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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Jamaica
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Does the affidavit have to be notarized?


Mother and MIL

02-13-2013 - I-130
02-21-2013 - NOA1
10-21-2013 - Sent to another office
10-23-2013 - Sent to NSC (60 days the most to approval) (praying)
11-13-2013 - NOA2. Approved!!!!!!??????

11-19-2013 - NOA2 hardcopy receved

NVC
11-18-2013 - Shipped to NVC

12-09-2013 - Received by NVC

12-23-2013 - Entered in system

01-07-2014 - DS-261 completed online

01-08-2014 - AOS paid

01-16-2014 - Expedite service requested

01-19-2014 - Paid IV bill

01-23-2014 - NVC requested phone number for applicant to complete expedite request

01-23-2014 - IV paid

01-30-2014 - Expedite request approved (awaiting email instructions)

02-03-2014 - Expedite approval received in the mail

02-04-2014 - AOS and IV package sent to supervisor (MIL's sent for regular processing)

02-06-2014 - Package received and signed for at NVC

02-10-2014 - Called NVC and was told I-864A not signed by me

02-12-2014 - Signed I-864A sent

02-24-2014 - Case complete for mom per NVC rep

02-27-2014 - Case shipped to Kingston

03-01-2014 - Hard copy of transfer received

03-04-2014 - Interview scheduled over phone by consulate

03-06-2014 - Packet 4 shipped per consulate

03-21-2014 - Medical done

04-04-2014 - Interview passed

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We didn't notarize them. We sent ORIGINALS of the affidavits with the writers of the affidavits signing:

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.

Sincerely,


USC

11/10/2007 married

12/17/2007 I-130 1-485 submitted

9/4/2008 AOS interview

1/29/2009 GC

12/15/2010 I-751 sent

5/7/2011 ROC approved

5/11/2011 email stating card production ordered

5/13/2011 approval letter received in mail

5/13/2011 GC sent to wrong address due to system error

5/16/2011 service request opened

5/16/2011 usps tracking number shows card undeliverable

6/13/2011 GC returned to VSC

6/15/2011 case status update shows card was mailed out to correct address

6/17/2011 GC received in mail

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Thailand
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I am in disagreement here with many who state that an affidavit does not need to be notarized. The instructions for I-751 do call these affidavits and by my understanding of the definition of an affidavit is a "sworn statement of fact" witnessed by someone legally eligible to take oaths. I am not an attorney so my definition might be outdated, but to me an affidavit will require notarization. Notaries are fairly cheap and easy to find. So my recommendation is to be safe and get them notarized.

Cheers,

Alvin


“A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.”

~George Jean Nathan~

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Jamaica
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We didn't notarize them. We sent ORIGINALS of the affidavits with the writers of the affidavits signing:

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.

Sincerely,

Thank you so much!!


Mother and MIL

02-13-2013 - I-130
02-21-2013 - NOA1
10-21-2013 - Sent to another office
10-23-2013 - Sent to NSC (60 days the most to approval) (praying)
11-13-2013 - NOA2. Approved!!!!!!??????

11-19-2013 - NOA2 hardcopy receved

NVC
11-18-2013 - Shipped to NVC

12-09-2013 - Received by NVC

12-23-2013 - Entered in system

01-07-2014 - DS-261 completed online

01-08-2014 - AOS paid

01-16-2014 - Expedite service requested

01-19-2014 - Paid IV bill

01-23-2014 - NVC requested phone number for applicant to complete expedite request

01-23-2014 - IV paid

01-30-2014 - Expedite request approved (awaiting email instructions)

02-03-2014 - Expedite approval received in the mail

02-04-2014 - AOS and IV package sent to supervisor (MIL's sent for regular processing)

02-06-2014 - Package received and signed for at NVC

02-10-2014 - Called NVC and was told I-864A not signed by me

02-12-2014 - Signed I-864A sent

02-24-2014 - Case complete for mom per NVC rep

02-27-2014 - Case shipped to Kingston

03-01-2014 - Hard copy of transfer received

03-04-2014 - Interview scheduled over phone by consulate

03-06-2014 - Packet 4 shipped per consulate

03-21-2014 - Medical done

04-04-2014 - Interview passed

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I am in disagreement here with many who state that an affidavit does not need to be notarized. The instructions for I-751 do call these affidavits and by my understanding of the definition of an affidavit is a "sworn statement of fact" witnessed by someone legally eligible to take oaths. I am not an attorney so my definition might be outdated, but to me an affidavit will require notarization. Notaries are fairly cheap and easy to find. So my recommendation is to be safe and get them notarized.

Cheers,

Alvin

That may be the case, I don't discount that. I'm just saying I didn't do this for ours. Perhaps they didn't need the affidavits as supporting evidence in our case and the approval wasn't based on them and disregarded whether notarized or not.

I suppose I could give better advice and that would be if you're lacking in anything on the list to get them notarized kerran. I'm only saying what we did.


