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I-130 & I-485 Marriage Based green card approval – Newark Field Office, NJ
Hi all,

I am a firm reader of this forum and use this forum as a reference throughout my anxious journey. Now please allow me to share mine.


8/23/2021 : Package (I-485 & I-130) sent via FedEX
8/25/2021: Package is delivered.
9/4/2021: Letter received for case is rejected due to mix of payment type.
9/5/2021: resent the package.
9/9/2021: Package is delivered.
9/13/2021: Received text message from USCIS stating the case is received.
9/15/2021: Check cashed.
9/18/2021: Received I-797C NOA for both I-485 & I-130. Fingerprint is able to reuse from pending asylum. No biometrics appointment is needed.
4/26/2022: Notification received from “case tracker” app for interview notice.
5/2/2022: Interview letter received.
6/2/2022: Interview date.
6/3/2022: Received notification for case is approved for both I-130 & I-485.
6/8/2022 : Card was produced.
6/9/2022: Received letter for case decision/ case is approved from USCIS.

Interview experience:

My interview was at the Newark FO on June 2, 2022 at 12:45 PM. We arrived half an hour early. Checked in at the counter 4 and the officer took the first page of interview notice and directed to wait at the waiting area.
Then the interviewer called our name after one and half hour of wait time. She took us to her office and put us under the oath. The interview is more like a casual conversation and pretty straightforward.

Questions to my wife: how did we meet, my DOB, my parents name, where I work.

Questions to me: my wife DOB, My wife’s parents name, where she work.

Questions to us: when did we buy the house, when did we move to NJ, wedding date, wedding day experience.

Then she ask me to gave her a copy of joint documents: Deed copy, joint bank statement, random 5 pics, Old IDs and New IDs the same address on it.

Then she said she will ask me security & admissibility questions. I made a honest mistake when filling the form. I explained it to her and she fixed it right away. I strongly encourage you to review the questions and if you made a mistake you can fix it at interview. Better to keep the record straight.

At the end, she said they will mail the decision to us and escort us to the exit. No white paper is given.

Please feel free to DM me if you have any questions.
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