|Local US CIS Office Review: Newark NJ
Review Topic: cis_topic
|Review Date :
||November 22, 2019
|Embassy Review :
||Interview was scheduled for 1PM.
Expected long lines for security, arrived early as per other advises, but the side entry was open, so we were the only ones there. Less than a minute.
Went up the elevator, 12:30. Officer greeted us at the elevator hall, checked the letter and ID's, directed us.
Took maybe 5mins to wait at the window. Got seated and were told to wait.
1:05PM Officer came out and called our names.
He seemed very serious and not really approachable. Wouldn't even shake hands, so right of the bat had bad vibes.
Asked to swear to say the truth, then for Birth Certificates, Passports, Marriage Certificates right of the bat once we sat down. He went through all of them.
Then asked the relationship questions. How did we meet, where did we meet, when did we start dating, when and where proposed, when got married, where the petitioner works, what does he do there, then same question about the beneficiary. Asked petitioner about beneficiary parents (FULL NAMES). Where we live, who else lives with us. Did we go on the honeymoon, did we travel anywhere else. I'm sure i've forgotten a couple as he kept pounding us with questions about the relationship. (Not a single smile)
Then confirmed the address on the application, went through the application, checked out the usual questions from the application.
(He didn't ask for affidavit of support or DS 3025 (Both were submitted with application), as some say they do ask to update them, just have latest tax paperwork on you JUST IN CASE they decide to ask).
Then he asked for relationship proof, bank statements, joint assets, pictures, anything we could show him to "prove bonafide relationship". The usual stuff. We didn't have much to show, but a bill from dentists, statements, mortgage approval in both names, Drivers licenses, her paycheck with same address, and maybe 6-8 pictures. Keep in mind, they WILL KEEP ALL THAT PAPERWORK, so if you need anything back, have a copy in hand to give to him.
Once we were done, he asked if we had any questions. And that we should check our case status for updates, and that he needs to review the application to make a decision. Once we left the building, even before we got in the car, we got a notification of card being produced.
I mean, i felt like more of a job interview, than Immigration interview as it was very professional and no joking around. I feel i should rate it 4, but 5 is more appropriate, given all circumstances. We were in the building 12:30, and out 1:40PM. Ample of parking (use Orchard street parking, pretty expensive 1+hour is $20, but its second time i was there and easy to find a place to park, that place takes cash AND credit). Staff was friendly, both security and window staff. I feel like officer could've been more approachable, but since it's a serious thing, i get it ( though he made us sweat out of nervousness lol), but he was direct and didn't waste a second, so that is appreciated.
Very good overall experience. My advice to make it smoother-> Have passports and interview letter close , have all paperwork separated in the folder so you won't have to scramble during the interview. go with ID's, birth certs, marriage cert ( ID's and BC's being on top) -> I-94's -> Approval letters for Ead, AP, I129F (we were not asked but have them) -> Relationship proof at the bottom, and then separate folder for taxes just in case.
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