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Affidavit of bona fide marriage

#1 pjandrachel

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 07:17 PM

Hello

I wondered if I could ask a question that from my research seems to highlight a difference of opinion. We are currently in the process of compiling our I-130 package for my spouse and was wondering for the affidavit of support we are going to ask some of my friends/family (me being british) and some of the USCs friends and family. But as notarizing in the UK is upwards of £80 we think this is a bit excessive for documents that may not even be needed. Do you think it is compulsory to get them notarized. We have worded them formally stating
name
date of birth
address
where born
there relationship to either of us
how long they have know either of us
how long they have known us as a couple
how they have observed we are in a committed relationship/marriage
that they can certify we are in a bona fide marriage
followed by "I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct"
signature and date
Is this about right or should it be notarized also.

Between us we have also written a statement regarding the development of our relationship. Written by the petitioner, detailing how we met, how our relationship grew, the times we visited each other, our wedding and how we maintain our relationship when we are apart. We are having this notarized but it is like a 1 page letter that starts:

"I, Mr ???????????????, born on ???????????? in New York USA am making this oath and
statement that myself and ??????? first became friends over the internet in February 2009"

we then go on to describe how the relationship grew, our visits, when we met the others friends/family etc.

and at the bottom states:

"Between our visits to each other we maintain our relationship by a number of means including letters, cards, emails, video chat, instant messaging and telephone calls. It is important to us to try to keep contact on a daily basis and make decisions together as it helps us feel like we are together. We both very much look forward to the time when we can live together as husband and wife in America.

SWORN BEFORE ME at the Town of ????????, in the state of Pennsylvannia, this [DATE] day of [MONTH], [YEAR]

……………………………
Mr ????????????????"


Underneath this I was going to sign also by stating:

"I, Mrs ???????????, do swear on this [DATE] day of [MONTH], [YEAR] at the town of ???????, in the state of Pennsylvannia that this statement is a true account of our relationship and marriage

……………………….

Mrs ??????????????"

and get this notarized. Now is this ok and can we both sign a document that is originally meant to be written from the petitioner?

Thankyou
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SOMETIMES THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE IS BEING WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE

OUR STORY

February 2009 - Met online online on social networking site
August 2009 - Spent 2 weeks together in England in which time we got engaged !!!!!YEY!!!!!
October 2009 - Spent 2 weeks together in America
December 2009 - Spent 5 months together in England
May 2010 - We both went to America when we spent 2 weeks together
August 2010 - Spent 3 weeks together in America
December 2010 - Spent 5 months together in England
May 2011 - We both went to America together where we spent 2 weeks together
September 2011 - Spent 3 weeks together in America
December 2011 - Spent 5 months together again in England as with the previous years!
April 2012 - spent 2 weeks together in America, got married on May 8th in America!!!!!!!

I-130 Petition
Filed - July 23rd 2012

NOA1 - July 27th 2012

#2 together4evr

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 07:24 PM

We did not notorize any friends or family or our own letters.
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May 24, 2011 NOA1
Sept 11, 2011 NOA2-took 19 days to get case number
Sept 30, 2011 NVC number and IIN received Friday-gotta wait till Monday
Oct 13, 2011 Case Completed- 13 days from receiving case number Took 32 days from NOA2
Nov 30, 2011 Notified of Interview date
January 19, 2012 Interview- 240 days from NOA1
INTERVIEW RESULTS-APPROVED WITH 14 WEEKS AP--but he got his visa in 56 days!!!!!!

