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Ugh. Yesterday I got that yellow letter. I'm trying really hard not to let it get to me.

I have lived in the US since December 2012. My wife (US citizen) and I live in a house that her parents own. Our names are not on any deed. We don't really pay rent, just utilities and such, which are still in her parents' name(s). We don't have kids (she has two from before, a 20yo son and a 14yo daughter). Her daughter stays with us on the weekends and with their dad during the school weeks. We don't really have any shared finances, like bank accounts or anything like that. My wife makes (much more) money than I do, I only work at Target (have done so since September 2013). I don't have a drivers license, so my name is not on the car that she bought a couple months after I moved here.

When we sent in the application (in November) we sent in:

- photo copy of green card

- copy of marriage certificate (we got married in Sweden in 2011 but we also had a ceremony here in Pittsburgh for her friends and family)

- evidence of joint health care

- affidavit from a friend of ours (who have known us for a long time and whom we've met going back to before we were married; I first visited Pittsburgh and my wife and this friend in 2010)

- 2013 joint tax documents "without evidence they were properly filed with the IRS" (what does that mean?)

- an emergency contact document

- utilities (internet/tv bill) in my name

- travel documents (our honeymoon in Hawaii)

What else can we send in? We're getting an affidavit from my wife's mom, testifying that we've lived together in the house since I moved here. Also getting an affidavit from a different friend, whom we visited in 2010 during my visit here and whom we've also met in Pittsburgh and Washington DC. I'm also thinking of photos from various occasions (we've been to NYC twice, Ocean City MD, Detroit, Hawaii of course, Washington DC and Pittsburgh of course. We're also sending in more tax papers for last year's taxes, Sprint bills showing my wife as the "main person" and my name on one of the phone numbers of the account. I'm listed as an authorized user on her credit card. Copies of her drivers license and my state ID (with our address).

I was also featured in a newspaper article about immigrants living in Pittsburgh. It was in the local paper (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). I was interviewed in March last year and the article was printed in the paper this spring. Is that something worth sending in? Pay stubs from Target, showing my address as the same as that of my wife...? What about affidavit from one or two co-workers (who see us often at the store together) or new friends outside of work? They have not known us from the start of our marriage, but they could testify that we are in a real marriage...?

That's all I can think of right now off the top of my head.

I'm going home to Sweden this summer to visit family and friends. My wife is (hopefully) coming too, but only for part of my stay (we hope to fly home to Pittsburgh together). We'll be back before the last date to send supporting documents in. I'm picking up my renewed Swedish passport this Friday and requesting an info pass so I can get that stamp in my passport showing that my green card's been extended for one year. Anywho, I thought maybe I can send in the itinerary once we've booked our plane tickets...

That's all I can think of right now. Sorry if I'm not very coherent, I'm kinda stressed out at the moment.

If we get called to an interview, what is that like? We really are in a bona fide marriage and this is a weight on my shoulders.

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Marriage : June 30, 2011

I-130 Sent : November 26, 2011

I-130 NOA1 : December 2, 2011

I-130 Approved : May 2, 2012

NVC Received : May 14, 2012

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : June 1, 2012

Pay I-864 Bill : June 5, 2012

Return Completed DS-3032 : June 1, 2012

Pay IV Bill : June 7, 2012

Case Completed at NVC : July 2, 2012

Interview Date : September 28, 2012

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : October 3, 2012

US Entry : December 23, 2012

Processing Estimates/Stats : Your I-130 was approved in 152 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 301 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

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1. 2013, 2014 IRS tax transcripts, not what you print from online filing (aka without evidence they were properly filed with the IRS)

2. Statement of communal residence written by in-laws stating you are living with them so no rent and bills.

3. Copy of driver license, ID.

4. Call your health insurance (even you don't have it anymore) and ask for certificate of health care, they will be able to provide all policies you have so far. Ask you current health insurance for medical power of attorney template (email or fax) fill it out and notarized.

5. Go to a family attorney and draft a will for cheap.

6. Some pictures, and relative statements.

Explain your situation on a statement, worst situation is an interview but it will not be bad if you are legit. Good luck.


