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Can I go in the interview with my kids. In the notice it doesn’t say anything about it. Please share some experience
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YES and it is 10 years green card
my journey is finally over and i want to share my timeline with you guys....

July 9, 2021 Card Was Delivered To Me By The Post Office
July 12, 2021 The Post Office picked up mail containing your new card.
July 9, 2021 We mailed your new card your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, directly to the address you gave us.
July 8, 2021 We approved your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
July 7, 2021 We ordered your new card.
April 13, 2020 Your interview for your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, was completed, and your case must be reviewed. We will mail you a notice if we make a decision or take further action.
April 13, 2020 We sent a request for additional evidence for your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
June 11, 2019 We completed our review of your fingerprints and are continuing to work on your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
June 11, 2019 We scheduled an interview for your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
March 27, 2019 We accepted the fingerprint fee for your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Our National Benefits Center location is working on your case.

prayers and patience is the key!!!!!!
open for any questions.....congratulations to myself and thanks everyone for sharing your experiences,,,,,,,
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I-495 approved within 24 hours of interview (F2A, spouse of LPR), thank you USCitizenFilingForSpouse and past users
Thank you immihelp, and past users, especially USCFFS (USCitizenFilingForSpouse). This thread alone was a diamond mine for me: https://www.immihelp.com/forum/adjustment-of-status-i-485/178298-links-evidence-of-bona-fide-marriage-for-i-130-i-485-filing-interview-tips?p=760990#post760990
I stuck to this thread while preparing for my interview, ended up with 4 folders of evidence, 5lbs each roughly to take to the interview.
I-485/AOS package was prepared by a law firm we hired (***.co), so I only did the interview documents and evidence to take in-person.

Happy to answer any questions for anyone who is going for I-485 interview now and my #1 advice is look at all posts from this member: https://www.immihelp.com/forum/member/806886-uscitizenfilingforspouse and make sure you follow the advice. This user did a great job of compiling all the excellent instant-approval past users and shared notes on what stood out in each case.

Some notes from my own experience that I wish someone had told me before -
1. Use FedEx Print services, don't rely on a home printer or at least use a laser printer. I wasted a few days printing and compiling stuff at home
before realizing FedEx Print was faster and much more impressive qualify (both paper and the printing). It helped that my local FedEx has amazingly helpful staff and they
rushed to get 10+ separate orders in on the same day.
2. Make a plan for what you need to do and by when. I had 5 days to collect my evidence since my initial interview notice was lost / routed to an incorrect address and there was the 4th July holiday in between. So between getting the notice and the interview, I had like less than 10 days including working weekdays.
This applies especially if your field office isn't local - you'll need to book tickets, find a hotel with a decent printer / business center (for last-minute work) near the field office.
The first document I made outlined what I needed to collect.
3. Get the originals first - I nearly missed instant approval because I did not have the original prior USCIS approval notice for a prior visa.
4. Table of Contents cannot be emphasized enough. I collected all this evidence and still fumbled in front of the interview officer while pulling out the papers they asked for
because I wasn't familiar enough with the layout within my ring binder / expanding file folders. Sure I had tabs and separators and what not, but your table of contents should really be so good that you can get to any document within 5 seconds of consulting it and hitting the right tab separator instantly.

tl;dr - I had tabs, flags, index pages etc but only added the TOC last minute and then struggled to find things. Don't be me.
 
5. I wish someone gave me a list of stationary or office supplies I would need to compile my evidence binders. I spent a lot of time and here's what worked for me.
I used Pen+Gear for all stationary and FedEx for all printing.

Folders
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a. Pen+Gear 26-pocket expanding file folder: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pen-and-Gear-Expanding-File-Legal-Size-Black-Color-26-Pockets/372713294
2x of these for supplemental evidence that was NOT original e.g. copies of tax returns, past visas, receipts of travel together.

b. Pen+Gear 7-pocket expanding file folder: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pen-Gear-Poly-7-Pocket-Expanding-File-Gray-Letter-Size/715215844
1x of this for originals - limit your originals to find them easily. Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Prior visa approval notices.

c. Pen+Gear 520 sheet 3-ring binder: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pen-Gear-3-Ring-Durable-View-Binder-2-Inch-Blue-Slant-Ring/252705580
Pair with this 3-hole punch, also from Pen+Gear: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pen-Gear-3-Hole-Punch-Black/710664952
Note to match up your punch and ring binder when buying, else you are in for a difficult time. I had to go return my punch because it was from a different brand and
didn't fit the spacing in the binders.

