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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Hello there! Just a few questions about what to send as proof of our relationship and marriage:

  1. It says to send a copy of our marriage certificate. Does this need to be a colour photocopy or does it not matter?
  2. I have photos from our trips - I read somewhere that the photos need to be 4 by 6inches and have writing on the back sides indicating information about the photo. Can someone shed more light on this and what exactly is needed?
  3. We don't have any joint accounts due to having met online.
  4. We haven't really communicated by phone at all during our time dating/being engaged, and mostly just chatted on skype and steam. Do they want logs of this? How do I go about doing that without giving them stacks upon stacks of logs going back a few years?
  5. I've been advised that affidavits are not strong evidence for this. Is this true? Should bother including any?
  6. Other than these things, I also have all the itineraries and tickets from our visits every summer.
  7. Additionally, do I add a description about why each item is in the package? How did you guys arrange your evidence? Folders?

Is this enough evidence? What else can I submit? I'm feeling fairly overwhelmed and I want to ensure we get approved instead of requests for more evidence.

Thank you!

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USCIS
11/03/2014: I-130 Package sent
11/06/2014: I-130 Package Delivered to Pheonix Lockbox
11/17/2014: NOA1 received
03/31/2015: Case approved by USCIS
04/09/2015: Case Was Sent To The Department of State for visa processing
04/14/2015: NOA2 (I-797) received in mail by applicant
NVC
04/28/2015: NVC Welcome Letter (PAOSF) with cover sheet for documents and invoice + case #.
04/30/2015: DS-261 filled out/submitted online
05/12/2015: AOS fee paid
05/26/2015: DS-261 accepted
05/25/2015: AOS Packet sent
05/29/2015: AOS Packet received by NVC
07/07/2015: IV Packet sent
07/13/2015: IV Packet received by NVC
07/14/2015: IV fee paid
07/16/2015: DS-260 Completed
08/29/2015: DS-260 and documents sent to supervisor for review
09/03/2015: Status letter issued (never received)
09/15/2015: Case Complete
Interview/Consulate
10/27/2015: Medical Exam
11/04/2015: Interview @ Montreal Consulate. Required medical results via mail.
11/13/2015: Medical mailed to Montreal Consulate through Loomis
11/16/2015: Medical delivered to Montreal Consulate

12/01/2015: Visa Issued
12/03/2015: Received Visa and IV Packet
12/10/2015: :PoE/Moving date

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It all looks good. I wouldnt send that many photos however, save those for the interview.. you can also save the call logs not needed. Affidavits are good!! I would also recommend you utilize the guides in here which show a cover letter.. and how to write it. hope that helps..

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Hello there! Just a few questions about what to send as proof of our relationship and marriage:

  1. It says to send a copy of our marriage certificate. Does this need to be a colour photocopy or does it not matter? ~~ doesn't matter
  2. I have photos from our trips - I read somewhere that the photos need to be 4 by 6inches and have writing on the back sides indicating information about the photo. Can someone shed more light on this and what exactly is needed? ~~You can print photos off, several to a regular sheet of paper. They do not need to be a specific size but it is good to include information about the photo underneath (or on the back if you're submitting regular photos which I do not recommend, simply for weight.)
  3. We don't have any joint accounts due to having met online. ~~you can get joint accounts even living in different countries but it's not necessary or required that you do so.
  4. We haven't really communicated by phone at all during our time dating/being engaged, and mostly just chatted on skype and steam. Do they want logs of this? How do I go about doing that without giving them stacks upon stacks of logs going back a few years? ~~ a selection of chats that can be printed off is fine. Skype only lets you go back 6 months normally and steam doesn't keep logs beyond a couple days unless you've been taking screen shots of said chats?
  5. I've been advised that affidavits are not strong evidence for this. Is this true? Should bother including any? ~~up to you. I included two, but I did so knowing they weren't worth much and having back up evidence.
  6. Other than these things, I also have all the itineraries and tickets from our visits every summer. ~~Tickets, specifically boarding passes, are good to include.
  7. Additionally, do I add a description about why each item is in the package? How did you guys arrange your evidence? Folders? ~~put it in an envelope. Use paper or binder clips. Do not put them in folders, binders, etc... they'll just be taken apart, hole punched and put into their specific folders in a specific order.

Is this enough evidence? What else can I submit? I'm feeling fairly overwhelmed and I want to ensure we get approved instead of requests for more evidence.

Thank you!

Your evidence should be fine. Photos and proof of time spent together is best but really, you're Canadian right? This isn't a high fraud country, in fact most people ask me why the heck I moved down. LOL


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Thank you, NLR!

You replied to my last topic too! Most people are asking me the same question about why I'm moving there instead of staying here too! Haha, ah well. Thank you for the response!


USCIS
11/03/2014: I-130 Package sent
11/06/2014: I-130 Package Delivered to Pheonix Lockbox
11/17/2014: NOA1 received
03/31/2015: Case approved by USCIS
04/09/2015: Case Was Sent To The Department of State for visa processing
04/14/2015: NOA2 (I-797) received in mail by applicant
NVC
04/28/2015: NVC Welcome Letter (PAOSF) with cover sheet for documents and invoice + case #.
04/30/2015: DS-261 filled out/submitted online
05/12/2015: AOS fee paid
05/26/2015: DS-261 accepted
05/25/2015: AOS Packet sent
05/29/2015: AOS Packet received by NVC
07/07/2015: IV Packet sent
07/13/2015: IV Packet received by NVC
07/14/2015: IV fee paid
07/16/2015: DS-260 Completed
08/29/2015: DS-260 and documents sent to supervisor for review
09/03/2015: Status letter issued (never received)
09/15/2015: Case Complete
Interview/Consulate
10/27/2015: Medical Exam
11/04/2015: Interview @ Montreal Consulate. Required medical results via mail.
11/13/2015: Medical mailed to Montreal Consulate through Loomis
11/16/2015: Medical delivered to Montreal Consulate

12/01/2015: Visa Issued
12/03/2015: Received Visa and IV Packet
12/10/2015: :PoE/Moving date

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Filed: Country: Canada
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Hello there! Just a few questions about what to send as proof of our relationship and marriage:

  1. It says to send a copy of our marriage certificate. Does this need to be a colour photocopy or does it not matter?
  2. I have photos from our trips - I read somewhere that the photos need to be 4 by 6inches and have writing on the back sides indicating information about the photo. Can someone shed more light on this and what exactly is needed?
  3. We don't have any joint accounts due to having met online.
  4. We haven't really communicated by phone at all during our time dating/being engaged, and mostly just chatted on skype and steam. Do they want logs of this? How do I go about doing that without giving them stacks upon stacks of logs going back a few years?
  5. I've been advised that affidavits are not strong evidence for this. Is this true? Should bother including any?
  6. Other than these things, I also have all the itineraries and tickets from our visits every summer.
  7. Additionally, do I add a description about why each item is in the package? How did you guys arrange your evidence? Folders?

Is this enough evidence? What else can I submit? I'm feeling fairly overwhelmed and I want to ensure we get approved instead of requests for more evidence.

Thank you!

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Filed: Country: Canada
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In my case I had only send in a copy of the registration of the marriage because I did not had the original until 6 weeks after we submit the petition, however we did received a RFE ( 2014-09-26) for a copy of the original which we send in and got approval (2014-10-10)

For the proof of Bonafide marriage we send a copy of Joint bank account statement.

As NLR said this is not a fraud country not much is needed for the submission of the petition , keep most for the interview time.

GOOD LUCK !!!!!!!!

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