PLEASE EDIT YOUR TIMELINE IN YOUR PROFILE SO OTHERS CAN LEARN HOW LONG EACH STEP TAKES IN THIS PROCESS

#3 Darnell

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 07:35 PM

affadavits are optional, the instructions about them USED to say notarized.
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Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
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#4 Habakkuk2vs3

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:42 PM

no notarization is "required"....save some $$$$$$$ :)
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03/17/2011----->I-129F mailed to Lewisville TX
03/21/2011----->Package delivered, signed by CATES
03/25/2011----->NOA1 received via text &email @ 1:15am
(Case transfered to Vermont)
03/29/2011----->NOA1 hardcopy received dated 3/23/11
03/29/2011----->TOUCHED
07/05/2011-----> NOA2 received via text & email
07/07/2011-----> NOA2 hardcopy receive dated 7/05/11
07/18/2011----->Package left NVC for Nigeria
07/25/2011-----> NVC hardcopy case number received dated 07/08/11
10/14/2011-----> Interview date-------APPROVED!!!!!! :)
10/21/2011----->VISA IN HAND ....Doxology :)
01/14/2012----->Arrival via Chicago
01/28/2012----->Married
03/28/2012----->AOE/EAD/AP filed
04/04/2012----->NOA1 received
04/27/2012----->Biometrics appointment

#5 Penguin_ie

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:19 AM

No such letters needed from the petitioner or friends, and if you want to send some, make it personal (have each friend write a few sentences as to how they know you two together). No notarisation needed.

BTW, just to make sure you realise, these are NOT Affidavit of Support. That is a financial document.
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#6 pjandrachel

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:23 AM

That's great thankyou! And I should have said affidavit of bona fide marriage not support! So do you think it is ok for us both to sign the statment about our relationship even though it is filed by the petitioner? My signature is to say that I agree with the statement, then get this notarised!
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SOMETIMES THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE IS BEING WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE

OUR STORY

February 2009 - Met online online on social networking site
August 2009 - Spent 2 weeks together in England in which time we got engaged !!!!!YEY!!!!!
October 2009 - Spent 2 weeks together in America
December 2009 - Spent 5 months together in England
May 2010 - We both went to America when we spent 2 weeks together
August 2010 - Spent 3 weeks together in America
December 2010 - Spent 5 months together in England
May 2011 - We both went to America together where we spent 2 weeks together
September 2011 - Spent 3 weeks together in America
December 2011 - Spent 5 months together again in England as with the previous years!
April 2012 - spent 2 weeks together in America, got married on May 8th in America!!!!!!!

I-130 Petition
Filed - July 23rd 2012

NOA1 - July 27th 2012

#7 Nich-Nick

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:10 AM

So do you think it is ok for us both to sign the statment about our relationship even though it is filed by the petitioner? My signature is to say that I agree with the statement, then get this notarised!


I think if you both want to sign a letter, then do it. It's not a requirement and there's nothing that reqires a notary in the immigration process. (The exception would be London likes a notarized statement from the other parent if children are being moved from the UK.) But it's your application and whatever you want to include that makes you feel like it is a better petition, is your decision.

This part of your letter confuses me--

SWORN BEFORE ME at the Town of ????????, in the state of Pennsylvannia, this [DATE] day of [MONTH], [YEAR]


That is more of a notary wording and not what should go before the petitioner's signature (If I'm following correctly that Mr. ?????? is the petitioner.) "Sworn before me" is normally followed by the signature of the witness or notary who the person(s) making the statement swears before. Example:

(Statement about the marriage)

I swear the above is correct.....etc

Mr. Petitioner

I swear the above is correct........etc

Mrs. Beneficiary

Signed and SWORN BEFORE ME at the Town of ????????, in the state of Pennsylvannia, this [DATE] day of [MONTH], [YEAR]

Mr. Notary


Edited by Nich-Nick, 01 April 2012 - 08:11 AM.