Ring binders are great for evidence that you plan to walk through with the interview officer (mine didn't give me much of an opportunity to).
I used up 500+ sheets in here to catalog all evidence for commingling finances, cohabitation, travel, correspondence with each other and family, USPS informed delivery
daily digests, tax returns mentioning each other's SSNs... the list goes on.
Everything in the ring binder matched up with a higher quality copy in the 26-pocket file folder - ring-binder for me to show the office, and the file-folder copy if the officer
asked to keep copies of something. In our case, we were asked for tax returns, lease and utility bills.

Stationary for Indexing and Retrieval: Table of Contents, Flags, Tabs
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d. Pen+Gear 8-tab dividers plastic: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pen-Gear-Vibrant-Color-8-Tab-Dividers-with-Pockets-Regular/622324481
These worked great, I wish I had found them earlier.
My separation was: Foundational documents, Beneficiary Travel History, Beneficiary Immigration History, Cohabitation, Finances and Health, Travel, Couple Photographs,
Wedding Related Events.
I put a separate table of contents page inside each of these plastic tab separator pockets for that specific section (e.g. Under 'cohabitation' I had lease, utility bills, USPS daily digest printouts, correspondence with landlords etc. Under 'wedding related events' I had invitation card copies, RSVPs printed out by the e-invite website, vendor receipts for venue, photography, actual photos with family and friends during the event picked from our wedding album).
 
e. Pen+Gear ruled index cards: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pen-Gear-Ruled-Index-Cards-3-x-5-300-Count/800073120
Each time I used a paper clip to group some documents together, I attached an index card to the paperclip mentioning what was in that group.
Super-handy for combining 10+ documents, note at the top "tax returns + W-2s + paystubs" etc. This way I pulled out a group and handed to the interview officer
and they read the index card before discarding it with paper clip. Saves them some time figuring out what document I just gave them.

f. Post-It tabs and flags - didn't really use this in the end, but handy for me to keep my sanity around my 500+ page binder when it was a work in progress.

Will type out more later...
Oh, and do not forget to do a test drive-through of the field office before D-day. Ours had a Starbucks next to it, making getting morning coffee easier.

My timeline -

July 15, 2021 Card Was Picked Up By The United States Postal Service
July 15, 2021 Card ordered.
July 14, 2021 Approval of I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
July 13, 2021 Card ordered.
July 12, 2021 Interview conducted at San Jose FO.
June 7, 2021 Interview scheduled.
May 5, 2020 Case is ready to schedule an interview
Jan - March 2020 - RFE and response
December 19, 2019 Biometrics appt.
November 19, 2019 I-485 received.
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Green card in hand
Hello Forum Fellows!
I previously had a post about leaving USA for emergency reason after already being interviewed, after interview I had RFE for medical ( Brooklyn field office). I got my green green card approved while I was in my country on advance parole- and I want to share with you- I didn’t mail it to me or anything like that, I traveled back to US on my advance parole and everything was fine, no questions at all! So I have my green green card now and I wish you all luck and God bless you!!!
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Interview scheduled! Brooklyn Field Office
Hi everyone!

I've been following posts on this blog for the last few months with the hope of estimating my interview date, and the time has finally come! So I'm posting my timeline here in case it can help someone else too.

Filed I-130, I-131, I-485, I-765 on Feb 20 2020 (National Service Center / Brooklyn Field Office).
Family based (married to US Citizen) adjustment of status.

EAD / Advance Parole Card received end of July 2020
Ready to schedule interview: 03/12/2020
Interview is scheduled: 07/02/2021
Interview notice received around 07/10/2021
Interview date is 08/03/2020 at the Brooklyn Field Office.

