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I-485 case: Approved in 270 days (394 days less than average)   (1 comment)
User: NiluB Nationality: India
Country of Chargeability:IndiaApplicant Type:primary
Service Center:NebraskaCategory:EB1A
Priority Date:13 Feb 2017Application Filed:07 Apr 2017
USCIS Received Date:10 Apr 2017USCIS Notice Date:21 Apr 2017
USCIS Receipt Number:I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrent
I-140 Processing Type:premiumI-140 Approval Date:21 Feb 2017
First Fingerprint Date:31 May 2017Second Fingerprint Date:
RFE Received?:noRFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Case Transferred to:Transfer Date:25 Oct 2017
Name Check Status:Name Check Approval Date:
I-485 Status:approvedI-485 Approval/Denial Date:02 Jan 2018
Card Production Ordered:02 Jan 2018Card Received Date:09 Jan 2018
EAD Applied?:yesAP Applied?:yes
EAD Approval Date:14 Jun 2017AP Approval Date:14 Jun 2017
EAD Received:19 Jun 2017AP Received:19 Jun 2017
Time to Get EAD Approval:68 daysTime to Get AP Approval:68 days
Time to Get Fingerprinting Done:54 daysTotal Time to Get GC:270 days
Most Recent LUD:02 Jan 2018Days Elapsed:
Experience:Interview at SF (Jan02). Verification of I485 and some Y/N and job questions. Asked proof of marriage docs from spouse. Perm resident recd Jan09. No change in online system, says case transferred.
Case Added to Tracker: 31 Aug 2017 Last Updated: 09 Jan 2018
Notes: Interview at SF (Jan02). Verification of I485 and some Y/N and job questions. Asked proof of marriage docs from spouse. Perm resident recd Jan09. No change in online system, says case transferred.

I-485 case: Approved in 270 days (394 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: NiluB Nationality: India
Country of Chargeability:IndiaApplicant Type:dependent
Service Center:NebraskaCategory:EB1A
Priority Date:13 Feb 2017Application Filed:07 Apr 2017
USCIS Received Date:10 Apr 2017USCIS Notice Date:21 Apr 2017
USCIS Receipt Number:I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrent
I-140 Processing Type:premiumI-140 Approval Date:21 Feb 2017
First Fingerprint Date:31 May 2017Second Fingerprint Date:
RFE Received?:noRFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Case Transferred to:Transfer Date:25 Oct 2017
Name Check Status:Name Check Approval Date:
I-485 Status:approvedI-485 Approval/Denial Date:02 Jan 2018
Card Production Ordered:02 Jan 2018Card Received Date:09 Jan 2018
EAD Applied?:yesAP Applied?:yes
EAD Approval Date:15 Jun 2017AP Approval Date:15 Jun 2017
EAD Received:21 Jun 2017AP Received:21 Jun 2017
Time to Get EAD Approval:69 daysTime to Get AP Approval:69 days
Time to Get Fingerprinting Done:54 daysTotal Time to Get GC:270 days
Most Recent LUD:02 Jan 2018Days Elapsed:
Experience:Interview at SF (Jan02). Verification of I485 and some Y/N and job questions. Asked proof of marriage docs from spouse. Perm resident recd Jan09. No change in online system, says case transferred.
Case Added to Tracker: 04 Oct 2017 Last Updated: 09 Jan 2018
Notes: Interview at SF (Jan02). Verification of I485 and some Y/N and job questions. Asked proof of marriage docs from spouse. Perm resident recd Jan09. No change in online system, says case transferred.

I-140 case: Approved in 12 days (162 days less than average)   (7 comments)
User: NiluB Nationality: India
Applicant Type:primaryService Center:Nebraska
Category:EB1APriority Date:13 Feb 2017
Application Filed:09 Feb 2017USCIS Received Date:13 Feb 2017
USCIS Notice Date:USCIS Receipt Number:LIN17101511**
I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrentProcessing Type:premium
RFE Received?:noRFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:21 Feb 2017
Total Processing Time:12 daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 24 Feb 2017 Last Updated: 24 Feb 2017
Notes:
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 16 Jan 2018
Topic: Email as an evidence

As others have pointed out, it really matters what you are trying to prove with the email message. To give you examples, during my I140 filing, I used emails as evidence to show: a) researchers have reached out to me for specialized protocols and suggestions, b) acknowledgement from journals/editors for peer review completion, and c) acceptance of a scientific publication, which was not yet available online.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 10 Jan 2018
Topic: I-485 interviews for SF bay area

NBC = National Benefits Center

See here: https://www.uscis.gov/archive/blog/2012/06/natio...
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 10 Jan 2018
Topic: EB1A interview experience

NBC - I was surprised actually, thought that SF field office has jurisdiction over the case.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 10 Jan 2018
Topic: EB1A interview experience


Thanks for your detailed answer.Can you tell me what questions they asked to your wife specially about her work? What documents she took with her? Mine also new job. Can I take my salary slip?



