visagirl- () • 11/11/2012 01:13:01 AM
Here goes my story!
Jan 2007 -came as a F1 student
May 2011 - Graduated college
After graduation started to work (not related to major) using OPT.
Jan 2012 - Met this guy at work (US citizen)
Feb 2012 (towards the end) - Started dating
April 2012 (first week) - Moved in together
June 12 2012 - Got Married
July 17 2012- OPT ended
August 21 2012 - Submitted paper works (AOS, I 130, I 765)
August 28 2012 - Got mails saying those paper works were accepted and cheque was cashed.
(Even though I had signed up for e-notifications, never got one!)
September 04 2012 - Received appointment letter for bio metrics for September 19th.
September 19 2012 - Bio metrics taken
October 3 2012 - Received appointment letter for interview on Nov. 08, 8:30 am
October 31st 2012 - Got notification saying my I-765 was updated. (it was under card productions category)
November 06 2012 - Got notification again about I-765 and it said EAD card was mailed.
Between October and November, I did lot of research. Thanks to this forum. I read every single person's interview post. I was very nervous.
My biggest fears before interview were :
1. My husband and I got married in short span of time, within 4 months after we started dating.
2. Even though we live together in a house, we don't have lease or utility bills on our name. We pay the rent and bills. Basically, we are guarding some body else house. And we are not obliged to stay here if we find better place.
3. Both of us have not met both side of our parents, not even friends. So, we don't have pictures with any of our friends or family.
4. We had a civil wedding. So, there is no wedding pictures.
5. I did not change my maiden name. I felt this could suspicious in our situation. And I did not have any genuine reason. It was my personal choice.
I was very worried and scared. To give IO people proof that we are living together, I started ordering stuff online on our house address. We have P.O box. and we get all our mails on P.O box. I usually do online shopping. So, I started ordering stuff on my name and my husband's name on our house address. I started murdering the outside box of the package and collected all the addresses with our names on it. It's not easy to get only the address out of the box since it's glued very nicely. So, basically you have to murder them and take whatever you can. Ordering stuff on house address was one of the smartest thing I did. I will recommend people to do it if you guys are in our situation. Obviously lease and bills on your name is the best, but some time you gotta do what you gotta do!
Since we did not have wedding pictures, I started to make a scarp book. I printed all the i-phone and some camera pictures we had and started putting them together. Printing pictures and putting them in album is lot easier than scarpbooking. Scarpbooking takes lot of time but in our case it was worth it. I put those pictures in such a way that they will tell our story from beginning till now.
On november 07 10:00 pm, we started driving for interview. We live in one corner of the state, and the interview place was in another corner. Basically it was little over 8 hrs drive to get there. Yup, it was a long drive. Since we were already there for bio meterics, we were prepared for it. On our way, I started questioning my husband. We practiced little bit. Our relationship and marriage is so fresh that we know and remember everything. I made him memorize my parents name. We knew everything about each other. So, had no clue what to practice. Both of us were not even nervous. I used to get so nervous when I read people's post but now on the actual date, I was not even nervous or excited!. Part of it was probably because of the long drive.
At 8:00 am, we entered the building. The building is small and not crowded at all. So, it was just two of us. After
8:30 am, IO lady called us. She seemed calm and nice. We followed her and she asked us to swear in.
After that she asked me how to say my first name. Most people can't say it, So, I told her to call me by nick name. Then, she asked my husband about how we met, my birth date, place of birth, my parents name (good thing I made him memorize lol), wedding date, and where I work. I was surprised she was asking him question after question. I thought they attack immigrant but they were attacking US citizen lol.
Then the lady asked me about my husband birth date, place of birth, his parents name, and his job.
Then she asked us to give the joint property. I gave her our phone bills, bank statement, health/dental insurance, his pay stub, tax transcript, those mail address collection ( I explained her about utility bill and housing situation), and scarp book.
She looked through the scarp book and pretty much glanced at those pictures. After asking some Yes/No questions from the application, she said she approved the case. But she would want some pictures of us. I had read in this forum that IO people will take some pictures from album to keep in their record. So, keeping that in mind, I had carried DVD with me. I knew they wont be able to take pictures from scarpbook. She said we can submit within 30 days. I told her before we head back we would print some pictures and drop it off. She was happy to hear that. I just wanted to get over everything. She took my I-94 and made me sign the paper. Interview was over. We then went to Walmart, printed those pictures, and hand them to security to pass it to her.
It was a huge relief. Later that day, I got text notification about case being updated. I checked online and it was under (card productions/order).
Next day, November 9, I got text again from USCIS. I checked it and my status was under decision. I was like WTH? But read it carefully and basically said they have sent the mail and have registered me as permanent resident. Got another text and it was for I-130. It said, the application was approved and the mail has been sent :D
Total it took me 78 days and did not hire a lawyer :))
I hope my experience helps you guys! Good luck!