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What are the most common mistakes made on !-129f's?

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Someone told me that every continuation page attached to the I-129f had to be 'signed', and that the 'statements of intent to marry' had to be notarized. I guess I should have found this site before I sent in my application. I have gone over the checklist and I submitted everything on it, and more...

One time I called USCIS and got a very helpful person, he basically told me that how strict the guidelines are going to be enfored depends on the person who processes the application. Another time I called with questions the person basically told me they could not help me at all, just read the directions and do as they say.

If in fact I did need to sign every continuation page, (such as an address that would not fit in the space provided), what will they do?

If I discover something that I missed, or want to supplement my I-129f, can I do that now or do I have to wait?

I was looking for a list of common mistakes made on visa applications, and didn't find anything. When USCIS sends out a request for addtional evidence, is that usually because the application was in some way incomplete?

Bill


I-129f Journey:

2006-07-17 I-129F sent to CSC

2006-07-24 NOA1 (received)

2006-10-05 RFE (received)

2006-10-06 RFE (returned to CSC)

2006-10-23 NOA2

2007-01-29 Visa Approved!

2007-02-17 Ceremony in Thailand

2007-02-21 POE LAX - Fiance and her daughter enter the USA together, Easy-Peasy!

2007-03-05 Wedding in USA

AOS Journey:

2007-06-07 AOS for spouse and daughter sent

2007-06-16 NOA's arrive, (issued on the 13th)

2007-07-05 Biometrics

2007-07-13 Received RFE (Mailed on July 3rd)

2007-08-06 Returned RFE

2007-10-16 Interview date

2007-10-27 Green Cards Received!

ROC (I-751) Journey:

2009-07-24 Joint I-751 for spouse and daughter sent

2009-08-03 Received NOA1 dated 7/27/09

2009-08-03 Received Receipt and one year extension for wife

2009-08-03 Received "Verification Of Incusion Of A Dependent" for step-daughter

2009-08-27 Biometrics

2009-11-13 Green Cards Received

Citizenship Journey:

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IF your application is incomplete: forgetting to sign something, not including a document that is needed, leaving something incomplete...

then you will get an RFE and they will ask you to complete what is needed and you will send it back and they will continue working on your case and that's it!

Good luck

Sarah

ps. I do believe that the continuation letter is supposed to be signed, and the letter of intent to marry can be notarized, I know some people just sign it (I had mine notarized). It depends on how ####### the person is looking at your case.

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Here you'll find a list of RFE's that may be useful: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4725

Some people have tried to correct their mistakes before getting RFE's but from what I remember, they did get RFE's anyway.

Good luck!


I only offer advice - not even legal. Just the plain and simple kind.

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Our letter of intent was not notarized and we had no difficulties. Good luck.


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Nowhere in the instructions does it say the letter of intent has to be notarized.

You're right, they don't even ask for it to be notarized on the I129f instructions. But if one wants to, there's no harm in that. We've sent ours without notarizing them and we had no problems.


I only offer advice - not even legal. Just the plain and simple kind.

Timeline (incompleta)

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Nowhere in the instructions does it say the letter of intent has to be notarized.

You're right, they don't even ask for it to be notarized on the I129f instructions. But if one wants to, there's no harm in that. We've sent ours without notarizing them and we had no problems.

Yeah, I had a friend of mine that had EVERYTHING notarized with his fiance. He explained that it was one easy way for him to prove the two had met within the last year. It makes sense, but it was a little overkill.

His petition did get approved and they got married last week in Texas. His new bride called me yesterday to tell me what a good time she had been having. She's even learning to drive. :help:

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I wouldn't stress too much about the worries you mentioned. Also, at this point with it already sent in, I think there's not much you could do even if you discovered a problem, so sit back, try not to worry too much and start getting your fiance ready for the next steps. If a problem arises, you'll have to deal with it then, but hopefully you will be just fine


Timeline:

11-15-2005: Sent in I-129F to VSC

11-21-2005: NOA1

11-29-2005: NOA2

12-05-2005: NVC recieved

12-17-2005: Packet 3 received from Dublin

1-11-2006: Sent packet 3 forms, etc. to Dublin

2-03-2006: Interview Date :)APPROVED!!!

