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Since keeping a record of an ongoing relationship is extremely important when sponsoring your loved one, I thought I'd share some tips on record keeping based on my experience.

1. Buy an Android-based phone. I got one 2 months ago, and I wish I had one before that, since keeping a record of text messages and phone calls has become much easier. There is an app called SMS Backup+ that saves all your sms messages and call history to your Gmail account. This will make it easier to print out your call history and sms messages.

2. If you are using Skype, there is an easier method of printing out call history than taking screenshots. A program called SkypeLogView enables you to save your Skype history in a text file. You can also select the type of history you want to save, e.g. calls, files sent/received, chat and sms messages.

3. We used Yahoo messenger to IM each other. It saves all your chat history with timestamps, and you can print out your entire chat history with the print feature.

4. If you have a Nokia phone which has Bluetooth or USB connectivity and then switch to Android, you can import your SMS messages from your Nokia phone to your Android phone. Install Nokia Suite, sync your sms messages from your phone to your PC, and export your messages to a .csv (comma separated values) file. Install an app called SMS Importer on your Android phone. If you decide to pay for the full version of this app, it will make things easier, since the Lite version only allows 100 messages to be imported at one time. If you stick with the Lite version, you will need to play around with the .csv file, for which you need a spreadsheet program such as MS Excel. Here's how you do it:

a. Separate received messages from sent messages. Select all columns except column A, go to sort and filter, and do custom sort. Sort data by Column B. All your received messages will be separated from sent messages.

b. If you have more than 100 messages, you will need to create multiple csv files with 100 messages in each file. You can name the files with received messages as inbox1.csv, inbox2.csv, and so on. Files with sent messages can be named as sent1.csv, and so on.

c. Copy the csv files to your phone.

d. Open SMS Importer. You will need to manually type the location of the stored file, as well as the filename. There are two destinations for imported messages: Inbox and Sent. Make sure you select the correct destination according to the file you have opened. Dont worry if it says you have more than 100 messages in your csv file. If you've made sure each file has only 100, all your messages will be imported.

e. Enjoy having all your messages in one place.

Note: SMS Importer recognizes the Nokia Suite formatting and imports the messages accordingly. If your messages have been imported from another type of phone into csv format, you may need to change the settings in order to preserve the dates and times, as well as the formatting of the messages themselves.

Hope this can help someone trying to keep a record of their correspondence.

If anyone has any questions, PM and I will try to help out. I may not know the answer, but I will do my best to help.

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Since keeping a record of an ongoing relationship is extremely important when sponsoring your loved one, I thought I'd share some tips on record keeping based on my experience.

1. Buy an Android-based phone. I got one 2 months ago, and I wish I had one before that, since keeping a record of text messages and phone calls has become much easier. There is an app called SMS Backup+ that saves all your sms messages and call history to your Gmail account. This will make it easier to print out your call history and sms messages.

2. If you are using Skype, there is an easier method of printing out call history than taking screenshots. A program called SkypeLogView enables you to save your Skype history in a text file. You can also select the type of history you want to save, e.g. calls, files sent/received, chat and sms messages.

3. We used Yahoo messenger to IM each other. It saves all your chat history with timestamps, and you can print out your entire chat history with the print feature.

4. If you have a Nokia phone which has Bluetooth or USB connectivity and then switch to Android, you can import your SMS messages from your Nokia phone to your Android phone. Install Nokia Suite, sync your sms messages from your phone to your PC, and export your messages to a .csv (comma separated values) file. Install an app called SMS Importer on your Android phone. If you decide to pay for the full version of this app, it will make things easier, since the Lite version only allows 100 messages to be imported at one time. If you stick with the Lite version, you will need to play around with the .csv file, for which you need a spreadsheet program such as MS Excel. Here's how you do it:

a. Separate received messages from sent messages. Select all columns except column A, go to sort and filter, and do custom sort. Sort data by Column B. All your received messages will be separated from sent messages.

b. If you have more than 100 messages, you will need to create multiple csv files with 100 messages in each file. You can name the files with received messages as inbox1.csv, inbox2.csv, and so on. Files with sent messages can be named as sent1.csv, and so on.

c. Copy the csv files to your phone.

d. Open SMS Importer. You will need to manually type the location of the stored file, as well as the filename. There are two destinations for imported messages: Inbox and Sent. Make sure you select the correct destination according to the file you have opened. Dont worry if it says you have more than 100 messages in your csv file. If you've made sure each file has only 100, all your messages will be imported.

e. Enjoy having all your messages in one place.

Note: SMS Importer recognizes the Nokia Suite formatting and imports the messages accordingly. If your messages have been imported from another type of phone into csv format, you may need to change the settings in order to preserve the dates and times, as well as the formatting of the messages themselves.

Hope this can help someone trying to keep a record of their correspondence.

If anyone has any questions, PM and I will try to help out. I may not know the answer, but I will do my best to help.

Oh my God! This is really cool!! :thumbs: Really helpful information :wow:

I was searching today if my cellphone company could provide me call logs or sms history, kinda getting mentally prepared to pay some $$$ for that, and who knew that Android platform could save me! hehe THANKS A LOT!! :dance:


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NOA1: June 4th 2012

NOA2: January 16th 2013 (226 days after NOA1)

NOA2 hardcopy: January 19th 2013

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Case received 01/21/2013

Case number,IIN and Beneficiary ID 02/05/2013

Case complete 03/20/2013

Medical exam 05/09/2013

Interview 05/13/2013-APPROVED

Received passport with visa 05/16/2013
POE 05/22/2013

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NOA 03/03/2015
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5. I forgot one more really simple tip: Sign up for a calling card service which links directly to your phone. You won't need to enter your pin every time you call. Also use the Pause feature when using a calling card, accessed by holding the star button. On my Android phone, when I call overseas, I type the access number for the calling card, add a pause (shows up as "P"), type the number of the person I want to call, and then press call. This makes the call show up in that person's call history.

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to General Immigration-Related Discussion; subject matter of topic is not limited to spousal visas.


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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