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    My wife and I recently had our initial USCIS (form I-485) interview for her permanent residency and status adjustment. Everything was going well until the officer asked her what her mother's name was. She gave the answer listed on her 325a. This was actually wrong and the officer said so. The problem is that her mother has never used her first name given on her mother's own birth certificate. Instead she uses her middle name as her first name. My wife's birth certificate, lists her mother's middle name as her mother's first name, thus confounding the mistake. I knew this was going to be an issue but apparently my wife either forgot my admonition or answered without thinking. The officer handed us a paper that indicated we required an "adjunctive review." My question is, has anyone reading this had a similar experience and what can we expect next? Thank you for the feedback.

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    My wife and I recently had our initial USCIS (form I-485) interview for her permanent residency and status adjustment. Everything was going well until the officer asked her what her mother's name was. She gave the answer listed on her 325a. This was actually wrong and the officer said so. The problem is that her mother has never used her first name given on her mother's own birth certificate. Instead she uses her middle name as her first name. My wife's birth certificate, lists her mother's middle name as her mother's first name, thus confounding the mistake. I knew this was going to be an issue but apparently my wife either forgot my admonition or answered without thinking. The officer handed us a paper that indicated we required an "adjunctive review." My question is, has anyone reading this had a similar experience and what can we expect next? Thank you for the feedback.

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    • #3
      Who's the intending immigrant? You or your wife?

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      • #4
        Sorry about being unclear. It's my wife who is the intending immigrant. I'm a citizen.

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        • #5
          Was your wife given the chance to explain?

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          • #6
            There is no review based on one answer such as that, especially if that can be explained. There is obviously more that the officer has a concern about.

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            • #7
              You may get a second interview, possibly a Stokes type one meaning you will both be separated and asked the same questions. This is quite routine where they suspect marriage fraud. If both of you answer accurately, it should be no problem. If not, then she could be put in removal proceedings. This is the worst case scenario.

              Then again, they may just pass the original interview result on for a second look by a more experienced officer. Either way, good luck.
              "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."

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              • #8
                My wife did provide an explanation but to be honest, although I don't remember exactly what she said, I felt it didn't satisfy the officer. Everything else was okay, we had all our paperwork and the required documentation. We walked in with a three inch, three ring binder filled and tabbed with everything our lawyer recommended. The officer even commented, in a somewhat positive manner, on how we were prepared. If there were other things the officer was concerned about, he gave no indication and there was nothing in his questions that raised any red flags in my mind. He was cordial and professional throughout the interview. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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                • #9
                  I guess our worrying about the interview wasn't necessary. The Conditional Permanent Residency notice arrived in the mail about two days ago. My wife will get her green card in a few weeks. Now all we have to do is wait two years and go through this again to have the conditional status changed. Thanks to all of you who responded to our concerns, we appreciated the feed-back.

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                  • #10
                    That's great news, Valguy. Congratulations!

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                    • #11
                      Congratulations!

                      Just make sure to keep documenting/organizing everything as you go along so you're not stuck looking for documents two years from now.

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                      • #12
                        I guess that explanation did satisfy him after all and I doubt it would be an uncommon mistake - my father also goes by his middle name and while he uses his full name on documents, if someone were to ask me what his name was, I'd probably automatically say his middle name.

                        Anyway - congratulations!
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                        The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it - Plutarch

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                        • #13
                          All that worry for nothing Congratulations!
                          "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."

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