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  1. Some up to date info - I made a significant transfer UK to US recently using OFX - www.ofx.com. Excellent rate, easy to set-up, and zero fees (for an idea of the savings over using a bank, Halifax wanted over $1,000 for the transfer with a far worse rate). They have really good 24/7 customer phone support as well. Would highly recommend.
  2. Seattle is notoriously awful for wait times (as I'm sure you know already). Hang in there and good luck!
  3. Still applicable as of last month (February 2021) - here's the relevant part of the interview letter.
  4. You'll get a 180 day extension from the time the card expires for EAD when you file the renewal.
  5. Took us 14 months to get an interview, but you do get there eventually. Maybe even before you need a new combo card. Good luck.
  6. They are all over the place. Some people with IOE numbers have had renewals in 4 weeks. Average seems 4 - 6 weeks. I applied for combo renewal at the beginning of September 2020 and got MSC numbers. Never got approved. Luckily I got GC approval earlier this month. Good luck.
  7. Yes. Hopefully you get IOE numbers. If MSC, there's a good chance it won't be processed by June.
  8. IOE means electronic processing. Usually much faster than on paper, i.e. NBC. It's a ####### shoot whether you get allocated IOE or MSC (NBC).
  9. Had our interview this week and were approved. There's a more detailed account of the experience below if anyone is interested. Good luck to everyone still waiting!
  10. Had our interview this week and were lucky enough to get a really kind and friendly IO who put us completely at ease immediately. He didn't ask us any questions about our relationship or anything else - just went through the standard questions on the I-485. Also didn't ask to see any documents at all beyond my passport. He kept all the relationship evidence we brought (which was a lot) and seemed very pleased that we had gone to a great deal of effort to organise it all. USCIS's entire network was down during our interview, but he pretty much told us we were approved on the spot and a few hours later (when their network was back online) the case status updated to 'New Card Is Being Produced.' I know USCIS takes a lot of stick, but I have to say that everyone we had contact with at Santa Ana, from the guy at the front door, the security, right up to the IO were charming, friendly and professional. We even had a brief chat with another IO a couple of times in the corridor who wished us good luck before the interview and, when we saw him again on the way out, asked us how it went and congratulated us. As many people have said before, if your case is straightforward and you're in a genuine relationship, don't sweat it. You have nothing to worry about. If anyone has any questions about the process or what to expect from this FO in particular, please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer. Please don't PM me, but ask in the thread so everyone can benefit. Good luck to everyone still waiting.
  11. Congrats to both of you. We have our interview this week. Hoping it goes as smoothly as both of yours.
  12. Thanks for sharing your experience with those of us still waiting and congratulations!
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