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Temporary Long Distance Marriage - What evidence to collect prior to ROC?

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Hello everyone,

My husband (USC) and I are most likely going to live apart for 8 months starting in July 2015 due to financial reasons. He is planning on moving to Las Vegas up until March 2016. My job is here in Orange County and I am up for promotion early next year so it is really difficult for me to leave. We are still definitely together and plan on taking turns to visit each other on weekends since Vegas is not that much of a far drive from Orange County.

We are eligible to file for ROC in June 2016. We want to plan this in advance and see what documents/proof we should collect in order to have a smooth ROC process given that we lived apart for 8 months in our 2 year marriage?

Anyone in a similar situation? Or was in the same situation? Your advice is highly appreciated.

Thank you!


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6/12/2016 - Eligible for Removal of Conditions

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ROC

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6/20/2016 (Day 0) - ROC Package (i-761) sent via USPS Priority Mail

6/21/2016 (Day 1) - ROC Package delivered at CSC Laguna Niguel & signed for by J Siplivy

6/28/2016 (Day 8) - Check cashed and NOA dated 6/21/2016 received in the mail

7/18/2016 (Day 28) - Biometrics appointment done at Santa Ana ASC

2/28/2017 (Day 254) - Spouse received call from immigration officer verifying if we still lived together at our current address. He ended the conversation by saying we our approved and no need for interview

3/3/2017 (Day 257) - Received approval letter in the mail! 

3/13/2017 (Day 267) - Online status updated - new card being produced

3/16/2017 (Day 270) - Online status updated - new card was mailed to me

3/20/2017 (Day 274) - 10 year green card on hand!! 

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6/12/2017 - Eligible for Citizenship

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N-400

6/13/2017 - N-400 package sent via USPS Priority Mail Express

6/16/2017 - N-400 fee cashed

6/19/2017 - NOA date - Priority date 6/15/17

6/30/2017 - Received biometrics appointment letter in the mail for 7/12/17

7/5/2017 - Walked in Tustin ASC for biometrics 

8/10/2017 - Case is in line for interview

1/22/2018 - N-400 interview date scheduled 

1/26/2018 - Received N-400 interview letter in the mail! Interview scheduled on Feb. 28 

2/28/2018 - Naturalization interview - recommended for approval! :)

3/20/2018 - Oath taking ceremony :dance:

 

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Hello everyone,

My husband (USC) and I are most likely going to live apart for 8 months starting in July 2015 due to financial reasons. He is planning on moving to Las Vegas up until March 2016. My job is here in Orange County and I am up for promotion early next year so it is really difficult for me to leave. We are still definitely together and plan on taking turns to visit each other on weekends since Vegas is not that much of a far drive from Orange County.

We are eligible to file for ROC in June 2016. We want to plan this in advance and see what documents/proof we should collect in order to have a smooth ROC process given that we lived apart for 8 months in our 2 year marriage?

Anyone in a similar situation? Or was in the same situation? Your advice is highly appreciated.

Thank you!

I have been in a similar situation. In fact, I lived 2000 miles away from my wife for the entire duration of my marriage. Not only that, I ended up getting divorced. But eventually I was approved. So don't worry, as long as your marriage is genuine and you have enough documentary evidence, you will be fine. Look at the following thread started by me for the details about my case and what evidence did I submit. Good luck!!

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/534976-badly-need-advice/

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Even though you live apart you should still be able to show things like a joint bank account, joint tax returns and joint benefits (401k beneficiary, health insurance etc.). You can also keep a record of your trips to show that you still spend time together, plus phone logs. Also consider having wills drawn up.


* I-130/CR-1 visa by Direct Consular Filing in London
3rd May 2013 - Married in London

7th May 2013 - I-130 filed
4th June 2013 - NOA2 (approved)
16th July 2013 - Interview (approved)
30th July 2013 - POE San Francisco
29th August 2013 - 2 year green card arrived

 

* How? Read my DCF London I-130 for CR1/IR1 Spouse Guide

* Removal of Conditions (RoC) via California Service Centre
1st May 2015 - 90 day RoC window opened
6th May 2015 - I-751 filed (delivered 8th May, cheque cashed 18th May)
7th August 2015 - Approved / GC production

27th August 2015 - 10 year green card arrived

* Naturalisation (Citizenship) via Phoenix Lockbox

* San Francisco Field Office:
1st May 2016 - N-400 window opened
20th August 2016 - N-400 filed

26th August 2016 - NOA1
13th September 2016 - Biometrics

12th January 2017 - Biometrics (again)
30th May 2017 - Interview (approved)
7th June 2017 - Oath

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Agree with above post. As secondary evidence, take photos of yourselves together in various locales and situations. As primary evidence, few things are as strong as wills, medical powers of attorney, and similar documents.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Even though you live apart you should still be able to show things like a joint bank account, joint tax returns and joint benefits (401k beneficiary, health insurance etc.). You can also keep a record of your trips to show that you still spend time together, plus phone logs. Also consider having wills drawn up.

