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    So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead
    of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting
    to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that
    everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has
    experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out
    there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was
    required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found
    out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG!
    So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the
    Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs
    at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years
    of management has paid off in a way I never planned on!
    Thanks in advance.



    Debs

    --
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  • #2
    Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

    So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs
    Hey anal lady

    You are not crazy for wanting to be prepared for the interview, AOS is a
    very important step in the immigration process and we all want to be
    ready!
    http://www.kamya.com/interview/aosint_1.html Here you will find loads of
    valuable information from people who've been there, done that!
    Where are you filing??

    It is FRIIIIDDDDAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!

    --
    Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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    • #3
      Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

      So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs
      Hey anal lady

      You are not crazy for wanting to be prepared for the interview, AOS is a
      very important step in the immigration process and we all want to be
      ready!
      http://www.kamya.com/interview/aosint_1.html Here you will find loads of
      valuable information from people who've been there, done that!
      Where are you filing??

      It is FRIIIIDDDDAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!

      --
      Posted via http://britishexpats.com

      Comment


      • #4
        Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

        So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs
        Excerpts from the Kamya Interview resource:
        Lots more like that there ... just have to look.

        http://www.kamya.com/interview/intro.html



        Literary Guild letter & Adelphia Cable work order, both in my
        name for an address that matched the address on the NYSEG and Bell
        Atlantic bills in Brian's name.
        2 invoices from our mechanic with both our names on them.
        Various bank statements for different accounts--all in both our
        names. (Also had our check book to show her with both our names on the
        checks.)
        Renter's insurance bill & policy--in both our names.
        Lease & security deposit receipt in both our names.
        My enrollment form for life insurance through my employer,
        showing Brian as the beneficiary.
        One of each of our pay stubs which shows our pay going into the
        samebank account (plus matching addresses).
        Receipt for the reception hall in both our names.
        Copy of our 1999 joint tax returns.
        Marriage certificate.
        Title for one of our vehicles in both our names.
        At that point, I stopped and said we had things in our wallets to also
        demonstrate a shared life (Visa cards with same acct# but one in his
        name, one in mine; same address on our drivers' licenses; AAA membership
        cards with same acct# but one in his name, one in mine; health insurance
        cards with both our names listed). We also had our box of address labels
        with both our names, an envelope full of wedding cards and Christmas
        cards addressed to us both, a welcome notice from our church, church
        envelopes in both our names and envelopes of photos. However, after the
        above 11 items, she stopped us and said that was plenty. "You don't want
        to see any pictures?" "No." *whew*
        From another:

        Papers general
        Another filled out I-864 (Affidavit of Support) just on case,
        (you had to have 5 times the 125% of the poverty line if you didn't make
        it all in income alone)
        Passports
        driver's licenses
        Social security card
        Current letter of employment for you and/or your spouse showing
        rate of pay and hours per week or salary, title of position
        Paycheck stubs, last three issued if possible
        divorce papers
        job assignment letter
        birth dates from mom and dad
        birth certificate
        Birth certification translated
        loans statements
        W2 Federal, state and local tax return
        (previous) medical examine including the supplemental shot
        record
        Employment Authorization Card
        Form I-94
        Any notices and forms given to you by the INS
        Interview Letter
        Advance parole or other travel documents
        Petitioner's proof of citizenship
        Marriage certificate
        certified copy of marriage license
        Interview Letter
        Sworn statement from two common friends (not notarized) their
        knowledge of us as a confide married couple: the spouse (b) the couple
        lives together (c) the spouse is a welcome member of the family. These
        affidavits should state the afficiants name, address, status in the US,
        relationship to you and/or your spouse, and how he/she is knowledgeable
        of said facts. At least one of these affidavits should be from a
        neighbor. The affadavits should be detailed and informative, not general
        statements. Stating we are in a loyal and true marriage.
        H1B visas
        photocopy of the visa my passport
        two new pass photos
        Proof of common residence
        Join bank statements
        Lease
        Notification from land lord that we live together
        Electric & gas bills
        Phone bill
        health insurance
        our life insurance (look for additional information map)
        video store / gym membership
        our check books
        our ATM cards
        carbon copies of checks (2 rent checks)
        Checks from our account we wrote and signed by both
        cards of our health insurance
        A copy of any bills or receipts possessing the names and
        addresses of both you and your spouse (since marriage).
        Bills in general with our address
        Wedding Invitation
        medical bills
        Documents we did not have:
        rental agreement at the apartment
        credit cards
        copies of our car title
        car insurance
        gym member ship
        checkbook that has carbon copies
        Canceled checks dating from the time of marriage until the
        present, showing that both parties use the account.
        copies of our wills
        paychecks are directly deposited into the checking account.
        lease or rent receipts
        wedding bands.
        Other documents
        our house keys
        picture of wife/husband in wallet

