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EB1A interview experience

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Posted by Leaf18 (5) 22 Jan 2018#26
Hello all,
I would like to share my details and experience with you all.

Category: EB1-A India
PD: March 6, 2017
RD: April 17, 2017
Transfer to NBC: October 30, 2017
Interview notice: December 20, 2017
Interview date: January 22, 2018
Field office: Baltimore

This morning we had our interview. We were scheduled at different time but called in together. We followed usual procedure of taking an oath and signing attorney waiver form. He asked for our passport and DL.

Questions for me:
1) Verified my legal name, DOB, port of entry, and last date of entry.
2) Verified my wife's name, DOB.
3) Who is sitting next to you?
4) What does your wife do?
5) Did you meet her family and where are they now?
6) What do you do? Where do you work? salary?
7) What did you study in India?
8) What did you study in the USA?
9) Job profile.
10) Verified all I-485 details and yes/no questions
11) Asked for my professional associations

Questions for my wife:
1) Where and how did you meet?
2) How long have you been dating before marriage?
3) Did you meet your husband's parents and siblings?
4) How many people were invited/attended your marriage?
5) What does your husband do?
6) Verified all I-485 details and yes/no questions
7) Asked for marriage album and asked for few rituals/ceremonies.

The officer was nice and friendly. He seemed most interested in our marriage rituals and ceremonies. At the end, he asked if we have any questions. Out of curiosity, I asked if everything looks good. He said yes, everything looks good. He then gave us a "case is being held for review" paper and asked to verify our name. At the end, he did say that he has not made a decision yet, but we will receive our green cards in 2-3 weeks. (That was enough for us...)

Though we carried a whole bunch of original docs and copies, NO documents were asked. No supp J/affidavit of support/EVL/Birth or a marriage certificate was asked.

Just now we got status update "card production ordered"

That's it, guys. Thank you all for sharing your updates and experiences. Indeed, it was a great help.

Good luck to all those waiting! Hope you also get greened soon!!!
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Posted by nc560 (23) 22 Jan 2018#27
to Leaf18:

Congratulations. Thanks for this details about the interview. I have 2 questions

1. Did they ask about supp J?
2. Did they ask you to list all your professional associations again as they are in your form? did you have large list? or you didn't put any in your form when you filled it?
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Posted by Leaf18 (5) 23 Jan 2018#28
to nc560:

Thanks. Nope, he did not ask about supp J. I did put the list when I filed I-485, but he didn't see the addendum and asked me to write the list, which I did. Later when he saw the addendum, he apologized for making me re-write the list. (I am a member of three professional organizations, so it was not that difficult to remember/re-write). Hope it helps.
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Posted by nc560 (23) 23 Jan 2018#29
to Leaf18:

Thank you for th response . Just one last thing. Is why did you put addendum if you have only 3 organizatirons. I thought the addendum is only if you have large list? I didn’t do addendum when I put my list and I had 4 memberships . Did you leave the space for the organizations in the list empty? Thanks
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Posted by Leaf18 (5) 23 Jan 2018#30
to nc560:

For some reason, I could not type in the I-485 form (association part). So, my attorney suggested using addendum. I wrote "see addendum" in the association section for the officer.
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Posted by Barley1 (110) 24 Jan 2018#31
Guys, Finally I received my GC and approval notice yesterday. It was a wonderful experience at trackitt with all the fellow applicants. Good luck to you all.
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Posted by muthuTN (84) 24 Jan 2018#32
to Barley1:

Congrats, Barley1. Enjoy the greened life.
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Posted by Titalee16 (171) 26 Jan 2018#33
to Pinnacle19:

Hi,
Can you tell me what documents you bring with you? What is Employment verification letter? did you bring with you Supplymentj?
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Posted by Nexus5 (54) 26 Jan 2018#34
to Barley1:


Hi Barley1

Did your online status change or did you come to know about the approval only through USPS?
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Posted by Barley1 (110) 29 Jan 2018#35
to Nexus5:

Thanks Guys.

My online status changed to "New card is being produced" to "case was approved" to "card is mailed" in few days interval. overall, it took about two weeks from interview to card in hand.
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Posted by EB1Aartist (22) 04 Feb 2018#36
Hi everyone!
So my husband and I had our interview on Thursday at the L.A. local office.
Here's our experience:
we had our appointment at 9:30am, we arrived there earlier, by 8:50am and there was a huge line in front of the building to get in; it took us 30 minutes to get inside; once inside, we checked in and waited to be called by officer.
We actually waited 2 hours, and saw all the people who arrived after us being called for their interviews, and then leaving... at some point we thought they forgot about us.. so we asked the guy at the reception desk and told us that the officer who was supposed to interview us wasn't here, and that they were waiting for another officer to squeeze us in..
During this long wait, we had plenty of time to observe, and noticed that all the asian applicants were interviewed by asian officers, hispanic applicants were interviewed by hispanic officers, etc.. and we were interviewed by who seemed to be the only white officer. We thought it was a bit odd, but anyway, after all this wait, the officer called us in; he was very nice; we answered a few yes/no questions (have you been arrested before, drugs, etc..), then checked we were never out of status, asked us what we were doing, asked questions about our band (we are musicians), and then asked if we had a letter from an employer letter (which we didn't have as our lawyer told us we were exempt and it wasn't a requested document), we said no and he replied it didn't matter (it was lunch time, and i think he was hungry); then he said to us "congratulations, you are now legal permanent residents"!
My husband and i couldn't believe he was actually saying it!
The officer then printed the congratulation letter , and asked us one last question: "were you requested the supp J"? which we answer that our category is exempt and therefore we never provided it; he then said that sometimes the USCIS requests it even for EB1A even if exempted, but in our case, as we were never requested, then we were definitely exempted, and then he gave us the letter.
Voila!! all this stressful, emotional, long, frustrating journey for a 5 minutes interview!
Tax documents, birth certificates, documents to prove our spouse relationship.. none of these were requested.

