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Hello everyone. Great site by the way, very helpful. I am going to mail the 1st package probably tomorrow. I thought I would double check with you guys 1st. If I missed anything, please let me know. Thanks :).

Note: I don't have cert. of citizenship because my parents never requested one. When my passport was made, my mother's passport was sent as proof. I was under 18 years old when they got their citizenship. Will be sending copy of passport(all pages)and a copy of my dads & moms cert. of citizenship as proof of my citizenship.

1. Putting all papers in a (13x10) clasp envelope

2. Mailing it with priority mail at USPS (USCIS P.O. Box Address)

3. Made duplicate copy of packet 1

4. I put all the "proof of ongoing relationship" together & put a cover sheet in front of it, describing the content,& a binding clip

5. Did the same with "proof of having met in the last 2 years"

6. Used label tape & labeled things.

7. Highlighted things that needed highlight.

Contents:

-> G-1145 Form

-> I-129F Cover Letter

-> Check of $340.00

-> I 129F Form + Supplement (Part B, Question 18)

-> G-325A & passport style photo of me (signed & put in plastic bag & labeled)

-> G-325A & passport style photo of my finacee (signed & put in plastic bag & labeled)

-> My U.S. Passport (photocopy - all pages)

-> My mother's & father's cert. of citizenship (photocopy)

-> My letter of intent (signed & notarized)

-> My fiancee's letter of intent (signed & notarized)

-> Affidavits from her & my parents, stating they give consent us to marry each other

-> Proof of having met in the last 2 years:

-Copy of airline itinerary

-Copy of Hotel Bill (Engagement/Ring Ceremony)

-Copy of Studio Bill (Recording & album)

-Engagement Invitation Card

-Copy of Ring Receipt

-Photos of us together with dates on photo, attached Walgreen envelope (Wrote description on back of each photo)

->Proof of ongoing relationship:

-Copy of e-mails

-Copy of txt messages

-Copy of Vonage phone bill & call history

-Copy of e-mail receipt of flowers & gifts I sent to her

Well that's everything. I'm going to sleep now. Will check back in the morning. Thanks everyone.

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-> My U.S. Passport (photocopy - all pages)

-> My mother's & father's cert. of citizenship (photocopy)

The copy of all pages of your US passport is sufficient to prove your citizenship, the item I lined out is not necessary.

-> Affidavits from her & my parents, stating they give consent us to marry each other

Is consent from your parents and her parents to marry each other culturally specific? If not, then this is not necessary because you are both adults and don't need your parents consent or permission.


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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The copy of all pages of your US passport is sufficient to prove your citizenship, the item I lined out is not necessary.

Is consent from your parents and her parents to marry each other culturally specific? If not, then this is not necessary because you are both adults and don't need your parents consent or permission.

1) Ok. My dad's friend's son, who I treat like a brother, was helping with the filing & he said to put it in there. He brought his fiancee from India using a K-1 Visa in 2010.

2) Somewhat Yes. I was born in India & am from Punjab, India. Respecting elders is big thing in Eastern culture. I don't know if its necessary, but it's a good thing to have.

Everything else is ok?

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-> G-325A & passport style photo of me (signed & put in plastic bag & labeled)

-> G-325A & passport style photo of my finacee (signed & put in plastic bag & labeled)

I think you've nailed everything in there, i'm almost at the stage to send mine off, and there's nothing i've seen that needs to be included that you don't have.

Just out of interest, what kind of plastic bag did you use? I was thinking about getting a small ziplock style thing?

Literally on my way into town to get a passport photo taken now :yes:


Started assembling i-129f package for K1 Visa on March 12 - 2012

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I think you've nailed everything in there, i'm almost at the stage to send mine off, and there's nothing i've seen that needs to be included that you don't have.

Just out of interest, what kind of plastic bag did you use? I was thinking about getting a small ziplock style thing?

Literally on my way into town to get a passport photo taken now :yes:

@Tony

Cool, Congrats :)

I used a small ziplock sandwich bag lol.

1. I wrote my name on the back of the photo

2. Put the passport photo in the bag & labeled it "Photo of <my name>" using label tape

3. Stapled bag to blank sheet of computer paper & will put it behind my G-325A form

One thing I forgot to add was, my Nimbuzz messenger chat history with my fiancee.

Special Note(worth knowing): Paperclip the forms like G-325A, I-129F etc. DONT staple them cuz they have to scan those papers.

