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Hi.

I just got married 3 days ago in Japan and getting ready to submit our I-130.

I live in Japan and my husband lives in New York. He is a USC.

He is visiting Japan for the marriage and going back to US next week.

I have some questions about the evidence of bona fides marriage.

We have been a couple over 5years, but never lived together so we don't have anything like joint account.

Also we are planing to have a wedding after i move to US, so we don't have photos of wedding...

All we can provide are Photos of us together, letters to each other, E-mails, Plane tickets, and Passport stamps.

Is it going to be ok ?

Im really worried ...

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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All we can provide are Photos of us together, letters to each other, E-mails, Plane tickets, and Passport stamps.

Is it going to be ok ?

Since that is all you have, it will be ok to submit that. USCIS understands that people who live in different countries are not going to have things such as joint accounts.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Filed: Timeline

Since that is all you have, it will be ok to submit that. USCIS understands that people who live in different countries are not going to have things such as joint accounts.

I agree with Ryan H. It may be helpful to include copies of boarding passes, airline ticket receipts, money transfer receipts (Money Gram or Western Union).

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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Congrats! newly weds :dancing:

Did you take lots of photos when you got married?

Take photos while you are together.

These and your marriage certificate and other things that others posted should be enough for bona fide marriage.

Good luck :thumbs:


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January 11, 2010: Medical submitted at VFS. They asked for: Copy of Packet 3, Appointment letter, and Passport. They told her to take a copy of I-864 and the documents submitted with it, at the time of interview with other proof of relationship documents.
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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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You can have a family friend (with his/her complete details and address) file an affidavit that they have knowledge of your wedding with details (marriage date, place, your spouses name and birth date, time since they know you etc.).. and have this affidavit send to USCIS. This is one of the forms USCIS accepts as proff of relationship

Reference: http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide1 (check "Evidence of a Bonafide Marriage" on this page)

Note: I remember reading somewhere one should not provide photographs etc. Providing extra stuff to USCIS may confuse them. I am not too sure about photographs however. I'd suggest you to research more on this.


USCIS (96 Days)

Apr 4, 2011: I-130 sent

Apr 7, 2011: NOA1

Jul 12, 2011: Case approved (checked USCIS case status)

Jul 18, 2011: NOA2 hard copy received

NVC (31 Days)

Aug 1, 2011 : NVC Received

Aug 18, 2011: NVC Case and IIN Number generated

Aug 18, 2011: DS-3032 Email sent by Beneficiary

Aug 18, 2011: I was able to sign in to Payment portal

Aug 19, 2011: Sign In Failure 1, Invoices Being Produced

Aug 22, 2011: DS-3032 Accepted

Aug 22, 2011: AOS Invoice Generated and Paid Online Status "In Process"

Aug 23, 2011: IV Invoice Generated and Paid Online Status "In Process"

Aug 24, 2011: AOS Fee Status "Paid"

Aug 25, 2011: IV Fee Status "Paid"

Aug 26, 2011: Mailed AOS and IV Packages together

Sept 1, 2011 : Case Completed !!

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Note: I remember reading somewhere one should not provide photographs etc. Providing extra stuff to USCIS may confuse them. I am not too sure about photographs however. I'd suggest you to research more on this.

Whoever wrote what you are citing here is completely off base. :bonk:

OP: Send photographs and don't worry about "sending too much stuff." The file I sent has been described (accurately) as a phone book.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Note: I remember reading somewhere one should not provide photographs etc. Providing extra stuff to USCIS may confuse them. I am not too sure about photographs however. I'd suggest you to research more on this.

Oh my! :o

the only way I can think this might be marginally correct is if you are thinking of an RFE. When an RFE is generated, it is advisable to only send in the requested documnetation and not overload the response with unnecessary evidence.

However, when filing the original petition, pictures are, of course, ok...not only ok but advisable

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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while it will seem impossible for the USCitizen petitioner to get JOINT BANK ACCOUNT created in USA,

HE can get you added on his utility statements, utility bills, once he's back in the USA.

I'd suggest he start that when he gets back to USA, then get 'the next statement' in his hands, showing both names, then send off the I-130 with that additional evidence.

It is exceptionally difficult to show much things asked for in the instructions, right after the marriage and when the two spouses are seperated by a continent.

If YOU have any life insurance, suggest YOU get him added as a beneficiary or payable on death instructions, include that with the I-130 submittal. He can do the same once he's back in the USA on any life insurance policies he has.

Here's what I compiled, ages past - http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=218775&st=0&p=3324240&hl=Rusticentry3324240

It took me a billing cycle's worth of time to have both names show up on the utility statements (usually within a month)


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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Whoever wrote what you are citing here is completely off base. :bonk:

OP: Send photographs and don't worry about "sending too much stuff." The file I sent has been described (accurately) as a phone book.

well.. i only wrote what i remember reading somewhere.. hence said I'm not sure...

anyway.. i got mine approved w/o photographs ... kicking.gif

good luck to all others waiting for I-130 approval ..


