Juan- () • 09/11/2009 03:25:10 AM
I entered the USA as visitor, changed status to F1 student, failed to maintain status and overstayed, married to a US citizen in may 2008.
Sent application to change status on june 29, 2009.
Interview set to sept. 4, 2009. It only took 2 months and 5 days! Wow!
Appointment was at 11:00 am, we arrived at 10:40 am, waited for our lawyer (we hired one because I was arrested twice for driving with suspended license and hiring a lawyer gave me some peace of mind). I was extremely nervous, my wife not as nervous as me. We were called, my heart was beating so hard and fast!! Officer (male) lead us to his office, we swored in and then we asked for our paperwork and proof of us living together. Then he asked her her full name and date of birth, then date of our marriage. He then asked me my full name and date of marriage, then he asked me when's her birthday. Then he asked her my parents' names and if she talks to them regularly, then he asked how many guests we had, why was I arrested then he saw some of the pics we have (wedding, honey moon, trips), he even joked around and was in a very good mood which calmed my altered nerves. He left for a moment to get a supervisor's approval on my arrest records and when he came back he explained he was going to stamp my passport (then I new I was becoming a Permanent Resident, yeaH!!!!), because the place where GCs are made was shut down momentarily during the summer and gcs were taking a little more time than expected to arrive. He advised me to get a SSN as soon as possible and to become a citizen in three years if I wanted to. He then congratulated us and lead us out.
I am so happy!!! It was a very pleasant experience despite all the stress that sorrounds the interview process. I wish everyone has a pleasant experience as well.
My best wishes to you all!