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  • gaps0214
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    Hello Seattle Filers,

    Just bumping up the thread to get anyone to update their status on awaiting first interview.
    If you have a PD earlier than March 2018 and still haven't received an interview notice, we'd like to read from you.

    Will appreciate reading from you.

    Cheers,

    Married to USC, on C9 AOS, same-sex marriage, Seattle, WA
    PD: March 22, 2018
    RD: April 6, 2018
    Biometrics: April 27, 2018
    RFE: June 11, 2018
    RFE Resolved: June 21, 2018
    Requested expedite through ROC: Negative outcome
    July 9, 2018: I-485 Status Changed to Case is Ready to be Scheduled for Interview
    August 15, 2018: EAD/AP Approval Notice Received by Email
    August 22, 2018: SS Card in Hand
    August 31, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in Hand
    September 1, 2018: Used EAD/AP Combo Card to apply for Canadian Visitors Visa
    September 3, 2018: Canadian TRV approved
    October 24, 2018: Travelled outside of US for medical purpose
    November 4, 2018: Crossed into US border from Canada using EAD/AP Combo Card, Parole Approved
    February 22, 2019: Sent Renewal Application for EAD/AP
    March 13, 2019: Received NOA on AP Renewal Application (new MSC reference number)
    March 27, 2019: Received NOA on EAD Renewal Application (new MSC reference number), no biometrics required

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  • gaps0214
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    Originally posted by Enub4 View Post

    My take on this, 1) is not necessary but is a good way to show 'conjoined finances', if you have other things (health, insurance, credit cards, mortgage, rent, cars, etc.), then 2) will be obvious that it makes sense, to your financial situation, that filing separately has an advantage. IRS gives the option to file one way or the other, USCIS should not impose one way if it means a financial disadvantage to your situation.
    Thank you for this. I really appreciated reading your response.

    Cheers,

    Married to USC, on C9 AOS, same-sex marriage, Seattle, WA
    PD: March 22, 2018
    RD: April 6, 2018
    Biometrics: April 27, 2018
    RFE: June 11, 2018
    RFE Resolved: June 21, 2018
    Requested expedite through ROC: Negative outcome
    July 9, 2018: I-485 Status Changed to Case is Ready to be Scheduled for Interview
    August 15, 2018: EAD/AP Approval Notice Received by Email
    August 22, 2018: SS Card in Hand
    August 31, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in Hand
    September 1, 2018: Used EAD/AP Combo Card to apply for Canadian Visitors Visa
    September 3, 2018: Canadian TRV approved
    October 24, 2018: Travelled outside of US for medical purpose
    November 4, 2018: Crossed into US border from Canada using EAD/AP Combo Card, Parole Approved
    February 22, 2019: Sent Renewal Application for EAD/AP
    March 13, 2019: Received NOA on AP Renewal Application (new MSC reference number)
    March 27, 2019: Received NOA on EAD Renewal Application (new MSC reference number), no biometrics required

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  • gaps0214
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    Hello Seattle Filers,

    Just updating everyone on our wait for the first interview schedule for conditional GC on AOS c(9) application.

    So there was a general sense from other forum threads and in here as well about EAD/AP renewals, and how in some cases the application for renewal of EAD/AP triggers an interview schedule. Apparently not true in our case, we sent out EAD/AP renewals 180 days prior to EAD/AP combo card expiry date, and this is what happened:

    1.) I-797C Notice of Action for AP Renewal arrived first 3 weeks after we filed
    2.) I-797C Notice of Action for EAD Renewal arrived next more than 1 month after we filed

    I also want to share that the I-797C Notice of Action are issued new MSC reference numbers so that means an additional two numbers to keep track of.

    The upsides basically consist of (a) AP Renewal doesn't cost a single penny, and no action is required according to the NOA (b) EAD Renewal doesn't put you through another hoop with Biometrics as they acknowledge that your fingerprint records are in file and no further action is required as well.

    Cheers,

    Married to USC, on C9 AOS, same-sex marriage, Seattle, WA
    PD: March 22, 2018
    RD: April 6, 2018
    Biometrics: April 27, 2018
    RFE: June 11, 2018
    RFE Resolved: June 21, 2018
    Requested expedite through ROC: Negative outcome
    July 9, 2018: I-485 Status Changed to Case is Ready to be Scheduled for Interview
    August 15, 2018: EAD/AP Approval Notice Received by Email
    August 22, 2018: SS Card in Hand
    August 31, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in Hand
    September 1, 2018: Used EAD/AP Combo Card to apply for Canadian Visitors Visa
    September 3, 2018: Canadian TRV approved
    October 24, 2018: Travelled outside of US for medical purpose
    November 4, 2018: Crossed into US border from Canada using EAD/AP Combo Card, Parole Approved
    February 22, 2019: Sent Renewal Application for EAD/AP
    March 13, 2019: Received NOA on AP Renewal Application (new MSC reference number)
    March 27, 2019: Received NOA on EAD Renewal Application (new MSC reference number), no biometrics required

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  • Enub4
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    Originally posted by gaps0214 View Post
    I have a question for the group regarding 2018 Tax Filing:

    1.) I recognize it is important to establish marriage with AOS application by establishing conjoined finances including JOINT tax filing, but is it necessary?
    2.) What if it makes more financial sense for me and my spouse to FILE SEPARATELY for purposes of financial planning? Is that something the immigration officer will understand?