Regarding my wife's work, the officer asked about the company, when she started, what she did, etc. The company is reasonably well known, but her division is new, so she asked about when they started, timeline for products, how many people work in her team, etc. - mostly generic questions. As for work related documents, she took salary statements (past 3 months), offer letter, and an updated HR support letter as proof of employment - though, none of these were requested.

Yes, you are supposed to take recent salary statements for the primary applicant - I took for the past 3 months. I tend to remember another person describing their EB1A interview experience getting some pointed questions about their new job (which was a startup and the officer was concerned that startups often don't make it for long, which may force them to change fields). Just be prepared to explain that you are in the same field of extraordinary ability, and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 09 Jan 2018
Topic: I-485 interviews for SF bay area

Sharing my interview experience at the SF field office:

EB1A India (primary + derivative beneficiary)
I-485 RD: 04/10/2017
EAD/AP: 06/15/2017
Transfer to NBC: 10/26/2017
Interview notice date: 11/28/2017
Local office: San Francisco, CA
Interview date: 01/02/2018
Approval Notice: 01/02/2018 (received: 01/08/2018)
Card received: 01/09/2018 (mailed: 01/05/2018)

The officer called our names and escorted us together to her office. Before I describe my experience, I want to mention that the USCIS officer interviewing us was super nice. In general, all officers at the SF office seemed very polite – something I noticed while waiting as officers were personally coming to everyone to where they were seated and welcoming them. Honestly, I expected more stern professionalism, similar to what I experienced at visa interviews by consular officers.

It started off by us taking the oath and signing a waiver that our lawyer would not be attending the interview. She had our entire file with her on the desk – like all of ~400 pages of the EB1A petition, but she had it opened at the very end, specifically at my I485. She started the conversation on a very friendly note, asking what we did for the Holidays – we didn’t do anything, to that she said ‘I bet that you cancelled your plans for this interview’ (which is true actually!) and then added ‘at least you are going to start the New Year by taking care of this paperwork.’

Then she confirmed ALL information in the submitted I-485 and G-325A, some cases she asked us for the info (what it is your date of birth?), other cases she confirmed the info provided (so, I see that you were married on XXX, is that correct?). She did this to both me and my spouse; my spouse had a new job, so she updated her form as well. Then she asked a few questions about my position, my fellowship, how long it will last, what do I like most about my job, etc. and some related discussion ensued. Finally, she asked some of the YES/NO questions from I-485 – this was done together with my spouse, she would ask one question and wait for the both of us to respond. For one question, “were you ever arrested, incarcerated, ‘cited’, etc...?”, before I answered, I clarified if parking citations are counted, and she smiled and said ‘no, only real stuff’.

We had carried a bunch of photos, which the officer went through, she asked a few questions about our parents, our wedding, honeymoon, and the trips we have taken since. Want to specify that this was not intimidating at all. She seemed genuinely interested in Bengali wedding rituals, food, people, etc. At the end, she selected a couple of pictures from the lot (interestingly, the ones where our parents and family were present) to keep with our file (asked first, if we had copies and wouldn’t mind her taking them).

Then she requested documents showing bona fide marriage; we were carrying a hell lot of stuff like joint tax returns, joint credit card statements, joint car loan, joint car registration, joint car/renter’s insurance, leases going back 4 years, etc. – She was clearly impressed and said that this is a lot, while she normally wouldn’t take all of them, just because we cared to make copies for everything, she would keep them in our file. Actually, we started off by giving her our marriage license, but she said that she already has that one (submitted with our petition).

