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Dear all,

this is my first post. Me and my wife are constituting our i-130 package for a CR1 visa. I thought I knew what to include but now I am just confused after reading this guide

http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/IR1_and_CR1_Immigrant_Visas

It says it needs a cover letter (not mentioned on the official instructions for the i-130) and is listing the Affidavit of Support as a document to joint to the i-130, which I thought was for a later stage of the process. Can someone please clarify?

Thank you

I am the beneficiary.


USCIS I-130 Petition

02/04/12 Married in France

08/07/15 Sent i-130 package

08/11/15 Notice date for NOA1

01/04/16 Notice date for NOA2

NVC Processing

01/29/16 NVC Case number and IIN obtained by phone

01/30/16 DS-261 submitted and AOS fee paid

02/06/16 IV fee paid

02/12/16 DS-260 submitted

02/16/16 AOS and IV packages sent

03/22/16 NVC requested additional document (ACRO UK police certificate)

04/03/16 NVC received additional document

05/10/16 NVC assigned interview date

Interview and US embassy

06/01/16 Interview - Additional AOS support documents needed :(

06/12/16 - documents sent and received by embassy

07/09/16 - IV received!

Post arrival

07/26/16 - Arrived in the US, delivered the embassy package to custom officials

present - Waiting for permanent resident card

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Cover letter is not mandatory but does not hurt to put one mentioning why you are applying and what is attached therewith.

AOS documents along with i485 will be submitted along with i130 only if both of you are currently living in US. If you(beneficiary) is living outside US which seems true since you are going for CR1 visa, you would apply i130 only and no need to apply AOS for now.

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Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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Dear all,

this is my first post. Me and my wife are constituting our i-130 package for a CR1 visa. I thought I knew what to include but now I am just confused after reading this guide

http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/IR1_and_CR1_Immigrant_Visas

It says it needs a cover letter (not mentioned on the official instructions for the i-130) and is listing the Affidavit of Support as a document to joint to the i-130, which I thought was for a later stage of the process. Can someone please clarify?

Thank you

I am the beneficiary.

Hi, the cover letter is not compulsory, it is if you want but I would recommend that you added a cover letter because you will send your documents more organized and they will know that you sent them.

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thanks,

there are so many people doing slightly different things, it is a mess! So I will do as all of you suggested, a cover letter (which I understand is used to list items) with the package but not the i-485.


USCIS I-130 Petition

02/04/12 Married in France

08/07/15 Sent i-130 package

08/11/15 Notice date for NOA1

01/04/16 Notice date for NOA2

NVC Processing

01/29/16 NVC Case number and IIN obtained by phone

01/30/16 DS-261 submitted and AOS fee paid

02/06/16 IV fee paid

02/12/16 DS-260 submitted

02/16/16 AOS and IV packages sent

03/22/16 NVC requested additional document (ACRO UK police certificate)

04/03/16 NVC received additional document

05/10/16 NVC assigned interview date

Interview and US embassy

06/01/16 Interview - Additional AOS support documents needed :(

06/12/16 - documents sent and received by embassy

07/09/16 - IV received!

Post arrival

07/26/16 - Arrived in the US, delivered the embassy package to custom officials

present - Waiting for permanent resident card

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thanks,

there are so many people doing slightly different things, it is a mess! So I will do as all of you suggested, a cover letter (which I understand is used to list items) with the package but not the i-485.

Hello!

Are you applying for a CR1 visa or for an adjustement of status? I was wondering because you referred to the i-485 which is for the adjustment of status...

Regarding the information you should provide for the I-130, I would follow the guide for the I-130 (spouse outside of the US), it is well explained and oftenly updated.

When we sent our case, we also provided a table of content with one sentence explaining what my husband is petioning for and for whom. I guess the more organized your case is, the faster they process it (that's what I like to think!)

Good luck!

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Dear all,

this is my first post. Me and my wife are constituting our i-130 package for a CR1 visa. I thought I knew what to include but now I am just confused after reading this guide

http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/IR1_and_CR1_Immigrant_Visas

It says it needs a cover letter (not mentioned on the official instructions for the i-130) and is listing the Affidavit of Support as a document to joint to the i-130, which I thought was for a later stage of the process. Can someone please clarify?

Thank you

I am the beneficiary.

please understand timeticks,

understanding that After I-130: absolutely means after the I-130 was approved.

it does not (that wiki page) reference listing the Affidavit of Support as a document to joint to the i-130, at all. Sorry.

FWIW - that wiki page entry is sufficient for you two, to prep and file the I-130.

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***Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.***

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Cover letter is not mandatory but does not hurt to put one mentioning why you are applying and what is attached therewith.

AOS documents along with i485 will be submitted along with i130 only if both of you are currently living in US. If you(beneficiary) is living outside US which seems true since you are going for CR1 visa, you would apply i130 only and no need to apply AOS for now.

AOS in this instance means Affidavit of Support, not Adjustment of Status.

The I-485 is form the OP will never need to use.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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