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  Petitioner's Name: Steve
Beneficiary's Name: Tiffany
VJ Member: SAT
Country: Malaysia

Last Updated: 2014-12-07
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Immigration Checklist for Steve & Tiffany:

Dept of State Other Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

Other Visa
Event Date
NVC Received :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date :
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2001-04-02
Comments : We met, and married in the USA. Tiff is adjusting her status from B-2 Visa to Permanent Resident. Tiff is a B-2 Overstay by 7 years.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2001-04-02 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : Entered 2001 on a b2 visa as a tourist and never returned, we met as strangers here in new york in 2001, and married in 2008. Adjusted status in 2009.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2009-01-07
NOA Date : 2009-01-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-01-27
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2009-03-25 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2009-04-03
Comments : We were actually sent to Garden City NY for our interview. Everything went smoothly from beginning to end. If we could be of any help to you, please don

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-07
NOA Date : 2009-01-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-01-27
Approved Date : 2009-03-09
Date Card Received : 2009-03-19
Comments : Biometrics went smoothly, pleasant experience. EAD approved 3-09. Card received.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 61 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-01-03
NOA Date : 2011-01-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-02-02
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-06-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2011-07-08
Comments : Hey everyone, I hope you are all doing well. Despite of what is said, The USCIS DOES send a reminder to you reminding you to lift conditions on your Permanent Residence. So, we gathered as much supporting documents as we could, and filed a joint I-751. This package was mailed certified mail with return receipt requested to the VSC. I will keep you updated. See you soon.Permanent greencard approved and received.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2012-03-31
NOA Date : 2012-04-11
Bio. Appt. : 2012-05-17
Interview Date : 2012-07-26
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2012-08-22
Comments : The time has come for tiff to become a citizen. We'll keep you updated.........

On July 26, Tiff went for her interview at 26 federal plaza at 8:30AM. The appointment took all of 45 minutes to 1 hour. The interviewing officer was pleasant and nice.
He asked her for a couple of financial documents, she showed him our tax returns and my pension statements.

He asked her questions, she got 6 in a row correct. The questions are...

1- name a state that borders canada
2- what year was constitution written
3- what ocean borders east coast
4- name one of the thirteen original colonies
5- name one right under the first amendment
6- how old do citizens have to be to vote.

the reading portion was "Who must pay taxes?" (Something like that)

The writing portion was "Everyone pays taxes" (Something like that).

at the end he told her that she passed, and is welcome to wait for the appointment to take the oath. Or she can recieve it in the mail. We opted to wait there for the appointment. So we waited in another room for an hour. She got the letter of appointment for the Oath ceremony. I will keep you updated.

Goodluck to you...........Hi everyone, Tiff took the oath to become a citizen in Brooklyn NY, it's a long day. You can expect to be there from 830am to around noon. Family and friends wait in the cafeteria till around 11am. then you may or may not be invited to the courtroom to watch the ceremony. In any case, the entire event is viewable through CCTV in the Cafeteria. The first part of the day is spent checking on your paperwork and talking about voting, your duties as a citizen, etc... Then the oath is at around 1130 and is relatively quick. Don't bring cameras and cell phones, otherwise you have to check it in (And stand in line to get it back later). The cafeteria's food isn't bad at all......Any questions feel free to contact me.....For Tiffany, her journey is complete. I want to express my thanks to everyone here, and VisaJourney. Good luck to you.

Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: New York City NY
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : December 8, 2014
Embassy Review : GARDEN CITY NY (Long Island)

This is our experience:

We arrived 1:45 PM for a 2 PM interview. You get scanned thru security and directed to a window like DMV. The lady took Tiff's appointment letter. Then you wait, we waited about a half hr, then they called about 10 people's names, and asked if anyone needed a translator. Then we all went upstairs. Then we waited another half hr or so. Finally an interview officer called us, and we introduced eachother. She was not unpleasant, but not the most friendly. Quite professional.

During the interview, she asked us for ID. Then she actually asked me more questions than she did Tiff. It started with my pedigree, then how we met. Where we met, what I do, have I ever been married, I am 15 yrs Tiff's senior, so there was a question directed at Tiff about how old I was when we met (To which Tiff answered wrong).

Tiff's questions were quite simple, when did you come to the USA, did you ever leave, why the long overstay (To which I answered because she met me, and didn't want to leave, and I procrastinated about marriage, I blamed myself). She asked Tiff where and if she worked, is she working now. Has she ever been locked up, smuggled drugs, etc.

Finally, she briefed through our financial documents, esp joint financial ties. She looked at our pictures and took about 5 of them. In the end, I would say 75% of the questions were directed at me.

Then she said "Congratulations, You are approved. I will have your passport stamped right now"

Then we went back downstairs and waited for maybe 10 minutes, they called Tiff's name, handed her passport back with a 551 stamp in it. She explained that the 551 stamp is like a temp greencard, she is free to travel in and out of the country. We will receive the greencard shortly.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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