    Anyone input would be gratefully appreciated.

    Cheers,
    My take on this, 1) is not necessary but is a good way to show 'conjoined finances', if you have other things (health, insurance, credit cards, mortgage, rent, cars, etc.), then 2) will be obvious that it makes sense, to your financial situation, that filing separately has an advantage. IRS gives the option to file one way or the other, USCIS should not impose one way if it means a financial disadvantage to your situation.

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  • gaps0214
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    2018 Tax Filing

    I have a question for the group regarding 2018 Tax Filing:

    1.) I recognize it is important to establish marriage with AOS application by establishing conjoined finances including JOINT tax filing, but is it necessary?
    2.) What if it makes more financial sense for me and my spouse to FILE SEPARATELY for purposes of financial planning? Is that something the immigration officer will understand?

    Anyone input would be gratefully appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Married to USC, on C9 AOS, same-sex marriage, Seattle, WA
    PD: March 22, 2018
    RD: April 6, 2018
    Biometrics: April 27, 2018
    RFE: June 11, 2018
    RFE Resolved: June 21, 2018
    Requested expedite through ROC: Negative outcome
    July 9, 2018: I-485 Status Changed to Case is Ready to be Scheduled for Interview
    August 15, 2018: EAD/AP Approval Notice Received by Email
    August 22, 2018: SS Card in Hand
    August 31, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in Hand
    September 1, 2018: Used EAD/AP Combo Card to apply for Canadian Visitors Visa
    September 3, 2018: Canadian TRV approved
    October 24, 2018: Travelled outside of US for medical purpose
    November 4, 2018: Crossed into US border from Canada using EAD/AP Combo Card, Parole Approved
    February 22, 2019: Extension of EAD/AP Sent
    March 15, 2019: Received 797 on AP Renewal

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  • gaps0214
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    EAD/AP Renewal Application Status?

    Posting an update on my EAD/AP renewal.
    So I sent out my renewal for both EAD/AP together at 180 days to expiry date of my EAD/AP combo card.
    I-797 for AP Renewal received 3 weeks after, somehow the EAD Renewal is still finding its way through the system.
    I am secretly hoping that with the I-797 for EAD Renewal will lead to an Interview Notice shortly after as well.
    Happy St. Patrick's weekend to all.

    Cheers,

    Married to USC, on C9 AOS, same-sex marriage, Seattle, WA
    PD: March 22, 2018
    RD: April 6, 2018
    Biometrics: April 27, 2018
    RFE: June 11, 2018
    RFE Resolved: June 21, 2018
    Requested expedite through ROC: Negative outcome
    July 9, 2018: I-485 Status Changed to Case is Ready to be Scheduled for Interview
    August 15, 2018: EAD/AP Approval Notice Received by Email
    August 22, 2018: SS Card in Hand
    August 31, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in Hand
    September 1, 2018: Used EAD/AP Combo Card to apply for Canadian Visitors Visa
    September 3, 2018: Canadian TRV approved
    October 24, 2018: Travelled outside of US for medical purpose
    November 4, 2018: Crossed into US border from Canada using EAD/AP Combo Card, Parole Approved
    February 22, 2019: Extension of EAD/AP Sent
    March 15, 2019: Received 797 on AP Renewal

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  • Dorothyguenther
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    EAD Renewal

    Originally posted by gaps0214 View Post
    Andie - this is some excellent sleuthing, thank you!
    It really puts the waiting time in perspective.
    It obviously differs from state to state and I get jealous the eastsiders in NYC and NJ seem to be getting a real good deal with their timelines, interviews in less than 12 months.

    Dorothy / Andie - have you sent out your EAD/AP renewal applications yet? I'm writing this on the fly so my apologies if you have replied to this question previously. It's going to be 3 weeks since I sent mine out to Chicago Lockbox and not a sign of I-767 Notice of Action from USCIS in my mailbox.

    Cheers!

