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Hi all:

I'm looking to send the I-130 packet in a couple days. The only thing I'm concerned about is how to format the packet and what types of binders/folders do you all use? What seems to work best for making it easy to read? Staples, paper clips, manila folders, or leave it loose? What have you all done in the past?

Secondly, in proving our marraige, we have several things.

1. Marraige Cert (I know it says copy, but when making a copy the certificate's background shows "void" - is that OK?)

2. Affidavit

3. We have so many emails to chose from. Do you just show the folder of all the emails with the subject line... do you send actual emails as well?

4. Boarding passes for trips together. (do you just make a copy of this?)

5. Pictures (How do you explain the picture? do you write on the back of the photo? Do you put those in a bad stapled to a paper explaining them? what's best?)

Would it be best to make copies of all of these and either put a header or footer explaining what they are looking at? I just don't want the package to look like a mess. what are the best practices to make it look clean and clear? Should there be sticky notes, tabs??

Sorry for all the questions, I'm a little nervous about sending this package and making it look good.

Thank you all for the help!

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USCIS disassembles your entire package so they can scan it, so stickies, tabs, staples, etc are really a nuisance rather than helpful.

You will get many different opinions on what to send--I am in the don't overdo it camp, but you will find others who sent the kitchen sink. We were approved quickly sending just the following:

Marriage certificate

Headings form emails--not the emails themselves

One month phone log

Six pictures (in plastic bags)

Visa stamps in passports

Joint bank account statement

Credit card statement

Different items for sure, but very little paper.

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It really doesn't make much difference--I just used a big clip to hold everything together and put it into a priority mail envelope.

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Well, we wanted to make sure that RFE won't hit us, so, we sent as many as we could. :yes:


Immigration Timeline Summary

10.21.2008 – CR-1 Visa Application Filed (By Hubby's Sec)
09.04.2009 – Visa Interview | Passed
09.10.2009 – Visa Packet Received
09.17.2009 – US Entry | Home
07.05.2011 – ROC Petition Filed
05.01.2012 – ROC Approved (No Interview)
05.18.2012 – 10-year GC Received
06.19.2012 – Eligible to apply for Naturalization
(procrastinated)
06.24.2013 – N-400 Application Filed
09.30.2013 – Civics Test / Interview | Passed
10.03.2013 – Oath Taking Ceremony | Became a USCitizen!
04.14.2014 – Applied for "Expedite Service" Passport (as PI travel date was fast approaching)
04.16.2014 – Passport Issued & Shipped
04.17.2014 – US Passport Received

Our timeline vanished into thin air.

I've contacted the admin several times but I got zero response.

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Thanks. perhaps I'm overcomplicating this; however, the instructions on the I-130 state to include "proof of 'ongoing' marital union".... should I not include pictures/email/phone logs prior to us getting married. We've only been married for a few weeks so we don't have that much proof. what are your thoughts?

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Again you will get a wide range of opinions and they are all correct. We were married exactly one month when we sent everything, and while the evidence was quite basic and included NOTHING from before we were married, we skated right thru. You will find others who validly sent a ton of stuff, sometimes going back years !! And others who were approved with nothing more than a marriage certificate.

There are no rights or wrongs--just opinions on this subject.

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I also sent very few items along with the proper civil docs and forms.

-16 photos pasted on 4 white pages, with glued on short captions at the bottom. Very short captions straight to the point.

-1 e-mail per year for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009

-like 3 flight itineraries

-one affidavit from my mother and one from my dear mother-in-law along with translation both notarized acknowledging our relationship and so on

-1 phone record for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 so 5 in total

I tried to open a bank account in the island but they gave me hell cause im a USC and I didn't have time to jump through all their hoops before coming back to us.

Thanks. perhaps I'm overcomplicating this; however, the instructions on the I-130 state to include "proof of 'ongoing' marital union".... should I not include pictures/email/phone logs prior to us getting married. We've only been married for a few weeks so we don't have that much proof. what are your thoughts?

I did, because just like you i had only been married a couple of months before petitioning :blush: ..


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Just a follow-up to the first question..

For Marriage Cert (I know it says copy, but when making a copy the certificate's background shows "void" - is that OK?)

???

I am guessing there is something etched into the original marriage passport that when it's xeroxed it show's a void watermark?

Is that what you are stating?