After 1.5 year of wait, I'm excited to finally have the interview, although a bit stressed too of course :) Feel free to share any advice / feedback!
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San Francisco FO - Green card approved
my timeline
Field office : San Francisco

April 2018 filed I-130
Aug/Sept 2019 I-130 approved

Nov 2019 filed 485 & 765

JAN 2020 RFE for birth certificate(replied to RFE and got confirmation the same January)

JAN 30 2020 Ready to be scheduled for interview

May 2020 765(EAD) approved and received by mail

JAN 2021 filed for EAD renewal

MARCH 2021 EAD renewal receipt notification

June 2021: interview scheduled

July 7th 2021: interview and approval
Interview was conducted at San Jose FO

July 15th 2021: usps delivered green card

Thank y'all immihelp fam , it was a long journey but to God be the glory...
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Uscis
Hello guys, how can I natorize my divorce letter to make it authentic. I was married before back in nigeria and we divorce before I came to the USA Uscis says the document is not authentic that I did not get it from the court. They sent me an NOID to proof that my previous marriage wasn’t a sham and it was true that we divorce, they said they made an enquiry from Nigeria that there was nothing about my care at the court(hmmmn) …. I need help please. Any suggestion will help. Thanks guys
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Seattle Filers - 485 Family based
Hello family,

Seattle family based 485.. PD April 2020...
I’ve been waiting for 15 months now. No updates. I’ve been told that we need 24 months to get scheduled.
Any updates on your timeline? Please share!
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EB-1C Green Card Approval - Timeline and Experience (Newly Married Couple)
Hey Everyone,

Wanted to share some positive news and my timeline on the group. Hoping this helps some of the folks. Feel free to DM me in case you need any further inputs:

My case timeline:
EB-1C category
Country: India

Jan 9, 2019: Applied for Employment based I-140
May 24, 2019: I-140 approved

---Long wait for Priority date to get current and got married in 2020---

Oct 2020: Priority date is current
Oct 26, 2020: Applied for I-485, I-131 and I-765 all together for both spouse and myself. Included all relevant documents along with medicals in the packet.
Nov 26, 2020: Case was received (All the case numbers showed the same status)

---Radio silence for a long time---

Feb 6, 2021: Biometrics appointment received on mail
Mar 10, 2021: Completed Biometrics appointment

---Radio silence for a long time---

Mid May, 2021: Put in a expedited request for AP/EAD combo card as I had to travel home on a urgent basis on humanitarian grounds
Jun 1, 2021: Expedite request approved by USCIS without any additional documentation etc. but no further progress on the AP/EAD combo card
Jun 15, 2021: Received Interview notice for both spouse and I
Jul 13, 2021: Completed i-485 interview at the Field office. Interview went well and then officer conveyed that they'll approve the case once the admin stuff is done
Jul 14, 2021: Case was approved (i-485) for both spouse and I as per the USCIS Case Status online

---Now waiting for the Green Cards and Welcome letters to arrive---

Overall, interview experience was very friendly and casual. My spouse and I had prepped a ton of documents, photos and everything came into use during the 25 mins of interview.
Wish you all the very best and good luck in your journey.

Detailed Interview Experience

We received the interview notice on June 15, 2021 with about a month to go for the actual interview at the San Francisco office. I'll break down the interview into two parts ie.. 1) Documents 2) Interview Experience

1) Documents for the Interview

Our lawyers were being quite casual and as a result we had to do all the due diligence ourselves online and on this forum to get inputs of all the documents. We carried a total of 3 folders and a photo album with 200 photos

Folder 1 (Originals) - Carry all originals for you and your spouse/kids - Make sure to get back all originals
- Passports
- Social Security Cards
- Birth Certificates
- Marriage Certificate
- California IDs / Drivers License
- All Immigration Documents
- Green Card Interview Notice
- Biometrics Appointment
- I-140 approval
- I-485J Confirmation of Bona Fide Job
- Prior visa i.e. H1 or L1 approval notices
- Latest I-94
- Health Insurance
- School / University certificates

FOLDER 2 (Copies of Employment History, Financials, Immigration documents etc.)
- Copies of Passports
- Copies of IDs (Social Security, California ID, Marriage, Birth etc.)
- Copies of All Immigration Documents mentioned above
- 2 months Pay stubs from Employer
- Last 3 years W2 from Employer
- Last 3 years Tax Filings Returns Transcript from IRS
- Latest Bank Statements (3 months)
- Copy of Proof of Health Insurance
- Copies of School / University Certificates
- Latest Credit Reports
- I carried copies of my investment accounts

