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  1. I am starting a simple timeline thread for N-400 filers whose field office is Los Angeles, Santa Ana or San Diego. I complied three timelines from May 2016 - March 2017 VJ filers. I would appreciate if you can add or update your case status so that everyone can get an idea about field office progress in southern California. These timelines may be not reflect the current status because some of VJers may have given up, was denied or didn't update their status. Los Angels Field Office UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints|In Line.|Int ltr..|Intrview|Oath....|Field Office Charlesrs........|04/17/13|04/26|05/03|05/02|05/23/16|09/23/16|10/03/16|10/31/16|12/13/16|Los Angeles, CA S & H ...........|07/24/13|05/02|05/06|05/13|06/08/16|05/27/16|--/--/--|06/08/16|06/18/16|Los Angeles, CA soheil...........|08/03/13|05/06|05/11|05/10|06/06/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CAVngbusa..........|08/21/13|05/23|05/26|05/26|06/14/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Em01.............|06/29/09|06/10|06/17|06/16|07/22/16|--/--/--|12/20/16|01/23/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA furious.lion.....|09/02/11|06/12|06/15|06/17|07/05/16|11/30/16|12/01/16|01/06/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA DandK............|09/18/13|06/20|06/27|06/24|07/11/16|--/--/--|01/12/17|02/17/17|03/15/17|Los Angeles, CA Melusine.........|04/01/09|06/20|06/27|06/29|07/22/16|02/02/17|02/09/17|03/09/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA qbertz7..........|03/07/08|06/24|06/30|06/29|07/21/16|--/--/--|01/26/17|03/06/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Vancouver12......|09/11/13|06/27|07/06|07/01|07/19/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CAjordan85.........|10/15/13|07/15|07/21|07/21|08/10/16|--/--/--|02/27/17|03/31/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA haron1930........|--/--/--|08/18|08/23|08/27|09/13/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA HeatGun..........|11/19/13|08/24|09/08|09/07|09/26/16|10/19/16|11/15/16|12/16/16|01/18/17|Los Angeles, CA apple21..........|12/26/11|10/01|10/06|10/07|10/31/16|02/13/17|02/17/17|03/20/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Coffeetealatte...|--/--/--|11/30|--/--|12/04|02/23/17|02/24/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Klsoul...........|06/26/02|12/14|01/05|01/05|01/31/17|02/03/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA California_girl92|03/18/14|12/17|12/21|12/21|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Andy2891.........|04/01/14|12/30|01/12|01/19|02/08/17|03/01/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Jadon_Germany....|03/31/14|12/31|01/03|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Lalalala321......|04/07/14|01/10|01/18|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA ac8238...........|09/01/07|01/12|01/18|01/20|02/16/17|02/23/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Elisar...........|01/01/14|01/23|--/--|02/03|02/24/17|03/01/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA KleoLove.........|03/--/13|01/23|02/02|02/04|02/24/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA DisneyLovers.....|02/11/09|01/31|02/09|02/09|03/03/17|03/07/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA reevolve.........|08/19/11|02/02|02/03|02/08|02/27/17|03/02/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA texaspanpan......|10/08/09|02/06|02/13|02/17|03/06/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Santa Ana Field Office UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints|In Line.|Int ltr..|Intrview|Oath....|Field Office E-A..............|07/18/13|05/07|05/11|05/11|05/31/16|03/04/17|--/--/--|04/10/17|--/--/--|Santa Ana => San Diego, CA 02/16/17 ladyrant.........|04/21/09|06/14|06/16|06/18|07/06/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA Kamex009.........|11/08/11|08/11|08/11|08/16|09/06/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA oc_citizen_2016..|07/01/10|--/--|--/--|09/07|10/07/16|10/13/16|12/27/16|01/25/17|02/15/17|Santa Ana, CAoc_citizen_2016..|07/01/10|--/--|--/--|09/23|10/20/16|10/25/16|01/06/17|02/09/17|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA scroll...........|03/11/07|11/01|??/??|11/26|12/12/16|12/15/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA DN Medellin COL..|01/17/14|11/16|11/21|11/19|12/13/16|12/17/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA DoomDog..........|09/10/10|12/12|12/16|12/16|01/11/17|01/16/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA Shine11..........|02/23/12|12/13|12/20|12/15|01/12/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA San Diego Field Office L and T..........|07/26/13|05/14|05/18|05/18|06/10/16|--/--/--|11/16/16|12/16/16|01/18/17|San Diego, CA Frannyglass......|12/10/13|09/30|--/--|10/07|11/04/16|11/10/16|02/21/17|03/28/17|--/--/--|San Diego, CAJerreg...........|11/19/13|12/19|12/30|01/07|01/24/17|01/26/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|San Diego, CA Leon & Mylen.....|04/15/14|01/17|01/24|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|San Diego, CA T & S............|03/06/14|02/01|02/04|02/10|03/03/17|03/09/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|San Diego, CA Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. 3. Please make sure you are using Rich Text Editor as your message setting. 4. Click "Quote" on the most recent/updated posting version of this list. 5. Remove the "Quote Coding" at the top and bottom of the list. 6. Always use [Courier New] Font and font size.[12] 7. Make changes and Add Reply. 8. Red Font = "I'm A United States Citizen"! Legend: GC-Date: The 'Resident Since' Date located on your first green card Sent: Date N-400 was mailed to USCIS Cashd: Date your check was cashed / credit card was charged by USCIS NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics) In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview sheduling Int Ltr: Date you received the official letter in the mail regarding interview Interview: Date of your interview Oath: Date Oath taken Field Office: Your local USCIS office where you will have the N-400 interview
