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Hi all,

My husband just sent out our I-751 package today to remove conditions of status on my case. He did it right before the USPS closed today. He was in such hurry and he totally forgot to include the photo album (about 20 photos taken throughout our marriage). I just checked the tracking number and the package has left our local USPS location.

I'm totally freaking out right now as we clearly wrote on the cover letter to USCIS there are photos included!!

Has this happened with anybody else before?

I'm thinking to run to USPS first thing tomorrow and send a separate package of the photos.. Will that work?

Also....my husband forgot to sign the cover letter. I don't think it's a big deal since we both signed our I-751 and that seems more important. Right?

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Photos are optional. You don't need to send them. I am pretty sure some examiners don't even read your headletter. Don't sweat, you gonna be fine. Good luck.


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12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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Filed: IR-5 Timeline

If I remember when my wife got her initial I-751 receipt, it was a letter that extended the GC for one year while they processed the I-751. However, unless they changed it, there was a mention of sending additional documents to include a copy of the receipt letter and where to mail it to.

Also, VSC took 9 months to process our I-751. As you might imagine our lives changed during the time... new insurance, new job etc. but I was told on a another forum that there is no need to update USCIS of anything, except the a address change, unless they sent a RFE.


Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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Filed: Timeline

Photos are optional. You don't need to send them. I am pretty sure some examiners don't even read your headletter. Don't sweat, you gonna be fine. Good luck.

Thank you Nancy!

As I went over our I-751 package, I do think we have enough evidence to support our case without the photos.

Here are what we prepared:

- Copy of GC

- Copy of both our passport ID page

- Copy of marriage certificates & license

- Copy of my husband's certificate of naturalization

- Copy of our driver's license showing shared address

- 2 affidavits by friends

- Copy of 2013 & 2012 joint tax return

- Copy of apartment lease and extension showing joint occupancy

- Copy of deed of trust on our investment property purchased in a different state (showing both names)

- Copy of home insurance of above property (both names)

- Copy of 2 joint checking & saving accounts statements

- Copy of 2 joint car insurances

- Copy of joint health insurance & insurance cards showing joint policy

- Letter showing me as beneficiary of my husband's life insurance policy

- Copy of 2 joint credit cards statements

- Copy of the actual credit cards showing joint account number

- Copy of joint electricity bill

- Copy of joint internet service

- Joint entertainment membership (Netflix, Hulu)

- Various copies of documents in my husband or my name with shared address ( i.e, our pet hospital receipt, magazine subscription, insurance letter, individual credit card statements, copy of checks have both our names on them, etc)

- Photos taken throughout the course of our marriage (which mu husband forgot to include :(

We decided not to mail another package of the photos since you can see there are lots of evidence already. Personally I don't want immigration officer pay too much attention, or get annoyed over our case.

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Thank you Nancy!

As I went over our I-751 package, I do think we have enough evidence to support our case without the photos.

Here are what we prepared:

- Copy of GC

- Copy of both our passport ID page

- Copy of marriage certificates & license

- Copy of my husband's certificate of naturalization

- Copy of our driver's license showing shared address

- 2 affidavits by friends

- Copy of 2013 & 2012 joint tax return

- Copy of apartment lease and extension showing joint occupancy

- Copy of deed of trust on our investment property purchased in a different state (showing both names)

- Copy of home insurance of above property (both names)

- Copy of 2 joint checking & saving accounts statements

- Copy of 2 joint car insurances

- Copy of joint health insurance & insurance cards showing joint policy

- Letter showing me as beneficiary of my husband's life insurance policy

- Copy of 2 joint credit cards statements

- Copy of the actual credit cards showing joint account number

- Copy of joint electricity bill

- Copy of joint internet service

- Joint entertainment membership (Netflix, Hulu)

- Various copies of documents in my husband or my name with shared address ( i.e, our pet hospital receipt, magazine subscription, insurance letter, individual credit card statements, copy of checks have both our names on them, etc)

- Photos taken throughout the course of our marriage (which mu husband forgot to include :(

We decided not to mail another package of the photos since you can see there are lots of evidence already. Personally I don't want immigration officer pay too much attention, or get annoyed over our case.

you have enough evidence. Wait until you get something back from USCIS asking for something. However U guarantee you will receive an approval letter. Thats exactly what I sent and got approved without asking for more evidence. Don't stress it out, this step and naturalization are way easier then first one (AOS)

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When including photographs, do you send them with a caption written on the back? are the prints 4x6??

Yes we did put people, location and date on the bak and put into a small 4x6 album which contains about 20 photos

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you have enough evidence. Wait until you get something back from USCIS asking for something. However U guarantee you will receive an approval letter. Thats exactly what I sent and got approved without asking for more evidence. Don't stress it out, this step and naturalization are way easier then first one (AOS)

Thank you silkafi88 :)

Yes I think we are in good shape. We were actually enjoy the process of looking through all the photos for past two years and it's a bummer we can't share them to immigration officer.

Both photos and the cover letter are optional. It makes no difference if he signed the cover letter or not. If they need the photos they will send you an RFE.

thanks Lainie B :)

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I have a friend who is an immigration lawyer, and she said that USCIS does not bother with the cover letters and just throws them in the trash. As for the pictures, I think you already have enough evidence. If you try to send something now, it will be difficult to match up with your original petition. So, it sounds like you are making a good decision to just wait. If they want someting, they will send an RFE, and you can include the pictures at that time. Good luck with your process!


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I have a friend who is an immigration lawyer, and she said that USCIS does not bother with the cover letters and just throws them in the trash. As for the pictures, I think you already have enough evidence. If you try to send something now, it will be difficult to match up with your original petition. So, it sounds like you are making a good decision to just wait. If they want someting, they will send an RFE, and you can include the pictures at that time. Good luck with your process!

thank you menina!

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It looks like you have plenty of evidence; I wouldn't sweat the photo omission.


"Wherever you go, you take yourself with you." --Neil Gaiman

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