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Do these affidavits need to be from US citizens only, or can Canadians do it for us? Most of our long-term friends are Canadian.

No, it has to be from a USC


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Do these affidavits need to be from US citizens only, or can Canadians do it for us? Most of our long-term friends are Canadian.

Are you talking about people writing affidavits attesting to your marriage or someone who is willing to act as a joint sponsor for the Affidavit of Support (I-864). If it's the former, your Canadian friends can write such affidavits. If it's the latter, then it must be a USC or LPR.

No, it has to be from a USC

Incorrect on both fronts I mentioned above. Foreign citizens can write affidavits attesting to a marriage and an LPR can be a joint sponsor for I-864 purposes.


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The Affidavit of a Bonafide Marriage can be done by anybody that knows the couple as long as it has been notarized. I sent a mixture of letters from my family here in Canada and his family there in the US. Also, I had my US husband do one.

This is the inforamation that I included in my letter. I can email you the blank template, PM me if you like! I completed a standard for most of my friends and family and then had them fill in a few blanks. Note, that many US Banks will have a notary that will notarize your letter for free or a nominal fee vs Canada. I spent oodles having them done here by family/friends.

Affidavit of Marriage Relationship to Accompany

I-130 Petition of Alien Relative

[TOWN] [COUNTY, PROVINCE/STATE] [COUNTRY]

In regard to the application for I-130 Petition of Alien Relative for a Visa for the United States of America evidence in support of a bona fide marriage between FULLNAME, Petitioner, and FULLNAME nee MAIDEN NAME, Beneficiary.

AFFIRMATION OF [NAME]

[NAME], being duly sworn, deposes and says:

1. I am making this affirmation in connection with the application of FULLNAME for an IR-1/CR-1 Visa for the United States of America. The contents of the affirmation are based on my own knowledge and are true.

2. I was born on [DATE] in [TOWN] [COUNTY, PROVINCE/STATE] [COUNTRY].

3. I reside at [ADDRESS].

4. FULLNAME, the beneficiary, is my [RELATION].

5. [WHEN THRID PARTY FIRST MET / BECAME AWARE OF RELATIONSHIP OF PETITIONER AND BENEFICARY]

6. [OTHER OCCASIONS THRID PARTY HAS WITNESSED FIRST HAND, WHICH CONFIRMS THE RELATIONSHIP IS GENUINE]

7. I witnessed the marriage of FULLNAME and FULLNAME on DATE in CITY, STATE USA.

8. I have personal knowledge of the bona fide of SPOUSA and SPOUSEB relationship. Their marriage is legitimate, viable, and not entered into under false pretence or for immigration-related purposes.

________________________________

(Signature of Affiant)

________________________________

(Print or Type Name)

Subscribed and sworn to this ____________ day of _____________________________, 2011.

_____________________________________________

NOTARY PUBLIC

My Commission Expires:

____________________

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Good luck!

MrsJ

Edited by MissDinaDee

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USCIS: 175 Days

NVC: 41 Days

NOA1 to Interview: 265 Days

Interview: 20 March 2012 - APPROVED

NVC for Montreal Beneficiaries – Electronic Processing and New Online Forms Guide by Saylin

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The Affidavit of a Bonafide Marriage can be done by anybody that knows the couple as long as it has been notarized. I sent a mixture of letters from my family here in Canada and his family there in the US. Also, I had my US husband do one.

This is the inforamation that I included in my letter. I can email you the blank template, PM me if you like! I completed a standard for most of my friends and family and then had them fill in a few blanks. Note, that many US Banks will have a notary that will notarize your letter for free or a nominal fee vs Canada. I spent oodles having them done here by family/friends.

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Good luck!

MrsJ

Hey, I sent you a PM.

I was referring to the Affadavit of a Bonafide Marriage, not the support one. Sorry for that confusion.

How much did it cost to get something notarized in Canada? I've never paid here in the States, always just take it to my bank.

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How much did it cost to get something notarized in Canada? I've never paid here in the States, always just take it to my bank.

I think the notary charges very. I'm in BC and they were ~$25-35 depending on who did them. It was a complete pain in the @ss but worth it! I sent a total of 7 letters with my I-130.

MrsJ


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USCIS: 175 Days

NVC: 41 Days

NOA1 to Interview: 265 Days

Interview: 20 March 2012 - APPROVED

NVC for Montreal Beneficiaries – Electronic Processing and New Online Forms Guide by Saylin

Please edit your timeline in your profile so you can help others learn how long each step of this process takes. Thanks!

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I think the notary charges very. I'm in BC and they were ~$25-35 depending on who did them. It was a complete pain in the @ss but worth it! I sent a total of 7 letters with my I-130.

MrsJ

Wow, that's pricey. Oh well. All the people we're asking to do them are long-time friends. I've paid hundreds of dollars on tux rentals for their weddings, they can shell out $25. :)

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