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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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    Default 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!!!!

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    Default 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!!!!

    --
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    Default 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!
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    Default 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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    Default 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
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    Default 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

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    Default 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

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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
    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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    Default 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!

    --
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    Default 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!

    --
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    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
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    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
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    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" <member30258@british_expats.com> wrote in message
    news:35$283687$2055875$1108168071@britishexpats.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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    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" <member30258@british_expats.com> wrote in message
    news:35$283687$2055875$1108168071@britishexpats.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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    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.
    I have saved and filed EVERYTHING since day 1 as I am a real sap too! I
    have all his letters, emails, our MSN conversations{don't want them to
    read those! LOL} etc, hundreds and hundreds of pages. So we should be
    all set. I was just checking to see if there was anything out od the
    ordinary that I should save or have ready. I have 2 file boxes filled
    with stuff already. All very neatly organized so it sounds like I
    should just bring them.
    Now to hear from them as to when! Thanks everyone.
    Debs

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    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.
    I have saved and filed EVERYTHING since day 1 as I am a real sap too! I
    have all his letters, emails, our MSN conversations{don't want them to
    read those! LOL} etc, hundreds and hundreds of pages. So we should be
    all set. I was just checking to see if there was anything out od the
    ordinary that I should save or have ready. I have 2 file boxes filled
    with stuff already. All very neatly organized so it sounds like I
    should just bring them.
    Now to hear from them as to when! Thanks everyone.
    Debs

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    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.
    *J* never did get a passport, otherwise it would have been so easy for
    us and we could have filed a lot earlier than we did. Even though this
    was a long process, I am glad that things ended out the way they did,
    when they did(his mother still being alive). He is now registered as
    being born here in NC.
    Before he got registered, he used to say,"Seems that my wife has more
    status in this country than I do"!! LOL

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    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.
    *J* never did get a passport, otherwise it would have been so easy for
    us and we could have filed a lot earlier than we did. Even though this
    was a long process, I am glad that things ended out the way they did,
    when they did(his mother still being alive). He is now registered as
    being born here in NC.
    Before he got registered, he used to say,"Seems that my wife has more
    status in this country than I do"!! LOL

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    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
    I can certainly RELATE the this.....must be a man thing to not be a
    packrat or organized like us! Or a UK thing? nah...on second
    thought...just a man thing. LOL And yes, he'll be carrying BOTH of
    them!

    Debs

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    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
    I can certainly RELATE the this.....must be a man thing to not be a
    packrat or organized like us! Or a UK thing? nah...on second
    thought...just a man thing. LOL And yes, he'll be carrying BOTH of
    them!

    Debs

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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
    Here is what we posted on the Kamya AOS Interview site:

    Field Office: Norfolk, Virginia - 5

    Name: Jenney & Mark
    Filing Date: October 2003
    Interview date: June 3, 2004

    We got to Norfolk right on time, at 1pm. Once inside, someone directed
    Mark to put our appointment letter in a letter box which had his name
    and interview time printed on a sheet. About 2 minutes later, a woman
    came out and called his name.

    After reaching Ms Jones' desk, she had us raise our right hands and
    swear to tell the truth. She asked for our drivers licenses for
    identity verification, then had Mark sign and fingerprint a form, once
    on each side. I'm not sure what the form was for, though. She also
    mentioned that Mark's security checks were all completed, and seemed
    pleased about that.

    Ms Jones was extremely pleasant and friendly, which was so nice. It made
    the experience much easier, I think. She started flipping through our
    file (about one inch thick!) and made a comment about the medical exam.
    You see, we'd sent Norfolk a letter a few months before requesting
    clarification over whether Mark needed an updated medical exam or a
    vaccination supplement for his AOS interview. We got a letter back
    saying he did not require either. She basically confirmed what the
    letter said, that it was just a default included on the appointment
    letter but not actually needed for K1ers like Mark.