After all these, she spent a good 10 min rifling through our file, looked at her computer a bunch of times, in between confirmed our SSN, Alien regn, and DOB once more - if I have to guess, she was making sure that we both have received proper security clearances. Then she asked if we were aware if our priority dates are current (also added that it should be for EB1); in any case, we were carrying the Jan 2018 visa bulletin. At the end she said that as of today you are both permanent residents; H1b, I94, etc. will be automatically cancelled, and from now on, we would only need our passports and perm resident cards to travel. Also, we should receive an approval notice later this week or early next week and the physical cards in 2-3 weeks. That was it.

In reality, we received the approval notice on 01/08/2018 and the physical cards on 01/09/2018 (all within 7 days).

Here are some specific pointers for the interview that I gathered (disclaimer: please don’t consider any of this as legal advice):

1. Be truthful. If you have any doubts, clarify with the officer and do not hesitate to ask questions – they will have everything on you with them anyway. For example, I-485 asks for any membership, etc. – I had initially reported one organization in the form. During the interview, she asked about any additional organizations I am/was part of; I clarified that I am a fellow of another organization and went over the details and the nature of my association – she accepted that it does not need to be in the list. But she seemed happy that I clarified with her.

2. Be organized. My spouse did an excellent job of assembling everything we carried with us. We also made sure to carry photocopies for every original document (with all relevant info highlighted). This helped immensely – we were able to produce anything the officer asked within seconds and she did not have to leave her seat even to copy anything. This also rubbed positively with the officer and several times she mentioned that she is going to keep stuff in her file, just because we cared to make copies for her.

3. It would not come as news to anyone that EB AOS interviews are a new thing for field officers and will likely remain so for the next few months. So, be prepared to face questions and carry supporting documents to establish bona fide marriage, i.e. generally prepare as if this is a FB AOS interview (we did that and it helped). In any case, for the spouse, even for EB cases the eligibility is still based on marriage, so related questions are fair game. There is a ton of material on the internet regarding this, including hundreds of YouTube videos to help out. Also carry photos of major life events, some should preferably be those with family.

4. For the primary applicant, specifically EB1 cases, prepare a 5-10 sentence lay audience summary of your work and what makes it extraordinary. While this was not directly asked, it sort of came out during the conversation. I assume the same should be true for EB2, 3 cases as well, be prepared to answer questions that makes you eligible for the underlying I140. Also, be prepared to answer questions related to continued engagement in the field of extraordinary ability – this may be specific for EB1. Again, while not directly asked, however, during the conversation, it generally came out what I am currently working on, challenges I face, my future plans, etc. I was also carrying copies of my recent publications, reviews, employment verification letter, etc... everything that happened after I140 submission, but goes to show that I am still working in the same field.

If your spouse is employed, she should also be prepared to talk about her job, duties, etc.; the interviewer asked a few related questions to my wife, however, they may simply be out of curiosity.

5. I have seen a lot of people ask this: is there a dress code? No, there isn’t, but I have read it in many places that one should dress appropriately for this. No need to wear full formals, but it is necessary to come off as respectful in your attire and grooming.

6. Know your petition well. This is true for both the I140 and 1485 - know exactly which documents were submitted. I had to specifically request my lawyer to send a scanned copy of the final I140 for this.

7. Carry related documents such as Information related to I-864 and/or Suppl J. In my case, it being EB1A, they were not required, but our lawyer suggested we carry the official instructions to show the officer, if requested. We also carried the most recent DHS visa bulletin and did show it to the officer that our priority dates are current.

This forum has been very helpful throughout the process and I want to stay back a few more weeks to answer questions about my experience. Good luck everyone and Happy New Year!
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 09 Jan 2018
Topic: I-485 - April 2017 Filers

Sharing my interview experience at the SF field office:

EB1A India (primary + derivative beneficiary)
I-485 RD: 04/10/2017
EAD/AP: 06/15/2017
Transfer to NBC: 10/26/2017
Interview notice date: 11/28/2017
Local office: San Francisco, CA
Interview date: 01/02/2018
Approval Notice: 01/02/2018 (received: 01/08/2018)
Card received: 01/09/2018 (mailed: 01/05/2018)

The officer called our names and escorted us together to her office. Before I describe my experience, I want to mention that the USCIS officer interviewing us was super nice. In general, all officers at the SF office seemed very polite – something I noticed while waiting as officers were personally coming to everyone to where they were seated and welcoming them. Honestly, I expected more stern professionalism, similar to what I experienced at visa interviews by consular officers.

