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EB3 Philippines
I would like to share my timeline and experience in getting my green card. This website had been helpful when I was trying to make sense of what was going on with my petition and what to expect next.

EB3 Philippines

Priority Date: 2/28/2018
I-140 Approval: 7/18/2018
I-485/765/131 Filing: 6/25,2019
Biometrics Notice: 7/5/2019
Biometrics Appointment: 7/25/2019 (USCIS ASC Oakland)
EAD/AP Approval: 9/20/2019
Interview Notice: 11/5/2019
Interview Appointment: 12/11/2019 (San Jose Field Office)
Card Receipt: 12/19/2019

A couple of notes on my experience: A big shout out to USCIS ASC Oakland... the place was clean, professionally run, and efficient. If anybody looks at Yelp, it has a 5-star rating and it is well deserved.

About the interview: I went followed the instructions on the interview to the letter and went to USCIS SJ Field Office about 15-30 minutes before my appointment. The immigration officer basically used the I-485 questionnaire as template for her questions for the most part. For anybody going for the interview, I would suggest a couple of things that my lawyer suggested to me:
- Dress the part.... business casual at least. It shows respect to the process and the one performing the interview.
- Know your documents... If one missed or incorrectly answered a question on form, now is the time to make the correction.
- Bring all necessary documents... I followed the interview notice and brought my documents accordingly. Be sure to bring employment verification document.
- Be patient and courteous... Be nice and polite.... treat everybody with respect... pretty much how you would like to be treated.

Generally speaking... this is a long-process, and unnecessary worrying is not helpful. Personally, I avoided looking at USCIS updates often as I only become more anxious. Once you are done, I would also suggest that you provide your experience in this website. I believe that looking at somebody else's experience was helpful for me and somebody else will benefit from yours.
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