    At that point, I asked Ms Jones about it, and told her that I'd heard of
    many other K1ers who are told to get new medical exams done anyway. She
    said that that shouldn't happen, because it just meant applicants had to
    waste time and money getting something they really didn't need. She also
    said that a memo had been sent out advising officers NOT to ask for
    another medical exam when it wasn't required. Unfortunately I didn't
    think at the time to ask her whether that memo was USCIS-wide or just at
    Norfolk. But at the very least, she seemed to feel pretty bad for those
    people who shell out $200-$400 for a medical exam that's for the most
    part not needed.

    Then she started asking Mark those questions that are obviously a
    formality but have to be asked, such as, "Have you ever been a
    prostitute?" and "Have you ever been a member of the Communist party?" I
    couldn't help but muffle a giggle, which I know is totally immature but
    I couldn't help it! It was also funny how she started ticking off "No"
    before Mark even said his answers! And when she read the last one -- "Do
    you plan on practicing polygamy?" -- I laughed out loud and said, "You'd
    better not!" to which she also smiled.

    Ms Jones asked us how and when we'd met, and Mark began telling her how
    we'd met online in Feb 2002. She then asked how long it was until we'd
    met in person, and he explained that due to job constraints we couldn't
    meet for 7 months, until Sept 2002. She asked how we'd spent that time
    apart, and I explained that we'd spent every day emailing, phoning
    and/or chatting online. To my surprise she said something about how that
    must have helped us really get to know each other well, to which we both
    agreed. Then we told her that because we felt pretty certain that we
    would ultimately end up together, we'd researched the K1 option before
    Mark even came over, which allowed us to file the petition soon after he
    returned to the UK. I also told her about how Mark got to meet my family
    while he was here, how we got engaged, and that I travelled to the UK
    later on to meet his family.

    At that point, she asked for our photos. We had 3-5 of us together, with
    and without relatives, including one from our wedding. She asked if
    Mark's family had been able to attend, and he said no, but that they
    came to visit us last fall for a bit. She commented on how pretty some
    of the scenery was in our photos.

    After the photos, she asked for documents showing we share a life
    together. I'd brought one original and one copy of each item, but she
    only wanted the copies. We gave her:

    * - Copy of lease (with Mark listed as co-occupant)
    * - Copy of joint auto insurance policy
    * - Copy of joint auto loan
    * - Copy of both medical insurance cards
    * - Copy of life insurance benefit (with Mark listed as beneficiary)
    * - Letter from bank verifying joint checking account
    * - Copy of recent joint checking account statement
    * - Copy of recent cleared checks from joint account
    * - Letter from bank verifying joint credit card account
    * - Copy of recent phone bill (both names listed)

    Also, I had updated the I-864 Affidavit of Support to reflect my 2003
    income. I got the new form notarized, and included copies of my 2003 tax
    transcript and W-2s. Ms Jones handed back to me the tax docs I'd
    originally included for 2000, as they were now being replaced by 2003.

    Ms Jones compiled everything together in our file and complimented us on
    being so organized. I enthusiastically told her that I had more if she
    needed it -- copies of letters and cards sent to us by friends and
    family -- but she said we had "more than enough." Well, better too much
    than too little, right?

    She then took his passport and stamped the I-551 in it -- YAY! She also
    gave him a confirmation letter that he'd been approved, and that he
    could travel outside the US with the stamp until he receives his green
    card, which he should get within 6 months. The letter also explains when
    we have to apply to have the conditions removed, in Spring 2006.

    After a congratulations and a handshake, it was over. We were outside
    again at 1.35pm -- a whopping 35 minutes!

    ~ Jenney

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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
    Here is what we posted on the Kamya AOS Interview site:

    Field Office: Norfolk, Virginia - 5

    Name: Jenney & Mark
    Filing Date: October 2003
    Interview date: June 3, 2004

    We got to Norfolk right on time, at 1pm. Once inside, someone directed
    Mark to put our appointment letter in a letter box which had his name
    and interview time printed on a sheet. About 2 minutes later, a woman
    came out and called his name.

    After reaching Ms Jones' desk, she had us raise our right hands and
    swear to tell the truth. She asked for our drivers licenses for
    identity verification, then had Mark sign and fingerprint a form, once
    on each side. I'm not sure what the form was for, though. She also
    mentioned that Mark's security checks were all completed, and seemed
    pleased about that.