        --
        I'm not an attorney. This disclaimer is valid in NYS!
        Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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        • #5
          Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

          So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs
          Excerpts from the Kamya Interview resource:
          Lots more like that there ... just have to look.

          http://www.kamya.com/interview/intro.html



          Literary Guild letter & Adelphia Cable work order, both in my
          name for an address that matched the address on the NYSEG and Bell
          Atlantic bills in Brian's name.
          2 invoices from our mechanic with both our names on them.
          Various bank statements for different accounts--all in both our
          names. (Also had our check book to show her with both our names on the
          checks.)
          Renter's insurance bill & policy--in both our names.
          Lease & security deposit receipt in both our names.
          My enrollment form for life insurance through my employer,
          showing Brian as the beneficiary.
          One of each of our pay stubs which shows our pay going into the
          samebank account (plus matching addresses).
          Receipt for the reception hall in both our names.
          Copy of our 1999 joint tax returns.
          Marriage certificate.
          Title for one of our vehicles in both our names.
          At that point, I stopped and said we had things in our wallets to also
          demonstrate a shared life (Visa cards with same acct# but one in his
          name, one in mine; same address on our drivers' licenses; AAA membership
          cards with same acct# but one in his name, one in mine; health insurance
          cards with both our names listed). We also had our box of address labels
          with both our names, an envelope full of wedding cards and Christmas
          cards addressed to us both, a welcome notice from our church, church
          envelopes in both our names and envelopes of photos. However, after the
          above 11 items, she stopped us and said that was plenty. "You don't want
          to see any pictures?" "No." *whew*
          From another:

          Papers general
          Another filled out I-864 (Affidavit of Support) just on case,
          (you had to have 5 times the 125% of the poverty line if you didn't make
          it all in income alone)
          Passports
          driver's licenses
          Social security card
          Current letter of employment for you and/or your spouse showing
          rate of pay and hours per week or salary, title of position
          Paycheck stubs, last three issued if possible
          divorce papers
          job assignment letter
          birth dates from mom and dad
          birth certificate
          Birth certification translated
          loans statements
          W2 Federal, state and local tax return
          (previous) medical examine including the supplemental shot
          record
          Employment Authorization Card
          Form I-94
          Any notices and forms given to you by the INS
          Interview Letter
          Advance parole or other travel documents
          Petitioner's proof of citizenship
          Marriage certificate
          certified copy of marriage license
          Interview Letter
          Sworn statement from two common friends (not notarized) their
          knowledge of us as a confide married couple: the spouse (b) the couple
          lives together (c) the spouse is a welcome member of the family. These
          affidavits should state the afficiants name, address, status in the US,
          relationship to you and/or your spouse, and how he/she is knowledgeable
          of said facts. At least one of these affidavits should be from a
          neighbor. The affadavits should be detailed and informative, not general
          statements. Stating we are in a loyal and true marriage.
          H1B visas
          photocopy of the visa my passport
          two new pass photos
          Proof of common residence
          Join bank statements
          Lease
          Notification from land lord that we live together
          Electric & gas bills
          Phone bill
          health insurance
          our life insurance (look for additional information map)
          video store / gym membership
          our check books
          our ATM cards
          carbon copies of checks (2 rent checks)
          Checks from our account we wrote and signed by both
          cards of our health insurance
          A copy of any bills or receipts possessing the names and
          addresses of both you and your spouse (since marriage).
          Bills in general with our address
          Wedding Invitation
          medical bills
          Documents we did not have:
          rental agreement at the apartment
          credit cards
          copies of our car title
          car insurance
          gym member ship
          checkbook that has carbon copies
          Canceled checks dating from the time of marriage until the
          present, showing that both parties use the account.
          copies of our wills
          paychecks are directly deposited into the checking account.
          lease or rent receipts
          wedding bands.
          Other documents
          our house keys
          picture of wife/husband in wallet

