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  • My I-751 Interview Experience

    Good day good people,
    Just wanted to share with all of you my interview experience which I had today at 7 am
    My case was I-751 removal of conditions, I was filing separately based on divorce (you can see my timeline in the signature). Prior to the interview my attorney and I had met a few times to make sure that we had all of the supporting documentation ready such as (joint taxes, water and power bills, health and dental insurance, car insurance, pictures, affidavits, etc).
    We arrived early around 6:30 am and surprisingly there was no line, those in Miami would know that there is always a mile long line outside. We came in and sat down in the assigned waiting room where a lot of people were already waiting. My attorney placed the interview notice in the bin and sat down (please note that my interview notice came on July 25 giving me only about 2 weeks notice which I found odd as they usually give about a month notice, anyways). So we waited for approximately 10 minutes and my name was called by the officer. He escorted us to his office. Once we settled in, he made me raise my right hand and swear to tell only truth, i did. Then he asked my attorney to show him her bar card and ID which she provided to him immediately.
    After that, he pulled out a huge, and I mean huge folder, which had my name on it and I was shocked how much paper was gathered on my file, WoW. The officer asked me to provide him with my passport and the conditional GC. Then he asked me several questions verifying my DOB, address, date of divorce and marriage, etc. I was a little bit nervous but managed to answer all of his questions in a calm manner. After that he asked one question if I was ever arrested, to which I replied that I was not but mentioned that I had DUI. Of course, he asked for the court certified documents and the deposition regarding that DUI. My attorney had these documents and provided him right away. Then he asked my attorney to provide supporting documentation that was not submitted with the original I-751 application. My attorney went through the list of the documents that we had and he only picked health/dental insurance papers, affidavits and car insurance!!! The officer quickly glanced through these documents and then, along with my huge file, he left the office telling us that he will be back
    He returned in approximately 3 minutes with a fingerprint card and without saying a word told me to look at the wall and give him my index finger which he fingerprinted on his card twice. Then he pulled out a large stamp from his drawer (at that moment my attorney gave me a congratulatory kick under the table ), the officer stamped my passport which says "upon endorsement, serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residency for one year and Employment Authorized." I wanted to jump up and hug everyone but controlled my emotions. The officer congratulated me, advised that the permanent GC will be in my mailbox in approx 2 months, shook my hand and politely asked us to leave.
    Please note that the entire interview took no longer than 10 minutes although it sounded like it was long. It was very quick and as you can see very few questions were asked. I was very pleased and happy, given that my journey to this started in 2003 and it was over 5 years until I finally came to this happy ending
    Now I can breathe easy because I dont have to gather any more documents and remain in constant waiting mode for my interview.
    Also want to say thanks to all who had answered my numerous (and sometimes nonsense) questions in this forum. Please, if you have any questions regarding my entire process or anything else, contact me and Ill be happy to assist. Good luck to all!!!

    04: I-485 Filed
    05: Interview & Conditional GC recv'd
    05/07: I-751 sent to TSC
    06/07: FP complt'd
    05/25/08: Recv'd letter that interview for 05/08 is being cancelled though I never recv'd a letter that interview was schdl'd
    06/08: Cond'l GC 1yr extension expires 07/08, via info pass received a stamp in passport for another year
    07/08: recv'd interview notice for beginning of Aug
    08/06/08: I-751 interview and GC Apprv'l
    08/20/08: Physical GC Recv'd
    05/12: Eligible For Citizenship.

  • #2
    Congratulations!

    Very cool!
    DO - Memphis
    April 2006 - Married to USC
    Application:
    Day --:5/2/08 - Mailed
    Day --:5/4/08 - Rcvd
    Day 00:5/5/08 - RD
    Day 04:5/9/08 - Cashed & ND
    Day 08:5/13/08 - NOA's received - LUD Cases online
    Day 09:5/14/08 - FP ND
    Day 29:6/4/08 - FP Appt - LUD on 131 & 765
    Day 66:7/11/08 - LUD I-765 & I-131 Approved
    Day 69:7/14/08 - LUD I-131
    Day 71:7/16/08 - LUD I-765
    Day 74:7/19/08 - Rcvd AP
    Day 76:7/21/08 - Rcvd EAD
    Day 145:9/30/08 - Rcvd IL
    Day 187:11/12/08 - Interview APPROVED

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    • #3
      Congratulations!!!
      You have a female attorney who kicks?

