Consulate / USCIS Member Review #28802

Boston MA Review on November 18, 2020:

probingoduke

Probingoduke


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Review Topic: Adjustment of Status

Tips for Boston office:

Dress business casual. Prefer not to wear a suit.
Try taking public transport. 
If driving in, prepare for $$$ parking.
Multiple garages near building but bad sign directions.
Typically takes us 30 mins to reach office but today all routes had accidents so it took us 1 hour 40 mins. Always account for the unknown. Or get a new yorker partner like me.
You will most likely be separately interviewed. Typically, the petitioner goes in first with all docs and evidences. Boston officers are generally very friendly.
If you have an attorney, the officer can offer you to go in with your spouse instead of going in with your attorney. Our attorney recommended going in with them instead.
Entrance foe visitors is on Cambridge street so try looking for signs or park at Boston food market garage.
When you enter the building, you will be asked to remove belt, shoes and jacket like at an airport TSA. Account time for that.
When you enter the interview waiting hall you will be asked 'have you been outside mass in the last 14 days?'
Package preparation:

The interview notice comes with a list of items to be brought. Just focus on that.
We hired an attorney so he gave us a run through of the same and did a 'prep interview'.
We made one folder to keep documents in the series mentioned as per the interview letter: Interview letter & Passports, I693, I864, BC and so on.
Try getting tax transcripts from IRS website right away
Try getting a letter from your bank/cc company sharing that you own joint cards and accounts.
We made another folder for the 'thick materials' like 12 months of bank statements, 12 months of CC statements, 12 months of phone bills and since we don't have a lease as proof of living together we had collected mail over the year.
We also made 3 photo albums. 1 depicting our story on how we met and all. 1 of our small wedding ceremony. 1 of our rescue animals (my wife runs a rescue so we have saved about 150 animals. Try making a similar album for hobbies/things that you and your partner do together (it will help, can even just be an album of your messages etc.)
We had also printed out all our air/bus/hotel/Airbnb reservations and tickets.
Receipts for gifts we got each other.
We also asked our friends to write letters stating how long they knew us, when they met us last and all.
Backpacks/luggage are not allowed. Try preparing to have a transparent bag or hand carry docs with you.
Questions asked (overall interview time 45 mins). Very conversational:



My wife went first and after taking an oath was asked the following:

Drivers license and Passport to verify her name, address (how long she has lived there) and parents name.
Any former names
If this was her 2nd marriage and what her ex husbands name is
Why first marriage ended and when did he move out
How we met
Did her ex ever meet me
Proof of bonafide marriage: Photo album
How many pets and their names/breeds
How we first met, what we did on our first date, when I met the pets, how i liked them
Took tickets to events we attended and Airbnb reservations.
Took CC Letter, tax transcripts
My work status, what kind of job i did, work from home or on site, what my company did, what my work status was
What visa I had and previously had
Whether she had any dietary restrictions (she saw that I got her vegan cake)
What was our fav restaurant
What we liked to cook at home
When I went vegan
How her business was going with covid
Then I was called in and after oath was asked (conversationally):

Drivers license and Passport to verify my name, address, and parents name.
Any former names
If this was my or wife's 2nd marriage and what her ex husbands name is
When did ex husband move out
When did i move in
How we met
Did her ex ever meet me
How many pets and their names/breeds
How we first met, what we did on our first date, when I met the pets, how i liked them
What things we did together
My work status, what kind of job i did, work from home or on site, what my company did, what my work status was
What visa I had and previously had
Whether I had any dietary restrictions
What we liked to cook at home
How her business was going with covid
Then we went through our I485 questions (whether I'm terrorist, communist etc)

Took photo with webcam.

Took index fingerprints on both hands.

Confirmed 1 change that I was unemployed since we filed and I signed on that

Then she said I should be getting a letter soon and it may be my GC for 2 years. Briefly told me about ROC. She was shocked that I had 2 appts for bio.

We thanked her and that's all.

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