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  1. Hello everyone. I understand this is under K1visa but i could not find any other forum specifically talking about AWA waivers except this one. We filed our package with the waiver including all the documents that we have gathered over a year and a half in July 2019. Having researched about adam walsh act and its policy in USCIS really scared me and my spouse. (We got married last year) we received biometrics for beneficiary (nothing for petitioner since we have submitted everything up front i think), finished the biometrics. Just have been waiting for EAD card but hasn't arrived. We aren't sure whether they have finished reading our package including the waiver and supplements. No NOID's or RFE's so far. However we recently got notice to appear initial interview of AOS for November. We want to know whether this is a good sign. Or is it going to be a false-hope. We have been praying ever since the incident took place and having to deal with such extremely difficult process. I wonder if they will be just leave us hanging and wonder if they will ever approve our case. Typically the interview would be the last step for green card, but having Awa is huge burden on our backs... anyone who got approved, has any good ideas? And maybe care to share their steps of their own process? What else can we do? thank you for reading this post and we humbly receive any criticisms/opinions/ideas/recommendations. Grateful to be part of visajourney with you guys. - prayerwarrior89 in Michigan
  2. Hi, I had my AOS interview yesterday April 16th. The IO went over all the questions on the i-485 application and that alone took a long time. Afterwards he asked some questions about our relationship, nothing too personal, just how met, where and when, our engagement, family, my husband's previous marriage, etc. When it came to the evidence, he only asked for photos and insurance. We did have plenty of photos (places we traveled to, with family, wedding reception, etc), joint bank account statement, credit cards, taxes statement we filed jointly, a lease for a place we rented together for a while but not insurance since we just don't have insurance at the moment for several reasons. Anyway, he didn't ask for anything else but photos and health insurance. Even though I provided him with all the other paperwork previously mentioned, I forgot to give him our tax return as evidence. I genuinely just forgot that one thing plus he didn't ask for it or anything else for that matter besides the photos and insurance we didn't have. What are your suggestions? I think our taxes return is good evidence for our case and would be worth the shot to mail it as it was something I meant to submit as evidence in the interview. He did ask if we didn't have insurance because of me not having a SSN till recently which is partly true but the main reason why is because we couldn't afford it before and we have been looking for more affordable plans plus we did go to the doctor and dentist plenty of times without insurance and we never had any issues so we never felt pressured to get it. Besides that, the interview went OK.
  3. We have the interview for K1 AOS coming up in a couple of weeks. I think we gathered everything that might be needed (and more...and extra), based on the interview notice, but I'm hoping I can get another pair of eyes to check over it: Here is what has been gathered: - I-485 Interview Notice - Government ID (immigrant's passport), along with SSN card just in case they want it - Form I-693 (not required, but good to have a copy in case they mess something up or something) - Form I-864 (I already submitted one and we more than qualified, but my income went up since then so I figure it's good to have an updated one handy) - Various I-864 supporting documents including taxes information, pay stubs and Letter from Employment, bank balances - Documents Establishing Eligibility for Lawful Permanent Residence - K1 visa - Entry stamp for K1 visa - I-94 printout from USCIS - Marriage Certificate - Previously Issued Immigration Documents - EAD + AP Combo Card - Documentation from RFIE - Approved I-129F copy - All I-797 and I-797C notices from I-485, I-765, I-131, I-129F - Copies of Submitted AOS documentation: I-485, I-765, I-131, I-864 - Travel Documents used to Enter U.S. (same as Eligibility for LPR Documents) - Passport - K1 visa - Passport stamp for K1 visa - I-94 - Immigrant's Birth Certificate + Translation - Petitioner's Evidence of U.S. Citizenship - U.S. Citizen's Birth Certificate - Copy of U.S. Citizen's Passport Biographical Page - Marriage Certificate (already mentioned in Eligibility for LPR Documents) - Supporting Evidence of Relationship - Join Bank Account Statement(s) - Joint Health Insurance - Life Insurance Beneficiary - 401k Beneficiary - Wedding photos - Vacation photos + receipt - Various other photos of our life this year - Copies / Originals of Documents submitted with I-485 (various stuff here) No children, divorces, arrests, etc., so nothing in there for that. I've been digging up documents I didn't even know I had 😆
  4. Hi All, My husband came here on a K-1 visa in April 2017. We filed for his adjustment of status in December 2017. My questions are: 1) He had a medical examination in Feb 2017 in his home country. Does that expire after so long? I am asking because in the letter giving us our interview date it says to make sure he has the i-693 completed. 2) I speak Spanish... do I count as the interpreter for my husband or do I need to hire a Spanish speaking interpreter for my husband's interview. 3) We rent from my mom but don't have that written down legally... Therefore we don't have anything jointly besides a savings account. Is this going to be a problem? We do have a son together but no like bills or anything. 4) Can someone (the more people the better) who has been approved send me a copy of their interview checklist? Also I don't know how to change it but I am not at the California Service Center... I am at the Seattle one. Idk if that makes a difference for the answers.. Thank you!!