      Originally posted by JJBBKK View Post
      Then he pulled out a large stamp from his drawer (at that moment my attorney gave me a congratulatory kick under the table ), the officer stamped my passport which says "upon endorsement, serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residency for one year and Employment Authorized."
      Regards,
      S K Ghori
      skg@vex.net
      http://www.vex.net/~skg/

      **NOTE**
      I underwent the immigration process in both Canada and the US. I hold Pakistani, Canadian and US citizenship.

      **DISCLAIMER**
      I am neither a lawyer nor an immigration consultant. My comments should NEVER be considered as legal or professional advice as they are not meant to be such.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Triple Citizen View Post
        Congratulations!!!
        You have a female attorney who kicks?
        Thanks! yes she does, thats how we show our love

        04: I-485 Filed
        05: Interview & Conditional GC recv'd
        05/07: I-751 sent to TSC
        06/07: FP complt'd
        05/25/08: Recv'd letter that interview for 05/08 is being cancelled though I never recv'd a letter that interview was schdl'd
        06/08: Cond'l GC 1yr extension expires 07/08, via info pass received a stamp in passport for another year
        07/08: recv'd interview notice for beginning of Aug
        08/06/08: I-751 interview and GC Apprv'l
        08/20/08: Physical GC Recv'd
        05/12: Eligible For Citizenship.

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        • #5
          Congratulations
          DO: Chicago, IL
          IMPORTANT NOTE: I am am not a Lawyer. Click HERE for official information on the immigration process or HERE for FREE legal advice.

          “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar”
          ― Abraham Lincoln


          Self-filed LPR

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          • #6
            i,m happy for you man.
            D O Hartford CT
            10/30/10 - N400 Sent
            11/2/10 - Delivered to USCIS(RD/PD)
            11/9/10 - Check cleared/rec NOA
            11/15/10 - FP notice/Walk in done- Was sch for 11/23
            12/31/10 - Rec YL
            1/24/11 - Case transferred to DO
            1/29/11 - IL
            3/3/11 - ID, DONE (n-14 issued,needs more doc on 4/29/11)
            4/29/11 - APPROVED ( rec OL same day)
            5/13/11 - OD
            5/16/11 - PP applied
            5/16/11 - PP rec (expedite service)

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            • #7
              JJBBKK - Congratulations on getting past probably one of your major hurdles in life.

              I have a friend in a situation where she wants to divorce her USC husband because she says that they just don't get along with each her. They don't harbor any hate for each other, but she's afraid that if they go thru divorce right now since she might be suspected of NOT entering the marriage in good faith. They have been married for 1.5 yrs now .. known each other for 3 years I believe. Just a few questions for you -

              1. What was the reason for your divorce?
              2. Did you file for divorce or did your USC wife?
              3. How long were you married?
              4. Did you use the same attorney as the one that you used to file for your AOS (i.e. if you used one)?

              Thanks!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hari_topi View Post
                JJBBKK - Congratulations on getting past probably one of your major hurdles in life.

                I have a friend in a situation where she wants to divorce her USC husband because she says that they just don't get along with each her. They don't harbor any hate for each other, but she's afraid that if they go thru divorce right now since she might be suspected of NOT entering the marriage in good faith. They have been married for 1.5 yrs now .. known each other for 3 years I believe. Just a few questions for you -

                1. What was the reason for your divorce?
                2. Did you file for divorce or did your USC wife?
                3. How long were you married?
                4. Did you use the same attorney as the one that you used to file for your AOS (i.e. if you used one)?

                Thanks!!
                If your friends can remain married then they should do it no matter what as it will be much easier to remove conditions, our case was a bit different as we could not just stay together for a minute without arguments and disagreements, we went through therapy, etc but divorce was inevitable, therefore I filed for divorce even though i knew that my status is at stake. We were married for little over 3 yrs. I used different attorneys to file 485 and 751. hope this helps...

                04: I-485 Filed
                05: Interview & Conditional GC recv'd
                05/07: I-751 sent to TSC
                06/07: FP complt'd
                05/25/08: Recv'd letter that interview for 05/08 is being cancelled though I never recv'd a letter that interview was schdl'd
                06/08: Cond'l GC 1yr extension expires 07/08, via info pass received a stamp in passport for another year
                07/08: recv'd interview notice for beginning of Aug
                08/06/08: I-751 interview and GC Apprv'l
                08/20/08: Physical GC Recv'd
                05/12: Eligible For Citizenship.

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                • #9
                  Thank you .. that helps

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