Wonderful people of immihelp. Thank you all for always sharing your stories and giving hope to others. Here's my story.
Came on an F1 in August 2016. Completed my studies in 2017, worked till August 2018 and enrolled in another Masters degree from August 2018 till date.
I met my wife in January 2018 and we got engaged in June of the same year. We got married in February of this year and submitted our paperwork on the 9th of April. Here's our AOS timeline:
04/11/2019 : Priority Date (i130, i130A, i145, i765, i864, i693 l USC spouse)
05/13/2019 : Biometrics (Same day, Figerprint review was completed)
05/15/2019 : Case Ready to Be Scheduled for Interview
08/06/2019 : Request EAD expedite via chatting with EMMA on USCIS website
08/16/2019 : EAD Card is being produced.
08/20/2019 : We Scheduled an interview
08/21/2019 : EAD approval and Card in hand
09/30/2019 : Interview
09/30/2019 : New Card is in Production (I485)
Interview was scheduled for 10.45pm at Ida B Wells. We were up early and dressed to the Teez (thanks to Comrade on the tip). We parked on the street at 10.25am (I paid for 2hours but ended up staying for an hour). Got in and was checked in at about 10.35am. We only waited for about 10mins before we were called in. The officer was super nice. He spent some time (about 15mins) just clicking his computer while we sat down. He looked up and told us how he was going to conduct the interview - "I'll go through the i485 questions, i130 questions and I'll like to hear how you guys met".
We swore the oath, took my picture and fingerprints, took our ids and proceeded to ask all the i485 and i130 questions. He asked how we met, we told him - we joked about the different ways people meet these days. He was 'jotting' down our timelines while we tell him our story: our first date, first events, proposal, when we started living together etc. We had a few jokes here and there.
He asked what additional evidence we had with us, we gave him a cover letter we prepared with all the evidence listed in exhibits. He went through the letter and said, let's start with exhibit 1, we handed him the docs listed under. He proceeded with other exhibits he thought were interesting. He went through our album and told us he has all he needs and won't be taking any photos (we sent some photos with the initial packet).
He told us we'll be receiving a 2-year green card and told us how/when to remove the conditions. He threw us off by saying, "if for some reason we find the application not to be approvable, we'll send you a denial notice".
He walked us out at about 11.15am.
I got a notification late last night.
Special thanks to Comrade and other Chicago fliers who constantly post their timelines and updates. It was super helpful with planning. All the very best to yall.
Disclaimer: Please note that the experiences presented are submitted by visitors to our website. Individuals’ experiences may vary, and you should interpret each individual’s experience at your own risk. Do not make a decision solely based on an experience posted here. We do not endorse any individuals’ experiences, and we are not liable or responsible for consequences stemming from your use of the information presented within any individual’s experience.