    Ms Jones was extremely pleasant and friendly, which was so nice. It made
    the experience much easier, I think. She started flipping through our
    file (about one inch thick!) and made a comment about the medical exam.
    You see, we'd sent Norfolk a letter a few months before requesting
    clarification over whether Mark needed an updated medical exam or a
    vaccination supplement for his AOS interview. We got a letter back
    saying he did not require either. She basically confirmed what the
    letter said, that it was just a default included on the appointment
    letter but not actually needed for K1ers like Mark.

    At that point, I asked Ms Jones about it, and told her that I'd heard of
    many other K1ers who are told to get new medical exams done anyway. She
    said that that shouldn't happen, because it just meant applicants had to
    waste time and money getting something they really didn't need. She also
    said that a memo had been sent out advising officers NOT to ask for
    another medical exam when it wasn't required. Unfortunately I didn't
    think at the time to ask her whether that memo was USCIS-wide or just at
    Norfolk. But at the very least, she seemed to feel pretty bad for those
    people who shell out $200-$400 for a medical exam that's for the most
    part not needed.

    Then she started asking Mark those questions that are obviously a
    formality but have to be asked, such as, "Have you ever been a
    prostitute?" and "Have you ever been a member of the Communist party?" I
    couldn't help but muffle a giggle, which I know is totally immature but
    I couldn't help it! It was also funny how she started ticking off "No"
    before Mark even said his answers! And when she read the last one -- "Do
    you plan on practicing polygamy?" -- I laughed out loud and said, "You'd
    better not!" to which she also smiled.

    Ms Jones asked us how and when we'd met, and Mark began telling her how
    we'd met online in Feb 2002. She then asked how long it was until we'd
    met in person, and he explained that due to job constraints we couldn't
    meet for 7 months, until Sept 2002. She asked how we'd spent that time
    apart, and I explained that we'd spent every day emailing, phoning
    and/or chatting online. To my surprise she said something about how that
    must have helped us really get to know each other well, to which we both
    agreed. Then we told her that because we felt pretty certain that we
    would ultimately end up together, we'd researched the K1 option before
    Mark even came over, which allowed us to file the petition soon after he
    returned to the UK. I also told her about how Mark got to meet my family
    while he was here, how we got engaged, and that I travelled to the UK
    later on to meet his family.

    At that point, she asked for our photos. We had 3-5 of us together, with
    and without relatives, including one from our wedding. She asked if
    Mark's family had been able to attend, and he said no, but that they
    came to visit us last fall for a bit. She commented on how pretty some
    of the scenery was in our photos.

    After the photos, she asked for documents showing we share a life
    together. I'd brought one original and one copy of each item, but she
    only wanted the copies. We gave her:

    * - Copy of lease (with Mark listed as co-occupant)
    * - Copy of joint auto insurance policy
    * - Copy of joint auto loan
    * - Copy of both medical insurance cards
    * - Copy of life insurance benefit (with Mark listed as beneficiary)
    * - Letter from bank verifying joint checking account
    * - Copy of recent joint checking account statement
    * - Copy of recent cleared checks from joint account
    * - Letter from bank verifying joint credit card account
    * - Copy of recent phone bill (both names listed)

    Also, I had updated the I-864 Affidavit of Support to reflect my 2003
    income. I got the new form notarized, and included copies of my 2003 tax
    transcript and W-2s. Ms Jones handed back to me the tax docs I'd
    originally included for 2000, as they were now being replaced by 2003.

    Ms Jones compiled everything together in our file and complimented us on
    being so organized. I enthusiastically told her that I had more if she
    needed it -- copies of letters and cards sent to us by friends and
    family -- but she said we had "more than enough." Well, better too much
    than too little, right?

    She then took his passport and stamped the I-551 in it -- YAY! She also
    gave him a confirmation letter that he'd been approved, and that he
    could travel outside the US with the stamp until he receives his green
    card, which he should get within 6 months. The letter also explains when
    we have to apply to have the conditions removed, in Spring 2006.

    After a congratulations and a handshake, it was over. We were outside
    again at 1.35pm -- a whopping 35 minutes!

    ~ Jenney

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