Thank you for your feedback. Yes, we of course have a joint bank account that we use for our joint expenses, joint tax return from last year, 401k beneficiary and will have joint health insurance starting next year.

How would you suppose we record trips to visit each other if we are driving between Orange County and Las Vegas? Pictures? With flying, it's easy since we just need to save the boarding pass or confirmation letter but I suppose we are driving more since it's cheaper that way.


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6/12/2016 - Eligible for Removal of Conditions

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ROC

Spoiler

 

6/20/2016 (Day 0) - ROC Package (i-761) sent via USPS Priority Mail

6/21/2016 (Day 1) - ROC Package delivered at CSC Laguna Niguel & signed for by J Siplivy

6/28/2016 (Day 8) - Check cashed and NOA dated 6/21/2016 received in the mail

7/18/2016 (Day 28) - Biometrics appointment done at Santa Ana ASC

2/28/2017 (Day 254) - Spouse received call from immigration officer verifying if we still lived together at our current address. He ended the conversation by saying we our approved and no need for interview

3/3/2017 (Day 257) - Received approval letter in the mail! 

3/13/2017 (Day 267) - Online status updated - new card being produced

3/16/2017 (Day 270) - Online status updated - new card was mailed to me

3/20/2017 (Day 274) - 10 year green card on hand!! 

----

 

6/12/2017 - Eligible for Citizenship

----

N-400

6/13/2017 - N-400 package sent via USPS Priority Mail Express

6/16/2017 - N-400 fee cashed

6/19/2017 - NOA date - Priority date 6/15/17

6/30/2017 - Received biometrics appointment letter in the mail for 7/12/17

7/5/2017 - Walked in Tustin ASC for biometrics 

8/10/2017 - Case is in line for interview

1/22/2018 - N-400 interview date scheduled 

1/26/2018 - Received N-400 interview letter in the mail! Interview scheduled on Feb. 28 

2/28/2018 - Naturalization interview - recommended for approval! :)

3/20/2018 - Oath taking ceremony :dance:

 

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Agree with above post. As secondary evidence, take photos of yourselves together in various locales and situations. As primary evidence, few things are as strong as wills, medical powers of attorney, and similar documents.

Sorry, i just read your response after I posted my first response to lost at sea. We will definitely be taking plenty of photos (as if we need more, we already have so much!! haha)

Thank you for your input! We will definitely look at wills and medical powers of attorney.


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6/12/2016 - Eligible for Removal of Conditions

----

ROC

Spoiler

 

6/20/2016 (Day 0) - ROC Package (i-761) sent via USPS Priority Mail

6/21/2016 (Day 1) - ROC Package delivered at CSC Laguna Niguel & signed for by J Siplivy

6/28/2016 (Day 8) - Check cashed and NOA dated 6/21/2016 received in the mail

7/18/2016 (Day 28) - Biometrics appointment done at Santa Ana ASC

2/28/2017 (Day 254) - Spouse received call from immigration officer verifying if we still lived together at our current address. He ended the conversation by saying we our approved and no need for interview

3/3/2017 (Day 257) - Received approval letter in the mail! 

3/13/2017 (Day 267) - Online status updated - new card being produced

3/16/2017 (Day 270) - Online status updated - new card was mailed to me

3/20/2017 (Day 274) - 10 year green card on hand!! 

----

 

6/12/2017 - Eligible for Citizenship

----

N-400

6/13/2017 - N-400 package sent via USPS Priority Mail Express

6/16/2017 - N-400 fee cashed

6/19/2017 - NOA date - Priority date 6/15/17

6/30/2017 - Received biometrics appointment letter in the mail for 7/12/17

7/5/2017 - Walked in Tustin ASC for biometrics 

8/10/2017 - Case is in line for interview

1/22/2018 - N-400 interview date scheduled 

1/26/2018 - Received N-400 interview letter in the mail! Interview scheduled on Feb. 28 

2/28/2018 - Naturalization interview - recommended for approval! :)

3/20/2018 - Oath taking ceremony :dance:

 

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