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  • AOS interview yesterday; we were separated; 1.5 hour interview

    Hi Everyone,

    I had my interview for marriage based AOS yesterday in Chicago. I sent my application in July 2004, after we married. Our situation is a little complicated. My wife has two kids although she has never been married to anybody else before. Also, seven months ago, I moved and started working in NJ (I got a very good job) and she cannot come with me because the fathers of her kids have the right to see the kids every weekend. But I come and see her every other week.

    We were interviewed by a young lady. First, we were asked for typical documents like birth certificates, tax returns, copy of my passport, etc. Then for specific documents that proove my eligibility for AOS, like insurance policies or assets on both our names. We gave the officer copies of medical insurance card and explanation of benefits letters. The company that I work for provides medical insurance and my wife and the kids are also beneficiarees of this policy. We were asked about joint bank accouns. We said we had one, but she did not ask for the bank statements. Then she asked us whether we had separate accounts. We said yes. Then, at her request, we provided a copy of joint tax return forms, employmemt letters and appartment lease with both our names. Also, I gave her a paper that shows that my wife is beneficiaree for my life insurance and 401K savings plan.

    The officer did not smile too much, but appeared to be OK with the documents that we provided. But she asked my wife to come with her outside the room. She separated us and asked us the same questions separately: when and where we met, when and where did I ask her to mary me, how much the wedding bands cost, how much we pay rent in Chicago, how much I pay rent in NJ, where do I live in NJ, whether she gets child support, what did we do on Saturday, what did we eat last night, how does the bedroom look like, what colour is the bed cover, etc. We gave the same answers, except for two questions. My wife has never been to NJ, so, instead of giving the interviewer the name of the city where I live now, she got confused and gave the name of the city where I work. Also, my wife has a verbal agreement with the fathers of her kids and they provide some financial support for the kids (nothing official, they give her whathever they can). Therefore, I got confused and, instead of saying "No, she does not get child support", I said "Yes". The other 15-20 answers matched. The officer printed the answers and asked us to sign.

    Everything took 1.5 hours. She did not appear neither satisfied nor unsatisfied. But she said we would get the answer in the mail in a couple of weeks.

    Now I am very worried. Does any of you know what does this mean? Is it common to get approval notices this way or I should expect a denial now?
    Maybe request for another interview or additional evidence (this does not appear likely to me) ?

    Also, I made a terrible error: I only gave the officer documents that she asked for. She did not ask whether we wanted to present more documents that prove the "real" marriage. Then, we did not say anything, since she saw the folder with a mountain of papers on the table. I think I did it wrong: I should have asked her whether she wanted to take copies of joint credit cards, flight tickets that show I come to see my wife every other week (I only told her I travel, but I did not show her the tickets), self phone, land phone and cable bills with both our names on them, junk mail for both of us, photos.

    My question is: do you think I should make an INFOPSS appoiment to speak to an immigration officer and give him/her a letter for the officer that interviewed us, along with a file containing the documentation that I did not offer yesterday? I could only find the earliest appointment time two weeks from Friday (16 days after the interview) and I am afraid the decision will have already been taken by that time. I am also thinking about just going to the building where the interview took place, but I don't think they will let me in without a "Request for Interview" letter for that day. Also, I cannot see anything that I could do over the phone.

    Another problem is I don't even know the name of the officer; she did not tell us her name. Is there any way I can find this?

    OK. This is my story. Now, how do you think I should proceed? I would really appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks in advance,

    Maxim

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    Hi Everyone,

    I had my interview for marriage based AOS yesterday in Chicago. I sent my application in July 2004, after we married. Our situation is a little complicated. My wife has two kids although she has never been married to anybody else before. Also, seven months ago, I moved and started working in NJ (I got a very good job) and she cannot come with me because the fathers of her kids have the right to see the kids every weekend. But I come and see her every other week.

    We were interviewed by a young lady. First, we were asked for typical documents like birth certificates, tax returns, copy of my passport, etc. Then for specific documents that proove my eligibility for AOS, like insurance policies or assets on both our names. We gave the officer copies of medical insurance card and explanation of benefits letters. The company that I work for provides medical insurance and my wife and the kids are also beneficiarees of this policy. We were asked about joint bank accouns. We said we had one, but she did not ask for the bank statements. Then she asked us whether we had separate accounts. We said yes. Then, at her request, we provided a copy of joint tax return forms, employmemt letters and appartment lease with both our names. Also, I gave her a paper that shows that my wife is beneficiaree for my life insurance and 401K savings plan.

    The officer did not smile too much, but appeared to be OK with the documents that we provided. But she asked my wife to come with her outside the room. She separated us and asked us the same questions separately: when and where we met, when and where did I ask her to mary me, how much the wedding bands cost, how much we pay rent in Chicago, how much I pay rent in NJ, where do I live in NJ, whether she gets child support, what did we do on Saturday, what did we eat last night, how does the bedroom look like, what colour is the bed cover, etc. We gave the same answers, except for two questions. My wife has never been to NJ, so, instead of giving the interviewer the name of the city where I live now, she got confused and gave the name of the city where I work. Also, my wife has a verbal agreement with the fathers of her kids and they provide some financial support for the kids (nothing official, they give her whathever they can). Therefore, I got confused and, instead of saying "No, she does not get child support", I said "Yes". The other 15-20 answers matched. The officer printed the answers and asked us to sign.

    Everything took 1.5 hours. She did not appear neither satisfied nor unsatisfied. But she said we would get the answer in the mail in a couple of weeks.