          --
          I'm not an attorney. This disclaimer is valid in NYS!
          Posted via http://britishexpats.com

          Comment


          • #6
            Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

            So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs
            Hi Debs:

            If you are truly organized like you say you are AND you are somewhat of
            a packrat, you will have everything you need for an adjustment
            interview.

            --
            Certified Specialist
            Immigration & Nat. Law
            Cal. Bar Board of Legal Specialization
            Posted via http://britishexpats.com

            Comment


            • #7
              Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

              So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs
              Hi Debs:

              If you are truly organized like you say you are AND you are somewhat of
              a packrat, you will have everything you need for an adjustment
              interview.

              --
              Certified Specialist
              Immigration & Nat. Law
              Cal. Bar Board of Legal Specialization
              Posted via http://britishexpats.com

              Comment


              • #8
                Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

                So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs
                You're welcome, Debs.....

                Since you read our interview account, you know that we carried two
                plastic handled tub type things to the interview---one with originals in
                folders divided by category, and one with the copies of everything in
                tub one!

                Since you read our account, you also know that one of the first
                questions out of DAO Maher's mouth was, "****WHY**** is this file so
                ***THICK***????"

                To which we answered, of course, "we're very thorough". On
                hindsight, in our effort to be so completely prepared, perhaps it looked
                a bit out of the ordinary to Ms. Maher of Chicago. On hindsight, I
                truly believe that if our file *hadn't* been quite so thick (due to our
                methodical, organized, anal, and packrat nature....), we wouldn't have
                been barraged with accusations of a prior filing, an arrest record, a
                waiver, an amnesty filing, etc. etc. etc.

                Who knows. All I can say is, that in hindsight, I'd probably do it
                EXACTLY the way we did it. Because that's just the way I am.
                (Notice I said "I", not "we".... )

                A tip: give Garry the heavier case to carry.

                ~SecretGarden

                --
                Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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                • #9
                  Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

                  So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs
                  You're welcome, Debs.....

                  Since you read our interview account, you know that we carried two
                  plastic handled tub type things to the interview---one with originals in
                  folders divided by category, and one with the copies of everything in
                  tub one!

                  Since you read our account, you also know that one of the first
                  questions out of DAO Maher's mouth was, "****WHY**** is this file so
                  ***THICK***????"

                  To which we answered, of course, "we're very thorough". On
                  hindsight, in our effort to be so completely prepared, perhaps it looked
                  a bit out of the ordinary to Ms. Maher of Chicago. On hindsight, I
                  truly believe that if our file *hadn't* been quite so thick (due to our
                  methodical, organized, anal, and packrat nature....), we wouldn't have
                  been barraged with accusations of a prior filing, an arrest record, a
                  waiver, an amnesty filing, etc. etc. etc.

                  Who knows. All I can say is, that in hindsight, I'd probably do it
                  EXACTLY the way we did it. Because that's just the way I am.
                  (Notice I said "I", not "we".... )

                  A tip: give Garry the heavier case to carry.

