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We were just wondernig what other people have submitted as evidence and how it turned out. None of these really apply to us as we still live in seperate countries - it seems we can only provide 5 and 6. How much detail needs to be put into this at this stage? Should we send lots of photos, plane tickets, emails, etc at this point? I thought that was more for the interview? What do they consider "other relevant documentation"? Any help from those that have already submitted would be great!

The USCIS now requires that when filing an I-130 for a spouse that you include evidence of a bonifide marriage. They list examples of acceptable evidence as:

1. Documentation showing joint ownership or property; or

2. A lease showing joint tenancy of a common residence; or

3. Documentation showing co-mingling of financialresources; or

4. Birth certificate(s) of child(ren) born to you, thepetitioner, and your spouse together; or

5. Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by third parties havingpersonal knowledge of the bona fides of the maritalrelationship (Each affidavit must contain the full nameand address, date and place of birth of the person makingthe affidavit, his or her relationship to the petitioner ofbeneficiary, if any, and complete information and details explaining how the person acquired his or herknowledge of your marriage); or

6. Any other relevant documentation to establish that thereis an ongoing marital union


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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This is a very frequent topic. Most go with #5 affidavits from people who know you.

Note: USCIS takes into consideration that most have only been married for a very short time, and probably don't have anything to give them other than a copy of marriage cert, and a few wedding pictures, this if fine.

This really comes into play for couples that have been married for a few years applying for an IR-1 visa, or are doing DCF through a foreign consulate or embassy after having lived together for a few years.


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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Romania
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We sent affidavits sworn by friends, photos, a few yahoo messenger conversations, print screen of our email inbox, some emails and some copies of the plane tickets and we got approved. I have this feeling that sending photos where they can actually see us together, makes the processing more personal and faster. It might be just a feeling,i don't know...But include some of those in the package and make sure you have everything by the book. Any mistake that you do right now will cause you to get RFEs and, by definition, huge delays. So check 10 times before you send in the paperwork!

Good luck!

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Philippines
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We are still in the process of K3. The proof of evidence that we submitted are:

chat conversations in Yahoo and MSN ( we printed out 2 conversations per month)emailsSnail mails ( postcards, letters and gift packages)text messagesphone bills and phone cardswedding pictures , pictures of us together and pic of us with family and friends airline ticketshotel reservationswestern union receiptsmarriage contractaffidavits sworn by a friend of mine

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06.17.2010 - submitted our papers

06.19.2010 - papers arrived at Chicago lockbox

06.24.2010 - Check cashed

06.28.2010 - NOA1 Hardcopy received (9 days from the day they got our papers)

07.05.2010 - Received Biometrics Schedule (July 26)

08.05.2010 - Biometrics done! (had to re-schedule from 7/26 to 8/5)

08.13.2010 - Got my interview letter

08.20.2010 - EAD card on production

09.06.2010 - Got my EAD Card (62 days)

09.07.2010 - Applied for SSN

09.14.2010 - SSN Card received

09.16.2010 - Interview schedule (APPROVED)

09.20.2010 - Welcome Notice Received ("Welcome to the USA")

09.25.2010 - 10 yr Green Card received! (98 days)

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Colombia
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We sent our marriage certificate, pictures, boarding passes, hotel receipts and a life insurance beneficiary form, but no affidavits. We were approved without any RFE. They don't appear to be very demanding when it comes to evidence for newlyweds.


Married: June 11, 2007 - San Andres Isla, Colombia

I-130

7/27/2007 - Sent I-130 Package to TSC*

7/30/2007 - Received by TSC

8/28/2007 - NOA-1 date - CSC

3/19/2008 - NOA2 date -CSC

I-130 held by USCIS for future AOS

I-129F

7/27/2007 - Sent I-129F Package to TSC*

7/30/2007 - Received by TSC

8/30/2007 - NOA-1 - Fee waived

3/19/2008 - NOA2

4/3/2008 - Received by NVC

4/10/2008 - Received by embassy

4/11/2008 - Faxed packet 3 forms to embassy

4/30/2008 - Appointment date assigned

6/19/2008 - Appointment at Bogota Embassy - APPROVED!!!

No touches except when I called CSC directly to inquire.

