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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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I recently read some posts here on VJ that it is possible to add your spouse to your bank account(even though if he or she is not in the United States), which can be used as bona fide evidence of marriage. I called Bank of America and they told me the same thing. They mailed me some documents, which I forwarded to wife overseas. She signed the documents and send it back to me and it forwarded them to Bank of America. After 2 weeks, they sent me letter that our application to add my wife to my checking account was rejected, since she did not have a social security number. Anyone with similar experience? I would appreciate any recommendations.

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What I did was open up a second account. Although it has my name on it still it will show that money is being transferred into the account and all transactions/withdrawals are being done in Jamaica where my husband is. I had to have my bank make a note of this, so they dont think it is fraud and lock the account in error. Most things in the state to add a person they need a SS number. But you may be able to add them to other things like utility bills as I have done, ie anything that does not require a SSn. We also have a joint bank account that was opened with both ours names in his country just before getting married.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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I tried to do this too. Bank of America told me my wife needed to be physically present in order to be added. I got around this problem by creating a sworn statement that I will be adding my wife to my bank account as soon as she enters the USA and the bank notarized it for me.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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A lot of banks won't add the spouse until they have an SSN.

We got around this by adding me to his RBC account in Canada and opening a joint US RBC account. Not an option for a lot of people.

I could add him to my utility bills with no issues. Geico had no problem adding him to the car insurance with his Canadian driver's license number. I had him added to the deed of trust to the house. Updated my will to include him. We bought a car (paid cash) and both our names are on the title.

I hope this helps with some ideas to get joint documents!


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NVC Electronic Processing- Montreal- 19 Days

3/21/12~ Received case number & IIN 20 Days after NOA2
3/21/12~ Sent in opt-in email
3/22/12~ Opt-in accepted
3/23/12~ DS-261 Submitted, never accepted
3/29/12~ AOS bill invoiced and paid
3/30/12~ AOS shows PAID- AOS Package emailed/received, DS-3032 emailed/accepted
4/2/12~ IV bill invoiced and paid
4/3/12~ AOS Checklist documents emailed(first time)
4/4/12~ IV shows PAID- DS-260 submitted/ IV Package emailed/received
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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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I added my husband to my BoA account. He was there in person with ID at the time. Even with no SSN it was ok but I think being present was the key.


12/08/2011 Married

02/06/2012 I-130 Packet sent via FedEx

02/09/2012 NOA1- case sent to VSC!

07/09/2012 NOA2

07/11/2012 case received at NVC

07/27/2012 NVC case number and IIN received

07/27/2012 DS-3032 sent via email

08/01/2012 AOS bill received via email, paid online

08/01/2012 Beneficiary received DS-3032 form via email

08/02/2012 AOS bill shows paid

08/03/2012 AOS package sent via FedEx

08/03/2012 Email acceptance of DS-3032 from NVC

08/06/2012 IV Bill received

08/06/2012 IV bill paid

08/06/2012 AOS package received

08/07/2012 IV bill shows paid

08/09/2012 IV package sent

08/09/2012 AOS package accepted

08/20/2012 IV package accepted

08/20/2012 NVC Case Complete

09/14/2012 Interview date assigned

09/26/2012 Medical in Barbados

10/01/2012 Interview in Barbados

xx/xx/2012 POE- San Juan, PR

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I recently read some posts here on VJ that it is possible to add your spouse to your bank account(even though if he or she is not in the United States), which can be used as bona fide evidence of marriage. I called Bank of America and they told me the same thing. They mailed me some documents, which I forwarded to wife overseas. She signed the documents and send it back to me and it forwarded them to Bank of America. After 2 weeks, they sent me letter that our application to add my wife to my checking account was rejected, since she did not have a social security number. Anyone with similar experience? I would appreciate any recommendations.

i think you are looking for a W-8 BEN

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw8ben.pdf

think you can get spouse added at some banks...some won't...if they wont..open a new account

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You may open an account in Pakistan. I have'nt opened yet, I filed my application with Nikkah nama, and one wedding photograph. I hope, I will not get any RFE inshaAllah.

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USCIS:

11/19/2011: I-130 Sent

11/25/2011: NOA1 email notification received.

11/28/2011: Petition touched

04/27/2012: NOA2 email notification received.

NVC:

05/07/2012: NVC received

05/30/2012: Called NVC to receive Case # & IIN

XX/XX/2012: AOS bill invoiced and paid

XX/XX/2012: AOS package mailed

XX/XX/2012: AOS Receipt Paid

XX/XX/2012: DS-3032 acceptance e-mail received

XX/XX/2012: IV bill invoiced; IV bill

XX/XX/2012: IV fee

XX/XX/2012: IV fee bill appears PAID

XX/XX/2012: DS-230 delivered to NVC

XX/XX/2012: CASE COMPLETE

Embassy:

XX/XX/2012: Embassy received

XX/XX/2012: Interview scheduled

XX/XX/2012: Medical

XX/XX/2012: Interview

XX/XX/2012: Visa received

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