  5. I know that the actual time it takes to actually get an interview date scheduled varies by local office etc but i am just curious: How long did it your status to change from "biometrics" to "ready to be scheduled for an interview"?
  6. Hey. i have a short story and need an advise from someone who was in my shoes. so i applied for asylum back in 2017 and never got my interview but last year i applied for marrige based aos and just got an interview date for it. do i need to withdraw my asylum case or that put me in risk to become illigal? or i should leave going and withdraw it if i get my aos approved? P.S. I'm planning to call a lawyer tommorow but im stressing right now and i need an advise thank you
  7. Hi guys! I've been a silent reader here for a while and this forum helped me a lot, so I thought I would return the favor by sharing my own experience : ) Me and my spouse (same sex marriage) had our interview together on 4/29 at the Las Vegas office. Our appointment was at 1:30pm and we arrived at 1:00pm. After security check, we handed in our interview notice (I advise you have that in hand together with your IDs, so you can easily show both at the entrance) and we were told to wait until our names were called. We were not given any numbers. After a few minutes, they called my name (beneficiary) to get fingerprints and picture. We then sat back down in the waiting room and...waited lol. We had quite a heavy bag with binder of proof and photo album, thankfully my wife is stronger than me and offered to carry it around. While waiting we talked about plans for the day, and for our upcoming trip to California - we left our phones in the car as we were not sure they were allowed in the building, so I can't quite tell the exact time we got called in by the officer, but I assumed it was around 1:30pm. He first asked for our IDs and made copies of both, then walked us to his office and had us take a seat. He explained how the interview would work (he would review both I-130 and I-485, etc.), told us that we would be videotaped and swore us in. Then started asking questions from the applications: {To Beneficiary} -Full name, DOB -Country of citizenship -Latest and first entry in the US -Current address -Are you employed? -Are you married? (this one kinda threw me off for a moment lol me and my spouse looked at each other a bit confused) -Spouse's full name and DOB -Yes/No questions from I-485 Asked for proof of our relationship: I gave him our heavy binder and handed in joint bank statements, credit card and savings account, retirement & investment, joint car, dental/vision and Aflac insurances, affidavits from management at work (he liked that my manager put some personal opinions about our relationship - they tease each other a lot etc.), screenshots of payroll system showing that we are both married and have each other as emergency contacts, joint amazon prime and Sam's Club memberships, itinerary for our upcoming trip (with car reservation and tickets for universal studios), consular card from my country's ministry of foreign affairs showing that I am married & attached certified translation, collection of texts between the two of us, and loose pictures with family and friends. We then showed him our photo album, and in the meantime he asked my wife {petitioner} to give him a timeline of our relationship. She started and I kinda continued from engagement to moving in together etc. He also asked her: -Are you employed? -when did you two meet? -when did you get married? -have you met your spouse's family? -if we have always dated girls -what was our last argument about (this one actually made him laugh) -who is the most romantic one (definitely me, she didn't even hesitate lol) And that was it! He told us he would step out to make copies of the pictures, and when he came back he told me I was approved and I will receive my green card in 3 weeks, then explained everything about ROC. Overall, our IO was very nice but also serious and professional, as expected. I was nervous and stuttered a little at first but he did not get impatient. I am now just a little concerned because my online status is stuck on "Interview was scheduled", and has not updated yet... has anyone had that issue before? Thank you and good luck to everyone going through the process! Stay strong!🍀