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I-130 Sent : 04-05-2011
I-130 NOA1 : 04-08-2011
I-130 NOA2 : 06-24-2011

NVC- (29 Days)
NVC Received : 07-25-2011

NVC Case Closed: 08-23-2011
Medical/VFS/Interview
Interview Date Recieved: 09-02-2011
Medical Completed: 09-16-2011
VFS Fees Paid and Documents Submitted: 10-21-2011
Interview: 11-10-2011

Interview Status: Approved
Visa In Hand: 11-10-2011

USA

P.O.E- Chicago, IL: 12-16-11
Recieved Welcome Letter: 01-03-2012
Received Green Card: 01-19-2012
Re-applied for SSN: 01-23-2012
Received SSN: 01-27-2012

Apply for Removal of Conditions: 09-17-13

ROC- (112 Days)

I-751 Sent (CSC): 11-22-13

Check Cashed: 11-27-13

I-751 NOA1: 11-30-13

Biometrics: 12-23-13
Case Status: Approved
Green Card Issued: 3-14-14

Green Card In Hand: 3-20-14

CITIZENSHIP

Apply For N-400: 1-28-15

Check Cashed: 02-5-15

NOA: 02-11-15

Biometrics: 03-2-15

In Line Interview: 06-10-15

Interview: 07-20-15

Interview Status: Approved

Oath Ceremony: 08-20-15

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**Marriage CERTIFICATE NOT PASSPORT SORRY! LOL!

Hmm... this is a new one to me. I will let other Filipino members chime in on this one.


USCIS- (77 Days)
I-130 Sent : 04-05-2011
I-130 NOA1 : 04-08-2011
I-130 NOA2 : 06-24-2011

NVC- (29 Days)
NVC Received : 07-25-2011

NVC Case Closed: 08-23-2011
Medical/VFS/Interview
Interview Date Recieved: 09-02-2011
Medical Completed: 09-16-2011
VFS Fees Paid and Documents Submitted: 10-21-2011
Interview: 11-10-2011

Interview Status: Approved
Visa In Hand: 11-10-2011

USA

P.O.E- Chicago, IL: 12-16-11
Recieved Welcome Letter: 01-03-2012
Received Green Card: 01-19-2012
Re-applied for SSN: 01-23-2012
Received SSN: 01-27-2012

Apply for Removal of Conditions: 09-17-13

ROC- (112 Days)

I-751 Sent (CSC): 11-22-13

Check Cashed: 11-27-13

I-751 NOA1: 11-30-13

Biometrics: 12-23-13
Case Status: Approved
Green Card Issued: 3-14-14

Green Card In Hand: 3-20-14

CITIZENSHIP

Apply For N-400: 1-28-15

Check Cashed: 02-5-15

NOA: 02-11-15

Biometrics: 03-2-15

In Line Interview: 06-10-15

Interview: 07-20-15

Interview Status: Approved

Oath Ceremony: 08-20-15

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should I not include pictures/email/phone logs prior to us getting married. We've only been married for a few weeks so we don't have that much proof. what are your thoughts?

Yes. But don't overkill the package with those items. A few of each are sufficient.


Immigration Timeline Summary

10.21.2008 – CR-1 Visa Application Filed (By Hubby's Sec)
09.04.2009 – Visa Interview | Passed
09.10.2009 – Visa Packet Received
09.17.2009 – US Entry | Home
07.05.2011 – ROC Petition Filed
05.01.2012 – ROC Approved (No Interview)
05.18.2012 – 10-year GC Received
06.19.2012 – Eligible to apply for Naturalization
(procrastinated)
06.24.2013 – N-400 Application Filed
09.30.2013 – Civics Test / Interview | Passed
10.03.2013 – Oath Taking Ceremony | Became a USCitizen!
04.14.2014 – Applied for "Expedite Service" Passport (as PI travel date was fast approaching)
04.16.2014 – Passport Issued & Shipped
04.17.2014 – US Passport Received

Our timeline vanished into thin air.

I've contacted the admin several times but I got zero response.

https://meiscookery.wordpress.com

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Just a follow-up to the first question..

For Marriage Cert (I know it says copy, but when making a copy the certificate's background shows "void" - is that OK?)

I've never heard of this "void" thing before.

I'm confused. :unsure: Coz we made several copies of our MC back in the visa process and there wasn't any "void" in it at all.


Immigration Timeline Summary

10.21.2008 – CR-1 Visa Application Filed (By Hubby's Sec)
09.04.2009 – Visa Interview | Passed
09.10.2009 – Visa Packet Received
09.17.2009 – US Entry | Home
07.05.2011 – ROC Petition Filed
05.01.2012 – ROC Approved (No Interview)
05.18.2012 – 10-year GC Received
06.19.2012 – Eligible to apply for Naturalization
(procrastinated)
06.24.2013 – N-400 Application Filed
09.30.2013 – Civics Test / Interview | Passed
10.03.2013 – Oath Taking Ceremony | Became a USCitizen!
04.14.2014 – Applied for "Expedite Service" Passport (as PI travel date was fast approaching)
04.16.2014 – Passport Issued & Shipped
04.17.2014 – US Passport Received

Our timeline vanished into thin air.

I've contacted the admin several times but I got zero response.

https://meiscookery.wordpress.com

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