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Howdy, VJ! Long time no talk.

Today we received an RFE on the removal of conditions on our CR1 visa. Here's a super quick history for those interested:

Got a fiancee visa in 2010, came to the USA, got married.

Got cancer in 2011, literally weeks after our marriage - moved back to the UK to get it treated. Fiancee visa was anulled and we had to start over.

Applied for a marriage visa in 2011.

Approved in 2012, moved back to USA (for good this time!)

Had our Removal of Conditions come up last September - applied on time, had the biometrics done late last year.

Moved from TX to GA late last year - updated the USCIS of our move, etc.

Heard nothing from the USCIS for over 6 months, started calling, etc, then today we received a RFE stating we haven't supplied enough evidence.

Here's what we supplied so far:

- 2013 joint tax return

- Joint TX liability car insurance

- Photographs of us together

I get why that isn't enough, but we're a weird case - in TX we lived on my wife's grandfather's land, so we didn't pay rent. Our bank accounts are seperate, we haven't had insurance or anything - we're pretty poor, y'know?

Here's what we're planning on submitting this time:

- 2014 joint tax return

- joint bank account proof, but we need to talk to our bank to see if this is affordable

- our joint gym membership, as both of our fees come out of my bank

- New GA joint car insurance

- Affadavits from my mother (talking about how, when I got cancer, my wife moved to the UK for 6 months to be with me for as long as the law allowed), and a bunch of her family we lived near in TX (like her grandfather).

- Affadavit from her best friend whom we see often, unfortunately she has a criminal record - would this look bad for us? her record is nothing to do with immigration fraud, nor is it a big thing, but it does exist.

- Letter from the sperm bank I froze specimens in before I underwent my cancer treatment, which lists my wife as permitted to use it.

We're not sure what else to use - we don't pay joint utilities or rent, we don't own any property, have no kids, no loans, no wills/trusts/etc.

So my questions are:

1) Any evidence we've overlooked?

2) Any problems with the list of evidence we're going to submit?

Thanks for the help once again VJ, you guys have been great over the way-too-many years we've been dealing with this :).


Aug 20 2010 - NOA1 received.
Feb 08 2011 - NOA2 email received.
Apr 27 2011 - Interview attended at US Embassy, visa approved :D!
May 26 2011 - Arrived in the USA
Aug 02 2011 - Married!
Aug 24 2011 - Diagnosed with cancer
Aug 26 2011 - Applied for IR1/CR1 visa
Aug 31 2011 - NOA1!
Sep 03 2011 - Moved back to the UK
Feb 20 2012 - Wife flew back to the USA
Mar 03 2012 - NOA2!
Mar 23 2012 - NVC received file
Jul 15 2012 - NVC approved, sent to embassy

2012 - Approved, flew back to USA!

Sep 29 2014 - Applied for removal of conditions.

Apr 20 2015 - RFE1 on removal of conditions.

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Hi,

If you have copies of your driver licenses or state IDs showing same address, I'd add that.

Send IRS transcripts not returns. You can download those from www.irs.gov.

Your evidence should span your entire marriage.

Good luck!

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Hi there! Good luck to you! Here are a few thoughts I had. Some of these may be a stretch, but it can't hurt, right?

- I don't think the affidavit from the friend with a criminal record will matter, especially if it's something more "Minor." But instead of her, what about affidavit from the grandfather saying that you lived on his land and didn't have a formal lease?

- Did your wife travel with you back to the UK at all? Do you have any travel itineraries showing that you were on the same flight at the same time and traveled together?

- With your photographs of you two together, try to include some that have you two + other people so it shows that your friends & family know you guys are together and public with it, if that makes sense.

- Definitely agree on the tax transcripts vs. the tax returns. You can print them out right now: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript

- Are you on the same medical insurance now?

- Do either of you have a 401k that you could add the other as a beneficiary on?

- What about your cell phone? Are you on the same family plan?

- Screen shot of your Facebook page showing married to each other?

- You should be able to open a joint account at most banks for free if you already have individual accounts. There might just be a $300 minimum

- Any copies of emails or cards to you both inviting you to things or any documentation where someone else has addressed you as a couple?

Howdy, VJ! Long time no talk.

Today we received an RFE on the removal of conditions on our CR1 visa. Here's a super quick history for those interested:

Got a fiancee visa in 2010, came to the USA, got married.

Got cancer in 2011, literally weeks after our marriage - moved back to the UK to get it treated. Fiancee visa was anulled and we had to start over.

Applied for a marriage visa in 2011.

Approved in 2012, moved back to USA (for good this time!)

Had our Removal of Conditions come up last September - applied on time, had the biometrics done late last year.

Moved from TX to GA late last year - updated the USCIS of our move, etc.

Heard nothing from the USCIS for over 6 months, started calling, etc, then today we received a RFE stating we haven't supplied enough evidence.

Here's what we supplied so far:

- 2013 joint tax return

- Joint TX liability car insurance

- Photographs of us together

I get why that isn't enough, but we're a weird case - in TX we lived on my wife's grandfather's land, so we didn't pay rent. Our bank accounts are seperate, we haven't had insurance or anything - we're pretty poor, y'know?

Here's what we're planning on submitting this time:

- 2014 joint tax return

- joint bank account proof, but we need to talk to our bank to see if this is affordable

- our joint gym membership, as both of our fees come out of my bank

- New GA joint car insurance

- Affadavits from my mother (talking about how, when I got cancer, my wife moved to the UK for 6 months to be with me for as long as the law allowed), and a bunch of her family we lived near in TX (like her grandfather).

- Affadavit from her best friend whom we see often, unfortunately she has a criminal record - would this look bad for us? her record is nothing to do with immigration fraud, nor is it a big thing, but it does exist.

- Letter from the sperm bank I froze specimens in before I underwent my cancer treatment, which lists my wife as permitted to use it.

We're not sure what else to use - we don't pay joint utilities or rent, we don't own any property, have no kids, no loans, no wills/trusts/etc.

So my questions are:

1) Any evidence we've overlooked?

2) Any problems with the list of evidence we're going to submit?

Thanks for the help once again VJ, you guys have been great over the way-too-many years we've been dealing with this :).

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You can do wills, living wills etc.. They're easy to do yourself especially if you have no property but it states what you want done with your body etc. Normally you need two witnesses and a notary which can be had at a UPS store for about $5. Add the other spouse to the title of the car if possible... I would definitely get the joint bank account.

Envelopes of cards sent to both of you? Anything else that has spanned the length of your relationship. Even cell phone bills.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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