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RFI - No Shared Assets & Liabilities - Plz Help!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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Just got a Request for Information letter after submitting Form I-751.

The main reason listed for the RFI was, "You have not sent sufficient examples of shared assets and liabilities spanning the entire period of the marraige."

A little background: I am helping my divorced wife (who is still living with me in a relationship, yes we're working things out) fill out this I-751.

The I-751 application was jam packed with evidence and affidavits showing bona-fide marriage. But never once during the marriage did I expect my wife to contribute financially because instead of working right away after enring the US, she devoted her efforts to going to school and learning English. We never shared any assets (house or car) because she just didn't want to be on them - which is a common and very normal thing for many married couples. We have every kind of evidence that shows we entered the relationship on good terms, and even have evidence that shows I am still supporting her and living with her in a relationship. However when it came to finances, I was the sole bread-winner, paid for everything, and kept all of my assets under my name. At this point I'm not really sure how to proceed.


  • June 2010 ~ Met
  • July 4, 201142.gif ~ Married
    USCIS
  • August 1, 2011 ~ I-130 Sent
  • August 4, 2011 ~ I-130 Package Received
  • August 8, 2011 ~ NOA1 Receipt
  • February 24, 2012 ~ NOA2 Receipt
    NVC
  • March 9, 2012 ~ Received Case #
  • March 13, 2012 ~ DS-261 Signed
  • March 14, 2012 ~ AOS Bill Paid
  • March 22, 2012 ~ IV Bill Paid
  • March 26, 2012 ~ NVC Case Complete
    CONSULATE
  • May 16, 2012 ~ Interview Date - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  • May 19, 2012 ~ Point of Entry into El Paso, TX, U.S.A.
  • June 4, 2012 ~ Green Card arrived in the mail

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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What evidences did you submit specifically?

One medical record copy (Showing my payment for her medical expenses)

W-4 Form (Showing us both on tax records)

Medical Benefit form (showing her as the beneficiary)

Cell phone Bill Copies (Showing us both on the same cell phone plans)

Three Affidavit letters (From Myself, my Father, and my Mother)

Several family photos showing our time together during the marriage (with family members).


  • June 2010 ~ Met
  • July 4, 201142.gif ~ Married
    USCIS
  • August 1, 2011 ~ I-130 Sent
  • August 4, 2011 ~ I-130 Package Received
  • August 8, 2011 ~ NOA1 Receipt
  • February 24, 2012 ~ NOA2 Receipt
    NVC
  • March 9, 2012 ~ Received Case #
  • March 13, 2012 ~ DS-261 Signed
  • March 14, 2012 ~ AOS Bill Paid
  • March 22, 2012 ~ IV Bill Paid
  • March 26, 2012 ~ NVC Case Complete
    CONSULATE
  • May 16, 2012 ~ Interview Date - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  • May 19, 2012 ~ Point of Entry into El Paso, TX, U.S.A.
  • June 4, 2012 ~ Green Card arrived in the mail

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Please clarify did you file i-751 jointly or with divorce waiver? You can't send what you don't have. Your best bet is to explain it on a headletter and expect an interview.


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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-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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Please clarify did you file i-751 jointly or with divorce waiver? You can't send what you don't have. Your best bet is to explain it on a headletter and expect an interview.

Filed i-751 with divorce waiver.


  • June 2010 ~ Met
  • July 4, 201142.gif ~ Married
    USCIS
  • August 1, 2011 ~ I-130 Sent
  • August 4, 2011 ~ I-130 Package Received
  • August 8, 2011 ~ NOA1 Receipt
  • February 24, 2012 ~ NOA2 Receipt
    NVC
  • March 9, 2012 ~ Received Case #
  • March 13, 2012 ~ DS-261 Signed
  • March 14, 2012 ~ AOS Bill Paid
  • March 22, 2012 ~ IV Bill Paid
  • March 26, 2012 ~ NVC Case Complete
    CONSULATE
  • May 16, 2012 ~ Interview Date - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  • May 19, 2012 ~ Point of Entry into El Paso, TX, U.S.A.
  • June 4, 2012 ~ Green Card arrived in the mail

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Japan
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I agree with Nancy, explain in a cover letter and expect an interview. In addition, I would send the full tax transcripts from the years you filed together. You can print those off at the irs.gov. Affidavits from people who aren't related to you might help as well, it's worth a shot anyway.


Day 0 - 2 May 2012 Mailed AOS package overnight delivery
Day 139 - 17 September 2012 Interview & APPROVED on the Spot!! :)
Day 145 - 23 September 2012 Received Green Card!

ROC - Eligible June 19 2014

Day 0 - 18 June 2014 Mailed ROC package via 2 day priority

Day 42 - 29 July 2014 Approval and Card Production Email

Day 49 - 5 August 2014 Received Green Card

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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Thanks for the tips everyone. Sounds like good advice.


  • June 2010 ~ Met
  • July 4, 201142.gif ~ Married
    USCIS
  • August 1, 2011 ~ I-130 Sent
  • August 4, 2011 ~ I-130 Package Received
  • August 8, 2011 ~ NOA1 Receipt
  • February 24, 2012 ~ NOA2 Receipt
    NVC
  • March 9, 2012 ~ Received Case #
  • March 13, 2012 ~ DS-261 Signed
  • March 14, 2012 ~ AOS Bill Paid
  • March 22, 2012 ~ IV Bill Paid
  • March 26, 2012 ~ NVC Case Complete
    CONSULATE
  • May 16, 2012 ~ Interview Date - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  • May 19, 2012 ~ Point of Entry into El Paso, TX, U.S.A.
  • June 4, 2012 ~ Green Card arrived in the mail

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One of the things USCIS wants to see is shared finances. Putting your assets and finances at risk for the marriage is a sign of good faith.

All you can basically do is show the evidence you have (joint tax returns, joint insurance, the fact that you paid her bills) and emphasize the other evidence of good faith.

The advice I give people is to "tell your story." Make it easy for USCIS to understand without making it sound too slick. And also, look at it from their perspective. I know you think that you've tried hard to keep the marriage together. But an alternate explanation is that the marriage was phony from the start and you're just staying together until ROC is over. Make sure the "story" won't bear that interpretation.

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