2-05-2006: Flying to Logan Airport

2-11-2006: Wedding Date

3-14-2006: Filed AOS and EAD

3-22-2006: NOA1 (AOS and EAD)

4-07-2006: Biometrics

6-07-2006: EAD approved!!

7-24-2006: AOS Interview APPROVED!!!

7-27-2006: Received Welcome to America letter

8-03-2006: Green Card Received :)

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We didn't notarize our letters of intent, just signed them. We were approved just fine.


(Puerto Rico) Luis & Laura (Brazil) K1 JOURNEY
04/11/2006 - Filed I-129F.
09/29/2006 - Visa in hand!

10/15/2006 - POE San Juan
11/15/2006 - MARRIAGE

AOS JOURNEY
01/05/2007 - AOS sent to Chicago.
03/26/2007 - Green Card in hand!

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS JOURNEY
01/26/2009 - Filed I-751.
06/22/2009 - Green Card in hand!

NATURALIZATION JOURNEY
06/26/2014 - N-400 sent to Nebraska
07/02/2014 - NOA
07/24/2014 - Biometrics
10/24/2014 - Interview (approved)

01/16/2015 - Oath Ceremony


*View Complete Timeline

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Thanks everyone, from what I've been able to gather, most requests for additional information involve evidence that the relationship exists, I sent copies of airline tickets for two trips I made to Thailand, hotel receipts, 2 photos of us together for each trip, a copy of a chat log chosing a day from each of the past 9 months, receipts for flowers and gifts, copies of emails, and a copy of my receipt for her diamond engagement ring, and a long letter telling how we met and fell in love... hopefully that's enough!

Bill


I-129f Journey:

2006-07-17 I-129F sent to CSC

2006-07-24 NOA1 (received)

2006-10-05 RFE (received)

2006-10-06 RFE (returned to CSC)

2006-10-23 NOA2

2007-01-29 Visa Approved!

2007-02-17 Ceremony in Thailand

2007-02-21 POE LAX - Fiance and her daughter enter the USA together, Easy-Peasy!

2007-03-05 Wedding in USA

AOS Journey:

2007-06-07 AOS for spouse and daughter sent

2007-06-16 NOA's arrive, (issued on the 13th)

2007-07-05 Biometrics

2007-07-13 Received RFE (Mailed on July 3rd)

2007-08-06 Returned RFE

2007-10-16 Interview date

2007-10-27 Green Cards Received!

ROC (I-751) Journey:

2009-07-24 Joint I-751 for spouse and daughter sent

2009-08-03 Received NOA1 dated 7/27/09

2009-08-03 Received Receipt and one year extension for wife

2009-08-03 Received "Verification Of Incusion Of A Dependent" for step-daughter

2009-08-27 Biometrics

2009-11-13 Green Cards Received

Citizenship Journey:

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Thanks everyone, from what I've been able to gather, most requests for additional information involve evidence that the relationship exists, I sent copies of airline tickets for two trips I made to Thailand, hotel receipts, 2 photos of us together for each trip, a copy of a chat log chosing a day from each of the past 9 months, receipts for flowers and gifts, copies of emails, and a copy of my receipt for her diamond engagement ring, and a long letter telling how we met and fell in love... hopefully that's enough!

Bill

To file for a K1, you have to submit evidence that you've met your fiance within the last 2 years. Visa stamps, tickets, credit card receipts, hotel receipts, pictures showing you guys together should suffice.

A different thing is to prove you have a relationship - that you'll have to do at the interview. So, I guess the RFE's are related to submitting extra evidence on having met, rather than being on a relationship. That's when the phone bills, e-mails, chat logs, etc. come into play.


I only offer advice - not even legal. Just the plain and simple kind.

Timeline (incompleta)

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