                  ~SecretGarden

                  --
                  Posted via http://britishexpats.com

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

                    So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs
                    Hi Debs, It is better to bring way more than you need than not. Like
                    SG, I loaded down *J* with the biggest, most heaviest stuff!! I was so
                    anal about what I saved over the years. I had 5 years worth of all
                    bills, receipts from mortgage payments, school stuff, 5 previous years
                    income taxes, insurance policies, statements of pay raises, previous
                    filings with INS, letters from our friends proving our relationship,
                    cards from our wedding, both of our pay stubs from work, change of
                    beneficiary copies, anniversary cards from each other, bank account
                    statements, receipts of major purchases with both of our names on the
                    credit card, copies of our birth certificates, divorce decrees from
                    previous marriages, drivers licenses, ss cards, and tons and tons of
                    pictures of us over the years.
                    Well now once we got all of this together and mailed it out, we got a
                    notice from the INS that J's birth certificate was "null and void". We
                    could not understand this because he has been in law enforcement for
                    over 20 years, went through Desert Storm in the early 90's, and special
                    forces. His birth certificate was one of those little hospital
                    certificates with all pertinent info on it plus the baby's foot print
                    stamped on it. This was apparently good to get him through all of the
                    things in his life I just listed, but not good enough for the INS. We
                    consulted with many people about what we needed to do to *fix* this. We
                    went to the hospital where he was born and they said that they had no
                    record that he was born and the doctor who delivered him had passed on
                    years ago. When we went to county records, there was no record that he
                    had even been born! We consulted vital statistics in Raleigh, NC who
                    told us that they had no record that he had ever been born as well. We
                    were instructed to get an affidavit from his mother stating that he was
                    born to her and copies of both his children's birth certificates in
                    order to *make* a new birth certificate for him. (Thank God his mother
                    was still alive, otherwise I don't know what we would have done).
                    Anyhow, we compiled everything after 4 months of gathering info for his
                    new birth certificate and our AOS interview was scheduled only 7 months
                    later.
                    Now, needless-to-say, we had double the amount of stuff that I listed
                    above to bring to the interview. I had a little book bag on wheels (that
                    I wheeled to the INS office in Charlotte) and J had piles and piles of
                    stuff in his arms. When we were interviewed, the officer did not even
                    care to see all of the stuff I put together......not one thing. I asked
                    him if he would like to see any of the evidence of our relationship and
                    he said "No, you both came here very prepared, but if you would have
                    come into this office with only a very small file, I would have asked
                    alot more or requested additional information".
                    I guess it really looked good to the interviewer that we had so much
                    evidence. He was quite satisfied so this is all that mattered. It can't
                    hurt to bring as much as you possibly can think of, even if it does
                    include the kitchen sink too!

