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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 11 Jan 2018#26
to ForeverStuck:

That would have been the right thing to do, unless F2A dates are current and being processed faster, which is not/ hasn't been the case.

As someone else stated, don't confuse your EB derivative Spouse's case as an F2A case, even in interview.
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 11 Jan 2018#27
So, question to those whose spouses received interview notices, or any document with a PD for their spouse, did it show the Spouse's 485 RD or primary's PD?
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Posted by gcretro (57) 11 Jan 2018#28
to BPSSMG:

I lost track of what the confusion is :).
The interview notice for EB spouse (case where EB primary has already been greened 4 to 5 months ago) has wrong priority date. It simply states their spouses 485 recv. date under priority date. That's a side effect of NBC using family based 'interview notice' format. As my lawyer told me, the forms have not yet been updated to exactly fit EB dependent interview cases. If you see, it will mention I-824 (instead of I-134 which applies to EB). Long story short, EB spouse inherits the PD of the primary so long as the marriage was *before* primary's 485 approval. (Dependent spouse's 485 can very well be filed after the primary's GC approval. There is no mandate that it must be receipted before primary's 485 approval)
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 11 Jan 2018#29
to gcretro:

Yes. It states a lot of other documents which may not apply, this is probably because they use a general template and don’t check which ones apply to the case. Confusing. My attorney told me to prepare on EB/140 questions.

The RD is shown as the PD, this is another concern but I think that’s how it is reflected though the underlying date is the primary PD.

Did anyone have interviews yet?
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Posted by gcretro (57) 11 Jan 2018#30
to BPSSMG:

When your attorney says 'prepare spouse for eb/140 questions' - do you mean to say that dependent spouse should be aware of all the details of the primary applicant like job description etc ? ( even thought primary has got his GC approved recently). My wife has her interview last week Jan. I hope to be able to go along citing I am the primary.

I assume you are a 2007 eb3i filer who got GC recent and have spouse 485 applied?
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 11 Jan 2018#31
to gcretro:

Yes. That’s what the attorney said. Follow the AILA guidelines for EB processing.
Pls let me know if your attorney says something different. From what I know, this is quite new, based on the March rules
Your assumption is correct.
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Posted by GCSPOUSE2017 (16) 12 Jan 2018#32
to gcretro:

Thank you for the response, please confirm on the documents we have send with them and also did you attorney asked you to go or you asked him if you can go, as I would prefer not to go :-)
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Posted by gcretro (57) 12 Jan 2018#33
to GCSPOUSE2017:

I want to go.
Why wouldn't you if they allow? In some ways you dependent 485 is tied to your marriage. And you spouse notice does state that.
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Posted by GCSPOUSE2017 (16) 12 Jan 2018#34
to gcretro:

May be I should then...as the other member said we can wait in the waiting area, if the need arises we can go
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Posted by GCSPOUSE2017 (16) 12 Jan 2018#35
to gcretro:

My spouse interview is on Jan 23 , when is yours.. hopefully someone shares this kind of interview experience before that so that we can get a clear Idea..
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#36
to BPSSMG:

2006, NOT 2007
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#37
Trackitt is not allowing me to post in a single post, so will post in bits

I don't know if everyone's interview experiences would be the same, but I shall share ours.
At check in, the person asked if we had one interview, or two notices. I mentioned one, so he gave a token to my spouse. I asked if I will be allowed to go in, and he said yes. My attorney told me I may, or may not be called.

Officer came and called us in a few minutes after our scheduled time.

Took Oath.

Questions on G325, work experience, last entry status, what kind of visas, how many entries into the country, last addresses, employment status, duration, work description. Few other questions relevant only to our case, so not mentioning them here. The officer was thorough in reviewing our case files.