  2. I was wondering if we have a lot of Los Angeles filed office AOS filers, maybe it would help to get some data points here. My main concern is how do you plan travel for after you get your AP and until you get your interview notice? I do not want to book travel and then get a notice that my interview is during that time... As best I can tell, it used to be 7.5 months from receive date to interview, and now with the latest update it is 6 3/4 months or so. One member here I believe got scheduled 6 months out recently, but I can't find where that post was (the search here when you type in Los Angeles is too hard to sift through). Any other LA filers here? Maybe you can share your dates and we can get some educated guesses going
  3. Hi everyone, I am looking for advice on what are my option at this point. I had my N400 interview in April 2017. I did not get approval right away due to missing official copies of tax statement. I received the N14 form at the end of the interview, and I responded within 15 days. After I submitted those additional documents, I have been waiting until now. I had info pass appointment once and called 800 numbers twice, and I cannot get any update except that USCIS is still working on my case. Is there anything I can do to push for a response or decision from USCIS? Thanks everyone
  4. Hello all, I'm hoping someone will be able to offer some advice, I've see a few posts on various forums about this particular matter but have yet to see an answer or definitive outcome to this situation. Some context about my case - For nearly two years I have been working on my O1 visa case with my lawyers; Kate Raynor & Associates. I have two job offers in Los Angeles waiting for me as a musician; one to join a band and the other to be an on call session guitarist to one of LA's top song writer/producers. We submitted my case with USCIS in June 2017 to which I was asked for more evidence. I was annoyed but did as requested and gathered more evidence then re-submitted at the end of October 2017. I then received a positive outcome mid December 2017 stating my O1 visa had been approved. I booked an appointment for my interview and to send off my passport to get stamped at the US embassy in London on January 3rd 2018. The interview didn't go as expected as I was told they would need to review my case further, the next day I received an email from the embassy with a 'notification of revocation'. The decision will now go back to USCIS who will either agree with the London embassy's recommendation to revoke my visa, or they might still think I deserve the O1 (I would think they would side with the embassy though). The average response time from USCIS seems to be about 6-12 months, possibly longer. As anyone can understand this is pretty ridiculous as no job offer will realistically wait indefinitely for an answer, even if it is positive, especially in the music industry. I have been given no specific reason as to why they are trying to revoke my visa other than one short line in the email saying 'The request for revocation is based on further administrative review of the applicant’s qualifications conducted subsequent to your visa interview at Embassy London.' This seems incredibly unreasonable as the interview only lasted about 5 minutes, I was asked about 5--10 questions which were somewhat vague, so I was unable to talk about 90% of the evidence that granted me the initial approval. It also appeared the consular officer who interviewed me had no previous knowledge of my case, so was basing the entirety of his decision on my answers in that moment. Does anyone have any knowledge/experience on how to resolve this matter quickly, ideally with the visa ultimately being approved? (as it has been approved in principal in the US). This decision will have massive long term ramifications on my life as, from now on, if I travel to any other country and they ask if I have ever been denied a visa, I will have to say yes and explain why. This will obviously count against me and will potentially impact my ability to work as, being a musician, I'm often required to travel all over the world for gigs. So the embassy's decision to refuse a visa to work in the US will now risk my ability to work anywhere else. It will also affect the band and producer who have offered me jobs as they will now have to start looking for other guitarists to fill my spot until this matter can be resolved, which again will affect their ability to work and progress. Thanks for reading, I can give more info if needed, I didn't want to post too much straight away as that'll probably scare people off! Jake
