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About to send in my I-130 and would like input on the item's that I have included

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Here is my cover sheet that detail's all that I am sending with the I-130 for a CR-1 Visa

Any feedback would be a great honor.

Thank you

May 17, 2013

P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107

Subject: I-130 Petition for my spouse xxxxxxxx

Dear Sir/Madam:

I, xxxxxxx a citizen of the United States, would like to file a petition I-130 for my spouse, xxxxxxxx

Please find enclosed the following required and supporting documents:

  1. Completed and signed form I-130
  2. Check for I-130 filing fee
  3. Completed and signed form G-325A and photograph (petitioner)
  4. Completed and signed form G-325A and photograph (beneficiary)
  5. Copy of petitioner’s birth certificate
  6. Copy of divorce decree of petitioner
  7. Copy of beneficiary’s birth certificate
  8. Copy of marriage certificate
  9. Copy of documentation showing joint ownership of vehicle
  10. Copy of statement showing that beneficiary is enrolled and eligible on the petitioner’s insurance plan.
  11. Copies of beneficiary designations naming xxxxxxxx as beneficiary to xxxxxxx and xxx retirement plan.
  12. Copy of credit card in the petitioner and beneficiary names on the same credit card account.
  13. Copies of money transfers from petitioner to beneficiary
  14. Copy of petitioner’s passport showing travel passport stamps for travel to visit the beneficiary.
  15. Copies of travel documentation for travel to Honduras prior to the wedding.
  16. Copies of travel documentation showing petitioner traveled to Honduras for the wedding of the beneficiary
  17. Copy of hotel receipt for the honeymoon resort.
  18. Copy of wedding dress receipt and wedding ring receipt.
  19. Copy of photographs from the wedding and honeymoon.
  20. Copy of future travel flight and hotel to visit beneficiary on June 14, 2013
  21. Copies of several BBM chat log’s spanning the time of the relationship
  22. Copies of the documents submitted are exact photocopies of unaltered documents and I understand that I may be required to submit original documents to an immigration or consular officer at a later date.

I kindly request you to process the above petition and to provide the receipt notice as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns on the above matter, please do not hesitate to contact me at (xxx)xxx-xxxx, or at the address below.

Thank you,


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From what I can see this list looks good. Item #22 should not be part of the list though. It should just be its own sentence in the paragraph below since it isn't an actual item in the package. Be sure to attach your check to the I-130 form itself.

I would also, if you haven't already, put your photos in ziploc bags and attach them to the G-325 just to keep them safe from getting lost in the shuffle and be sure to write the name and date of birth on the back of the photos just in case.

The beneficiary's birth certificate is not required HOWEVER some local offices when adjudicating have been asking for them so I think it's a good idea that you are including it.

Was the beneficiary also married before? Or just the petitioner? If both were married before then you need to include both divorce decrees. I'm assuming it was only the petitioner who was married previously based on how thorough your list is but I'm just making sure. :)

Do you have any photos other than the wedding and honeymoon? If you have photos from other times or with other family members that would be helpful evidence to include.

Good luck!!

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2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2

2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
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2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
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2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
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2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
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Thank you so much for you seeing that issue on item#22 I will be correcting that.

This is my spouse first marriage, I did as you said and put the pictures in zip lock bags, great idea.

I do not have any other pictures besides the one's from the wedding and honeymoon. I will be traveling there in June so I will take more pictures to show a continuing relationship.

Thank you so much for your idea's and wisdom.

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Don't forget the g-1145 on top so you receive the initial email and/or text with your receipt # . Also out the check before the I-130.

You have lots of evidence. Good job :)

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss


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Item #21 should say BBM logs, not log's. Other than that, looks good! Good luck!

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