  8. I recently received my request for AOS initial interview with a list of items I need to bring with me. The affidavit of support form i-864 is listed unless already submitted which I did when I applied for AOS back in October 2017 so I assumed I didn't have to bring it to the interview as I sent out my i-485 and a completed i-864 with all the evidence required (federal income tax returns, W-2's, letters from employers, evidence of sponsor's US citizenship, etc). However, I called USCIS and got two different suggestions, one was that I should bring another updated i-864 form with all required evidence all over again and then later another agent said that since I already submitted it when I first applied, I only needed to bring a copy with me. I just want to make sure whether I have complete this form again or not as I don't have that much time to put all that paperwork together. I just want to know what's best for my case and as usual, I received mixed answers from USCIS customer service.
  9. Has any april aos filer gotten their interview yet? Just got a text today saying they’re ready to schedule interview. I was honestly surprised because I thought it would be next year before I got one because it says 10-20 months. Can anyone who’s gone through it tell me how long between the text message and receiving a notification with an interview date? Thanks.
  10. Hi all, I had my marriage-based AOS interview on August 30th. All went well - we didn't get many questions, it was over quickly and the officer told us he was recommending our application for approval, and handed us the letter. He did seem new and inexperienced, but I wasn't too worried. I told him we were leaving the country in a week and asked if I needed a stamp in my passport - he told me no. Not wanting to persist, we left. Then I had a phone call from him, saying that in fact I DID need the stamp, as my EAD/AP would become invalid once the GC was approved. So we drove back to the field office (Atlanta). On the way there, I get another call telling me that the system won't let him approve the GC application because I am 'missing vaccinations'. I deferred my flu shot during my London medical in April 2017. I didn't get one before my GC interview as it was not flu season, so I physically couldn't. So I asked him what I need to do now (full medical again or just vaccination transcription?). He says he's not sure, but he will look into it and send an RFE that will arrive in 2 weeks. So we head back home again. Lo and behold, 4 weeks later nothing has arrived. I speak to two USCIS representatives this morning (am transferred to higher level) and neither could tell me anything. They said nothing on my account indicated that an RFE had been sent out or was required. Second officer submitted a service request to find an update on GC status - but I don't know whether that will tell me anything new. If anyone has been through anything similar post-interview, please let me know. I am feeling disheartened as I thought we were close to this process being over - but now it seems it could go on indefinitely... Many thanks.
  11. Hi, what is considered a valid reason to reschedule AOS interview? I got married to a US citizen and we applied for AOS a few months ago. Fortunately, the area we live in is not very packed, and we already got an interview notice. However, the interview date falls on a day when I will be on a business trip. Since our company is small, a business trip is usually done alone, and this time is not an exception. So if I skip this business trip to go to the interview, our client will be in trouble.. The client cannot change the date. Is a business trip considered a valid reason to reschedule the AOS interview?