It started off by us taking the oath and signing a waiver that our lawyer would not be attending the interview. She had our entire file with her on the desk – like all of ~400 pages of the EB1A petition, but she had it opened at the very end, specifically at my I485. She started the conversation on a very friendly note, asking what we did for the Holidays – we didn’t do anything, to that she said ‘I bet that you cancelled your plans for this interview’ (which is true actually!) and then added ‘at least you are going to start the New Year by taking care of this paperwork.’

Then she confirmed ALL information in the submitted I-485 and G-325A, some cases she asked us for the info (what it is your date of birth?), other cases she confirmed the info provided (so, I see that you were married on XXX, is that correct?). She did this to both me and my spouse; my spouse had a new job, so she updated her form as well. Then she asked a few questions about my position, my fellowship, how long it will last, what do I like most about my job, etc. and some related discussion ensued. Finally, she asked some of the YES/NO questions from I-485 – this was done together with my spouse, she would ask one question and wait for the both of us to respond. For one question, “were you ever arrested, incarcerated, ‘cited’, etc...?”, before I answered, I clarified if parking citations are counted, and she smiled and said ‘no, only real stuff’.

We had carried a bunch of photos, which the officer went through, she asked a few questions about our parents, our wedding, honeymoon, and the trips we have taken since. Want to specify that this was not intimidating at all. She seemed genuinely interested in Bengali wedding rituals, food, people, etc. At the end, she selected a couple of pictures from the lot (interestingly, the ones where our parents and family were present) to keep with our file (asked first, if we had copies and wouldn’t mind her taking them).

Then she requested documents showing bona fide marriage; we were carrying a hell lot of stuff like joint tax returns, joint credit card statements, joint car loan, joint car registration, joint car/renter’s insurance, leases going back 4 years, etc. – She was clearly impressed and said that this is a lot, while she normally wouldn’t take all of them, just because we cared to make copies for everything, she would keep them in our file. Actually, we started off by giving her our marriage license, but she said that she already has that one (submitted with our petition).

After all these, she spent a good 10 min rifling through our file, looked at her computer a bunch of times, in between confirmed our SSN, Alien regn, and DOB once more - if I have to guess, she was making sure that we both have received proper security clearances. Then she asked if we were aware if our priority dates are current (also added that it should be for EB1); in any case, we were carrying the Jan 2018 visa bulletin. At the end she said that as of today you are both permanent residents; H1b, I94, etc. will be automatically cancelled, and from now on, we would only need our passports and perm resident cards to travel. Also, we should receive an approval notice later this week or early next week and the physical cards in 2-3 weeks. That was it.

In reality, we received the approval notice on 01/08/2018 and the physical cards on 01/09/2018 (all within 7 days).

Here are some specific pointers for the interview that I gathered (disclaimer: please don’t consider any of this as legal advice):

1. Be truthful. If you have any doubts, clarify with the officer and do not hesitate to ask questions – they will have everything on you with them anyway. For example, I-485 asks for any membership, etc. – I had initially reported one organization in the form. During the interview, she asked about any additional organizations I am/was part of; I clarified that I am a fellow of another organization and went over the details and the nature of my association – she accepted that it does not need to be in the list. But she seemed happy that I clarified with her.

2. Be organized. My spouse did an excellent job of assembling everything we carried with us. We also made sure to carry photocopies for every original document (with all relevant info highlighted). This helped immensely – we were able to produce anything the officer asked within seconds and she did not have to leave her seat even to copy anything. This also rubbed positively with the officer and several times she mentioned that she is going to keep stuff in her file, just because we cared to make copies for her.

3. It would not come as news to anyone that EB AOS interviews are a new thing for field officers and will likely remain so for the next few months. So, be prepared to face questions and carry supporting documents to establish bona fide marriage, i.e. generally prepare as if this is a FB AOS interview (we did that and it helped). In any case, for the spouse, even for EB cases the eligibility is still based on marriage, so related questions are fair game. There is a ton of material on the internet regarding this, including hundreds of YouTube videos to help out. Also carry photos of major life events, some should preferably be those with family.