    Now I am very worried. Does any of you know what does this mean? Is it common to get approval notices this way or I should expect a denial now?
    Maybe request for another interview or additional evidence (this does not appear likely to me) ?

    Also, I made a terrible error: I only gave the officer documents that she asked for. She did not ask whether we wanted to present more documents that prove the "real" marriage. Then, we did not say anything, since she saw the folder with a mountain of papers on the table. I think I did it wrong: I should have asked her whether she wanted to take copies of joint credit cards, flight tickets that show I come to see my wife every other week (I only told her I travel, but I did not show her the tickets), self phone, land phone and cable bills with both our names on them, junk mail for both of us, photos.

    My question is: do you think I should make an INFOPSS appoiment to speak to an immigration officer and give him/her a letter for the officer that interviewed us, along with a file containing the documentation that I did not offer yesterday? I could only find the earliest appointment time two weeks from Friday (16 days after the interview) and I am afraid the decision will have already been taken by that time. I am also thinking about just going to the building where the interview took place, but I don't think they will let me in without a "Request for Interview" letter for that day. Also, I cannot see anything that I could do over the phone.

    Another problem is I don't even know the name of the officer; she did not tell us her name. Is there any way I can find this?

    OK. This is my story. Now, how do you think I should proceed? I would really appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks in advance,

    Maxim

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    • #3
      Lolita,
      She is 2 year younger, so there is no problem in that sense. I had to ask at the question: have you guys been together all this time? Well, I started working 7 months ago in NJ and that was written in my employment letter that she asked for.

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      • #4
        I am too nervous to wait on the letter. I am thinking about trying to get an H1B (expedite - I have a Master's Degree) through my company. Is it possible to get this and, once I have it, but before I get any response on my AOS application, withdraw my AOS application? In other words, is INS going to approve an H1B, considering a AOS is pending, although the interview has passed?

        Thanks to all of you for any ideas/suggestions.

        Maxim

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        • #5
          Good Luck!!!

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          • #6
            Насчет H1B посмотри и спроси здесь: forum.privet.com - Иммиграция. Но насколько я понимаю квота на эту визу уже выработана и новые аппликейшены на H1B не будут приниматься до 1го апреля 2006. Даже с premium processing работать по этой визе можно не раньше 1го октября 2006 года.

            Сheers.

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            • #7
              Hi sup,

              Would you please rewrite it in English? Thank you.

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              • #8
                Relax; no one has ever been denied AOS for marriage in the history of USCIS

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                • #9
                  OK LETS FACE IT YOU ARE A LOSER SOMEONE12 !!!!! . BUT DO NOT BLAME YOURSELF FOR YOUR LOW LIFESTYLE NOR FOR YOR HEMICAL UNBALANCE .INSTED BLAME YOUR PARENTS FOR IT . AND HEY - LOSER BE NOT AFRAID . YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH that PROBLEMS.

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                  • #10
                    Hi!

                    I think it's normal for husband & wife to be separated during AOS interview. I'v read post in kamya.com about same experiences of other couples.

                    Regarding a husband & wife not staying/living in the same state, this is also common, whether one is applying for AOS or not. So, this should not be a problem when applying for AOS.

                    In our case, I'm always away from my husband because I go to school in a different state. In the AOS/ I-130 & EAD forms we filed to BCIS, we fill out different mailing address. We never had any problems with it. My AOS was approved!
                    I hope yours will be approved too.
                    Good luck in your application!


                    .

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                    • #11
                      Thanks, PCR! Is PCR a former political party?

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                      • #12
                        Hi!
                        My field is in molecular biology (genetic engineering, DNA, RNA protein stuff...), so for us PCR stands for "polymerase chain reaction". I'm not sure of what political party )PCR) is!?
                        Cheers! & have a nice day!

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                        • #13
                          Hi, PCR!

                          Yes, it is. There used to be a political party in Romania called PCR (Romanian Communist Party) I thought you were Romanian.

                          Maxim

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                          • #14
                            Hi

                            No , it is not relatively common to be seperated for the interview. They generally only seperate if they believe that the marriage is possibly questionalble. This way they can compare notes and decide later if they want to approve or call for another interview. Was it videotaped?

                            Im sure the two different places of dwelling triggered this action. If your marriage is legitamate, then there is nothing to worry about. You should have explained to the officer the fact about your job and shown proof how you go visit regularly on the weekends just to put an end to any suspiscion there. Its too late now.. just sit back and wait to see what the letter will bring. It will be an approval or a request for another interview. If another interview is requested... just make sure that you are aggressive in proving the 2 residents are based on wife not being able to take the childeren out of state, and also that you still have a viable marriage even though there are seperated residnces due to out of town work.

                            Stop worrying. Sit back and enjoy your lives and try to find a soulution for work that is where your wife is. Seperation is not good for the marriage.

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                            • #15
                              Thank you, 4now! I really made a mistake by not being agressive enough at the interview. I have plane tickets that prove I return to Chicago every 2 weeks. I actually told the officer that, but she did not ask for a proof. This is where I should have jump with the tickets. When she asked about "joint assets and insurance", I showed only medical insurance EOB's and a paper showing by wife as beneficiaree, because I thought assests reffers only to properties, not to any other joint accounts, such as credit card accounts, junk mail, phone bills, cable, etc. I had all those on the table, but the officer did not ask for more. I can't explain why I did not offer her more stuff.

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