  5. Just got back from my oath ceremony! I’m finally a citizen! Here’s everything I can recall and know about being part of the huge ceremony in Los Angeles. Firstly, did you know you can look up the date and times for all the oath ceremonies coming up in the LA Convention Center? Just Google it, I did a few days before the ceremony! I realized after doing so that the actual ceremony began at 1:30PM. My assigned arrival time was 1:00PM, and I realized (through reading other experience posts) that they stagger the arrival times for people so that the hall can slowly get filled with the 3000+ people showing up that day. So I assume there were people who were assigned to arrive at 12:00PM, 12:30PM, etc. I took a Lyft to the Convention Center, got there at around 1:05PM, found my way into the massive room with hundreds and hundreds of people in line to get through security. This took a LONG time. There were a lot of kind staff members around to answer questions and keep everything moving. I was really one of the last one hundred people to arrive. I brought water in a mason jar (too hipster for the security), which was my mistake, because they dumped out the water and threw away my jar. I should have used my collegiate water bottle! But, my banana and dried mangoes got through just fine. After security, you are corralled into the actual ceremony room with a huge American flag and two huge screens on either side of it, as well as a stage and podium in front of the flag. There is a row of tables on the left side of the room with a bunch of citizenship and immigration services workers sitting there, doing your final question/interview. I went to one, showed them my green card and my notice (for the ceremony), and they looked at the back where you have to answer No to everything as well as fill in your personal info. He asked me three questions verbatim to which I answered No, and then one question backwards “Are you still willing to…” and that was a Yes! Then, he stapled my green card to the oath notification, wrote a number on the notification, and gave it back to me. The number corresponds to the table I return to after the ceremony to get my naturalization certificate. I went to the bathroom (weirdly, there are stairs to get up to the bathroom, and I felt bad for the older folks who seemed to struggle to get up the stairs) and then went to the main ceremony seating area for the applicants. Like I said before, there were many staff members, and they swiftly guided us to our seats. At this point we are also given a welcome packet and a tiny American flag! We are seated pretty much in the order we arrive/finish the final interview/walk in towards the seating area. The ceremony itself was short and sweet, you will enjoy it! There’s a speech by the judge, and then he immediately administered the oath of allegiance, and we became citizens! There was lots of cheering and flag-waving. Then there was another speech by someone from USCIS, then we did the Pledge of Allegiance (good times in Elementary School), and finally we sang the Star Spangled Banner along with a very talented guest singer. Then, they played a music video (prepared by USCIS) of America the Beautiful, which was really sweet and showed naturalization ceremonies from cool places all over the U.S., like Mt. Rushmore. I knew from reading past oath ceremony experience posts that a video of the President congratulating us was supposed to play, but they didn’t show any sort of video by the President...this was the first oath ceremony (well, the 9AM one was technically the first) in Los Angeles after Trump’s inaguration. It was funny, they misspoke when presenting the video, they said something along the lines of “we will now show two...excuse me, one video, please enjoy”. After that it was pretty much over. We sat around for a good 15 minutes before we were allowed to get up and go to our assigned table (table number written on our notice!) to pick up our Naturalization Certificate. I got a random lady to take a picture of me holding the certificate and the flag. Then, I went to the bathroom, walked out through all the families and friends waiting for their loved ones (felt kinda sad to do it alone), hopped on a Lyft and went home, barely beating the return traffic. I called the Lyft at 3:38PM. I definitely got teary-eyed a couple times during the ceremony, and I thought it was amazing how they honored people who served in the military who were being naturalized, by having them sit in the front row, reading their names aloud, showing them on the big screens, and allowing them to be dismissed first! Personally, I thought it was great that I was able to get there right before the ceremony began. I was probably one of the last hundred people to get through security, do the questions and take a seat. Because, it takes less time to dismiss everyone by their arrival/seating order, than the time it takes to be in the massive crowd, get through security, do the questions, and get into a seat before the ceremony. So personally I’m glad I didn’t have to sit around in the ceremony hall waiting for everyone to trickle in. It was also really hot today and I got sweaty armpits, so go for something flowy if you’re doing this in LA on a hot day. The dress code is really whatever you think is proper - I saw girls wearing graduation style/borderline inappropriate dresses as well as older folks just wearing comfy everyday “out of the house” clothes, and everything in between. I’m so happy that this process is over and I’m finally a citizen of the United States! I’ve lived here for a total of 16 years (I’m currently 24) and I am so excited to contribute and give back to this country I call home! (I had my interview in late January, and I want to make a post about that too. For some reason, they processed my approval after the interview SUPER quickly! I think it was just because I was a really simple (?) applicant in the fact that I have no children, am not married, am a student, am perfectly fluent in English, lived here forever, etc. I received my oath ceremony notification in the mail literally one week after my interview.)