4. For the primary applicant, specifically EB1 cases, prepare a 5-10 sentence lay audience summary of your work and what makes it extraordinary. While this was not directly asked, it sort of came out during the conversation. I assume the same should be true for EB2, 3 cases as well, be prepared to answer questions that makes you eligible for the underlying I140. Also, be prepared to answer questions related to continued engagement in the field of extraordinary ability – this may be specific for EB1. Again, while not directly asked, however, during the conversation, it generally came out what I am currently working on, challenges I face, my future plans, etc. I was also carrying copies of my recent publications, reviews, employment verification letter, etc... everything that happened after I140 submission, but goes to show that I am still working in the same field.

If your spouse is employed, she should also be prepared to talk about her job, duties, etc.; the interviewer asked a few related questions to my wife, however, they may simply be out of curiosity.

5. I have seen a lot of people ask this: is there a dress code? No, there isn’t, but I have read it in many places that one should dress appropriately for this. No need to wear full formals, but it is necessary to come off as respectful in your attire and grooming.

6. Know your petition well. This is true for both the I140 and 1485 - know exactly which documents were submitted. I had to specifically request my lawyer to send a scanned copy of the final I140 for this.

7. Carry related documents such as Information related to I-864 and/or Suppl J. In my case, it being EB1A, they were not required, but our lawyer suggested we carry the official instructions to show the officer, if requested. We also carried the most recent DHS visa bulletin and did show it to the officer that our priority dates are current.

This forum has been very helpful throughout the process and I want to stay back a few more weeks to answer questions about my experience. Good luck everyone and Happy New Year!
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 09 Jan 2018
Topic: EB1A interview experience

Sharing my interview experience at the SF field office:

EB1A India (primary + derivative beneficiary)
I-485 RD: 04/10/2017
EAD/AP: 06/15/2017
Transfer to NBC: 10/26/2017
Interview notice date: 11/28/2017
Local office: San Francisco, CA
Interview date: 01/02/2018
Approval Notice: 01/02/2018 (received: 01/08/2018)
Card received: 01/09/2018 (mailed: 01/05/2018)

The officer called our names and escorted us together to her office. Before I describe my experience, I want to mention that the USCIS officer interviewing us was super nice. In general, all officers at the SF office seemed very polite – something I noticed while waiting as officers were personally coming to everyone to where they were seated and welcoming them. Honestly, I expected more stern professionalism, similar to what I experienced at visa interviews by consular officers.

It started off by us taking the oath and signing a waiver that our lawyer would not be attending the interview. She had our entire file with her on the desk – like all of ~400 pages of the EB1A petition, but she had it opened at the very end, specifically at my I485. She started the conversation on a very friendly note, asking what we did for the Holidays – we didn’t do anything, to that she said ‘I bet that you cancelled your plans for this interview’ (which is true actually!) and then added ‘at least you are going to start the New Year by taking care of this paperwork.’

Then she confirmed ALL information in the submitted I-485 and G-325A, some cases she asked us for the info (what it is your date of birth?), other cases she confirmed the info provided (so, I see that you were married on XXX, is that correct?). She did this to both me and my spouse; my spouse had a new job, so she updated her form as well. Then she asked a few questions about my position, my fellowship, how long it will last, what do I like most about my job, etc. and some related discussion ensued. Finally, she asked some of the YES/NO questions from I-485 – this was done together with my spouse, she would ask one question and wait for the both of us to respond. For one question, “were you ever arrested, incarcerated, ‘cited’, etc...?”, before I answered, I clarified if parking citations are counted, and she smiled and said ‘no, only real stuff’.

We had carried a bunch of photos, which the officer went through, she asked a few questions about our parents, our wedding, honeymoon, and the trips we have taken since. Want to specify that this was not intimidating at all. She seemed genuinely interested in Bengali wedding rituals, food, people, etc. At the end, she selected a couple of pictures from the lot (interestingly, the ones where our parents and family were present) to keep with our file (asked first, if we had copies and wouldn’t mind her taking them).

Then she requested documents showing bona fide marriage; we were carrying a hell lot of stuff like joint tax returns, joint credit card statements, joint car loan, joint car registration, joint car/renter’s insurance, leases going back 4 years, etc. – She was clearly impressed and said that this is a lot, while she normally wouldn’t take all of them, just because we cared to make copies for everything, she would keep them in our file. Actually, we started off by giving her our marriage license, but she said that she already has that one (submitted with our petition).

