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Evidence of a Bonafide Marriage for I-130

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Hello Everyone,

My wife and I are applying for an IR-1 / CR-1 Visa. I am a US citizen she is a Japanese citizen. I just had some questions about supplementary documents for the I-130 form required to show a bonafide marriage.

The instructions say we can include a 'Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by third parties having personal knowledge of the bona fides of the marital relationship'. Does such an affidavit need to be notarized in order to be legitimate, or is simply a signature on the document sufficient?

Likewise, we have some Japanese documents showing a shared residence along with the English translations. Again, do we have to notarize these translations to make them more legitimate, or is just including the statement listed here (http://www.visajourney.com/content/translations) along with a signature sufficient?

Finally, would it be acceptable to submit photos from different time periods and evidence of shared flights (plane tickets, passport stamps) as 'Evidence of a Bonafide Marriage' or would this be considered circumspect or unnecessary information?

Thanks!

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Hello Everyone,

My wife and I are applying for an IR-1 / CR-1 Visa. I am a US citizen she is a Japanese citizen. I just had some questions about supplementary documents for the I-130 form required to show a bonafide marriage.

The instructions say we can include a 'Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by third parties having personal knowledge of the bona fides of the marital relationship'. Does such an affidavit need to be notarized in order to be legitimate, or is simply a signature on the document sufficient?

Likewise, we have some Japanese documents showing a shared residence along with the English translations. Again, do we have to notarize these translations to make them more legitimate, or is just including the statement listed here (http://www.visajourney.com/content/translations) along with a signature sufficient?

Finally, would it be acceptable to submit photos from different time periods and evidence of shared flights (plane tickets, passport stamps) as 'Evidence of a Bonafide Marriage' or would this be considered circumspect or unnecessary information?

Thanks!

I was in the same situation and I submitted a notarized statement from our wedding sponsors concerning the bonafide of our marriage. I looked up the meaning of the word affidavit and it states "affidavit - definition of affidavit by the Free Online Dictionary ...

af·fi·da·vit (f-d v t) n. A written declaration made under oath before a notary public or other authorized officer. [Medieval Latin aff d vit, from third person"

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