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I forgot to ask one thing. The check of $340.00 is suppose to be made out to "USCIS" right?

This question raises alarm bells in my head. I'm pretty sure it isn't USCIS... let me find out!


14/01/2012: Mailed off I-129F

20/01/2012: NOA1

19/06/2012: NOA2 (no RFEs)

26/07/2012: Medical

02/10/2012: Interview Date - approved!

25/10/2012: POE - Chicago O'Hare

24/01/2013: Applied for AOS/EAD/AP

19/03/2013: EAD/AP approved

21/03/2013: AOS interview scheduled for 24/04/2013

24/04/2013: Interview - Approved!

11/05/2013: Green Card received.

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Okay,

Make the check payable to the Department of Homeland Security

unless you live in Guam, the Virgin Islands or outside of the USA.


14/01/2012: Mailed off I-129F

20/01/2012: NOA1

19/06/2012: NOA2 (no RFEs)

26/07/2012: Medical

02/10/2012: Interview Date - approved!

25/10/2012: POE - Chicago O'Hare

24/01/2013: Applied for AOS/EAD/AP

19/03/2013: EAD/AP approved

21/03/2013: AOS interview scheduled for 24/04/2013

24/04/2013: Interview - Approved!

11/05/2013: Green Card received.

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I forgot to ask one thing. The check of $340.00 is suppose to be made out to "USCIS" right?

Wrong, the check is to be made out to US Department of Homeland Security. It is clearly stated on page 5 of the I-129F instructions that US Department of Homeland Security must be spelled out, no initials are to be used.

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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->Proof of ongoing relationship:

-Copy of e-mails

-Copy of txt messages

-Copy of Vonage phone bill & call history

-Copy of e-mail receipt of flowers & gifts I sent to her

As far as I know, that's unnecessary at this point.



USCIS [*] 22 Nov. 2011 - I-129 package sent; [*] 25 Nov. 2011 - Package delivered; [*] 25 Nov. 2011 - NOA1/petition received and routed to the California Service Center; [*] 30 Nov. 2011 - Touched/confirmation though text message and email; [*] 03 Dec. 2011 - Hard copy received; [*]24 April 2012 - NOA2 (no RFEs)/text message/email/USCIS account updated; [*] 27 April 2012 - NOA2 hard copy received.

NVC [*] 14 May 2012 - Petition received by NVC ; [*] 16 May 2012 - Petition left NVC.

EMBASSY [*] 18 May 2012 - Petition arrived at the US Embassy in Bucharest; [*] 22 May 2012 - Package 3 received; [*] 24 May 2012 - Package sent to the consulate, interview date set; [*] 14 June 2012 - Interview date, approved.

POE [*] 04 July 2012 - Minneapolis/St.Paul. [*] 16 September 2012 - Wedding Day!

AOS/EAD/AP [*] 04 February 2013 - AOS/EAD/AP package sent; [*] 07 February 2013 - AOS/EAD/AP package delivered; [*] 12 February 2013 - NOA1 text messages/emails; [*] 16 February 2013 - NOA1 received in the regular mail; [*] 28 February 2013 - Biometrics letter received (appointment date, March 8th); [*] 04 March 2013 - Biometrics walk-in completed (9 out of 10 fingerprints taken, pinky would not give in); [*] 04 April 2013 - EAD/AP card approved; [*] 11 April 2013 - Combo card sent/tracking number obtained; [*] 15 April 2013 - Card delivered.

[*] 15 May 2013 - Moved from MN to LA; [*] 17 May 2013 - Applied for a new SS card/filed an AR-11 online (unsuccessfully), therefore called and spoke to a Tier 2 and changed the address; [*] 22 May 2013 - Address updated on My Case Status (finally can see the case numbers online); [*] 28 May 2013 - Letter received in the mail confirming the change of address; [*] 31 July 2013 - Went to Romania; [*] 12 September 2013 - returned to the US using the AP, POE Houston, everything went smoothly; [*] 20 September 2013 - Spoke to a Tier2 and put in a service request; [*] 23 September 2013 - Got "Possible Interview Waiver" letter (originally sent on August, 29th to my old address, returned and re-routed to my current address); [*] 1 October 2013 - Started a new job.

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Trying to get the word out about our struggles:

http://voices.yahoo.com/almost-legal-citizen-but-not-quite-12155565.html?cat=9

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