the most up-to-date financial information. That's not right, is it? I am planning to bring the version of form I-864 originally submitted in Oct. 2019 (based on the info in my 2018 tax return), plus copies of my most recent (2019) tax return, which I assume should be enough to demonstrate to the interviewer my most recent financial situation without re-doing the already-submitted form. 7. Interview language issues The interview instructions say to arrange for a translator by conference call if needed. My wife's English is so-so. As in, definitely not 100% fluent. She should be able to comprehend most basic questions, but if the interviewer asks more complicated questions she could have trouble understanding. She should be able to answer most any questions in English, albeit her grammar won't be perfect. I'm fluent in my wife's language (Mandarin), and acted as Interpreter on all her forms. In this situation, am I allowed to serve as translator if needed? Mainly, in the case the interviewer asks her a more complex question, am I allowed to translate it to Mandarin for her, after which she would then use her best English to answer? I understand that if my wife's English were 0%, and I was translating her answers from Mandarin back to English, that might be a problem, because the interviewer could suspect I have a bias and am not translating correctly. But if I only help with translation from English to Mandarin, and then let her speak for herself to answer the questions in English, should that be okay? Or do I need to arrange for a professional third-party translator to be on call to go on conference call if necessary? It also occurs to me that this being the San Francisco field office, there are probably staff there who are fluent in my wife's language. However, I have no way to know whether her interviewer will be one of them or not. Below is my checklist so far. Am I missing anything? Thanks in advance, and sorry again for creating yet another thread on this topic. Documents for identification purposes • both our passports • both our social security cards • both our birth certificates (plus translation of hers) • her police report (plus translation) Documents from K1 application through POE • full I-129F application package (plus supporting documents) • her records and CD from pre-K1 medical exam • I-797 (approval of I-129F) • I-94 Documents from AOS application • marriage certificate • full AOS application, including I-485, I-864, I-765, and I-131 (plus supporting documents, including 2018 tax return and 1099) • I-797C (notices of receipt of I-485, I-864, I-765, and I-131) • I-797C (biometrics appointment letter) • I-797 (notice of approval of I-765 and I-131) • her EAD/AP card • I-797C (notices of receipt of I-765 and I-131 [1 yr renewal]) • I-797C (I-485 interview appointment letter) Supporting evidence of relationship • most recent (joint) tax return and 1099 (most recent: 2019) • joint health insurance • record of her additional immunizations since coming to the US • evidence of joint dental bills • joint credit card • joint bank account/evidence of co-mingled finances • joint AT&T account • her enrollment in ESL classes at our local community college • joint Apple music family subscription • mail addressed to her and me at same address • correspondence between her and my family and relatives • receipts from our travel together in the US • photos • signed letter from my parents stating that my wife and I live together at their house Items we do NOT have • driver’s license or state ID (her) • joint lease agreement or mortgage • letters from current employers • life insurance • auto insurance or joint ownership • joint liabilities • utility bills
  10. My wife just got an email from USCIS yesterday (Dec. 24, 2020) stating that there was an update in her case. I think we both assumed it referred to her application for renewal of her AP/EAD combo card, since it's 15 months since she sent in her original AOS application, and her first year of AP/EAD is already almost at an end. But lo and behold, the update was for the original i485 application. An interview date has been scheduled! We don't know what it is yet, but we should get something in the mail soon. We were taken by surprise to be honest. Our field office (San Francisco) is supposedly notoriously slow, and with the pandemic, we were honestly expecting that it might be 24 months before we saw an interview date. I guess not. My wife and I will attend the interview together, correct?
  11. Same boat as you. San Francisco office. 14 months in and I'd be shocked if we get the interview before 2 years is up. At this point, it seems like it's actually in our best interests for the interview to be delayed until after 2 years, because then my wife should automatically get a 10 year GC rather than just a 2 year GC. Good luck!
  12. Hi, My wife entered the US on a K1 visa in September 2019, got married, and applied for AOS for my wife in October 2019. 14 months later, still waiting for interview to be scheduled. In the mean time, need to renew our health insurance for next year. We live in California and I don't have employer-based insurance, so we go through our state exchange (Covered California). One of the things required in the Covered California application is "Proof of Immigration Status" for my wife. They list several different types of proof (quoted below), but unless I'm mistaken, I don't believe my wife has any of these listed documents because none of them are applicable for K1-to-AOS applicants. My best guess is to select the last choice "Other documents" and upload scanned copies of her AP/EAD card, or the I-797 from her AOS petition. Just wondering if any other K1-to-AOS California-based VJers have used Covered California before and what they provided as proof of status. Thanks
  13. So, after sending to the wrong location, I did nothing except wait. After a few more weeks, we got the NOA from Missouri. USCIS must have forwarded it to the correct location. Great!
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