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We are nearly ready to submit our I-130 plus accompanying documentation. I found a link to the London Embassy website (we will be applying there) that included a checklist for things to include. On that list, it said not to include things like a lease or photos of us as a couple. However, on the I-130 instructions guideline that I printed off the USCIS website, it lists a lease as evidence that CAN be used. Does anyone have advice on whether including a copy of our lease, photocopies of pictures, and even copies of cards from our family members (for our wedding anniversary and Christmas) is okay?

Additionally, on the G-325A, it asks you to list all of your previous addresses for the past 5 years. My hubby and I lived together for 4 months in my apartment in the USA back in 2010/2011. Would it be a good idea to include a copy of his J-1 visa, which allowed him to legally be in the country for that length of time?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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In my case, when submitting the documents they won't accept any of those things, but they will expect them when they conduct the interview. In our case it was on the same day (you need to pay before you can be interviewed), so it was good we showed up prepared.

It couldn't hurt to photocopy the visa. The worst that will happen is they won't need it, but I honestly doubt they'll care.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China

Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to DCF Discussion; OP's information indicates they intend to file using this method.

Our journey:


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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For the I130 submissions doing DCF through London (and possibly true of elsewhere), the only things to include are the documents on the specific checklist. All of the other documents are for later in the process. It does not harm to start compiling all of those documents while you are waiting for NOA2 but they will be disregarded for the I130 so don't bother sending them.

Best wishes


Married a US/UK dual national in 1996 and had four children together.
Immigration Timeline: I130 Approval November 2012; Interview July 2013; Immigration October 2013. (Note, however, that we chose to stall the process for personal scheduling reasons)
As a family of six, we relocated from Argyll in Scotland to Pennsylvania in October 2013. 

I applied for Citizenship in October 2017 and am currently waiting for an Interview date.

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Hi! Well, I was advised by a US immigration lawyer that family photos were definitely to be included. In fact, we were advised to use ANY AND EVERY POSSIBLE THING we could get our hands on that would serve as proof of the validity of our marriage. I compiled a set of about 21 photos, all of which included my husband and various friends and family members, and did include that set of photos with the I-130 (I sent mine to the Consulate in Rome). Despite all this it sounds like if the London Embassy is specifically telling you that they DON'T want those items, then I would just leave them out and save them until it's time for your interview. Good luck.

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Filed: Country: Germany

I included photos, copies of our college diplomas (where we met) and copies of old plane tickets from our most recent trip together to show an ongoing relationship/marriage. I was told at the US Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany to include any and everything I could since we don't have joint bank accounts or property. I agree with MollyDan that you probably shouldn't send them now if they specify not having it. But as long as you're sending copies, does it really hurt to send more? Probably not.

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We just filed our I-130 through the consulate in Seoul and we had to be there in person. Our instructions also said to include proof of ongoing relationship (bills, affidavits, etc). But the man at the window just looked through our documents and handed them back to us, saying they weren't needed until the interview. The only kept the copy of our actual marriage license. London could be different, but that's what happened in our case!

IR-1/CR-1 for permanent residency, DCF Seoul

04-30-2011: Married in the USA!!

11-09-2012: I-130 filed in person at the Seoul consulate ($420)

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