  6. Hi there everyone...early this month on the 9th I had my Citizenship interview here in Los Angeles and I passed all 3 test the IO was super nice but at the end she handed me a paper where it said that a decision cannot be made. Now I did have an DUI arrest in 2013 which I really regret and learned from so ofcourse I took care of all the fees and completed everything the court asked for. I also got it expunged once the 3 year probation was over. In the interview with the IO she did ask me about it and said she had to get it signed off by her supervisor. Has anyone been trough the same experience as me? Will I get declined? How long does it usually take? Any advice? Thank you.
  7. Hi all, I just had my naturalization interview today 04/24/2018, and thought of coming up here and share my experience you y'all. A little background info., I submitted my application online on 01/12/2018, received biometric notice on 01/13/2018 scheduled 01/31/2018 for fingerprint. Then 03/15/2018 received notice for an interview scheduled on 04/24/2018 at 09:45 am. Interview took place at DTLA's federal building. I took the metro to Civic Center/ Grand Park. From the train station, it is about a 10 mins walk. I arrived around 09:10 am and theres already a line forming to go through the security at the entrance. It took me about 15 mins for the security. After the security, I followed the sign to the elevator and went straight up to the 8th floor (listed on my appointment notice). I followed the sign to the assigned room on the 8th floor. Theres a security guard at the counter collecting the interview appointment notice, and he asked me to wait in the waiting room. The waiting room is pretty big, it has about 50 seats and a kids area to the side with some toys. A TV with news, some pictures on the wall and some plants in the room. There were about 10 people in the waiting room when I arrived, most of them are on their phone (there were no signs about cellphone use). I waited for about an hour and a half. During this time more people showed up and other people's name were called either via a speaker in the waiting room, or an interviewer will come to the waiting room. Around 11:00 am, my name was called, so I went up the to counter and followed the interviewer to his office. Before sitting down, he asked me to swear to tell the truth..etc. then he asked for my green card, drivers license, and since I'm under the age of 26, he also asked for my selective service registration. (He scanned all of them) Then he said, "let's start with the test and get it over with." He had me read a sentence on a piece of paper, "Where is the White House?" then he passed me another piece of paper and asked me to write down "The White House is in Washington D.C. ". Civic Test: 1. What is an amendment? 2. Who vetos the bill? 3. What is the capital of your state (California)? 4. What is the supreme law of the land? 5. Who did the US fight in WWII? 6. Who do we show loyalty to when we say the pledge of allegiance? Then he said, "Triple-A, you passed, now we need to go over the information on the application." -- So we went through the address history (I lived in another state up until 09/2017), employment history, travel history, and contact information. I reminded him I plan on doing a name change (I filled out the name change section on my online application) since he didn't ask me about it. So we went over the name change part, and he printed out name change forms for me to verify the information and sign. Then we moved on to the yes/no questions about crime and drugs, etc. They were all pretty straightforward. At the end, he print out my N-652 (Interview Result) along with some oath ceremony information, and a booklet about US history and constitution, and told me its all done and wait for the oath ceremony notice in the mail, it should come within the next 60 days. - The whole interview process took about 50 mins. I walked out the federal building around 12:00. I hope this post helps you with the preparation process, and let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!