After all these, she spent a good 10 min rifling through our file, looked at her computer a bunch of times, in between confirmed our SSN, Alien regn, and DOB once more - if I have to guess, she was making sure that we both have received proper security clearances. Then she asked if we were aware if our priority dates are current (also added that it should be for EB1); in any case, we were carrying the Jan 2018 visa bulletin. At the end she said that as of today you are both permanent residents; H1b, I94, etc. will be automatically cancelled, and from now on, we would only need our passports and perm resident cards to travel. Also, we should receive an approval notice later this week or early next week and the physical cards in 2-3 weeks. That was it.

In reality, we received the approval notice on 01/08/2018 and the physical cards on 01/09/2018 (all within 7 days).

Here are some specific pointers for the interview that I gathered (disclaimer: please don’t consider any of this as legal advice):

1. Be truthful. If you have any doubts, clarify with the officer and do not hesitate to ask questions – they will have everything on you with them anyway. For example, I-485 asks for any membership, etc. – I had initially reported one organization in the form. During the interview, she asked about any additional organizations I am/was part of; I clarified that I am a fellow of another organization and went over the details and the nature of my association – she accepted that it does not need to be in the list. But she seemed happy that I clarified with her.

2. Be organized. My spouse did an excellent job of assembling everything we carried with us. We also made sure to carry photocopies for every original document (with all relevant info highlighted). This helped immensely – we were able to produce anything the officer asked within seconds and she did not have to leave her seat even to copy anything. This also rubbed positively with the officer and several times she mentioned that she is going to keep stuff in her file, just because we cared to make copies for her.

3. It would not come as news to anyone that EB AOS interviews are a new thing for field officers and will likely remain so for the next few months. So, be prepared to face questions and carry supporting documents to establish bona fide marriage, i.e. generally prepare as if this is a FB AOS interview (we did that and it helped). In any case, for the spouse, even for EB cases the eligibility is still based on marriage, so related questions are fair game. There is a ton of material on the internet regarding this, including hundreds of YouTube videos to help out. Also carry photos of major life events, some should preferably be those with family.

4. For the primary applicant, specifically EB1 cases, prepare a 5-10 sentence lay audience summary of your work and what makes it extraordinary. While this was not directly asked, it sort of came out during the conversation. I assume the same should be true for EB2, 3 cases as well, be prepared to answer questions that makes you eligible for the underlying I140. Also, be prepared to answer questions related to continued engagement in the field of extraordinary ability – this may be specific for EB1. Again, while not directly asked, however, during the conversation, it generally came out what I am currently working on, challenges I face, my future plans, etc. I was also carrying copies of my recent publications, reviews, employment verification letter, etc... everything that happened after I140 submission, but goes to show that I am still working in the same field.

If your spouse is employed, she should also be prepared to talk about her job, duties, etc.; the interviewer asked a few related questions to my wife, however, they may simply be out of curiosity.

5. I have seen a lot of people ask this: is there a dress code? No, there isn’t, but I have read it in many places that one should dress appropriately for this. No need to wear full formals, but it is necessary to come off as respectful in your attire and grooming.

6. Know your petition well. This is true for both the I140 and 1485 - know exactly which documents were submitted. I had to specifically request my lawyer to send a scanned copy of the final I140 for this.

7. Carry related documents such as Information related to I-864 and/or Suppl J. In my case, it being EB1A, they were not required, but our lawyer suggested we carry the official instructions to show the officer, if requested. We also carried the most recent DHS visa bulletin and did show it to the officer that our priority dates are current.

This forum has been very helpful throughout the process and I want to stay back a few more weeks to answer questions about my experience. Good luck everyone and Happy New Year!
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 09 Jan 2018
Topic: Adding spouse to pending application.

The interview notice (at least the ones we received) clearly stated that if the eligibility for filing I-485 is based on marriage, the spouse needs to attend the interview.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 09 Jan 2018
Topic: Mother's spelling in the I-485 forms

It is difficult/nearly impossible to predict how things will go in your situation specifically. Here are some of the relevant details I have picked up in the recent months:

1. During the USCIS calls, they mentioned that prior to interview scheduling, files will be sent to NBC. NBC will arrange and organize all documents and send out RFEs if necessary; if all is in order, they will forward the petition to field offices for interview. Based on this, it seems possible that if they had an issue with your BC, they would have brought it up already.

2. While the officer did not go through my BC during the interview, others in the forum have noted that some officers have confirmed the BC copy submitted and compared it with the original. If that happens, they may flag the discrepancy.

