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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Mexico

Hi everyone,

I just have a question on how to present our evidence of a bonafide marriage at the interview?

We have quite a lot, we've been together almost 5 years and have 2 kids...

Pictures are around 100, then we also have affidavits, money receipts, phone logs, emails, chatlogs, etc.

Now, we are thinking on putting this together in a binder... I'm guessing it will be big.

My question is if we should better have two smaller binders?

I think it's all about the presentation, but we would like it to look neat :)

For the ones that already had their interviews, how would it be better?

What do you recommend?

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If you've been married for five years and have two kids, chances are the consular will not be interested in seeing multiple albums. I would put together one album that sorta tells the story of you two together. Have a pic that shows how you spent time before you got married, your wedding photos, new born babies, family visits, vacations, and now.

you can also put together 10 good emails or so but no need to be hauling 100000 pages to the embassy.

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04/26/2010--Filed our marriage certificate in Seoul, S.Korea

04/30/2010--Wedding ceremony in Seoul, S.Korea



10/22/2010--Touched (crossing fingers)

10/21/2010--NOA2 (not updated online didn't know about it until 10/26)

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10/28/2010--Case# assigned/Gave them both of our emails. Emailed DS3032

11/09/2010--AOS invoice generated online

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11/17/2010--IV Bill invoice generated and paid. (in process now)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Mexico

CDJ doesn't typically require a ton of evidence, but since you already have it together, why not take it with you !! One thing to thinkk about is that if you have a massive folder and they want to see it, it probably won't fit through the slot in the window, so you are better off to break it down into 2 - 3 smaller folders !!!

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When I do mine, I am bringing every ounce of evidence I can dig up. I would rather have too much than not enough! :)

03/26/2010 - Got married

06/28/2010 - Left for Indonesia

06/29/2010 - Arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia and drove to Tasikmalaya

05/25/2011 - Set up an appointment for my sons registration of overseas birth for June 20th

05/28/2011 - Filled out and printed all documents needed (I think). Didn't sign any of them since some don't need signed until you are told to sign. Neatly organized them in folders.

06/05/2011 - The Embassy advised us that they will "pend" my wife's I-130, so we can file 1 year prior to departure to avoid mailing to Chicago.

06/20/2011 - Filed my wife's I-130 at the Consular in Jakarta (1 year pending from here).

04/09/2012 - Emailed embassy to start I-130 process.

04/10/2012 - Received email to collect documents for IV and call to schedule an interview

04/11/2012 - Scheduled medical exam for June 4, 2012

To be continued...




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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Mexico

Someone recommended to call the consulate if whether I was going to be allowed a big binder (becuase of the big metal rings)or small binders would be enough.

So I called (took a while) and the operator said that it needs be presented in folders in case they ask, to be able to fit through the window.

Thanks guys for your input, it really helps!

It's so nice you be part of VJ!

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