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Hello. I'm in Missouri, my fiance in England. Our wedding will be September 30th.

And then we start the filing process.

Any help would be appreciated.

It looks like OPTION 1 CR-1 / I-R1 Spouse Visa and I-30 Petition Guide is what we are to do.

I do not have an income (Disabled, bedridden, SSDI has not come through yet), so we have a joint sponsor who meets the income level necessary (by double, so no problem there... he is also my fiance's best man and a pastor friend).

THE ASSEMBLING OF THE I-130 PACKAGE:

1. Did anyone opt for the G-1145, and if so, the benefits of doing so, or if not, why not?

2. The cover letter. Does anyone have an example I can look at?

3. The passport type photo. It says that there are specifications, but when I click on the hyperlink, it shows a 404 error message. Can someone lead me to what the specifications are? And where to get these photos when he comes to America September 28 - October 10?

4. Evidence of a bonafide marriage. All we have under that list is a rental agreement. We are opting no joined bank account due to Social Security wait with the SSDI case for now. Should I also include sworn affidavits? If so, how many? And how is it done... just a letter or does it have to be notarized? Anyone have examples?

5. We have evidence that we have an ongoing relationship. Many, many pictures, emails from his parents, receipts of us going to dinner, his paying my internet bill, cards of congratulations on our engagement, money given to us for the wedding, emails of RSVP for the wedding, pictures of the actual engagement dinner, tons of Facebook notes to each other on open Facebook, and in private messages, lots of Skype stop where we talk anywhere from three hours to five hours a day since last year, lots of photos of me getting ready for the wedding trying on my dress, veil, etc. pictures of him here in America with my son, even video. Do I send any of that in and if so, what should I send and how much?

Don't want to inundate them. I also have a scrapbook put together But sending an entire scrapbook to them seems like a lot of information.

I'm going to try to make this my one thread to go back to in order to see any help I can get along the way and see progression.

Thanks for any help!


Some of my favorite quotes:

"There are not enough words in the English language to describe how much I love you. I want to serve you for the good of us. Your smile. I never tire of seeing your smile. I'm patient; you're worth waiting for. I want to marry you." - My sweetheart, 4/8/15

"Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face." Ronald Reagan.

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." G.K. Chesterton

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." Oscar Wilde

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." Steve Martin

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1. it just means you will get notified faster. if you want to know what happens before you get a mail from them fill it up.

2. http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/How_Do_I_Bring_My_Spouse_%28Husband_or_Wife%29_to_Live_in_the_United_States%3F#Attachment_1_.E2.80.93_I-130_Cover_Sheet

3. i believe this is what youre referring to http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/photos.htmlyou can take them at any shop that does passport/visa pictures.

4-5. http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/470423-proof-of-a-bonafide-marriage-for-cr1/
http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/218775-bonafide-relationship/?p=3324240&hl=Rustic#entry3324240a

i am not familiar with CR-1 visa but i just searched for what i could. hopefully youll get some replies from more experienced people

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✡♥✡

K-1 Visa (CSC) AOS (MSC)

26.1.2014 - Started dating ||||||||| 15.9.2015 - Applied for SSN

17.1.2015 - Met for the first time | 21.9.2015 - Received SSN

26.1.2015 - Got engaged ||| 16.10.2015 - Got Married

6.2.2015 - I-129F sent |||||||||| 11.11.2015 - AOS/EAD/AP sent

11.2.2015 - NOA1 |||||| 24.11.2015 - NOA1

26.2.2015 - NOA2 |||||| 2.12.2015 - Biometrics letter received

17.3.2015 - Case sent to Jerusalem consulate|||8.12.2015 - Biometrics

13.4.2015 - Packet 3 |||||||||| 11.12.2015 - Online RFE notice

28.6.2015 - Medical x

8.7.2015 - Interview - Approved! :luv: |||||||||||| x

31.7.2015 - Visa in hand ||||||| x

31.8.2015 - POE LAX x

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Thank you so much. I will look at all of these links and study up. I already have one question after reading a little bit on the first link LOL so, I will compile a list of questions that maybe you and other people can help me with. Truly appreciated


Some of my favorite quotes:

"There are not enough words in the English language to describe how much I love you. I want to serve you for the good of us. Your smile. I never tire of seeing your smile. I'm patient; you're worth waiting for. I want to marry you." - My sweetheart, 4/8/15

"Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face." Ronald Reagan.

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." G.K. Chesterton

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." Oscar Wilde

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." Steve Martin

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Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

avital was on point with a lot of the information she provided.

3. You can also take them yourself as long as you you follow the guidelines on the link that was provided above. All you need is a camera and a white background and the ability to print 2x2inch photos.

4. I would get the affidavits notarized. The instructions say a "sworn affidavit". I'm not sure if that means it has to be notarized. It might not be needed, but I figure if it needs to be notarized, you're covered.. and it doesn't take a lot of effort to get it done.