    Married to USC, on C9 AOS, same-sex marriage, Seattle, WA
    PD: March 22, 2018
    RD: April 6, 2018
    Biometrics: April 27, 2018
    RFE: June 11, 2018
    RFE Resolved: June 21, 2018
    Requested expedite through ROC: Negative outcome
    July 9, 2018: I-485 Status Changed to Case is Ready to be Scheduled for Interview
    August 15, 2018: EAD/AP Approval Notice Received by Email
    August 22, 2018: SS Card in Hand
    August 31, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in Hand
    September 1, 2018: Used EAD/AP Combo Card to apply for Canadian Visitors Visa
    September 3, 2018: Canadian TRV approved
    October 24, 2018: Travelled outside of US for medical purpose
    November 4, 2018: Crossed into US border from Canada using EAD/AP Combo Card, Parole Approved
    February 22, 2019: Extension of EAD/AP Sent
    We have not yet sent a renewal for the EAD. Planning to do so in the next week.

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  • Enub4
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    Originally posted by UB40 View Post
    Learning: if traveling after I-485 is approved, only travel internationally with the I-551 stamp, not the AP,

    Hope this helps, good luck
    That's very important, thank you for sharing. I have read that after I-485 approval the AP is no longer valid. It is good to know that they can do the I-551 stamp if you need to travel.

    Originally posted by kexistence View Post
    Wow! I got a scheduled interview one day after getting the "ready to schedule" notice via email.
    Definitely it has something to do with EB and not FB. I haven't seen a FB case that it only takes 1 day from ready to schedule to scheduled interview.

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  • kexistence
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    Wow! I got a scheduled interview one day after getting the "ready to schedule" notice via email.

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  • kexistence
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    Hello! New to this forum/process so excuse my ignorance.

    I'm canadian / TN Visa at entry in 2015
    Priority Date: 06/2016 (EB-2)

    Are interviews scheduled in order of priority date? Does this mean I should get one soon since everyone else seems to be in 2017/18!?
    Today, we got the update "Ready to schedule our interview"!

    ---

    Here are our dates for reference...

    06/2016: PERM filed
    09/2016: PERM approve
    10/2016: I-140 filed
    06/2017: I-140 approved
    ~ Canadian husband moved to US 08/2017 but had to wait 90 days after entry
    ~ Company entity changed so had to wait another 90 days
    02/2018: I-140 #2 filed due to company entity changed
    02/2018: I-485 filed
    03/2018: Biometrics
    05/2018: I-765/I-131 approved and in hand - Expires 05/2019
    09/2018: I-140 #2 approved
    02/2018: I-485 transfered
    ~Travelled twice with AP no issues
    01/2019: I-765/I-131 Renewal submitted
    03/2018: I-485 missing I-693 (medical) & ready to schedule interview
    ...

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  • UB40
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    Hi there, posting Incase it helps.

    EB1-C
    ROW
    PD July, 2017
    I-140 approved May, 2018
    I-485 submitted July, 2018
    Biometrics Aug, 2018
    Interview-March 6
    AOS approval, verbal on the day, he needed to review the medical forms and as he was back to back followed by two days oof, official approval March 11th.

    Due to imminent travel IO called us in person to confirm approval in the system and asked us to go back to USCIS so he could insert the I-551 stamp in all passports- he went out of his way to help and followed up everything he said he would do.

    Parking is now $8

    Learning: if traveling after I-485 is approved, only travel internationally with the I-551 stamp, not the AP,

    Hope this helps, good luck

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  • UB40
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    Seattle AOS interview & approval

    Hi there, just received confirmation that our green card was approved & sent for production today.

    PD: July, 2017
    I-140 approved May, 2018
    I-485 submitted 31st July, 2018
    Interview March 6, 2019
    Approved March, 11
    EB1 (C)
    ROW -UK
    Parking is now $8

    Interview was March 6th, husband, myself & 3 kids (all below 14).

    We had a 12:15 appointment, went through security, waited about 5 mins and were called in. Had a very nice IO, he made us sign the attorney waiver as we did not take an attorney (change in employer policy).

    He checked our ID, tookfinger prints and Photo. Stood up and took oath.

    As the applicant he started with me, checked all the info on dob, name, and updated our address. He asked me all the yes/ no questions and to save time asked my husband to provide his response after mine.

    He was very mindful of the kids and edited the language in the questions (such as prostitution).

    He then asked me straight forward questions
    Salary, employers name, whether I had worked for anyone else?, where & how long I worked for my employer in my home country (L1), name of my current boss, his job title, my husbands dob & full name.

    He then asked my husband my full name & Date of birth. He asked him where we met, how long we dated, when we got married and who was at our wedding. I accidentally answered one of the questions and he said ?dude you can?t answer for him?

    He joked to confirm the kids were ours, asked them their names & ages.

    The kids were restless and curious and he just took it in his stride.

    He then gave us a paper stating the case needed review and explained this was due to the sealed medical reports we just submitted and that he will approve our case.

    We have travel booked end of March and the IO said we should get the 1-551 stamp before traveling. As he had back to back interviews and then was oof for two days the official approval got done March 11th, he called me in person to confirm he had approved the case and to come in and get the stamps (inc kids) - he had given us a note when we went for our interview so post security, he was called to see us.

