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I have finally gathered all the evidence and have the application filled out. Just wondering what is a good way to arrange everything before mailing it. Should I attach a cover sheet on top of each evidence doc explaining what it is? Maybe put everything in a separate envelope inside the package?


I am the USC


Marriage : 2012-10-24
I-130 Priority Date : 2012-11-26
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-12-01
Case status visible online: 2012-12-19
Transferred to Atlanta field office: 2013-01-04

I-130 NOA 2 : 2013-06-12

NVC fees paid : 2013-07-01

AOS/IV Packages sent: 2013-07-05

Case Complete (Phone confirmation): 2013-08-03

Interview Scheduled: 2013-08-21

APPROVED biggrin.png : 2013-09-20

Arrival in US : 2013-10-04

i751 Mailed : 2015-08-20 (Getting to Service Center at 2015-08-25)

i751 NOA1: 2015-08-25

Biometrics Appointment: 2015-09-25 (letter received on 2015-09-14)

APPROVED :) : 2016-06-08

N400 Mailed: 2016-12-09

N400 NOA1: 2016-12-13

N400 Biometrics Appointment: 2017-01-17

N400 In Line for Interview: 2017-01-19

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No separate envelopes within.

They'll probably pull things apart and arrange them to their taste, but I did ours by "quarter," with mini-cover sheets atop each mini-batch of evidence:

1st Quarter 20__: monthly bank statement, designation of retirement-account beneficiary

2nd Quarter 20__: wills, medical powers of attorney, monthly bank statement

3rd Quarter 20__: HIPAA release, envelope mutually addressed

And so forth. If the mailroom people left it all intact, this would have made it easy for the adjudicator to see what evidence spanned the duration of the marriage.

Others lump all similar items of a category together, chronologically. It's up to you.


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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