                    --
                    Posted via http://britishexpats.com

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

                      So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs
                      Hi Debs, It is better to bring way more than you need than not. Like
                      SG, I loaded down *J* with the biggest, most heaviest stuff!! I was so
                      anal about what I saved over the years. I had 5 years worth of all
                      bills, receipts from mortgage payments, school stuff, 5 previous years
                      income taxes, insurance policies, statements of pay raises, previous
                      filings with INS, letters from our friends proving our relationship,
                      cards from our wedding, both of our pay stubs from work, change of
                      beneficiary copies, anniversary cards from each other, bank account
                      statements, receipts of major purchases with both of our names on the
                      credit card, copies of our birth certificates, divorce decrees from
                      previous marriages, drivers licenses, ss cards, and tons and tons of
                      pictures of us over the years.
                      Well now once we got all of this together and mailed it out, we got a
                      notice from the INS that J's birth certificate was "null and void". We
                      could not understand this because he has been in law enforcement for
                      over 20 years, went through Desert Storm in the early 90's, and special
                      forces. His birth certificate was one of those little hospital
                      certificates with all pertinent info on it plus the baby's foot print
                      stamped on it. This was apparently good to get him through all of the
                      things in his life I just listed, but not good enough for the INS. We
                      consulted with many people about what we needed to do to *fix* this. We
                      went to the hospital where he was born and they said that they had no
                      record that he was born and the doctor who delivered him had passed on
                      years ago. When we went to county records, there was no record that he
                      had even been born! We consulted vital statistics in Raleigh, NC who
                      told us that they had no record that he had ever been born as well. We
                      were instructed to get an affidavit from his mother stating that he was
                      born to her and copies of both his children's birth certificates in
                      order to *make* a new birth certificate for him. (Thank God his mother
                      was still alive, otherwise I don't know what we would have done).
                      Anyhow, we compiled everything after 4 months of gathering info for his
                      new birth certificate and our AOS interview was scheduled only 7 months
                      later.
                      Now, needless-to-say, we had double the amount of stuff that I listed
                      above to bring to the interview. I had a little book bag on wheels (that
                      I wheeled to the INS office in Charlotte) and J had piles and piles of
                      stuff in his arms. When we were interviewed, the officer did not even
                      care to see all of the stuff I put together......not one thing. I asked
                      him if he would like to see any of the evidence of our relationship and
                      he said "No, you both came here very prepared, but if you would have
                      come into this office with only a very small file, I would have asked
                      alot more or requested additional information".
                      I guess it really looked good to the interviewer that we had so much
                      evidence. He was quite satisfied so this is all that mattered. It can't
                      hurt to bring as much as you possibly can think of, even if it does
                      include the kitchen sink too!

                      --
                      Posted via http://britishexpats.com

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

                        Hi Debs, It is better to bring way more than you need than not. Like SG, I loaded down *J* with the biggest, most heaviest stuff!! I was so anal about what I saved over the years. I had 5 years worth of all bills, receipts from mortgage payments, school stuff, 5 previous years income taxes, insurance policies, statements of pay raises, previous filings with INS, letters from our friends proving our relationship, cards from our wedding, both of our pay stubs from work, change of beneficiary copies, anniversary cards from each other, bank account statements, receipts of major purchases with both of our names on the credit card, copies of our birth certificates, divorce decrees from previous marriages, drivers licenses, ss cards, and tons and tons of pictures of us over the years. Well now once we got all of this together and mailed it out, we got a notice from the INS that J's birth certificate was "null and void". We could not understand this because he has been in law enforcement for over 20 years, went through Desert Storm in the early 90's, and special forces. His birth certificate was one of those little hospital certificates with all pertinent info on it plus the baby's foot print stamped on it. This was apparently good to get him through all of the things in his life I just listed, but not good enough for the INS. We consulted with many people about what we needed to do to *fix* this. We went to the hospital where he was born and they said that they had no record that he was born and the doctor who delivered him had passed on years ago. When we went to county records, there was no record that he had even been born! We consulted vital statistics in Raleigh, NC who told us that they had no record that he had ever been born as well. We were instructed to get an affidavit from his mother stating that he was born to her and copies of both his children's birth certificates in order to *make* a new birth certificate for him. (Thank God his mother was still alive, otherwise I don't know what we would have done). Anyhow, we compiled everything after 4 months of gathering info for his new birth certificate and our AOS interview was scheduled only 7 months later. Now, needless-to-say, we had double the amount of stuff that I listed above to bring to the interview. I had a little book bag on wheels (that I wheeled to the INS office in Charlotte) and J had piles and piles of stuff in his arms. When we were interviewed, the officer did not even care to see all of the stuff I put together......not one thing. I asked him if he would like to see any of the evidence of our relationship and he said "No, you both came here very prepared, but if you would have come into this office with only a very small file, I would have asked alot more or requested additional information". I guess it really looked good to the interviewer that we had so much evidence. He was quite satisfied so this is all that mattered. It can't hurt to bring as much as you possibly can think of, even if it does include the kitchen sink too!
                        Hi:

                        On the birth certificate situation, the "null and void" phrase was
                        incorrect. However, it is not uncommon for non-lawyer immigration
                        officers to mis-use legal terms of art. That cerficate was perfectly
                        valid, just not "sufficient" to prove US birth for CIS purposes.