  12. I am on F1 and I got married to my boyfriend of 3+ years. He is a US citizen. We applied for AOS about a year after the marriage, so we have been together for more than 4-5 years now. We applied for AOS back in April 2018, and I got a notice that they received our packet on May 1. Then I got a biometrics notice two weeks later, and I got my fingerprints taken at the beginning of June. Since then, we have not heard from USCIS at all. We haven't gotten any RFE, notice, or anything. Nothing. At the end of June, the USCIS case status changed to "Fingerprints review completed." It has been over 4 months now, but I haven't even gotten my EAD. Is this normal to take this long, even to receive an EAD? Right now I am working under OPT
  13. I am on F1 working on OPT, and I got married to my 3+ year partner. We have been married for over a year now, so we have been together for almost 4-5 years. We recently applied for AOS and we should be getting an interview soon. I am taking my lawyer with me too. Now, I have a question about documents I should take with us to the interview as evidence. After marriage, except for the first month, we have been living together. (I had to move to a different state for my job, so we lived in different states for a month until he moved in with me). We have lease rental agreement. He is covered in my car insurance, and insurance from the company I work for too. All insurance cards I have list both of our names as spouses. but I am concerned about our joint bank account. We both have our own bank account for checking, and we have a joint saving account. But he is type of person who lives paycheck to paycheck, so he doesn't really put money in the saving account. I, myself, am completely opposite and I don't spend much money, but only on necessities. But my mom spent a ton of money on my education in the US, so I need to pay her back first. So I am saving all my money in my own checking account. I sometimes put money in the saving account too, but when I do that, my husband spends it without thinking. He has this bad habit of spending money even when he is broke. So I personally don't put much money in the joint saving account. Right now, the balance in the saving account is less than $100. There used to be a lot more, but 80-90% of it was spent by him. So even though we do have a joint saving bank account, neither of us really contributes to it. (My husband makes little money and lives paycheck to paycheck, plus he has a habit of over-spending. And I have to save money for mom to pay her back, and also I dont want that saved money spent by him if I put the money in the saving account). In cases like this, I don't think we can submit this document as "joint bank account" because our assets/incomes are not really blended together. Is this going to be a critical reason for our AOS interview to fail?
  14. I know another medical exam isnt necessary, since the one that was done for K1 hasnt expired yet, but did you just bring the DS-3025 to the interview or get it transcribed by civil surgeon? I did not incl the I-693 in the AOS packet, just the DS-3025, no RFE was given but now it's time for interview...
  15. Hello Everyone, I think that interview notice will be coming soon due to user defined error that just showed up. When we submitted our application both me (beneficiary) and my wife (USC) were W-2 employees. At the moment we are both independent contractors (I just got a job offer and waiting for background checks. When it clears, I should be able to use my income for sponsorship). We have made much more than 25K at this point in 2018. We do not have proof through independent contracting to show (other than bank statements and images of checks) that my wife makes 25K (I believe that for this you need previous year tax returns). My questions: 1) Do we need to get a sponsor/co-sponsor? (If so, how do I update all this info?) 2) Does it look bad that we are both on 1099 now? (I almost have a job since my background checks are in process but until I start it I still do not have it) Last may, I was going a bit too fast on the highway in VA (worst place to get caught) and I was charged with reckless driving which is Class 1 misdemeanor. My court date is coming up soon. I have had clean record and this is the only ever violation. There is a good chance that it can be dropped to a speeding ticket. Regardless of the outcome: 1) Do I have to disclose the fact that I was charged with misdemeanor during the interview? 2) If so, what is the process to do so and how to do it? (Do I need to bring updated I-485 and police reports and etc?) I would highly appreciate help with this matter.
  16. Hello all! We are in the process of AOS from K-1. We filed June 2017. We got notice about 2 weeks ago that case is ready to be scheduled for an interview. My husband received his EAD last October. We did not file for AP for him as he will not be traveling out of the country. He changed his name to my last name when we married. He now has SS card, DL, and EAD in his new name. His Swiss passport is still in his old name, but he did change his name with the Swiss Embassy in Atlanta and everything over in Switzerland is now in his new name. Will he need to get a new passport with name change before we go for the interview or will he be ok with the old one? Thanks for your help.
  17. Hello, VJ friends. I'm a March/April filer (filed on March,23rd, NOA1 - April,5th) and almost a week ago my status has changed to Interview was scheduled (June,14th). But I haven't received the letter with the interview date. Tried to call the USCIS but they couldn't tell me anything. So my question is: How long does it take for them to send the letter? Thank you!
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