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Tuesday January 08, 2002
03:33 PM

INS

[ #1987 ]

I just found out my wife and I are having our green card interview (for her) this Monday morning. I thought we'd get a lot more notice but apparently not.

Its a real marriage (duh) but I'm still quite nervous. Job interviews I don't sweat but this is more serious (since we'd like to live in the US and not Taiwan).

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  • How was your wife's experience of the whole process? I know it was quite some work with papers and all to get me over here. I was kind of nervous when I had to go to my interview at the American embassy in Copenhagen, but it wasn't quite as rough as some people's posts to alt.visa*something made it out to be.

    But yeah, it does seem like very little notice to get for the interview itself.
    • Well, my wife was already here as a student when we got married. After she left school we immediately applied for a green card. The whole thing has been really simple so far. We hired a lawyer and basically we just had to collect some paperwork.

      But it probably makes a big that she was already legally in the country.
  • After having gone through this personally (I'm a Brit, my wife is American) the best I can say is try not to worry about it mate. Easier said than done I know. I was really nervous at the time and waiting in the immigration office for a couple of hours (even with an appointment) doesn't calm the nerves much. But I had nothing to worry about.

    What stage of immigration are you at? We (after waiting for years) just went through the "removal of conditions of residence I-751" interview. The entire intervie
    • Which card did you have to wait 10-12 months for? I got my permanent resident card (Still conditional though) in 4-5 months. And in about 1 year and 3 months we'll have to apply for removal of my conditional status and go to an interview.
      • See the reply I made to my own comment. I too got my initial card fairly quickly. Once you have the interview to remove the conditional status you get the permanent card. It's that card that could take 10-12 month's to arrive (so the Immigration Office told us). This is obviously not a big deal as you are already here in the States at that point.
    • After reading your reply to the comment Thomas [perl.org] posted it looks like you're in the first stage of obtaining a green card. We were at that stage some years ago before moving to America. Yes you'll be pleased to know that you will have another interview even once you've obtained said Green Card. The initial card will only be valid for 2 years. 90 day's prior to it's expiration date, you have to fill out form I-751 to remove the conditions of residence. Then be prepared to wait for a long time. The INS wi