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I have kind of a unique question regarding photographs to submit along with the evidence for ROC.

My wife and I got married legally in Japan in Jan 2013. We did not have a big ceremony, just went to the local city hall and then had a very small reception with her immediate family in Japan a couple days later. This was all documented when I petitioned for her CR-1 visa.

After my wife moved to the US, in May 2014 we had a more traditional wedding and reception with our families and friends. This included the church, wedding dress, wedding reception hall, etc.

My question is if we include pictures from the May 2014 wedding, could that raise any questions with USCIS as to when we were really married? Maybe it's a dumb question, but something I've been thinking about.

Edited by Jughead

01/04/2013 - Married in Tokyo

USCIS
01/24/2013 - Mailed I-130
01/30/2013 - NOA1

03/14/2013 - Case transferred to Newark field office

05/16/2013 - NOA2

NVC

06/20/2013 - NVC received file

06/27/2013 - Case Number and IIN assigned

06/28/2013 - DS-3032 email sent

07/02/2013 - Received DS-3032 and I-864 bill

07/02/2013 - Submitted AOS bill payment

07/05/2013 - AOS bill status PAID

07/06/2013 - Mailed AOS package

07/08/2013 - AOS delivered

07/09/2013 - DS-3032 accepted

07/10/2013 - Received IV bill

07/11/2013 - Submitted IV bill payment

07/13/2013 - IV bill status PAID

07/16/2013 - Mailed IV package

07/17/2013 - IV package delivered

08/01/2013 - AOS approved

08/12/2013 - IV approved & Case Complete

Embassy & POE

08/21/2013 - Casefile confirmed at Tokyo Embassy

09/03/2013 - Interview - APPROVED!

09/16/2013 - Paid Immigrant Fee

10/06/2013 - POE via Toronto

01/07/2014 - Green card received

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I would not bother to include wedding photos. It has already been established that you are both wed and photos are some of the weakest evidence (as well as affidavits and junk mail).

Edited by Cheezees

 

 

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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I'm not sure I agree about the photos.

The more I consider the process, the more I realize that the marginal cases are subjective. If your evidence is strong, you will get approved. If it's marginal or weak, you will get approved if the IO senses you are a legitimate couple. If couples A and B both have the same weak evidence file, but the IO senses couple A are for real and B aren't, he can approve A and no one will object and there will be no written precedent.

I had no wedding pictures. None. My wife wouldn't allow any to be taken.

As an IO, I would not conclude that because a couple just went to the courthouse with no fanfare that they can't be bona fide. But if I saw they had a big wedding with family and friends, it would make it much harder to reconcile it with the idea that it was all a sham. Most people don't drop $10-50K on a party just to make it "look good." In the case of a marginal evidence file, I think it would have some weight, with me anyway. More than affidavits (which can be coached and given with little belief behind them) or junk mail.

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I just had an interview last week. After going quickly through all the financial stuff, the IO did look at all the pictures and commented on them. We brought some additional pictures of some trips since filing. He looked through all of them as well. We had a tourist 8 X 10 taken in Vientanne, Laos in April. We didn't make a copy of it so he made a copy of it for our file. Maybe anecdotal but, our IO did look at all of them.

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Thanks for your responses. I guess it comes down to what the IO is like.

Part of me is saying I should not include the US wedding photos, but part of me is saying it may be worth sending in one or two.

I guess I could highlight in the cover letter that we got married legally in Japan and then had a cerimonial wedding after my wife moved back to the US so the IO doesn't get confused.


01/04/2013 - Married in Tokyo

USCIS
01/24/2013 - Mailed I-130
01/30/2013 - NOA1

03/14/2013 - Case transferred to Newark field office

05/16/2013 - NOA2

NVC

06/20/2013 - NVC received file

06/27/2013 - Case Number and IIN assigned

06/28/2013 - DS-3032 email sent

07/02/2013 - Received DS-3032 and I-864 bill

07/02/2013 - Submitted AOS bill payment

07/05/2013 - AOS bill status PAID

07/06/2013 - Mailed AOS package

07/08/2013 - AOS delivered

07/09/2013 - DS-3032 accepted

07/10/2013 - Received IV bill

07/11/2013 - Submitted IV bill payment

07/13/2013 - IV bill status PAID

07/16/2013 - Mailed IV package

07/17/2013 - IV package delivered

08/01/2013 - AOS approved

08/12/2013 - IV approved & Case Complete

Embassy & POE

08/21/2013 - Casefile confirmed at Tokyo Embassy

09/03/2013 - Interview - APPROVED!

09/16/2013 - Paid Immigrant Fee

10/06/2013 - POE via Toronto

01/07/2014 - Green card received

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