USCIS (96 Days)

Apr 4, 2011: I-130 sent

Apr 7, 2011: NOA1

Jul 12, 2011: Case approved (checked USCIS case status)

Jul 18, 2011: NOA2 hard copy received

NVC (31 Days)

Aug 1, 2011 : NVC Received

Aug 18, 2011: NVC Case and IIN Number generated

Aug 18, 2011: DS-3032 Email sent by Beneficiary

Aug 18, 2011: I was able to sign in to Payment portal

Aug 19, 2011: Sign In Failure 1, Invoices Being Produced

Aug 22, 2011: DS-3032 Accepted

Aug 22, 2011: AOS Invoice Generated and Paid Online Status "In Process"

Aug 23, 2011: IV Invoice Generated and Paid Online Status "In Process"

Aug 24, 2011: AOS Fee Status "Paid"

Aug 25, 2011: IV Fee Status "Paid"

Aug 26, 2011: Mailed AOS and IV Packages together

Sept 1, 2011 : Case Completed !!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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I'm just about ready to send out my I-130.

Only thing I'm missing is an affidavit from my uncle, the only person in my family who was a witness of my marriage to my wife in Mexico. My question is, can I send my I-130 out now, and then later send my uncle's affidavit (as its going to take him a while to send this to me in the mail).

Or should I just wait and send everything in at once, as they'll probably confuse the supplemental documents?


  • June 2010 ~ Met
  • July 4, 201142.gif ~ Married
    USCIS
  • August 1, 2011 ~ I-130 Sent
  • August 4, 2011 ~ I-130 Package Received
  • August 8, 2011 ~ NOA1 Receipt
  • February 24, 2012 ~ NOA2 Receipt
    NVC
  • March 9, 2012 ~ Received Case #
  • March 13, 2012 ~ DS-261 Signed
  • March 14, 2012 ~ AOS Bill Paid
  • March 22, 2012 ~ IV Bill Paid
  • March 26, 2012 ~ NVC Case Complete
    CONSULATE
  • May 16, 2012 ~ Interview Date - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  • May 19, 2012 ~ Point of Entry into El Paso, TX, U.S.A.
  • June 4, 2012 ~ Green Card arrived in the mail

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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I'm just about ready to send out my I-130.

Only thing I'm missing is an affidavit from my uncle, the only person in my family who was a witness of my marriage to my wife in Mexico. My question is, can I send my I-130 out now, and then later send my uncle's affidavit (as its going to take him a while to send this to me in the mail).

Or should I just wait and send everything in at once, as they'll probably confuse the supplemental documents?

If you try to send something to USCIS unsolicited after you send the petition, it won't get matched with the file.

Edited by Ryan H

Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Chile
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I'm just about ready to send out my I-130.

Only thing I'm missing is an affidavit from my uncle, the only person in my family who was a witness of my marriage to my wife in Mexico. My question is, can I send my I-130 out now, and then later send my uncle's affidavit (as its going to take him a while to send this to me in the mail).

Or should I just wait and send everything in at once, as they'll probably confuse the supplemental documents?

Hi there! I got married in Chile and none of my family members from the US where there and I had no affidavits from any one that attended my wedding (a civil wedding). I think you will be fine. I also sent only what they asked not even one photo!! I didn't know about this website at that time, and we were approved!!

Good luck


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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Hi there! I got married in Chile and none of my family members from the US where there and I had no affidavits from any one that attended my wedding (a civil wedding). I think you will be fine. I also sent only what they asked not even one photo!! I didn't know about this website at that time, and we were approved!!

Good luck

Well that's reassuring! Hope they're not crazy biased when it comes to Mexican citizens.

Thanks!

Edited by bigtex26

  • June 2010 ~ Met
  • July 4, 201142.gif ~ Married
    USCIS
  • August 1, 2011 ~ I-130 Sent
  • August 4, 2011 ~ I-130 Package Received
  • August 8, 2011 ~ NOA1 Receipt
  • February 24, 2012 ~ NOA2 Receipt
    NVC
  • March 9, 2012 ~ Received Case #
  • March 13, 2012 ~ DS-261 Signed
  • March 14, 2012 ~ AOS Bill Paid
  • March 22, 2012 ~ IV Bill Paid
  • March 26, 2012 ~ NVC Case Complete
    CONSULATE
  • May 16, 2012 ~ Interview Date - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  • May 19, 2012 ~ Point of Entry into El Paso, TX, U.S.A.
  • June 4, 2012 ~ Green Card arrived in the mail

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