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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: India

Hello everyone

My wife came to the US as a K1 fiancee. We got married and filed for AOS. We also received the greencard without any interviewing. I am done with USCIS for sometime from now. However, we will face them again for lifiting conditions procedures. I was checking the check list for all the items they need as proof. One of the items states that we have to provide them with proof of co-habitation. SO we need to give them a lease. However, my lease terms have already expired and we dont know if we will stay in the same apartment for the next 12 months. I cant renew the lease now because we may have to relocate depending on my spouses college admission. What do we do???

Sept 10th 2007 - Sent N400 For Naturalization

Sept 15th 2007 - Meet Fiancee online

December 18th 2007 - Left for india to see fiancee

Jan 1st 2008 - Engaged!!!!!!

Jan 15th 2008 - Biometrics Fingerprinted

May 20th 2008 - Naturalized Citizen

May 30th 2008 - Sent I129 F

June 4th 2008 - NOA 1 Received

July 3rd 2008 - Touched

September 6th 2008 - Left for France.

September 23rd 2008 - NOA2 Received

September 27th 2008 - Will leave for Malaysia from paris.

September 28th 2008 - Will meet fiance after 261 days!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 18th 2008 - Will return back to the US after spending 3 weeks with fiancee.

Dec 28th 2008 - Fiancee Visa approved

Jan 1st 2009 - Fiancee landed on US Soil

Jan 6th 2009 - Married

Jan 30th 2009 - Filed for AOS

May 31st 2009 - AOS Approved

NOA1 - Received on June 4th 2008

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Relax. Wherever you do end up you will likely have a lease, right?

Simply get the lease in both names. If there is a gap it wont make any difference in 2 years time.

Just try to ensure things like utility bills and marital assets etc are in both names.

Take a few photos ate various intervals of the two of you. If your digital camera can insert a date stamp even better although it obviously isn't solid proof of date.

In two years they will simply be looking for evidence that the two of you are living together and sharing things that most couples share, nothing more.

You will be fine...

AOS Application

AOS posted 5/30/2007

AOS arrived in Chicago 6/1/2007

NOA1 rcvd 6/11/2007, dated 6/6/2007

AOS/EAD/AP touched 6/10/2007

AOS/EAD/AP touched 6/11/2007

Rcvd AOS/EAD Biometrics appt. letter 6/19/2007

I130/EAD/AP touched 6/24/2007

AOS/EAD Biometrics appt. 7/6/2007

AOS/EAD touched 7/6/2007

AOS/EAD touched 7/9/2007

AP touched 8/14/2007

AP touched 8/15/2007

AP touched 8/16/2007

EAD approved 8/20 EAD Approved

Rcvd AP in post 8/22/2007 AP Approved

AOS Interview 9/26/2007

AOS Approved 9/26/2007

I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence

I-751 mailed 07/06/09

I-751 arrived VSC 07/07/09

NOA1 dated 07/07/09

Biometrics 08/13/0

I-751 Approval 12/10/09 I-751 Approved

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: India

I agree with what wexford65 said above. We are in the same situation as you. The one year required lease was up and we have been renting month to month for over a year now. I saved the rental receipts they gave us when we paid the rent (with both names on it) and sent some of them in for Removing Conditions. I also sent a few canceled checks and money orders showing our names and address and the name and address of the apartment complex (proving we were indeed living there together and paying the rent each month). Not only that, I also got the apartment manager to write an affidavit stating how long we had been there, how we are both living there and how she sees us often, etc. :yes:

***Nagaraju & Eileen***
K1 (Fiance Visa)
Oct 18, 2006: NOA1
Feb 8, 2007: NOA2
April 13, 2007: INTERVIEW in Chennai -Approved
May 25, 2007: USA Arrival! EAD at JFK
June 15, 2007: Married
AOS (Adjustment of Status)
June 21, 2007: AOS/EAD Submitted
Sept 18, 2007: AOS Interview - APPROVED!!
ROC (Removing of Conditions)
June 23, 2009: Sent in I-751 packet
Sept 11, 2009: APPROVED!!
Sept 18, 2009: Received 10-year Green Card!

July 15, 2010: Sent N-400 packet
July 23, 2010: NOA Notice date
Oct 15, 2010: Citizenship Interview - Passed!
Nov 15, 2010: Oath Ceremony in Fresno, CA
Nov 24, 2010: Did SSN and Applied for Passport
Dec 6, 2010: Passport Arrives
Dec 7, 2010: Sent for Indian Passport Surrender Certificate
Dec 27, 2010: Surrender Certificate Arrives
Jan 3, 2011: Sent for Overseas Citizenship of India Card
March 1, 2011: Received OCI card!