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K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London
10-05-08 Married


AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston
05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:
4 years, 2 months, 6 days
243 pages of forms/documents submitted
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#8 trojam227

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:51 PM

We did Not have our relatives notarize their affidavits. No RFE on that.
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Married Sept.3,2010
02/11/2011: I130 Sent
02/21/2011: NOA1
06/22/2011: NOA2
06/30/2011: NVC
07/05/2011: DS-3032 email received
07/05/2011: DS-3032 emailed
07/06/2011: AOS Bill received
07/06/2011: AOS Fee Paid
07/09/2011: I864 Sent
07/11/2011: IV Fee Bill received
08/30/2011: IV Fee Paid
09/30/2011: IV Pkg Sent
10/24/2011: RFE (we dragged our feet from here on)
(forget all this for now, let's go on holiday!)
03/13/2012: NVC CASE COMPLETE!!
04/05/2012: Received interview appt email
06/22/2012: Medical @ Knightsbridge
06/29/2012: Interview 8am-Result: Pending
??/??/????: I601 Filed at Lock-Box

#9 pjandrachel

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:09 PM

Thankyou very much for the responses!
Nich-Nick I see what you are saying and yes it actually makes more sense that the part of the letter that says "Signed and SWORN BEFORE ME at the Town of ????????, in the state of Pennsylvannia, this [DATE] day of [MONTH], [YEAR]"
is done before the notary signature!
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SOMETIMES THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE IS BEING WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE

OUR STORY

February 2009 - Met online online on social networking site
August 2009 - Spent 2 weeks together in England in which time we got engaged !!!!!YEY!!!!!
October 2009 - Spent 2 weeks together in America
December 2009 - Spent 5 months together in England
May 2010 - We both went to America when we spent 2 weeks together
August 2010 - Spent 3 weeks together in America
December 2010 - Spent 5 months together in England
May 2011 - We both went to America together where we spent 2 weeks together
September 2011 - Spent 3 weeks together in America
December 2011 - Spent 5 months together again in England as with the previous years!
April 2012 - spent 2 weeks together in America, got married on May 8th in America!!!!!!!

I-130 Petition
Filed - July 23rd 2012

NOA1 - July 27th 2012

#10 pushbrk

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:08 PM

My advice is that unless you have some major red flags, don't submit any relationship affidavits at all.
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#11 StephanieM

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:50 PM

Affidavits are good to have but not required, and they do not need to be notatized. Save that $ !!! :star:
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01/01/2008 - Met
04/27/2010 - Engaged
08/23/2011 - Married
USCIS
10/03/2011 - I-130 Sent (USPS priority w/ delivery confirmation)
10/05/2011 - Package arrived at chicago lockbox
10/06/2011 - NOA1
11/09/2011 - NOA2 (no RFE's)
NVC
11/14/2011 - Petition received by NVC/ Received NOA2 by mail
11/21/2011 - NVC case # received by email/ Got AOS fee by email/ Called NVC to provide beneficiary email
11/27/2011 - Choice of agent (DS-3023) sent to NVC by email
.....took a break from process to delay interview....
01/26/2012 - Payed IV fee
01/27/2012 - IV fee status shown as PAID
02/07/2012 - Payed AOS fee
02/08/2012 - AOS fee status shown as PAID
02/09/ 2012 - DS-230 package sent to NVC (priority mail)
03/06/2012 - AOS package sent to NVC (priority mail)
03/12/2012 - Called NVC and found out about checklist. Sent revision to NVC that same day.
03/16/2012 - CASE COMPLETE!
04/11/2012 - Informed of interview via phone by DOS/ Got P4 email from NVC a few hours later that same day (May 4th)
SANTO DOMINGO CONSULATE
04/19/2012 - Medical
05/04/2012 - Interview (APPROVED)
05/10/2012 - Visa ready and picked up at domex
05/15/2012 - POE in Boston (together)
U. S. A
05/29/2012 - Went to SS office to apply for SS card
06/01/2012 - Welcome letter arrived (Received about 3 of these)
06/05/2012 - Green card arrived
06/15/2012- Back to SS office with green card to reapply and inquire about delay
06/18/2012 - Picked up SSN at SSA office
06/22/2012 - SS card arrived by mail

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04/24/14 - Sent I-751 to remove conditions

06/09/14 Biometrics




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