USC

11/10/2007 married

12/17/2007 I-130 1-485 submitted

9/4/2008 AOS interview

1/29/2009 GC

12/15/2010 I-751 sent

5/7/2011 ROC approved

5/11/2011 email stating card production ordered

5/13/2011 approval letter received in mail

5/13/2011 GC sent to wrong address due to system error

5/16/2011 service request opened

5/16/2011 usps tracking number shows card undeliverable

6/13/2011 GC returned to VSC

6/15/2011 case status update shows card was mailed out to correct address

6/17/2011 GC received in mail

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Jamaica
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It says...Affidavit sworn to or affirmed by at least two people who have know both of you since your CR was granted and have personal knowledge of your marriage and relationship... I took that to mean the writers, since whoever would be notarizing it doesn't know you and know of your relationship.


Mother and MIL

02-13-2013 - I-130
02-21-2013 - NOA1
10-21-2013 - Sent to another office
10-23-2013 - Sent to NSC (60 days the most to approval) (praying)
11-13-2013 - NOA2. Approved!!!!!!??????

11-19-2013 - NOA2 hardcopy receved

NVC
11-18-2013 - Shipped to NVC

12-09-2013 - Received by NVC

12-23-2013 - Entered in system

01-07-2014 - DS-261 completed online

01-08-2014 - AOS paid

01-16-2014 - Expedite service requested

01-19-2014 - Paid IV bill

01-23-2014 - NVC requested phone number for applicant to complete expedite request

01-23-2014 - IV paid

01-30-2014 - Expedite request approved (awaiting email instructions)

02-03-2014 - Expedite approval received in the mail

02-04-2014 - AOS and IV package sent to supervisor (MIL's sent for regular processing)

02-06-2014 - Package received and signed for at NVC

02-10-2014 - Called NVC and was told I-864A not signed by me

02-12-2014 - Signed I-864A sent

02-24-2014 - Case complete for mom per NVC rep

02-27-2014 - Case shipped to Kingston

03-01-2014 - Hard copy of transfer received

03-04-2014 - Interview scheduled over phone by consulate

03-06-2014 - Packet 4 shipped per consulate

03-21-2014 - Medical done

04-04-2014 - Interview passed

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Yes,to get them notarized, you take the writers of the affidavits to a notary public and they swear in front of the notary public who puts their stamp on the affidavit.


USC

11/10/2007 married

12/17/2007 I-130 1-485 submitted

9/4/2008 AOS interview

1/29/2009 GC

12/15/2010 I-751 sent

5/7/2011 ROC approved

5/11/2011 email stating card production ordered

5/13/2011 approval letter received in mail

5/13/2011 GC sent to wrong address due to system error

5/16/2011 service request opened

5/16/2011 usps tracking number shows card undeliverable

6/13/2011 GC returned to VSC

6/15/2011 case status update shows card was mailed out to correct address

6/17/2011 GC received in mail

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Jamaica
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Thanks for the replies (:


Mother and MIL

02-13-2013 - I-130
02-21-2013 - NOA1
10-21-2013 - Sent to another office
10-23-2013 - Sent to NSC (60 days the most to approval) (praying)
11-13-2013 - NOA2. Approved!!!!!!??????

11-19-2013 - NOA2 hardcopy receved

NVC
11-18-2013 - Shipped to NVC

12-09-2013 - Received by NVC

12-23-2013 - Entered in system

01-07-2014 - DS-261 completed online

01-08-2014 - AOS paid

01-16-2014 - Expedite service requested

01-19-2014 - Paid IV bill

01-23-2014 - NVC requested phone number for applicant to complete expedite request

01-23-2014 - IV paid

01-30-2014 - Expedite request approved (awaiting email instructions)

02-03-2014 - Expedite approval received in the mail

02-04-2014 - AOS and IV package sent to supervisor (MIL's sent for regular processing)

02-06-2014 - Package received and signed for at NVC

02-10-2014 - Called NVC and was told I-864A not signed by me

02-12-2014 - Signed I-864A sent

02-24-2014 - Case complete for mom per NVC rep

02-27-2014 - Case shipped to Kingston

03-01-2014 - Hard copy of transfer received

03-04-2014 - Interview scheduled over phone by consulate

03-06-2014 - Packet 4 shipped per consulate

03-21-2014 - Medical done

04-04-2014 - Interview passed

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Thailand
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That may be the case, I don't discount that. I'm just saying I didn't do this for ours. Perhaps they didn't need the affidavits as supporting evidence in our case and the approval wasn't based on them and disregarded whether notarized or not.

I think that goes back to the debate if they put much bearing at all on these affidavits whether notarized or not. If evidence is lacking those might be the last ditch effort before an RFE. After reading other situations I am beginning to feel I should have skipped sending affidavits as waiting on those added 3 weeks to getting my I-751 out. headbonk.gif But who knows...I am still waiting on bio apt......

Cheers,

Alvin


“A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.”