We cannot express how happy we are; i guess we'll believe it is real when we actually receive the cards!! but it feels like the weight of all the stress is gone!

I wanted to thank everyone on the forum; reading you and getting answers helped me so much go through all the process, the different steps, the wait and timeframes.

I wish everyone the best of luck!!! :) :) :)
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Posted by NickLove (54) 04 Feb 2018#37
to EB1Aartist:

Thanks for sharing your experience, it is really helpful! We are going to have our interview on March 8th and we can't wait to finish it. I am a bit surprised that many officers don't know about an employment letter and supplement J for EB1-A. If you don't mind me asking, what questions did they ask related to your band? Were they related to your petition or just general curiosity?
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Posted by Titalee16 (171) 04 Feb 2018#38
to Barley1:

Hi,
What documents you bring when you had an interview? I am on EB1A, In forum some members said SupplymentJ and employee verification letter is mandatory for EB1A also.
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Posted by EB1Aartist (22) 06 Feb 2018#39
to NickLove:

It seemed to be general curiosity: the officer only asked us what instruments we play.
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Posted by 2018 (12) 06 Feb 2018#40
to helsin05:

Thanks for starting this good thread.
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Posted by Titalee16 (171) 10 Feb 2018#41
to Barley1:

Is Supplymentj needed for EB1A? I did self petition.
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Posted by Titalee16 (171) 10 Feb 2018#42
to NiluB:

Can you tell me what documents needed for EB1A interview? My husband is a primary applicant. We did self petition.I heard that they need supplymentj.
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Posted by Titalee16 (171) 10 Feb 2018#43
What documents needed for EB1A interview, please give me List. I did self petition.
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Posted by 2018 (12) 12 Feb 2018#44

Hi,
What documents you bring when you had an interview? I am on EB1A, In forum some members said SupplymentJ and employee verification letter is mandatory for EB1A also.

to Titalee16:



FYI, the instructions clearly state:

Individuals seeking or granted a National Interest Waiver of the job offer requirement and individuals seeking or granted classification as an alien of extraordinary ability under INA section 203(b)(1)(A) do not need to file Supplement J. Because these employment-based immigrant visa categories are not tied to a specific job offer, individuals seeking or granted classification as an alien of extraordinary ability, or seeking or granted a National Interest Waiver of the job offer requirement, do not have to file Supplement J when filing Form I-485 or to request job portability under INA section 204(j).
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Posted by muthuTN (84) 24 Feb 2018#45
Hello everyone,

My background is EB1A/India.

Me and my wife had interview at San Diego field office on Feb 20th and here are our experiences:

We (also 2 of my kids) were waiting for for nearly 1 hr after the security check and checking in the counter to be called in for the interview.

The officer came to collect us was very polite and respectful and both my files and my wife files were ready on the table when we entered the room. We started the process with oath. He then started collecting our documents and begin it with DLs. He then went through passports, EADs and birth certificate. He then asked marriage certificate.

Step 1:
Questions to me:

He was inquiring about the "letter from employer: which obviously I didnt carry. When he asked about it, I politely but firmly said I belong to EB1A category and I didnt even need to be currently employed. However, I showed last 3 pay stubs and he collected them. He noted down all the points.
Then he asked several questions related to my current and previous research activities:
i) Briefly explain the current research
ii) What was your research topic during PhD?
iii) What was your research topic when you were working in India?
iv) Where you got your masters and bachelor degrees?
v) How did you obtained your current job?

Step 2: Questions to my wife:
i) How did you guys met?
ii) Was it arranged / traditional marriage?
iii) Whats your educational background?
iv) If you get a job in which field you would like to work?
v) DO you have access to the joint bank account? (!!!!!)
vi) What other proof do you have to show that you both are still living together? We were carrying the joint bank statement and that was sufficient. Though we were carried all of our previous w2 and tax returns we forget to mention about it and also he didn't inquired about it.

Collected all the family/marriage photos (we carried 5 photos in total) to keep it in our file.

After these questions he went out to make photocopies of the originals and returned them later.

Step 3: Then he asked both of us to answer for the few of the I-485 yes/no questions together.

Step 4: Confirming I-485 details

Finally he asked both of us to verify the name and address.

He didnt ask random questions like parents details or I-94 information.

Then he said our cases approved on the spot and congratulated us. The total interview time was around 20-25 minutes. He then walked us to the door and wished all the best.

I got the t ext/email alert within 2 hours about the card production information and yesterday (23rd Feb) the mailed it.

I would like to thank everyone for the information and courage what you guys provided. Thanks a ton guys. I also wish all the best for those who are waiting for the good news.
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Posted by chi201 (30) 02 Apr 2018#46
anyone else would like to share their eb1a interview experience here..
thanks
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