3. It is also entirely possible that up until now, USCIS officers have simply overlooked this name discrepancy - it may stay that way through the interview or the officer can pick it up. IMO, it is better to be prepared... yes, one can always wait it out and see if it comes up and then act on it. But again, it is much simpler to have a letter explaining the discrepancy, along with an affidavit from your mother, ready during the interview, which may end up saving you weeks, if not months.

Good luck.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 09 Jan 2018
Topic: Which documents do I need to carry along in respect to I-140?

My lawyer suggested to carry all original documents, copies for which were submitted along with I140. Additionally, I carried documents to show continued engagement in the field of extraordinary ability: publications, reviews, news articles, pay stubs, updated employment verification letter, etc. - everything that happened since I140 petition submission. However, the interviewing officer asked for none of it... only confirmed that my case is under EB1A.

I am not sure what your EB category is (please update your profile) - depending on that, take all that you have updated copies for and are relevant. The interviewer will otherwise have your complete petition - all of it.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 09 Jan 2018
Topic: Mother's spelling in the I-485 forms

My spouse had something similar. As our lawyer suggested, she wrote a letter addressed to the Adjudicating Officer and included it in her petition: indicating the discrepancy, explaining that this was done due to a clerical error, and stating that she confirmed that both 'XXee' and 'XXi" are the same person. Additionally, we included a copy of her mom's passport, showing the same permanent address as her's and her father as spouse. This seemed to work fine.

I am not sure if you have already filed your petition. If yes, then it will probably depend on the IO to flag this or not. In any case, if I were in the same boat, I would prepare documentation (letter, affidavit, etc.) for an RFE, while the case is in consideration.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 24 Dec 2017
Topic: I-485 interviews for SF bay area




Could someone reply if their "request for interview" letter asked to bring I-864 for employment based I-485 interview?

This is mentioned as the third item in the list (of documents to bring) and under this item they are asking for tax returns, current employment letter.



Yes, mine does. I asked my lawyer the same question; they said, at this point the interview letters are not customized for EB-based I-485 interviews and that's why it talks about I-864. They also suggested to take the official Instructions for I-864 with us to the interview to show the officer, in case it comes up, that I-864 is not required in our case.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 14 Dec 2017
Topic: EB1A interview experience

Thanks for creating the thread, my interview is for Jan 3rd at the SF field office.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 20 Nov 2017
Topic: May 2017 I 485 Filers Thread Deleted?


How come there are no processing time available for NBC for I485



Asked the same question to my lawyer... here is their response:

USCIS has indicated that NBC acts as a central hub for their I-485. Processing does occur there for some cases, but in most cases, the case will then be sent to a local office to schedule an interview and from there, the case may either be sent back to the original service center for additional processing, back to NBC, or processing may be completed at the local office.

In general, because NBC does not process cases in the same sense as the Texas or Nebraska Service Centers, USCIS does not have data on processing time for I-485 at NBC.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 12 Nov 2017
Topic: I-485 interviews for SF bay area

Nope... just the transfer to NBC notices.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 06 Nov 2017
Topic: EB1A March-June 2017 filers

Yea... over the two conference calls, USCIS made it clear that after I-485 filing they would treat all EB cases the same. But again, this is USCIS, so anything and everything goes.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 01 Nov 2017
Topic: I-485 interviews for SF bay area


EB-2 ROW
PD: February 13, 2017
I-485 RD: July 03, 2017
EAD/AP: October 26, 2017
Transfer to NBC September 25, 2017
Local office: San Francisco, CA
Interview: November 29, 2017



Good luck! Keep us posted on the progress.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 31 Oct 2017
Topic: NY Interview Experiences

An FBI fingerprint check takes ~2-3 weeks, I guess that's what the officer said. Good luck!
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 31 Oct 2017
Topic: NY Interview Experiences

Good luck! Regarding the fingerprint, so far I understand, if it goes over 1 year, USCIS asks FBI to run another fingerprint check - in some cases, I have heard that this may require another bio-metrics appointment.

Can you please elaborate on the questions they asked. Any related to the underlying I-140?
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 31 Oct 2017
Topic: I-485 - April 2017 Filers

Received the physical notices (from Oct 25th)... it is for transfer to NBC to 'speed up processing'. Lets see if a second set of receipts show up for the second transfer update from Oct 26th.
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