8/28/2008 - POE Houston

Still being lazy and waiting to do AOS.

*I-130 and I-129F sent together to TSC per USCIS instructions.

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We submitted no affidavits, pretty much ignoring the requirement since we had nothing else to show and in my opinion the affidavits would prove nothing other than maybe some people saw us taking our wedding vows. People can only attest to that, not to our relationship really. We had only spent a few weeks together. We did have our marriage cert, but that in itself is a separate requirement for filing an I130 for a spouse. We were approved sans RFE

We were just wondernig what other people have submitted as evidence and how it turned out. None of these really apply to us as we still live in seperate countries - it seems we can only provide 5 and 6. How much detail needs to be put into this at this stage? Should we send lots of photos, plane tickets, emails, etc at this point? I thought that was more for the interview? What do they consider "other relevant documentation"? Any help from those that have already submitted would be great!

The USCIS now requires that when filing an I-130 for a spouse that you include evidence of a bonifide marriage. They list examples of acceptable evidence as:

1. Documentation showing joint ownership or property; or

2. A lease showing joint tenancy of a common residence; or

3. Documentation showing co-mingling of financialresources; or

4. Birth certificate(s) of child(ren) born to you, thepetitioner, and your spouse together; or

5. Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by third parties havingpersonal knowledge of the bona fides of the maritalrelationship (Each affidavit must contain the full nameand address, date and place of birth of the person makingthe affidavit, his or her relationship to the petitioner ofbeneficiary, if any, and complete information and details explaining how the person acquired his or herknowledge of your marriage); or

6. Any other relevant documentation to establish that thereis an ongoing marital union


03/12/2007 - Married to my beautiful wife

04/16/2007 - Sent I-130 to VSC via USPS Express Mail

05/12/2007 - NOA1 received by snail mail after a loooong wait

05/14/2007 - Sent I-129F for K3 to Chicago Lockbox via USPS Express Mail

10/22/2007 - I129F APPROVED (161 days), I130 APPROVED (188 days)

11/08/2007 - I129F received at NVC, embassy case number generated.

11/13/2007 - I129F forwarded to embassy.

11/18/2007 - 129F petition received at embassy

01/09/2008 - finally, DOS gives me the interview date, April 16, 2007 (ouch)

01/23/2008 - never got packet 4, emailed embassy

04/11/2008 - picked up packet 4, did medical

04/14/2008 - medical report pickup, no problems

04/16/2008 - interview date- APPROVED!!!!!

04/18/2008 - both of us are home at last, POE JFK!

05/21/2008 - sent AOS and EAD

05/27/2008 - received NOA1 for AOS and for EAD

06/02/2008 - received Biometrics appt letter

06/19/2008 - Biometrics appointment scheduled - DONE

06/19/2008 - both AOS and EAD touched because of biometrics

07/29/2008 - EAD approved.

05/13/2009 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!/ Card production ordered email

05/18/2009 - Welcome Letter received

06/12/2009 - Second card production ordered email

06/19/2009 - Approval notice send email

06/22/2009 - Green Card received

04/09/2012 - Applied for Citizenship by Express Mailing N400 to NBC

04/10/2012 - N400 received by USCIS

06/23/2012 - Biometrics appointment

07/27/2012 - Appointment scheduled for N400 interview

09/05/2012 - Interview passed, oath ceremony completed, and Naturalization certificate received.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia
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I submitted our marriage certificate and 2 affidavits from family members, nothing else and was approved right away.

Diana


CR-1

02/05/07 - I-130 sent to NSC

05/03/07 - NOA2

05/10/07 - NVC receives petition, case # assigned

08/08/07 - Case Complete

09/27/07 - Interview, visa granted

10/02/07 - POE

11/16/07 - Received green card and Welcome to America letter in the mail

Removing Conditions

07/06/09 - I-751 sent to CSC

08/14/09 - Biometrics

09/27/09 - Approved

10/01/09 - Received 10 year green card

U.S. Citizenship

03/30/11 - N-400 sent via Priority Mail w/ delivery confirmation

05/12/11 - Biometrics

07/20/11 - Interview - passed

07/20/11 - Oath ceremony - same day as interview

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