5. It's really up to you as to how much proof you want to submit. Some people have sailed through without problems with just their wedding certificate and a couple of affidavits, while others (like us!) submitted quite a list of items including a few months of phone logs, a couple of pages of chat histories, 4 affidavits, photocopies of our passport entry stamps from flying to see each other, and a couple of pictures of us together or with family. Although, from what I know, digital evidence is not accepted so I would leave out the videos that you have.

Part of the decision as to how much evidence to submit is also based on which country the beneficiary is in. Beneficiaries from what the USCIS considers "high fraud" countries would obviously have to build a stronger case. In your case, I don't think England is considered such a country.

Keep in mind that USCIS will send a Request for Evidence (RFE) if they want to see more, so you'll still have a chance to give them what they want later on. However, this will, of course, further delay processing so most people hope that they never get an RFE!

Edited by caly

USCIS: CR-1 Visa @ Vermont Service Center (Approved in 140 days from NOA1)

03/07/11: I-130 package sent to Chicago Lockbox

03/14/11: NOA1 via text and email (03/21/11: in the mail); petition routed to VSC

07/27/11: NOA2 via text and email (07/30/11: received in the mail)

08/01/11: Case received at NVC

09/19/11: Case complete and forwarded to consulate

10/19/11: Interview (APPROVED!!!)

11/18/11: POE

12/12/11: 2- year Green Card arrives in the mail

12/22/11: Applied for SSN at local office

12/26/11: SSN arrives in the mail

08/20/13: ROC window opens

10/03/13: I-751 package sent to Vermont Service Center

10/05/13: I-751 Delivered (Signed for by Karen Fitzgerald)

10/09/13: Check cleared bank account

10/11/13: NOA1 received (dated 10/07/13)

10/19/13: Biometrics appointment notice received (dated 10/16/13)

11/12/13: Biometrics appointment in Buffalo, NY

11/15/13: Case transferred to CSC

03/04/14: USCIS case status update: Card/Document Production (i.e. APPROVED!!!)

03/07/14: USCIS case status update: Green Card in the postal system; tracking number

03/08/14: Approval notice arrives in the mail (dated 03/04/2014; USCIS Office: Buffalo, NY)

03/10/14: 10-year Green Card arrives in the mail

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THE ASSEMBLING OF THE I-130 PACKAGE:

1. Did anyone opt for the G-1145, and if so, the benefits of doing so, or if not, why not?

2. The cover letter. Does anyone have an example I can look at?

3. The passport type photo. It says that there are specifications, but when I click on the hyperlink, it shows a 404 error message. Can someone lead me to what the specifications are? And where to get these photos when he comes to America September 28 - October 10?

4. Evidence of a bonafide marriage. All we have under that list is a rental agreement. We are opting no joined bank account due to Social Security wait with the SSDI case for now. Should I also include sworn affidavits? If so, how many? And how is it done... just a letter or does it have to be notarized? Anyone have examples?

5. We have evidence that we have an ongoing relationship. Many, many pictures, emails from his parents, receipts of us going to dinner, his paying my internet bill, cards of congratulations on our engagement, money given to us for the wedding, emails of RSVP for the wedding, pictures of the actual engagement dinner, tons of Facebook notes to each other on open Facebook, and in private messages, lots of Skype stop where we talk anywhere from three hours to five hours a day since last year, lots of photos of me getting ready for the wedding trying on my dress, veil, etc. pictures of him here in America with my son, even video. Do I send any of that in and if so, what should I send and how much?

Don't want to inundate them. I also have a scrapbook put together But sending an entire scrapbook to them seems like a lot of information.

I'm going to try to make this my one thread to go back to in order to see any help I can get along the way and see progression.

Thanks for any help!

Answers:

  1. G-1145 is for electronic notification of receipt only. There is no advantage or disadvantage to submitting it (i.e. if you want to be notified electronically when your file is received, submit it). Additionally, once you receive electronic notification of receipt, then that's it for that form. You would need to sign up for any additional electronic updates from USCIS through their website.
  2. There is nothing special about composing this. Simply right a brief explanation as to what your are submitting and provide a chronological order of items in the file.
  3. Do a search for "passport photo dimensions" to receive the specifications. Many businesses will offer to take passport type photos.
  4. Focus on evidence of time spent together in-person, that is your strongest evidence. Affidavits are not required and carry little to zero weight in the overall evaluation of a file. If you choose to include them, there is no set number but they should come from people who have interacted with you both as a couple on some level. Notarization is not required.
  5. Don't send video, electronic media will not be viewed. For emails, Facebook, skype, etc., select a handful that spans the course of your relationship. As for pictures, the ones of you together in various locations and those with your son are useful, those of you trying on a wedding dress are worthless. Other things like emails of congratulations or wedding RSVP's are also worthless.

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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Also don't send anything like a scrapbook. Keep pages to a standard size (letter or legal... I believe the UK equivalent is A4.) You can print photos out on regular paper. Make sure everything that doesn't require an original signature is a photocopy. Do not send original marriage certificates etc.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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