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Charlotte NC USCIS Office Reviews
Average Rating: 4.4 / 5
49 Review(s)
Charlotte NC Review #27964 on February 9, 2020:

Kimo1618



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It was fairly simple and quick. Because my wife's English was very limited, I hired an interpreter who has done this at many interviews. Questions were mostly the same as on the application: Name, address, are you a sex trafficer etc.!!! Her 16 year old daughter was also there. The interviewer asked her very little. I had lots of updated financial information, photos, etc. but the interviewer didn't ask for any of it.

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Charlotte NC Review #27708 on December 21, 2019:





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The Charlotte field office is right off of 1-77 near the airport. It isn't hard to find, but located in a fairly large corporate office park without much else except a gas station in sight. USCIS is its own building. We walked in and immediately had to pass security just like at airport by showing the passport/ID and Notice of Action, then the metal detector. No problems.

You check into the seating area, and the clerk gives you a number, then you take a seat along with everyone else and wait. They announce numbers over the intercom frequently. We waited maybe 20 minutes, no problems. Then you take the elevator upstairs, where the IO will greet the batch of people getting off the elevator by calling your number. You go with him/her to their personal office. It's very normal office environment, walking down a hall with typical offices every 20 feet.

Office is small, and he has a desk and a coupe of chairs. Sit at the chair, and he will ask you to swear in to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, etc etc. MAKE SURE YOUR INTERNATIONAL SPOUSE KNOWS THE RIGHT RESPONSE: "I DO" lol. Luckily we had practiced this, but she still just said "yup" the first time.

Then very normal questions as he reviews the case, flipping through pages. What is your name, DOB, parents. Mostly they asked her the questions, and I sat there quietly. Then to tell the story about how we met. Then he asks many of the terrorist, communist, criminal, prostitute, etc etc questions.

We got tripped up on the polygamy question, because he changed the wording of the questions from the document e.g. "will you have more than one husband?" instead of "do you intend to practice polygamy?" ACtually my wife later told me that she didn't quite understand his questions, and she felt badly afterward. So second advice: TEACH YOUR INTERNATIONAL SPOUSE HOW TO ASK "can you please slow down/repeat the question?" rather than bluffing.

That's basically it. At the end, he asked to see our photos and other information that we wanted to add to the file. He didn't seem to care much about that.

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These officers have to get through a lot of applications every day. Maybe he had reviewed it for a few minutes before calling us, because as he was reading it, I felt that it was the first time he was seeing it. I also felt that he already had his mind made up, for the most part, and was just cross-checking and verifying. I guess because my wife is South Korean, he didn't have much hesitation. Most importantly, our relationship is real. That's what matters. He didn't ask too many hard questions.

Unfortunately, he couldn't approve us yet, because for some reason they didn't have her medical documents, which she had given at Chicago airport back in June when she arrived. The IO basically said it's a mistake. he will try to find the documents, but maybe there will be RFE to get a Civil Surgeon i-693 medical report. Please wait 1-2 months...

So, we were devastated after we left. We thought we can be approved, but now its more waiting, and not knowing what will happen.

After a few days we recovered our feeling, and yesterday she got the AP/EAD card, so we can move our lives forward at least. Hopefully, the IO can find the medical, but I'm not hopeful. So, until next year... hang in there!

(I gave 4 stars just because of our results, but otherwise, I had no problem with Charlotte USCIS. The officer was friendly, it was quick, and not intimidating). Thanks!

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Charlotte NC Review #27717 on December 19, 2019:

CJK



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Before the interview, you will have to pass through security. The security officers were a bit grumpy, but that's not really unusual. You're instructed to take off your shoes, empty your pockets, etc. It's just like TSA at the airport - but much quicker and easier. We were both through in all of three minutes. The office itself is very nice, nothing like other government facilities we're all familiar with like social security offices or DMVs. It's well lit, ample amounts of seating, and quite a pleasant space to be in! You then move on to the check in desk. The lady working there was very kind and professional, she simply scanned our interview notice and then instructed my husband to scan his index fingers and take a photo. Also very quick and easy, painless and hassle-free. We were finally sat down and waiting about 20 minutes before our interview time, and called back about 15 minutes after our interview time. We took the elevator to the second floor, and waited for all of 30 seconds in the "lobby" as instructed before our immigration offer came out to greet us.

Moving onto the actual interview: Our IO was very pleasant and professional. By my evaluation, I think she struck the perfect balance between performing her job well in addition to treating us with respect and kindness. Our interview wasn't quite as intense as I was expecting - we were brought into the room together, and the atmosphere was relaxed and not stressful in the least. She asked us to confirm our names, dates of birth, and places of birth first from the I-130, then moved onto the I-485 inadmissibility questions (are you a terrorist, spy, etc.) with my husband first. He had to answer "yes" to a few of those, the ones concerning military service and weapons training specifically, because he is a Korean male and had to serve in his country's army for two years mandatorily. We were asked to elaborate on that, and pointed out that we included his discharge document in our packet. All was good. Then she asked me how we met, which of course we went over the whole story, which was a lot of us talking and her listening. After that, she thumbed through our originally submitted petition, checked some boxes, and asked if we had any further proof of bona fide marriage we wanted to submit that was not in our original petition. We did not.

I will say that it seemed like she really hadn't looked at our petition prior to interviewing us, and didn't look at it much during the interview either. I'm guessing (and I could be wrong), that everything was checked and cleared at the National Benefits Center before being forwarded over to Charlotte. At the end of the interview, she handed us a paper that said "We have received all of your documentation, but have yet to make a decision. You should receive a decision within 30 days." So no approval on the spot, which was kind of concerning considering it seems like many people on VJ are approved on the spot. I'm speculating that since she hadn't looked at our documentation in detail, she probably had to do that first; or, alternatively, she might have had to get a second officer's approval due to some of the "yes" answers on the inadmissibility questions. Either way, once we were finished, she told us something along the lines of: "I cannot give you a final decision yet, but I will say that this looks very approvable."

And we ended up getting approved two days later! So if you are reading this after your interview and are worried about not receiving an on-the-spot approval like we did: don't worry. I think it's procedural and totally normal.

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Charlotte NC Review #27621 on December 4, 2019:

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Waited 10 mins at the most. Officer was serious at first but professional and polite. Very helpful. Interview lasted 30 minutes.

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Charlotte NC Review #27249 on October 12, 2019:

Amit M



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IO grilled me on a traffic citation I had gotten 6-7 years on a student visa because I had been stopped by a traffic popo. IO was jsut having fun with me cuz he knew our case was true and nothing to doubt about it. So he grilled me and had fun with me. My wife said we should be fine whereas I was kinda over thinking. Overall it was fine process. Reached 40mins before interview date and was called in after 10-15mins and done in 20 or so odd Minutes. I’m a beneficiary and now a permanent resident

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