                        BTW, did "J" ever obtain a US passport? If so, THAT would have been
                        sufficient to prove US citizenship. [My dad's birth was recorded in
                        1921, but his name was hand written in Grandpa's native language and
                        misspelled at that. It was of no import and he went through life just
                        fine until he went to obtain a passport in the early 1970's].

                        I had a case once where we had to prove the birth of grandpa in North
                        Dakota in 1870 in order to establish the US citizenship of the
                        petitioning father wh had been born in Canada in 1918. Slight problem
                        -- North Dakota did not record births until 1876. How did we do it to
                        satisfaction of INS [in Pheonix BTW]? First, we showed official
                        publications re non-availabilty of pre-1876 birth certificate. The we
                        presented certified copy of 1896 marriage certificate from North Dakota
                        records stated that groom was born in 1870 in North Dakota. Also,
                        Canadian birth certidates of petitioner and his two brothers from
                        offical Canadian records from 1910 to 1918 which stated father father's
                        age and that he was US born. Finally, the petitioner's 1946 Canadian
                        marriage certficate noted that the father of the groom was US born.

                        --
                        Certified Specialist
                        Immigration & Nat. Law
                        Cal. Bar Board of Legal Specialization
                        Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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                        • #13
                          Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

                          Hi Debs, It is better to bring way more than you need than not. Like SG, I loaded down *J* with the biggest, most heaviest stuff!! I was so anal about what I saved over the years. I had 5 years worth of all bills, receipts from mortgage payments, school stuff, 5 previous years income taxes, insurance policies, statements of pay raises, previous filings with INS, letters from our friends proving our relationship, cards from our wedding, both of our pay stubs from work, change of beneficiary copies, anniversary cards from each other, bank account statements, receipts of major purchases with both of our names on the credit card, copies of our birth certificates, divorce decrees from previous marriages, drivers licenses, ss cards, and tons and tons of pictures of us over the years. Well now once we got all of this together and mailed it out, we got a notice from the INS that J's birth certificate was "null and void". We could not understand this because he has been in law enforcement for over 20 years, went through Desert Storm in the early 90's, and special forces. His birth certificate was one of those little hospital certificates with all pertinent info on it plus the baby's foot print stamped on it. This was apparently good to get him through all of the things in his life I just listed, but not good enough for the INS. We consulted with many people about what we needed to do to *fix* this. We went to the hospital where he was born and they said that they had no record that he was born and the doctor who delivered him had passed on years ago. When we went to county records, there was no record that he had even been born! We consulted vital statistics in Raleigh, NC who told us that they had no record that he had ever been born as well. We were instructed to get an affidavit from his mother stating that he was born to her and copies of both his children's birth certificates in order to *make* a new birth certificate for him. (Thank God his mother was still alive, otherwise I don't know what we would have done). Anyhow, we compiled everything after 4 months of gathering info for his new birth certificate and our AOS interview was scheduled only 7 months later. Now, needless-to-say, we had double the amount of stuff that I listed above to bring to the interview. I had a little book bag on wheels (that I wheeled to the INS office in Charlotte) and J had piles and piles of stuff in his arms. When we were interviewed, the officer did not even care to see all of the stuff I put together......not one thing. I asked him if he would like to see any of the evidence of our relationship and he said "No, you both came here very prepared, but if you would have come into this office with only a very small file, I would have asked alot more or requested additional information". I guess it really looked good to the interviewer that we had so much evidence. He was quite satisfied so this is all that mattered. It can't hurt to bring as much as you possibly can think of, even if it does include the kitchen sink too!
                          Hi:

                          On the birth certificate situation, the "null and void" phrase was
                          incorrect. However, it is not uncommon for non-lawyer immigration
                          officers to mis-use legal terms of art. That cerficate was perfectly
                          valid, just not "sufficient" to prove US birth for CIS purposes.