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12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

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Thanks, I greatly appreciate it. :)


Marriage : June 30, 2011

I-130 Sent : November 26, 2011

I-130 NOA1 : December 2, 2011

I-130 Approved : May 2, 2012

NVC Received : May 14, 2012

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : June 1, 2012

Pay I-864 Bill : June 5, 2012

Return Completed DS-3032 : June 1, 2012

Pay IV Bill : June 7, 2012

Case Completed at NVC : July 2, 2012

Interview Date : September 28, 2012

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : October 3, 2012

US Entry : December 23, 2012

Processing Estimates/Stats : Your I-130 was approved in 152 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 301 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

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In addition to what Nancy recommends about wills, draw up medical powers of attorney, HIPAA releases, and any other documents that would be ancillary to a will. As she says, find a family attorney, or see if you're comfortable with more of a do-it-yourself approach with Legalzoom.com or similar sites.

Keep us apprised on what you do, and your progress. Keep the faith.


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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I got the notice of action today. My request for removal of conditions on my green card was approved. I should be getting my "real" permanent green card within 60 days.

The evidence we sent in, from what I can remember off tge top of my head was the correct tax papers, copy of the will we got, affidavit from my wife's mom that we live together under the conditions previously stated (i.e. in a house my on-laws own), additional photos if my wife and I... I feel like there was more, like documents stating my address and employment and such but I am afraid I don't remember exactly.

I'm beyond relieved! Thanks for all the support I've gotten here. I truly appreciate it.


Marriage : June 30, 2011

I-130 Sent : November 26, 2011

I-130 NOA1 : December 2, 2011

I-130 Approved : May 2, 2012

NVC Received : May 14, 2012

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : June 1, 2012

Pay I-864 Bill : June 5, 2012

Return Completed DS-3032 : June 1, 2012

Pay IV Bill : June 7, 2012

Case Completed at NVC : July 2, 2012

Interview Date : September 28, 2012

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : October 3, 2012

US Entry : December 23, 2012

Processing Estimates/Stats : Your I-130 was approved in 152 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 301 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

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My wedding day - the best day of my life

Mr. Borkström @ Wordpress.com

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CONGRATULATIONS !!!


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

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Thank you kindly.


Marriage : June 30, 2011

I-130 Sent : November 26, 2011

I-130 NOA1 : December 2, 2011

I-130 Approved : May 2, 2012

NVC Received : May 14, 2012

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : June 1, 2012

Pay I-864 Bill : June 5, 2012

Return Completed DS-3032 : June 1, 2012

Pay IV Bill : June 7, 2012

Case Completed at NVC : July 2, 2012

Interview Date : September 28, 2012

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : October 3, 2012

US Entry : December 23, 2012

Processing Estimates/Stats : Your I-130 was approved in 152 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 301 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

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My wedding day - the best day of my life

Mr. Borkström @ Wordpress.com

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Looking at your post
it threw me back to last year at the exact same time when I got the same exact letter
boy that was stressing!

I started to believe that this request for more evidence is generic and really up to the IO to decide solely
I sent my application with little to few evidence, and when they requested more, I sent like a book of evidences
everything my hand went on, even grocery receipts lol
almost 100+ pages, 2 days later, it was approved, i think the IO saw the pack and said you know what? go ..

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I got the notice of action today. My request for removal of conditions on my green card was approved. I should be getting my "real" permanent green card within 60 days.

This is beyond exciting. Really happy to hear it, si man!

Your next step, as you might recall, is outlined here:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/382775-mrs-t-b-the-citizenship-test/

:lol:


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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This is beyond exciting. Really happy to hear it, si man!

Your next step, as you might recall, is outlined here:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/382775-mrs-t-b-the-citizenship-test/

:lol:

Thank you Sir.

When I get a little more spare time I'm going to properly fill out the details in my timeline.


Marriage : June 30, 2011

I-130 Sent : November 26, 2011

I-130 NOA1 : December 2, 2011

I-130 Approved : May 2, 2012

NVC Received : May 14, 2012

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : June 1, 2012

Pay I-864 Bill : June 5, 2012

Return Completed DS-3032 : June 1, 2012

Pay IV Bill : June 7, 2012

Case Completed at NVC : July 2, 2012

Interview Date : September 28, 2012

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : October 3, 2012

US Entry : December 23, 2012

Processing Estimates/Stats : Your I-130 was approved in 152 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 301 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

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Swedish-American Midsummer

My wedding day - the best day of my life

Mr. Borkström @ Wordpress.com

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Congratulations!!!