FOLDER 3 (Proof of Bona Fide Marriage) - This is the most critical set of documents looked at by the Officer - They are looking for tangible assets or joint liability with both you and your spouse's name on it. So focus on hard evidence you can produce. We carried the following:
- Joint Lease Agreement
- Joint Renters Insurance
- Joint Tax Filing
- Spouse listed as beneficiary on 401K, Insurance and other accounts
- Joint bills such as Utility, Internet, PG&E, Car Lease etc.
- Travel Itinerary of trips we took together (We printed a sample of 5 or 6 international trips)
- Proof that we shared address in Bank Statements and other bills

Lastly, we carried a photo album with ~200 photos that catalogues our entire dating history and marriage and life together.

2) Interview itself

**Note that the primary reason the interview was trigger was due to us being a newly married couple (< 1 year) and hence we knew the big focus will be about proving the bona fide marriage

- On the interview day we reached the Field office 15 mins early (They don't allow you earlier - So plan accordingly)
- Went through airport style security
- Then reached the interview venue in the building and went to the reception
- Reception validated the interview notice and asked to take a seat in the waiting area
- 30 mins wait
- Interviewer called out our names and escorted us to the Interview room
- **Initial impressions - Interviewer came across as friendly and experienced so that's good

- Started with me (Primary applicant) with some basic questions - Full name, DOB, Place of Birth, Employment History, Salary, Job Title etc.
- Then clarified that we don't want to have our lawyers with us today and made to sign a waiver that said we don't want to have a lawyer with us today
- Interviewer asked me about my background and qualifications that made me eligible for EB-1C (Multi National Manager)
- Along those questions the interviewer kept asking for originals and copies for validation ie. passports, i-94, IDs, social security, birth, marriage, employment history (W2, Tax, Pay stubs) etc. And this happens to be a little tough as you have to keep juggling between handing over documents and answering questions
- Then the interviewer switched over to standard security questions and went through a detailed list of 10+ questions (Answer was no for me for all questions)

- Interviewer now switched over to spouse with the same basic questions - Full name, DOB, Place of Birth, Employment History, Salary, Job Title etc.
- She clarified with my spouse that she's maintained legal immigration status all through the stay in US
- My spouse had a good job with reputed company so we were able to produce the same documents that I had with me
- Along with those questions, I kept sharing the originals and copies of documents for my spouse as she was answering those questions ie. passports, i-94, IDs, birth, marriage, social security, employment history (W2, Tax, Pay stubs) etc.
-Then the interviewer switched over to standard security questions and went through a detailed list of 10+ questions (Answer was no for my spouse for all questions)

**At this point interviewer said I want to cut to the chase - you both are married for less than 1 year so I want you both to prove your bona fide marriage

- I said OK sure, can I start producing all the documents
- Interviewer said well that's great - if you're prepared then let me start by asking a few questions and then you can give me documents / proof
- I was asked one questions "How did you meet your spouse and give me a brief timeline"
- I answered in detail with a brief timeline of our dating history, how we met, our marriage etc. - Please prepare well and be in sync with your spouse
- Then she asked my spouse if we ever lived in together - My spouse said yes and we started presenting proof (Lease, insurance etc. etc. )
- Then she asked my spouse if we met each other's parents - So at this point my spouse walked over to the interviewer and pulled out our photo album - She had spent a lot of hours preparing it - So started showing events of us meeting parents, our international trips, etc. etc.
- The office took our about 13 photos from our album (She was primarily interested in photos with parents and our romantic / kissing photos - Take a few romantic ones if you have :)
- I presented more documents to the officer just to be sure that it's documented - Travel itineraries, Everything joint proofs - Tax filing, PG&E, Utilities, etc. etc. listed above

***At the end she said everything looks great and you both should received your green card in 90 days. My spouse clarified so that means "approved" right ? and the interviewer responded stating yes it's approved and we have a few admin stuff that should get done in a few days.
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Baltimore congressman i need help
Please has anyone in Baltimore ever contacted a congressman for his or her case. please share your experience because i am thinking of doing it but i don't know hoe to go about it. I am K1 adjusting status and it is over 2 years now. My case is a pretty straight case but i don't know what is going on. Any advise will help please.
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