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The USCIS site recommends using ACCU fasteners at the top and the index tabs at the bottom of the CR1 package.

Do people really follow this suggestion? If so is it ok to punch a hole in the I-130 form and G-325A?

Anyone with experience in this matter? Any comments? Does it really matter since they will disassemble the papers anyway?

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I didn't use fasteners or hole punch anything. I just use paperclips and binder clips to hold it together. Once received, the whole thing will be taken apart, scanned, and ultimately reassembled according to their own preference.


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I used the ACCO fastener with the two hole punch at the top and according to one member who saw his file that is how your file is assembled. It is appreciated, but not required. I figured if I could make their job even a tinier bit easier, I would. I feel like they are less likely to lose a piece of your file as well if the do not have to stop and punch everything...but that is just my opinion.

Yes, I just punched right through all the documents...as that is what they will do if you do not.

Edited by Moustafa/Crystal

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Exactly my thoughts Moustafa/Crystal,anything to make it easier (read faster).

So you punched the actual forms as well and no one complained, correct?

Yes, I punched right through the top of all the forms and evidence...even my letter letter explaining everything. To attach the photos, I stapled a small ziplock bag to a plain white piece of paper then put card inside with name, DOB, etc.

Then I did the same thing with the AOS/IV packet for the NVC. (I did not write our case number on every piece of paper because I figured everything was bound together.) Now I only have 98 ACCO binders left...haha.

We sailed right through the process with very few delays. Our 261 got stuck at the NVC for about 30 days, but other than that no problems....and we had small problem getting the SSN generated but that was after the fact.

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