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Old 12-20-2010, 04:00 PM
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Default Interview for EB based 485

Hello Everybody,

My wife & I have our 485 interviews in January. Any advice is appreciated. Mine is a EB (EB- 2) petition. Our PD is April 2006. We filed for 485's in July 2007 and our 485's were transferred to National Benefits Center in 2008. I was promoted hence my title is different now from what was filed on the Labor application and job duties only changed a little bit. My petitioner is the same,

Couple of questions -
Will they interview my wife & I together ?
Is it advisable to take the immigration attorney with us for the interview.?
Can the IO approve the case on the spot.?
Can IO stamp the passport since my PD is current.?

If somebody can direct me to any recent experiences for folks who did have interviews - that would be really helpful.

Thanks!

Ritesh
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:56 AM
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Any advice is appreciated.!

thanks!
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:32 PM
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A1. Yes, they will interview you together.
A2. It is NOT advisable to take the immigration attorney with you IF your case is clear, i.e. no out of status etc. When we went for the interview, the officer clearly told us that you did good by not having an attorney - they get annoyed by them . As soon as he realized that we didn't have anybody representing us, he was way more relaxed than with other people who had representation.
A3. Yes, they can and will approve on the spot if they are satisfied with your answers!
A4. Yes, they can stamp the passport if they approve it - in my case, they approved it but couldn't stamp the passport because my PD was not current. He said, you will get the card as soon as your PD becomes current.

Just relax and take all the necessary documentation with you - and be absolutely confident in your answers. Oh, and btw, I was also promoted when we went for the interview and that doesn't make any difference - as long as you are employed (same company is better).

Hope this helps.

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Hello Everybody,

My wife & I have our 485 interviews in January. Any advice is appreciated. Mine is a EB (EB- 2) petition. Our PD is April 2006. We filed for 485's in July 2007 and our 485's were transferred to National Benefits Center in 2008. I was promoted hence my title is different now from what was filed on the Labor application and job duties only changed a little bit. My petitioner is the same,

Couple of questions -
Will they interview my wife & I together ?
Is it advisable to take the immigration attorney with us for the interview.?
Can the IO approve the case on the spot.?
Can IO stamp the passport since my PD is current.?

If somebody can direct me to any recent experiences for folks who did have interviews - that would be really helpful.

Thanks!

Ritesh
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:03 PM
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A1. Yes, they will interview you together.
A2. It is NOT advisable to take the immigration attorney with you IF your case is clear, i.e. no out of status etc. When we went for the interview, the officer clearly told us that you did good by not having an attorney - they get annoyed by them . As soon as he realized that we didn't have anybody representing us, he was way more relaxed than with other people who had representation.
A3. Yes, they can and will approve on the spot if they are satisfied with your answers!
A4. Yes, they can stamp the passport if they approve it - in my case, they approved it but couldn't stamp the passport because my PD was not current. He said, you will get the card as soon as your PD becomes current.

Just relax and take all the necessary documentation with you - and be absolutely confident in your answers. Oh, and btw, I was also promoted when we went for the interview and that doesn't make any difference - as long as you are employed (same company is better).

Hope this helps.

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Hello Everybody,

My wife & I have our 485 interviews in January. Any advice is appreciated. Mine is a EB (EB- 2) petition. Our PD is April 2006. We filed for 485's in July 2007 and our 485's were transferred to National Benefits Center in 2008. I was promoted hence my title is different now from what was filed on the Labor application and job duties only changed a little bit. My petitioner is the same,

Couple of questions -
Will they interview my wife & I together ?
Is it advisable to take the immigration attorney with us for the interview.?
Can the IO approve the case on the spot.?
Can IO stamp the passport since my PD is current.?

If somebody can direct me to any recent experiences for folks who did have interviews - that would be really helpful.

Thanks!

Ritesh
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:52 PM
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You can read my experience in below link

http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/fo...interview.html

To answer your questions, yes they interviewed me and my wife together. Attorney is not critical, our attorney did not accompany us - one reason id because he is in Atlanta whole I'm in NJ. Yes he can approve and stamp your passport right then if everything goes fine. Our PD was not current back then so he said he could not do it.

But in our case even though he said our applications were through and should get our GC as soon as it becomes current I had to wait for 4 months to get GC after it became current and after contacting every possible office. But that was my luck
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:04 PM
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Thanks Guys.! this is really, really helpful. Appreciate your advice.!!
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uslegals:
Please carry the July 2007 bulletins with you. I mean all 3. The one from July 1, July 2 and the other one which opened a window for all to apply. I say this because my experience in the past. Just carry all the documents and good luck!!
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