After that, asked the inadmissibility questions. Then stated our case needs further review and will ask us for further documents/ info if necessary. USCIS website states there is no timeline after interview for a decision.
https://www.uscis.gov/archive/blog/2012/05/three...
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#38
I'm not able to add any more posts due to server error!
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Posted by GCSPOUSE2017 (16) 12 Jan 2018#39
to BPSSMG:

Thank you for sharing the information , when was her interview , please confirm if your GC was approved before your spouse interview.
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#40
to GCSPOUSE2017:

Last week. Yes
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Posted by GCSPOUSE2017 (16) 12 Jan 2018#41
to BPSSMG:

Sorry for so many questions which Office did you have your interview...and also were the questions related to Spouse employment or yours too
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#42
to GCSPOUSE2017:

Both
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#43
is anyone else facing a problem posting a paragraph or more to trackitt
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Posted by GCSPOUSE2017 (16) 12 Jan 2018#44
to BPSSMG:

May it has limit per post
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Posted by Durham (360) 12 Jan 2018#45
to BPSSMG:

Thanks for posting & sharing your experience. Best wishes.
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#46
to BPSSMG:

Before we were called, while we were waiting, we saw a few people go in and come out very happy and excited. They probably got their approval on the spot, or were told so. Few others, were hard to judge. I would say, do not look at others and stress yourself out. Each person’s case and experience are different. Ours was a straightforward case, so didn’t know what the review was.
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#47
to BPSSMG:

Its frustrating because I am unable to post all that I want to share
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#48
to BPSSMG:

I missed asking the officer on the anomaly about the PD. If any of you go, please make a point to ask the officer about the RD shown as the PD for spouse and why it is so. On the flip side, I realized this ended up being an interview for me as well Not that I’m complaining, but the whole process is elongated. The officer had both mine, and my spouse’s 485 files with her and she asked questions off both.
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#49
to BPSSMG:

Field office open/ close
Check before you go
https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-offi...

Dress Code:
No formal dress code, but we chose business casual for spouse, tie and suit for me. Its your individual choice. The officers were all in business casual.
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Posted by BPSSMG (187) 12 Jan 2018#50
to BPSSMG:

Mobile Devices:
We did not take our mobile phones inside since the attorney advised use we are not supposed to carry anything that emits a flash, vibrates or emit the sound of an alarm. I read contradictory experiences where folks took their phones, and were even asked to show pictures on their phone. I decided we would not carry our phones into the building. That was a tough phone free couple of hours

Security Screening:
We went through a TSA type security check. So, keep in mind about liquids etc., and allow sufficient time.

Documents Taken:
We took everything on the interview notice and some. You won’t be taking the affidavit of supportI-864 since this is EB case, and you probably have provided I-134 already. Organize your documents in order and index them so you can take out quickly. Separate originals and copies. Copies are important as are originals.

Attorney:
I asked my attorney if an attorney would be required. He said my case is a straightforward and no complications. Moreover, an attorney will not answer your answers. You are liable for your actions, answers and facts. What an attorney will do is, if the officer doesn’t know some law, or crosses the line on questioning, he may intervene appropriately or make a statement etc., but not sure if that happens. I read somewhere on a forum that the officer didn’t know something, and the attorney helped the officer understand or find the rule. That same person also wrote ‘the officer seemed to know the attorney already, so it was good’ I wouldn’t buy that. Officers make independent reviews and decisions based on law/ rules. Not because they have seen an attorney a few times.

I know one may feel comfortable and confident if we have an attorney and are well prepared. However, before you spend that 2 grand on an attorney, find out what exact value they would be contributing, and if it would be necessary. Almost all desi couples I saw had their attorneys. Make an independent evaluation and decision based on your circumstances and case. We chose not to take any attorney.

Do not get upset if they don’t call you in your assigned time. They have a heavy caseload and after waiting so many years, a couple hours more wait isn’t a big deal. I saw one guy walk upto an officer to ask when he would be called. He was very impatient, and I felt he was a bit brash in the manner he asked, an officer is not an assisstant. You should ask the check in clerk if you have not been called even after 1 hour after your appointment.

As long as the truths and facts are as stated, nothing to worry.

Hope this helps. Please post your experiences.

Again: In your interview, make a note to ask the officer about the RD shown as the PD for spouse instead of the primary’s PD. I would like to know what they say as we are worried on this.
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