~George Jean Nathan~

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I agree. I think I probably sent a bunch of unnecessary things. I was second guessing some of the things I sent like cards from relatives and receipts for things purchased together. If you have things owned together...car titles, joint taxes, joint utilities or bills in either name at the same address, Driver's licenses bearing the same address, deeds or leases in both names and other joint evidence such as health insurance, life insurance, financial co-mingling I think a lot of the other stuff is probably just overkill.

You're still waiting on your bio? When did you file?


USC

11/10/2007 married

12/17/2007 I-130 1-485 submitted

9/4/2008 AOS interview

1/29/2009 GC

12/15/2010 I-751 sent

5/7/2011 ROC approved

5/11/2011 email stating card production ordered

5/13/2011 approval letter received in mail

5/13/2011 GC sent to wrong address due to system error

5/16/2011 service request opened

5/16/2011 usps tracking number shows card undeliverable

6/13/2011 GC returned to VSC

6/15/2011 case status update shows card was mailed out to correct address

6/17/2011 GC received in mail

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Jamaica
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Should they put the address on top or just put "To whom it may concern"


Mother and MIL

02-13-2013 - I-130
02-21-2013 - NOA1
10-21-2013 - Sent to another office
10-23-2013 - Sent to NSC (60 days the most to approval) (praying)
11-13-2013 - NOA2. Approved!!!!!!??????

11-19-2013 - NOA2 hardcopy receved

NVC
11-18-2013 - Shipped to NVC

12-09-2013 - Received by NVC

12-23-2013 - Entered in system

01-07-2014 - DS-261 completed online

01-08-2014 - AOS paid

01-16-2014 - Expedite service requested

01-19-2014 - Paid IV bill

01-23-2014 - NVC requested phone number for applicant to complete expedite request

01-23-2014 - IV paid

01-30-2014 - Expedite request approved (awaiting email instructions)

02-03-2014 - Expedite approval received in the mail

02-04-2014 - AOS and IV package sent to supervisor (MIL's sent for regular processing)

02-06-2014 - Package received and signed for at NVC

02-10-2014 - Called NVC and was told I-864A not signed by me

02-12-2014 - Signed I-864A sent

02-24-2014 - Case complete for mom per NVC rep

02-27-2014 - Case shipped to Kingston

03-01-2014 - Hard copy of transfer received

03-04-2014 - Interview scheduled over phone by consulate

03-06-2014 - Packet 4 shipped per consulate

03-21-2014 - Medical done

04-04-2014 - Interview passed

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You're still waiting on your bio? When did you file?

May 19, and according to the May filers thread we should be out in the next batch. We have just had such a fast and easy visa process I am just waiting for a "plop" to slow us down....laughing.gif


“A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.”

~George Jean Nathan~

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This is how we did the affidavits. I'll emphasize this is just our case, each case is different and people do things differently.

United States Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Vermont Service Center

75 Lower Weldon St.

Saint Albans, VT 05479

Sworn affidavit writer's full name

Sword affidavit writer's address & telephone number

D.O.B.: XXXXXX

Place of Birth: XXXXXX

Date

Dear Sir or Madam:

(Their written knowledge of you as a married couple. When they met you, how often they see you, activities you do together, their observation of yours being a bona fide marriage...)

Thank you for the opportunity to share this information with you. If you should have any questions please contact me.

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.

Sincerely,

(sign & date in ink here)

X name goes here

Edited by simel1110

USC

11/10/2007 married

12/17/2007 I-130 1-485 submitted

9/4/2008 AOS interview

1/29/2009 GC

12/15/2010 I-751 sent

5/7/2011 ROC approved

5/11/2011 email stating card production ordered

5/13/2011 approval letter received in mail

5/13/2011 GC sent to wrong address due to system error

5/16/2011 service request opened

5/16/2011 usps tracking number shows card undeliverable

6/13/2011 GC returned to VSC

6/15/2011 case status update shows card was mailed out to correct address

6/17/2011 GC received in mail

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May 19, and according to the May filers thread we should be out in the next batch. We have just had such a fast and easy visa process I am just waiting for a "plop" to slow us down....laughing.gif

We filed in December. Receipt notice 12/17/2020 got the bio notice dated 1/04/2011...

It'll be soon & good luck!


USC

11/10/2007 married

12/17/2007 I-130 1-485 submitted

9/4/2008 AOS interview

1/29/2009 GC

12/15/2010 I-751 sent

5/7/2011 ROC approved

5/11/2011 email stating card production ordered

5/13/2011 approval letter received in mail

5/13/2011 GC sent to wrong address due to system error

5/16/2011 service request opened

5/16/2011 usps tracking number shows card undeliverable

6/13/2011 GC returned to VSC

6/15/2011 case status update shows card was mailed out to correct address

6/17/2011 GC received in mail

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Should they put the address on top or just put "To whom it may concern"

I left that up to the person writing the affidavit, and not sure of the importance of the salutation. On one of mine they addressed it "Dear USCIS" and the other used "To Whom it May Concern" I provided them with the address and the basics of what I need and let them run with it.

Cheers,


“A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.”

~George Jean Nathan~

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