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Hi all! I had my interview yesterday. San Diego Field office PD Oct 17, 2017

My husband and I arrived 30 minutes early and I'm so glad we did because there was a long line to check in. We sat in the waiting room for about 20 minutes before being called in. The officer who interviewed us was very nice, polite a bit on the awkward side but we do well with awkward people so we loved him! We went into his office and he swore us in. He noted how my I-130 had been filed and approved years ago (2011) so he wasn't going to focus on that. I didn't realize at the time but basically, this meant that our marriage was established as true so he didn't ask any of the marriage questions (how'd you meet? Who proposed etc) He asked me about for my Advanced Parole document. I had a big binder full of originals and copies of EVERYTHING on that checklist. So I handed him the original of my AP document and he looked it over and wrote some notes. That was the only document he asked me for. But I'm so glad I was prepared!

 He wrote notes about all my answers in red pen in my HUGE file on his desk. It had my alien number on it so I imagine that it's every single document I've ever handed over to USCIS. I wish I could have looked through it.

He then asked me a few of the questions from the i-485 form. Mostly the criminal stuff like if you've ever been part of a terroritst organization, or murdered anyone etc. But he did ask if I'd ever worked without authorization and of course, I answered yes. He made check marks on the page which I'm assuming was verifying that I answered the same as on the application.

He also asked if I'd ever entered without inspection and I answered yes so he focused on that a little. It made me a little nervous but I had reviewed with my legal assistance that it was ok to disclose it all because all my entries were before I turned 18. He listened intently, took notes and asked for clarification when needed.

After about 15 minutes of those questions he started to conclude and say that he was going to run a background check and if all went well with that, he would approve me before the end of the day. I was a little disappointed that he didn't ask my husband a single question or ask about our history (we have an awesome history haha) so I jokingly said "aw you didn't even ask to see my photo album" so he smiled and said "ok I'll give it a look" and so he did and made little comments here and there. We made a couple jokes about how much we've changed since we were 17 and 18 (mostly in the weight department haha). He asked where we went to school so we told him and said we'd grown up in the nearby neighborhood (it's a very "hip" neighborhood) and my husband noticed he had a flyer up on his wall for a local restaurant/bar we go to sometimes so he mentioned "oh we might run into each other there sometime." He was very nice, polite and I could tell, trying to assert his authority but in a sweet manner.

He handed us back the photo album and said the part about running a background check today and approving me by the end of the day. He said the green card will arrive in about two weeks and he asked me to verify my address where it will be mailed. He asked if we had any questions and I couldn't think of any although now of course I'm thinking a million things I could've asked him! Haha He walked us out and we made small talk awkwardly haha. We made some random comments about how we were going to go eat at our favorite brunch place next and I said "i guess now it will be a celebratory lunch?" And he smiled and said "yes" :)

By around 8 pm I got a text alert that my case had been updated, went online to check and it now said that a new card is being produced, that's when I really felt relief! Now I cannot wait to get the card in the mail!!!!!!

Lemme know if you have any questions:)
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