Feb 2015:​ Found out he was cheating (prostitutes / escorts)

​May 2015: Divorce Final

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Fact is, you have two years to gather evidence and it's great that you are thinking ahead at this point. If you simply type in "evidence" or "list of evidence" in the search function, you will see what many many members sent in. Take a look at that so that you can plan accordingly. Many members aren't on a shared lease or mortgage and get approved - there are other ways of proving co-habitation. Just make sure you have a evidence ranging the span of your conditional green card/marriage. From what I understand, what USCIS really likes to see is financial co-mingling too.


Full timeline can be seen in my profile

PAST - From K-1 to Citizenship (a love story)
K-1: Aug 12, 2006 to Jan 17, 2007 - mailed I-129F
AOS: Feb 26, 2007 - Jul 26, 2007
REMOVING CONDITIONS: May 4, 2009 - Oct 3, 2009
CITIZENSHIP: Nov 27, 2012 - May 9, 2013

Note: I immigrated from Canada, not T&T - the timeline is reflective of this.

PRESENT - IR-5 Story (reuniting a family)
I-130 for Parents - 2013
Aug ?? - mailed I-130 packages for both mother and father
Sept 10 - NOA1 date
Sept 16 - NOA1s received


Feb 25 - got emails saying that the cases had been transferred to another office for processing

Feb 26 - got emails saying that the cases have been transferred to my local office for processing

Feb 28 - got emails saying that the cases have been transferred and are being processed

Mar 17 - got email, attached to one case number only, saying that my A number was changed relating to the I-130 filing

Mar 18 - got emails saying that the petitions are approved smile.png

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Filed: Other Timeline

When I rented a house almost 10 years back, I--for obvious reasons--didn't brag to my landlord that I was out of status. Who would?

Years later, when I got married and my newly-wed wife eventually moved in, I did't change the lease in order to put both of our names on it. I at some point wrote a letter, informing the landlord that I got married, at which point he asked for my wife's name, DOB, SSN, and cell phone number. That's it.

For that reason I also did not produce a house lease in both our names when submitting the original AOS, nor when sending the I-751. If the IO in charge wonders about the lease and really asks for it, I'll explain, truthfully. Otherwise, there are plenty of other documents that can prove you are living together as husband and wife when the time comes to get the conditions lifted.

I maintain, if a marriage is real, there's nothing to be fearful about. It's not about who has the most documentation or the biggest folder; it's about showing that the reasons they approved your intial request by issuing a GC still exist. If you are still happily married two years from now, don't lose sleep over some lease papers.

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

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Our apartment is solely in my name. I submitted bank statements for every three months spanning the two years, from our joint checking account, a tax return, correspondence from the IRS, one photo, two emails, a greeting card sent to both of us, cellphone bills and an electricity bill.

Simply make sure that you have evidence that shows sharing of finances or assets. There is no single item that is mandatory (people seem to think that affidavits are so important) but USCIS looks at it all collectively.

02-18-2009 - I-751 filed (Removal of Conditions)

02-20-2009 - NOA1

03-20-2009 - Biometrics Appointment

03-23-2009 - Touched

06-22-2009 - Removal of Conditions approved (via USPS)

07-01-2009 - Email from USCIS advising of approval

07-06-2009 - Received 10-yr Permanent Resident Card

02-18-2010 - Eligible to file for naturalization


Disclaimer! Any advice I give is purely informal, and is not legal advice.

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Our apartment is solely in my name. I submitted bank statements for every three months spanning the two years, from our joint checking account, a tax return, correspondence from the IRS, one photo, two emails, a greeting card sent to both of us, cellphone bills and an electricity bill.

Thanks for this. My wife is the sole name on the mortgage (since she's had it a good ten years or more). We have looked into adding me to it but realised it would be a bad idea for three very strong reasons. One, it's prohibitively expensive (we're talking a four figure number + a renegotiation of the interest rate based on my credit history which is obviously very short). Two, we were warned that it would probably harm my credit rating because my wife's is erm... not that great. And lastly, it was pointed out to us by the mortgage company that if we ever wanted a second mortgage in the future for example on a second property, me having no existing mortgage to my name would be very advantageous. So, we're not going to do that to ourselves just for the benefit of one piece of evidence for USCIS at ROC time

Honestly, I would that the result of the adjudicator feeling the supplied evidence wasn't sufficient would simply be a request for interview rather than a denial.

Adjustment of Status from K-1 (Very abridged version)

05/20/08 - POE: Chicago O'Hare

07/18/08 - Married

08/30/08 - I-485/I-765 mailed...

03/17/09 - Card production ordered (no notification received!)

03/26/09 - Green card received (196 days)

Removal of Conditions

02/15/11 - I-751 mailed to VSC...

02/22/11 - NOA1 (received 03/03/11)

04/04/11 - Biometrics appt (notice received 03/19/11)

08/22/11 - * * * t u m b l e w e e d s * * * (T+6 months and counting)

09/20/11 - Service Request #1

10/26/11 - Service Request #2

11/29/11 - Interview @ Atlanta Field Office - Approved & I-551 stamped

12/07/11 - Card production ordered

12/10/11 - Green card received (293 days)

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