 

 



07/09/2008: F-1 Interview - Successful
05/01/2013: (L) Married (L)

AOS from F-1:
07/09/2013: AOS package (I-130/I-485/I-756/I-131) fedexed
09/25/2013: AOS Interview with my husband at Milwaukee, WI
03/03/2014: AOS Approved

I-751 Removal of Conditions:

11/13/2015: Received reminder notice dated 11/08 from USCIS to apply for ROC
Day 00 - 12/04/2015: Mailed I-751 package to CSC via USPS Priority Mail
Day 03 - 12/07/2015: I-751 package delivered
Day 05 - 12/09/2015: Check cashed
Day 07 - 12/11/2015: NOA1 received dated 12/07/15
Day 22 - 12/26/2015: Biometric appointment notice received dated 12/19/15
Day 35 - 01/08/2016: Biometric appointment

Day 235 - 07/26/2016: Approved (E-notification of Card Production)

Day 238 - 07/29/2016: Status changed to 'Card Was Mailed to Me'

Day 241 - 08/01/2016: CSC returned original docs that were submitted at the time of application.

Day 241 - 08/01/2016: New status update 'Card was picked up by the United States Postal Service' Priority Mail 2-Day with tracking number provided.

Day 243 - 08/03/2016: Received 10 year Green Card

Day 255 - 08/15/2016: Received NOA2 with approval dated 07/26/2016

Click here for a sample of my cover letter, list of evidence, package assembly & shipping box

Click here for a sample of my I-751 notarized affidavit from a friend

 

 

N-400 Naturalization:

12/03/2016: Eligible

Day 00: 12/12/2016 Mailed N-400 to Phoenix, AZ lockbox via USPS Priority Express

Day 01: 12/13/2016 N-400 application delivered

Day 03: 12/15/2016 Credit card charged

Day 07: 12/19/2016 Text & e-mail notification received with a NBC receipt #

Day 11: 12/23/2016 NOA received via mail with priority date 12/13/16

Day 16: 12/28/2016 Received E-mail notification reg. biometrics scheduling

Day 19: 12/31/2016 Received Biometric notice via mail with notice date 12/24/2016

Day 32: 01/13/2017 Biometric appointment

Day 53: 02/03/2017 Received e-mail notification stating I am "in line" for interview scheduling

Day 144: 05/05/2017 Filed an e-request that interview notice was not yet mailed to me

Day 148: 05/09/2017 Received e-mail notification that interview has been scheduled after being in line for 95 days

Day 151: 05/12/2017 Received N-400 Interview notice via USPS

Day 183: 06/13/2017 N-400 Interview at USCIS Milwaukee, WI field office (Approved!) ***To read about my interview experience, click here***

Day 192: 06/22/2017 Received e-mail notification stating I am placed in line for oath ceremony

Day 206: 07/06/2017 Received e-mail notification stating oath ceremony notice was mailed

Day 210: 07/10/2017 Received oath ceremony notice (N-445) via USPS

Day 227: 07/27/2017 Oath Ceremony at Milwaukee, WI!

Dual citizen (France & U.S.A) / OCI card holder

 

Day 00: 07/27/2017 U.S. passport application at Milwaukee, WI (routine processing)

Day 05: 08/01/2017 Passport application locator number provided

Day 06: 08/02/2017 Checks cashed

Day 12: 08/08/2017 Received 2 e-mails stating that passport processing is over and it has been mailed with tracking # provided

Day 15: 08/11/2017 Received passport book via Priority Mail

Day 18: 08/14/2017 Received passport card via First Class Mail

Day 22: 08/18/2017 Received naturalization certificate back via Priority Mail / Updated citizenship status with SSA
 

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Thank you. :)


Marriage : June 30, 2011

I-130 Sent : November 26, 2011

I-130 NOA1 : December 2, 2011

I-130 Approved : May 2, 2012

NVC Received : May 14, 2012

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : June 1, 2012

Pay I-864 Bill : June 5, 2012

Return Completed DS-3032 : June 1, 2012

Pay IV Bill : June 7, 2012

Case Completed at NVC : July 2, 2012

Interview Date : September 28, 2012

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : October 3, 2012

US Entry : December 23, 2012

Processing Estimates/Stats : Your I-130 was approved in 152 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 301 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

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Swedish-American Midsummer

My wedding day - the best day of my life

Mr. Borkström @ Wordpress.com

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