Monday, February 25, 2008

Adjustment of Status (I-485) Update: Initial Interview Completed

Many worlds removed from the warm sun of Dumaguete, Marilyn poses in our snow-covered yard in Cincinnati.

Marilyn had her green card interview this morning. Of course, being the basis of her eligibility for the green card, I was asked to accompany her. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting, but the "Request for Applicant to Appear for Initial Interview" we received early last month sounded rather threatening. It plainly stated that a failure to bring all items in the included checklist would result in a denial of the application. Well, I was rather sure we had everything we needed, but some of the items were written in rather ambiguous terms. How could I be absolutely positive that we had both the originals and copies of all supporting documents submitted with the application? What exactly is a "supporting document", and how could I know that I was thinking of the same thing they were? Or, what if we didn't have the proper documents that would "substantiate our relationship"? Then, I tried to remind myself that our interview was with a human being, not a robot. There is a certain level of subjectivity to be expected on the part of the interviewer, and that is exactly what we encountered. The officer was friendly in her questioning and there was even time for some casual chatting after the interview was finished...far from the stereotypical robotic or blatanly strict demeanor we seem to attribute to such officials.

Overall, I'd say the interview was no more than 15 minutes, though we were in the waiting room for over an hour. We arrived 25 minutes early for our 10:30am appointment, but weren't called back until about 11:15am.

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Blogger RTS said...

Hi Corey,
Cathy and I are friends with yet another US/Filipina married couple. She arrived here from Cebu about the same time Marilyn came from Dgte.They filed the i485 about the same time as well. She has her 2 year card already but there was no interview. doesn't seem to be much standardization in the system.

Monday, February 25, 2008 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Corey said...

Hello Bob...I know of several Asian-American couples (one has Korean wife) and they all had interviews. Yesterday, we were told that the removal of the conditional status in two years comes with a 50% chance of another interview. It sounded as if it might just be a random selection. Perhaps the same is true of the initial interview as well, though I suspect it's more than 50%. Did you and Cathy have an interview as well (either initial or removal of conditional status)?

Hope all is well!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 6:48:00 AM  
Blogger RTS said...

Cathy did not have any interview what so ever. She actually never had a 2 year card. The backlog was so great when she arrived we eventually had to go to my Congressman's office to find out what was going on. When she finally got her card, immigration had bumped it to the 10 year card because she had been here more than 3 years.
pag ayo ayo.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I am happy for you and Marilyn! I posted a message here before and have read your journey together.... I would like to get to know your wife better. We have a lot in common. I graduated from Silliman University, went to law school in the same University and have taught college for 2 years in Foundation Unversity. I hope we can be friends. This is my email address -

I hope to hear from her soon.


Wednesday, April 30, 2008 5:55:00 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

Thank you, Ann...I will pass your e-mail on to Marilyn. Glad you have enjoyed the blog, and thank you for your nice comment :)

Saturday, May 03, 2008 2:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Corey! It's Ann again. Marilyn has a picture of one of my classmates when I went to Silliman University. I am referring to the picture when she was at the airport with a lady friend. But I can't remember her name. All I can remember was that she plays the piano really well (she majored in music) and was really nice to me. Anyways, I hope to hear from Marilyn. God bless you in processing her papers. I am still waiting for my 10-year green card. Upon receipt of the said green card, I will be eligible to apply for naturalization.

Take care,


Monday, May 05, 2008 3:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Corey, it's Ann again. I am referring to the picture when "Marilyn sharing special time with a friend, hours before leaving Dumaguete for the U.S." I thought that picture was taken at the airport. Small world, eh? Talk to you later.


Monday, May 05, 2008 3:36:00 PM  
Blogger Vir Antonio said...

Hi There,

Send my regards to Ate Marilyn, she's an IVCF Grad who helped us out with many things when she was there.

Small world. :)

Vir from IVCF-Dumaguete

Monday, November 10, 2008 7:49:00 AM  
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Anonymous mark said...

i must say that i never had read such kinda lovely posts and specially a story of Asian-American couple ... nice to meet you both ... prayers in your way :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 8:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Adjustment of Status said...

In applying for an adjustment of status, it is advisable to complete the necessary forms and documents that are needed. It is a process wherein only eligible foreign national can apply for permanent residency if he/she is nonimmigrant individual.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:56:00 AM  

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