  8. Good Afternoon, The time has come and I'm ready to submit docs for N400 - I have a fews asks and was hoping for some input 1. Clubs and organizations (VERY broad topic) - what would make the cut and what would NOT make the cut (Facebook groups I would assume NO) 2. Supporting Docs - All the other applications have been accompanied by portfolios of information, paperwork, photos, tax returns etc etc Could you please give me an idea of the supporting docs and N400 would possibly need? Thank you all!
  9. Hello everybody, I have been on this forum reading threads a lot during my process, and I wanted to give back by sharing my interview experience with you. So a little bit about me: I'm a female student, not married, have lived in the U.S. for 16 years, had a green card for more than 5 years, got it through the lottery. My appointment was 8:40AM at the Federal Building in DTLA. I got to the building at 8:10AM. The line in front of the Federal Building at 8:10AM was already moderately long, I waited at least 15 minutes in line before I got to the security at the entrance of the building. They made me take off my little boots I was wearing, but other people with smaller shoes (like flats) didn't have to. Also remember to take your phone out of your bag and put it next to your bag in the tub. The security guard found and took out of my purse two bottles of prescription pills, which he made a joke about, and I said something along the lines of "just in case!" with a smile and he easily let me through. I used the restroom in the lobby, then went to the 6th floor and room that's assigned on my letter. The room that's actually on my letter was an office style room (with cubicles as well as individual interview rooms) across the hall from the waiting room, and everyone assigned to that room like me was waiting in the waiting room. The security guard in front of the interview room took my letter. The waiting room was very comfortable and had a TV playing current news as well as some plants, pictures on the wall of people smiling, and a small play section with toys for children. I sat in the waiting room with about 50 other people. This very elderly Asian man was called for his interview at one point, and he turned around with a huge grin and waved at everyone else in the waiting room, which I thought was really adorable and heartwarming. Interestingly, I felt like I waited a very short time in the waiting room, as I was called before others who were there before me. My interviewer actually came to the waiting room to call me in person, whereas most others' names were called on a loudspeaker that plays in the waiting room, a name being called once every 10 minutes or so. I went with him across the hall into the office-like room with lots of cubicles, and went to his actual office in the back. He first had me swear I tell the truth, and then I sat down and he asked me for my green card and my California State ID card (I don't drive). That's all he asked me to show, even though I brought lots of other stuff related to my application. So he first had me do the civics exam "to get it over with!". He wrote my answers down pretty much verbatim on a worksheet he had in front of him, which had 10 questions on it. As you know, after getting 6 right, it's over, you pass. These were the questions I was asked: What is freedom of religion? When was the Constitution written? How many people are in the Senate? When must one sign up for Selective Service? What is the ocean on the East Coast? Name a state that borders Canada. Then, he made me read "The American flag is red, white, and blue." and then write the same sentence in a spot on a piece of paper. Ridiculously easy. Next, he went through the entire N-400 I had submitted, a copy of which was in front of him. We actually went through all of the things in the application that I had answered, but it did not take long because I am not married and have no kids. He asked me some interest-based questions, like how my undergrad experience was at the university I went to, and also what I am researching in grad school. And he did ask me about the trips I had taken outside the U.S. since getting my green card, and they were all short winter break trips to my parents' country, to "visit grandparents". Then came all the "no" questions. He looked at me in the eyes for each one, the ones about crimes, guerilla, drugs, unpaid taxes, Communism, all that stuff. Then, it was done. He told me that I passed! He had me sign a piece of paper he printed out that showed all my basic personal info, that would go on my naturalization certificate. And then he gave me a pamphlet about American facts, a flyer about "what to expect at the oath ceremony", and also the Form N-652/approval notice. Then, he told me that the next oath ceremony would be mid-February, but I probably won't be able to get into that one, so I would probably have my oath in March or later (update: I got the mid-February oath ceremony). He told me I should expect my oath notification in the mail in a month to 90 days (update: I got it in the mail in 8 days). I wasn't particularly worried about passing the interview, but I felt so happy and relieved when I stepped out of the office and out of the Federal Building. I hope this helps you know what to expect, as well as quell any nervousness you may have about this. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  10. Dear VJ Users -- So my husband and I attended our interview. Upon arrival, we were told that might be 1-2 hours delay from our original schedule. We were advised to either go out and have lunch and then come back and wait or just sign in and then wait. We decided on the later. We were waiting for 1.5 hours before being called for our interview. The lady interviewing us was SUPER pleasant. Brough us to her office, swore us in, took my fingerprints, asked for our IDs, and asked me to put all my supporting documents on the table, all of it. What seems to be strange for me that she was not familiar with our case. I thought she was 'acting' by asking us all these questions like where do I live; how many time I've been to the US; where did I stay during those visits (I was visiting my husband, of course, I stayed with him); She was surprised that my husband is not from the same country where I was (side note he's Italian and looks completely Mediterranean and I look somewhat Asian). The whole time I really thought that she was acting to 'trip' us... but the more questions she asked the more I realized that she has no prior knowledge of our application nor was she has any access to our I-129F petition. She went through all my supporting documents took most of the copies (photos, banking, utilities, etc. etc.) and then asked me to show here original documents. and then she asked me "Where are your old photos?" in my head I was like, "huh??...." so I asked her if she referring to photos I submitted to during my I-129F petition and she said yes so by the grace of God I happen to have the exact copy in my possession. Passed in on to her, she went through the photo booklet that I made (I'm a part-time graphic designer so my photo booklet was LIT!). And then she asked us, "So how did the two of you meet?" then I've concluded that she was not acting, she really was not familiar with our case. The interview took about 20-30 minutes, I was so nervous but my husband did super well. The IO asked us to wait outside while she made copies of our ID. 10 minutes later she showed up at the door with a white sheet paper I was like, "YYYYAAAAASSSSS!!" but as I walked closer to her she didn't seem congratulatory at all... I was like, "Yass?" she then mentioned that the interview is finished, there are still some documents she has to retrieve from the system but all of our applications and document we presented to her were all in good condition and she didn't think that there's anything wrong. I asked her what document seems to be missing, she said: " I need a copy of the approved I-129F form". I showed her the copy that was given to me by the embassy prior to my K-1 interview last year and she said, "Yes, it's this document that I need but I must receive that from the central system, not from the applicant. I cannot make any decision before receiving that document. I've requested in the system but I can not promise or cannot guarantee when will I have it with me." She gave us our IDs back, gave me the sheet, I read it and my husband asked, how long do we have to wait to hear from her / USCIS, she said, "Within the next 1 or 3 months, oh I'm sorry I mean 1 or three weeks. I am sorry but this happens to every K-1 case in LA Office. I don't know why they didn't furnish me all the documents for each case." I asked her why do you think it's happening? She said, "Could be many reasons, bad organization perhaps..." and she gave me a sour smile and apologized again. By this time I already mentally checked out... I was so hoping that this will be a one time deal and we would be celebrating by sipping champagne at 3 pm after the interview. Instead we were told to wait again... The walk back to Aiso Parking Garage was the longest walk I've ever done in my life (and I live in Cameroon during 2008 riot when there were no Taxis operating)... I felt like sh!t but tried not to show it to my husband because I didn't want him to feel worse than he already was. But the more I think of it I kind of feel a little better because our situation could be worse, from beginning to end our application was literally a breeze, this minor hick-up should just be a minor hick-up nothing more. And our IO was SUPER pleasant, nice, friendly and chatty. At the beginning I kept thinking, this is because we're gay and I came from a Muslim country this is why she put our case on hold... but then I thought... huh... she didn't even have our old photos and our story of how we met... I think she really didn't have our I-129F forms... she wasn't acting.... What do you guys think will happen to me??? Thoughts?? Ideas??? Anything??? Thank you. J/G Also here are some tips for those applicants preparing for your AOS interview: If it possible to take LA metro/train, please do so. it's $1.75 / person / trip.... We paid $12 for parking, that's BS. The Union Station is 3 minutes walk from the Federal Building. I was just too nervous and didn't want to be late so we decided to drive in retrospect train would've been such a great idea. Bring a copy of EVERYTHING you submitted (I-129F Petition Pack, K-1 Visa Application Pack, and your AOS/EAD/AP Application Pack). You never know what the IO / the USCIS are missing from your pile / asking you to show them during your interview. Eat breakfast/lunch before your interview.... you'll be waiting a long time... There is a candy bar machine and a water fountain just outside the waiting room. Dress up. Look nice and proper. There's no issue with bringing Phone into the building. I'll post this too at the office review. SIDE NOTE: Although I said that this whole thing was basically a breeze for both of us and we did EVERYTHING ourselves, This (I-129F, K-1 & AOS) has been a LOOOOOONNNNGGGG process. It's kind of a make or break process. I cannot imagine people going through this without a genuine love for their husband/wife and want to bring her/him to live in the US and start a life together. It took a lot of time, energy and effort and it's not fun or at the least enjoyable. It's rather stressful actually. I am glad I arrived at this point and so many of you have been through it and successfully done so, CONGRATS. I hope my turn is coming soon.
