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Hi guys,

Its getting to that time where my spouse and I have to remove conditions.

Just wanted to get some feedback on our evidence. This is what we've collected so far:

- My spouse's 401K and benefits printout from his work, showing me as beneficiary

- Joint medical and dental insurance cards

- Auto lease papers showing me as the lessee and spouse as the co-lessee

- Auto registration papers, with both our names listed

- Drivers licenses showing joint address

- Apartment lease agreement- spouse is the renter, I am listed as an authorized occupant

- Bank statements for our joint checking account

- Cable bills, in my name

- Cell phone bills, in spouse's name but showing us both as having a line each (family plan)

- Credit card statements. I am the cardholder, spouse is an authorized user. Statements show activity from both of us for each month.

- Gas and electric bills, showing both our names

- 2013 and 2014 state and federal taxes, married filing jointly

- Travel itineraries, including scanned plane tickets and receipts from hotels, national parks, car rental companies, etc.

- Photos- 24 letter-sized pages of photos, approx 2 photos per page, with us on vacations, with family and friends.

- A magazine article featuring us. We are a same-sex couple and same-sex marriages are illegal in my home country. A local LGBT magazine from my hometown did an interview with us to highlight the social and economic benefits of marriage for same-sex couples.

- Letters and greeting cards from family and friends

That's about it so far. I was thinking for the bills and bank statements of sending one for each quarter (ie four statements for each year since my initial green card).

I'm feeling fairly good about what we've got, but your feedback and suggestions would be very much appreciated.


N-400 Application for Naturalization

07/15/16 - N-400 and supporting documents sent to Phoenix via FedEx

07/17/16 - Earliest accepted filing date

07/18/16 - Package delivered to Phoenix

07/21/16 - Check cashed

07/25/16 - NOA received via USPS (dated 07/21/16)

07/26/16 - Biometrics appointment notice available online

08/10/16 - Biometrics appointment

02/24/16 - Online status change to "Interview Scheduled"

02/27/17 - Interview appointment notice available online

03/31/17 - N-400 interview at Los Angeles office - Recommended for approval
03/31/17 - Online status change to "Oath Ceremony Scheduled"
04/03/17 - Oath ceremony notice available online

04/18/17 - Oath ceremony

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Looks good so far.

Make sure to send tax transcripts and night just tax returns. They can beer ordered for free from IRS.gov.

Also consider wills, medical powers of attorney, HIPAA releases etc.

I would cut out the photos (24 pages???), itineraries, and articles.

Good luck! :)


 

 

AOS

03/24/11 - Got married in the Boogie-Down Bronx, NYC!
04/21/11 - Mailed I-130,I-765, I-485, I-864 and I-693 - Day 00

04/23/11 - Application delivered - Day 02
04/28/11 - NOA (most forms) - Day 07
05/03/11 - Checks cashed - Day 12
05/31/11 - Biometrics completed in the Bronx, NYC - Day 40
06/24/11 - Received someone else's employment authorization card!!! What the...? - Day 64
07/01/11 - Mailed the poor lady's card back after calling USCIS - Day 71
07/07/11 - Received poor lady's interview notice! What??? - Day 77
07/15/11 - Received my own EAD card - Day 85
08/12/11 - Interview. Approved on the spot! - Day 113
08/18/11 - Received card in the mail - Day 119

ROC
05/28/13 - Mailed I-751 - Day 00

05/30/13 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/31/13 - NOA I-797 - Day 03
06/04/13 - Check cashed - Day 07

06/06/13 - NOA delivered to my home/Biometrics letter generated - Day 09

06/10/13 - Received Biometrics letter in the mail - Day 13

06/27/13 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 30

09/10/13 - Application approved! - Day 105

09/14/13 - 10 year Green Card received! - Day 109

Citizenship

05/10/16 - Mailed N-400 - Day 00

05/12/16 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/13/16 - Credit card payment accepted - Day 03

05/17/16 - Received text & email update - Day 07

05/20/16 - Received 1st NOA (dated 05/13/16) & created ELIS acct - Day 10

05/21/16 - Received 2nd NOA (dated 05/16/16) confirming my DOB and address - Day 11

05/22/06 - Biometrics scheduled (online update) and appt letter was mailed on 05/20/16 - Day 12

05/24/06 - Biometrics letter became viewable online (appt scheduled for 06/07/16) - Day 14

05/27/16 - Received Biometrics letter in mail - Day 17

05/31/16 - Was denied walk-in fingerprints with just 1 person left in line. Milwaukee office, boo! - Day 21

06/07/16 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 28

12/21/16 - Passed Citizenship test/Interview was successful! - Day 197

01/26/17 - I am a US citizen!!! - Day 233

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Sounds like a very good package to me. If you both work, it might be good to highlight in the joint checking account how both of your paychecks get deposited into the same account. Throwing all the money in one pot is pretty persuasive.

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Thanks for your advice guys! We have advance care directives, which I think is similar to medical power of attorney, so might include those. Also, I might try and reduce the page-count of our photos by putting more pictures on each page, rather than cut out photos- we've done a lot of traveling and seen many relatives, so I really want the USCIS to see this.

Tuckin14- we're a one-income household, but thanks for your suggestion anyway!

General Buhari- we'll be leaving this in our attorney's capable hands... We trust her unequivocally. Might seem weird that I'm asking for feedback on a DIY site considering we're going through a lawyer, but it does help to bounce ideas off of other filers, and I like the community feel of this site :)


N-400 Application for Naturalization

07/15/16 - N-400 and supporting documents sent to Phoenix via FedEx

07/17/16 - Earliest accepted filing date

07/18/16 - Package delivered to Phoenix

07/21/16 - Check cashed

07/25/16 - NOA received via USPS (dated 07/21/16)

07/26/16 - Biometrics appointment notice available online

08/10/16 - Biometrics appointment

02/24/16 - Online status change to "Interview Scheduled"

02/27/17 - Interview appointment notice available online

03/31/17 - N-400 interview at Los Angeles office - Recommended for approval
03/31/17 - Online status change to "Oath Ceremony Scheduled"
04/03/17 - Oath ceremony notice available online

04/18/17 - Oath ceremony

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Creating wills would make a good package a slam-dunk package.

Cover letters are not required and are chiefly for the benefit of the filer as a "table of contents."


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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Looks good so far.

Make sure to send tax transcripts and night just tax returns. They can beer ordered for free from IRS.gov.

Also consider wills, medical powers of attorney, HIPAA releases etc.

I would cut out the photos (24 pages???), itineraries, and articles.

Good luck! :)

Thanks for the idea of including wills, etc. Isn't it nice of the USCIS to inspire us to create and update important legal documents. :)


07/31/05 First met in Ft Lauderdale

06/26/13 DOMA overturned

07/16/13 Married in Rockville, Maryland

08/22/13 Day 0 Mailed AOS Package to Chicago Lockbox (I-130, I-485, I-765)

11/20/13 Day 90 AOS Interview completed - Approved!

09/01/15 Day 740 I-751 Mailed ROC packet to California Service Center

04/08/16 Day 960 I-751 RFE received - need to provide more evidence of financial commingling

05/03/16 Day 985 RFE response sent

06/07/16 Day 1020 I-751 approval notice received

06/16/16 Day 1029 10-year greencard received

11/16/16 Day 1182 Mailed N-400 citizenship application

08/21/17 Day 1460 Received alert that naturalization interview was scheduled

09/28/17 Day 1498 N-400 interview completed - Approved!

10/20/17 Day 1520 Oath ceremony finished - now a US Citizen

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