|Local US CIS Office Review: New York City NY
Review Topic: cis_topic
|Review Date :
||August 6, 2011
|Embassy Review :
||Hi all, I wanted to post my interview experience in NY as well. Overall it was great and I got approved the same day, but not at the interview a few hours later.
It was on Wednesday July 27th at 1:45 at Federal Plaza in NY. We didn’t wait much (can’t tell how long because they made us turn off cell phones). The IO was very pleasant and professional. We walked in he swore us in told us to have a seat and asked if he have any additional evidence we want to submit, and if we have pictures he would look at those first, while I am getting the rest of the evidence together. Oh he also asked to see IDs at this point.
I had two albums, a smaller one with photos of our wedding and a larger one with photos since the beginning of our relationship four years ago- holidays, trips, birthdays, everyday hanging out.
He flipped quickly through the photos, by that time I had put a few different folders on his desk, one with cards address to both of us for weddings and birthdays, the financial folder had bank accounts, joint taxes, apartment leases, and some wedding vendor contracts that we both had signed. And the last one was with my husband’s employment letter and pay stubs. And of course the original marriage certificate, birth certificates for both of us, and my passport. Quite honestly not sure what exactly he looked at from these folders as I still kept pulling things out and trying to figure out how to organize them. At this point he started the questions.
Questions to my husband (the USC)
-where was your wife born
-what’s her full name (all names)
-any other names ever used
-what’s her maiden name
-what’s her father’s name
-her father’s last name
-has she been married before
-has she had any children
-how did your wife enter this country
-what’s the name of the school that she attended when she enter (that’s the only question he messed up, so the IO asked me for the name of the school)
-how long did she attend that school
-did she graduate from that school
-does your wife work right now
- what does she do (I do research)
- does she do most of her research on line or does she go to the field?
Here my husband said he doesn’t know the name of the company, but knows what the project is about and that I don’t work from home but work at the office
Then he asked me to confirm the address of the office and the name of the company and when I told him I just worked there for two weeks he asked the same questions about my previous assignment, which my husband answered correctly
Questions to me (the applicant)
-where was your husband born
-has he ever been married before
-has he had any children
-does he have any siblings (I gave him their names)
-do they have any children (again I said yes and gave him names)
-have you been to their homes
- then all the questions from the I-485 form
Then he closed the file, said it was a very straight forward case and he will mark it “recommended for approval” but he still has to wait for my security clearances to come in and will approve me then. He said that should happen by the end of day, and he congratulated us. He also gave us his direct phone line to call incase I need a stamp before the card arrives.
At first I was so excited, but then I started thinking that these “security clearances” will get lost somewhere and I will wait forever. But he actually called my husband around 5:30 or 6:00pm to let us know that I was approved and that my card should arrive in two weeks.
So that was that, definitely thorough interview, but not stressful. The IO was so super nice, over all a pleasant experience especially since I got the approval the same day.
Good luck to the people still waiting!
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