  11. Dear VJ Users -- Just a quick question, are we allowed to bring our laptops, mobiles, USB drive into the building for our AOS interview?? I searched this information but most posts are from 2014 or older. I would like to have more recent information from VJ users who recently interviewed in Los Angeles office (300 N Los Angeles Street). THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!! J/G
  12. Dear kind VJ Users -- I read so much post about AOS interview but 98% of them are from 2015 or older... I would like to have the most recent information on this subject. PLEASE bear with me I'm feeling a little scattered right now and I cannot seems to think straight, I was reading my I-797C for my AOS Interview and the followings are the ONLY documents that applied to my particular situation (I will bring the original and 2 copies of these documents): Interview Notice All documents establishing your eligibility for Lawful Permanent Resident Status (i.e. Passport and wedding license, correct?) EAD Card & AP Card (approved 1 Nov 2017; physical card has yet to arrive via mail) I-94 My Passport My Birth Certificate Birth Certificate English Translation & certificate My SSN Husband's US Passport Husband's SSN Husband's Birth Certificate Original Marriage License Certified Copy of marriage license Joint Bank account Utility bills (Rent, Gas, phone, electricity, water, etc.) Photos (post the AOS submission) Correspondence (mails, bills, postcards addressed to both or either one of us with our current address) MAYBE Copies of the complete set of my AOS Package (approx 300 pages) MAYBE Copies of the complete set of my I-129F Application Pack (approx. 175) MAYBE Copies of the complete set of my K-1 Visa Application pack (i don't even know how many pages....) PS. My vaccination records & I-864 (principal sponsor & joint sponsor) have all been submitted along with my I-485 application pack back in August. In the interview notice (I-797C) it was written that I need to bring, "Original and copy of each supporting document that you submitted with your application. Otherwise, we may keep your original for our record." QUESTION: Does this refer to my supporting documents that I send along with my I-485 Application Pack or does this goes all the way back to my I-129F, K-1 Visa and including AOS?? I have all in my record I just wonder which "application" is the instruction referring to?? The following documents were submitted along with my I-485: Original Bank Check Original G-1145 Form Original I-485 Form (with 4 additional attachment) Copy of my Birth Certificate (BC) Copy English translation of BC and the certificate of Translation Copy of K-1 Visa Original Passport Photos Copy Vaccination Records DS-3025 (Original was submitted to the US Embassy back home) Original I-864 from my husband (with all the supporting documents i.e. copies) Original I864 from my joint sponsor (with all the supporting documents i.e. copies) Copy of I-797 with the WAC number Copy of my wedding license Copy of I-94 Copy of Passport Copy of US entry stamp So assuming would I be ok with just bringing my ORIGINAL AND COPY of my Birth certificate, its translation, my passport, Vaccination records, I-797, Wedding License, and I-94. So essentially I just need to add Vaccination record to the blue list above right?? I think I'm going crazy.... Can someone advise me on this? THANK YOU.
  13. Dear VJ Users -- I'm scheduled for my AOS interview on 11 December 2017. I know I have more than 4 weeks but I always think better to prepare ahead of time. Can anyone share what does the AOS (K1 to Green Card) notice letter from USCIS said to prepare? I remember the email from US Embassy had a very specific list of documents to prepare for my K1 Interview, does the Notice for my Green Card interview will have a similar list of documents? Please advise. Best, J/G.