I applied for a permanent residency for my husband. He received his EAD 3 weeks ago. But now we're slightly worried about the upcoming interview.
We're both in the medical field. I'm a medical assistant and he's a podiatrist. (We met in the hospital where I work.)
We're both originally from the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia.
We're both Christians.
However... we have 15 years age difference with me being the older one. (I just turned 50.)
Also, I have 2 children (ages 23 and 13.) While my husband gets along great with both of his stepsons, he doesn't want any babies. In fact, that's one of the main reasons why he had split up with his ex wife.
We've been married since November. We dated for about 10 months before we got married.
Also, my husband's divorce from his ex wife only became final in September. But they had been living separately for one and a half years prior to that...
We had a small ceremony at City Hall in NY with just 2 of our friends as witnesses. My husband's parents and my mom reside in Europe. My younger son was at school. And my older one was at work. We went to a restaurant afterwards. But we have yet to go on a honeymoon (to Boston.)
Here's the evidence we have gathered for the interview:
- Joint tax filing documents.
- Joint medical & dental insurance (through my work.)
- Cable/Internet bill.
- Electricity bill.
- 2 Joint bank accounts.
- Joint credit card accounts.
- Renters insurance. NOTE: Unfortunately, I am unable to put my husband on the lease... My landlord and I don't have a written contract. I know, I know... that's very bad. At some point, the landlord had given me a hand-written note that had her name and address, the property's address and the amount I was to pay every month (I needed it for my work.) But I've been living in her place for over 2 years without any problems now. Apartments in NYC are crazy expensive. And we only pay $1,200 for a large 2 bedroom... My landlord lives out of state and has no idea that I'm married. She took pity on me when I rented the place because I was a single mother. If I were to tell that I married a doctor... well, she'd definitely increase my rent. There's a young couple living right below us. They pay $300 more each month for a smaller 1 bedroom apartment! My husband doesn't work yet... and I can't afford to have the landlord increase our rent. So, I can't put my husband on the lease for the time being. I'm not sure how I can explain this to the officer who's going to interview us...
- Hotel and other receipts from a week-long trip with my younger son to Chicago in the spring of 2014.
- Pictures from our engagement (which was very romantic - on a boat cruise on the Hudson River :blush:)
- E-mails, dating all the way back to February of 2014.
- Pictures with various friends, my father and my 2 sons + my older son's gf. These include pictures from our wedding day, my birthday, our dating and every day life, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.
- E-mails exchanged with wedding vendors. (We had a professional photographer. I had a very nice floral bouquet. I had also e-mailed a few officiants, because we wanted to do a fall wedding. But then I got very sick for a few weeks, so we had to postpone it.)
- Copies of greeting cards that we've given each other. I have a few holiday cards from our friends saved somewhere.
- Pictures of a wedding gift from my in-laws (who reside in Bulgaria) and a greeting card from them.
- Receipts from gifts that we've given each other.
I guess I'm primarily worried due to the fact that we have a significant age difference. Also, my husband's brother & his wife live in NJ. But he hasn't been having a good relationship with them for years now. I have never met them. They don't speak... at all.
What are your opinions on our case? I will greatly appreciate hearing them.