    Though I had my AP, the kids did not (Approved but MIA) - IO said we needed the
    I-551 stamp as our GC was approved, he stamped all passports with temporary GC approval valid for 60 days.

    The learning here is if you are traveling soon after your interview- ask for the 1-551 stamp.

    USCIS were very helpful and went above and beyond to get us out of our travel jam.

    Hope this helps - hang in there, best of luck

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  • gaps0214
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    Super thanks - you are awesome!

    Originally posted by B_Andie View Post
    Hi! today i had few extra hours so I pulled some data from Seattle files. It seems people are getting interview notice between 14 and 16 months after PD date ( pretty close to the processing times information in the USCIS website).

    Note that I got this information from your posts.

    If you filed in 2017 and do not see your alias here, please share your timeline :-)

    @Gaps0214 it seems we might get our interview notice between May 18 and July19.

    Alias PD Interview notice Days / Months from PD to Interview notice
    AngieMs 2/26/2018 No interviews yet 376 12.5
    ewilliams 12/5/2017 No interviews yet 459 15.3
    DorothyG. 3/1/2018 No interviews yet 373 12.4
    Andie 3/21/2018 No interviews yet 353 11.7
    gaps0214 3/22/2018 No interviews yet 352 11.7
    seattlefiler2017 10/30/2017 12/26/2018 422 14.1
    donguri 8/7/2017 11/14/2018 464 15.5
    yaho9693 8/6/2017 11/14/2018 465 15.5
    seattleshailja 10/2/2017 1/29/2019 484 16.1
    housam81 10/2/2017 12/7/2018 431 14.4
    arshsea 1/8/2018 No interviews yet 425 14.2
    Andie - this is some excellent sleuthing, thank you!
    It really puts the waiting time in perspective.
    It obviously differs from state to state and I get jealous the eastsiders in NYC and NJ seem to be getting a real good deal with their timelines, interviews in less than 12 months.

    Dorothy / Andie - have you sent out your EAD/AP renewal applications yet? I'm writing this on the fly so my apologies if you have replied to this question previously. It's going to be 3 weeks since I sent mine out to Chicago Lockbox and not a sign of I-767 Notice of Action from USCIS in my mailbox.

    Cheers!

    Married to USC, on C9 AOS, same-sex marriage, Seattle, WA
    PD: March 22, 2018
    RD: April 6, 2018
    Biometrics: April 27, 2018
    RFE: June 11, 2018
    RFE Resolved: June 21, 2018
    Requested expedite through ROC: Negative outcome
    July 9, 2018: I-485 Status Changed to Case is Ready to be Scheduled for Interview
    August 15, 2018: EAD/AP Approval Notice Received by Email
    August 22, 2018: SS Card in Hand
    August 31, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in Hand
    September 1, 2018: Used EAD/AP Combo Card to apply for Canadian Visitors Visa
    September 3, 2018: Canadian TRV approved
    October 24, 2018: Travelled outside of US for medical purpose
    November 4, 2018: Crossed into US border from Canada using EAD/AP Combo Card, Parole Approved
    February 22, 2019: Extension of EAD/AP Sent

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  • B_Andie
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    Hi Angie! I am glad you find it helpful. Please, keep me posted on your progress.


    Originally posted by AngieMS View Post
    @B_Andie this was super helpful! I guess I should get an interview notice between May and July as well
    Can?t wait!

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  • AngieMS
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    @B_Andie this was super helpful! I guess I should get an interview notice between May and July as well
    Can?t wait!


    Originally posted by B_Andie View Post
    Hi! today i had few extra hours so I pulled some data from Seattle files. It seems people are getting interview notice between 14 and 16 months after PD date ( pretty close to the processing times information in the USCIS website).

    Note that I got this information from your posts.

    If you filed in 2017 and do not see your alias here, please share your timeline :-)

    @Gaps0214 it seems we might get our interview notice between May 18 and July19.

    Alias PD Interview notice Days / Months from PD to Interview notice
    AngieMs 2/26/2018 No interviews yet 376 12.5
    ewilliams 12/5/2017 No interviews yet 459 15.3
    DorothyG. 3/1/2018 No interviews yet 373 12.4
    Andie 3/21/2018 No interviews yet 353 11.7
    gaps0214 3/22/2018 No interviews yet 352 11.7
    seattlefiler2017 10/30/2017 12/26/2018 422 14.1
    donguri 8/7/2017 11/14/2018 464 15.5
    yaho9693 8/6/2017 11/14/2018 465 15.5
    seattleshailja 10/2/2017 1/29/2019 484 16.1
    housam81 10/2/2017 12/7/2018 431 14.4
    arshsea 1/8/2018 No interviews yet 425 14.2

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