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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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When sending in the I-130, how many people sent evidence of their relationship with their spouse, ie pictures, letters, receipts from trips, etc. I've noticed that some have. I was fully prepared to take all of this with me to the interview (when I get there, haven't even got the I-130 submitted yet :S )

For those that sent pictures, were they sent back to you?

Also, can someone please explain to me what AOS means? I noticed on the one flowchart for the CR-1, IR-1, that it had a block for AOS, but, wasn't quite sure what that was and when that happened.

Thanks, much!!

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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When sending in the I-130, how many people sent evidence of their relationship with their spouse, ie pictures, letters, receipts from trips, etc. I've noticed that some have. I was fully prepared to take all of this with me to the interview (when I get there, haven't even got the I-130 submitted yet :S )

Whether or not you send such items with the I-130 is up to you. If you want something to be viewed by a CO, then sending it with the I-130 ensures that it becomes part of the file. CO's won't always ask to see at items brought to an interview and if you tried to pass it across unsolicited, it may be immediately passed back without so much as a fleeting glance. With that being said, even if you do submit such evidence with the I-130, bring it to the interview anyway as it can still be asked for (e.g. the CO who interviewed my wife did ask to see pictures).

For those that sent pictures, were they sent back to you?

Items of this nature will not be returned. The best way to submit pictures IMO is to print them on regular printer paper. I used Word to place 4 pictures on a page and to include a description of the picture.

Also, can someone please explain to me what AOS means? I noticed on the one flowchart for the CR-1, IR-1, that it had a block for AOS, but, wasn't quite sure what that was and when that happened.

AOS means Affidavit of Support. This comes later in the process when an I-864 and supporting documentation is send to the National Visa Center. You won't be dealing with this until after your I-130 has been approved. Once you submit your I-130, take the time to learn about the NVC phase of the process.

Thanks, much!!


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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When sending in the I-130, how many people sent evidence of their relationship with their spouse, ie pictures, letters, receipts from trips, etc. I've noticed that some have. I was fully prepared to take all of this with me to the interview (when I get there, haven't even got the I-130 submitted yet :S )

For those that sent pictures, were they sent back to you?

Also, can someone please explain to me what AOS means? I noticed on the one flowchart for the CR-1, IR-1, that it had a block for AOS, but, wasn't quite sure what that was and when that happened.

Thanks, much!!

We did not send one picture with the I-130.. We definitely had them for our Interview. (Wedding Album and such) and AOS means Adjustment of Status.. I suggest reading the guides here... they are pretty informative and helpful. It can be a bit overwhelming once you get started but it gets easier, Trust me..

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Ryan, thank you!! I though AOS meant "adjustment of status" and it wasn't making sense to me of where it was showing in the flow chart. I appreciate your response : )

Thanks, Grace : ) I have pretty much read the files available, but, then, time lapses and so does my brain - OY!! and I forget a lot of what I read and thought I knew :S

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and AOS means Adjustment of Status..

White it is true that AOS can mean "Adjustment of Status" it is not correct in the context of the spousal visa process. Spousal visa holders don't adjust status.

AOS has the dual meaning because it the letters share the name with an immigration process and the name of a form (specifically, the I-864).


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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