                          BTW, did "J" ever obtain a US passport? If so, THAT would have been
                          sufficient to prove US citizenship. [My dad's birth was recorded in
                          1921, but his name was hand written in Grandpa's native language and
                          misspelled at that. It was of no import and he went through life just
                          fine until he went to obtain a passport in the early 1970's].

                          I had a case once where we had to prove the birth of grandpa in North
                          Dakota in 1870 in order to establish the US citizenship of the
                          petitioning father wh had been born in Canada in 1918. Slight problem
                          -- North Dakota did not record births until 1876. How did we do it to
                          satisfaction of INS [in Pheonix BTW]? First, we showed official
                          publications re non-availabilty of pre-1876 birth certificate. The we
                          presented certified copy of 1896 marriage certificate from North Dakota
                          records stated that groom was born in 1870 in North Dakota. Also,
                          Canadian birth certidates of petitioner and his two brothers from
                          offical Canadian records from 1910 to 1918 which stated father father's
                          age and that he was US born. Finally, the petitioner's 1946 Canadian
                          marriage certficate noted that the father of the groom was US born.

                          --
                          Certified Specialist
                          Immigration & Nat. Law
                          Cal. Bar Board of Legal Specialization
                          Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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                          • #14
                            Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

                            I'm a USC whose husband had to adjust status. I brought similar things to
                            those mentioned before - life insurance beneficiary forms, health insurance
                            with both our names on it, the paperwork for the home we own together, car
                            insurance in both our names, bank statements in both our names, letters
                            showing we share credit card accounts, prescription receipts showing that
                            the address on my receipts and his is the same, and an album full of photos
                            showing us getting married, on vacation, hanging out with friends.

                            I put the paperwork in a folder and used little sticky notes to separate the
                            paperwork into categories.

                            The interview officer sifted through my stuff and just kept a couple of bank
                            statements (apparently she picked one from close to when we first got
                            married and one from several months later) and made copies of two wedding
                            photos. She also returned my sticky notes.

                            So I think if you have a good amount of evidence, they're going to realize
                            you're married.

                            "UKintheUSA" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message
                            news:[email protected]ritishexpats.co m...
                            So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs -- Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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                            • #15
                              Thinking Ahead and Planning for AOS Interview

                              I'm a USC whose husband had to adjust status. I brought similar things to
                              those mentioned before - life insurance beneficiary forms, health insurance
                              with both our names on it, the paperwork for the home we own together, car
                              insurance in both our names, bank statements in both our names, letters
                              showing we share credit card accounts, prescription receipts showing that
                              the address on my receipts and his is the same, and an album full of photos
                              showing us getting married, on vacation, hanging out with friends.

                              I put the paperwork in a folder and used little sticky notes to separate the
                              paperwork into categories.

                              The interview officer sifted through my stuff and just kept a couple of bank
                              statements (apparently she picked one from close to when we first got
                              married and one from several months later) and made copies of two wedding
                              photos. She also returned my sticky notes.

                              So I think if you have a good amount of evidence, they're going to realize
                              you're married.

                              "UKintheUSA" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message
                              news:[email protected] m...
                              So me being the anal managerial type and always being a few steps ahead of the game {comes from being in my job for WAY TOO LONG} I am starting to think ahead about what to get ready for the Interview. I know that everyone gets their own "list" but was wondering what everyone else has experienced. As you know we are a VWP marraige so if there's anyone out there that can relate to this, maybe you can let me know what was required. Thanks to Secret Garden's Interview Experience Post I found out about the kids birth records etc. and already have them! Thanks SG! So please, if you will post what was asked of all of you to bring to the Interview, I will start getting everything together. My lawyer laughs at me being so organized. {he says I am a riot!} Guess all these years of management has paid off in a way I never planned on! Thanks in advance. Debs -- Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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