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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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For "Documentary proof of having met in person in the past two years and ongoing relationship", we have thousands of photos that we could possibly provide... I've been visiting my fiance in the Philippines every 6 months for 3 weeks each time, and have been doing this for almost 8 years now. Each time I visit, we take tons of photos on cameras and cellphones.

Our pictures are of many kinds: just the two of us; us with her family; us at different places like home, beach, malls, photo studios, hotels, theme parks, trips to other countries; us with our son.

1) For attaching photos as part of the K-1 application, how many photos would be considered enough or too much? I was thinking of attaching 4 photos for each trip that I've made... that would be 4 x 17 trips = 68 photos... seems a bit much though. I'd definitely cover milestones like photos of our engagement, our son's birth, and photos of the three of us over time to show him growing up. The one thing we DON'T have are pictures with dates. Cellphones don't timestamp pictures and neither did our old camera.

2) Alternatively, couldn't we just print out a collage type photo with several mini photos on each sheet? and does it have to be a real glossy photo? I could fit more pictures on a printer paper and it would be easier (and cheaper) to print out.

3) At the interview, we're not allowed to bring any electronic devices into the consulate, so there goes my idea of bringing a USB drive with ALL our photos. How many do you think we should bring?

Please help! Thanks! :)


12-01-2014: Sent I-129F package via FedEx

12-03-2014: Package arrived at TSC

12-08-2014: Check cashed

12-12-2014: NOA1 hard copy

01-23-2015: USCIS status: Case was Approved

01-30-2015: NOA2 hard copy

02-02-2015: USCIS sent K1 package to NVC

02-10-2015: NVC received K1 package

02-11-2015: Date that NVC supposedly assigned case number

02-18-2015: Called NVC and asked for case number

02-23-2015: Paid MRV Fee

03-02-2015: Scheduled USEM interview appointment

03-02-2015: NVC letter received

03-09-2015: Medical interview

04-23-2015: USEM interview, got 221g email, CEAC status: Immigrant AP

04-28-2015: CFO Seminar, sent 221g response

04-29-2015: USEM received 221g response

04-30-2015: CEAC status date updated

06-17-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant Ready

06-27-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant AP

07-01-2015: Visa in hand! (CEAC still AP lol)

 

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When I was compiling our evidence I followed the guidance on here which suggests ten to twelve photos that are more than just "selfies" as so to speak but rather showed you guys doing different things together (so for example, we included a photo of our trip to the zoo, a photo from a graduation party I threw as a surprise for him etc) as this provides more evidence that you are a real couple, rather than just two people posing together.

I have also read that the same applies for the proof of ongoing relationship, another ten to twelve photos demonstrating the same thing. However, it definitely won't hurt to send extra in either instance.

Hope that helps!


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1) For attaching photos as part of the K-1 application, how many photos would be considered enough or too much? I was thinking of attaching 4 photos for each trip that I've made... that would be 4 x 17 trips = 68 photos... seems a bit much though. I'd definitely cover milestones like photos of our engagement, our son's birth, and photos of the three of us over time to show him growing up. The one thing we DON'T have are pictures with dates. Cellphones don't timestamp pictures and neither did our old camera.

I wouldn't worry about this too much. I didn't. One way to mitigate this issue is show pictures from different times of the year. Any national/religious holidays? Summer vs winter? (not sure of weather changes in the Philippines) We submitted pictures showing us on a beach somewhere in California and also next to a Christmas tree...that should so date changes. Also remember to write date, names, and location on the back.

2) Alternatively, couldn't we just print out a collage type photo with several mini photos on each sheet? and does it have to be a real glossy photo? I could fit more pictures on a printer paper and it would be easier (and cheaper) to print out.

I've heard of people doing collages. My only concern on this, is it's quality over quantity. The pictures have to be clear and the USCIS agent should be able to discern where you are (in general) and who is with you. Hard to do a collage of mid range pictures. Can't talk to the quality of the picture paper.

3) At the interview, we're not allowed to bring any electronic devices into the consulate, so there goes my idea of bringing a USB drive with ALL our photos. How many do you think we should bring?

Please help! Thanks! :)

Haven't done our interview yet but I can tell you this. I will have her take every single piece of evidence I can muster and make it easily accessible. Who knows what each interviewer will want to see. Better safe than sorry.

Just my 2cents


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Well, we used 10 :goofy: for our proof of 2 years.

We do not see it will hurt if we provide big loaded evidences but we just felt as long as we provided what they asked, we would be okay.

So for each visit, we have decided to use 10 - we had 5 visits so total of 50 photos.

Our proofs included:

- 1 page passport that had stamped with date

- 1 receipt of my ticket (I knew the receipt and passport would be sufficient - thus never kept the physical copies of air tickets)

- 1 copy of my hotel receipt

- 10 photos

x 5.

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The idea is to to create a timeline of sorts in the photos you submit. 1-2 representative photos for each trip should be sufficient. (During our K-1 we only had one representative photo from each trip my then fiance made. He made 6 trips in a span of one year to visit me). You can have tons of pictures in just one place and time but that won't hold water. It would have been better if you had date-stamped pictures, but you can also print photos of you together from any of your social media pages that would show the dates. These prove that you have spent time together on several occasions. Anyway, even if your photos are not date-stamped, different hairstyles, fashion, and uhhh...even weight changes, can prove that they were taken over a period of time.

Yes, a photo of your engagement, with your son growing up, and times with both of your families, are good ones also to include among the photos of the two of you together.

God bless on your visa journey.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Belgium
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I only sent 5 pictures of us together at different times in different places (corresponding to my visits to the US and the trips we made when my fiancé lived in Europe).

I think photos with family are great as well, we just didn't have any at the time of filing.

Edit: don't forget to write the date & place at the back of the pictures.

Edited by annem

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Thank you so much for your responses guys and sorry for the late reply! I just wanted to update this thread on what I ended up doing.

I went through our thousands of photos and selected the best representatives showing a variety of situations: day and night pics, different places, pics with her family, with friends, mostly mid-level shots and no selfies. This yielded 75 photos, and will be the set that she will print and bring to the interview. From that 75, I chose the best 1 to 4 photos for each year that I visited her, this yielded 25 photos that I printed out and included in the I-129F package. For each photo I wrote on the back the date, place, people's names, and a paragraph description of what was happening at the time.

Thanks again for your responses, this really helped me figure out what number of photos was reasonable to go with!


12-01-2014: Sent I-129F package via FedEx

12-03-2014: Package arrived at TSC

12-08-2014: Check cashed

12-12-2014: NOA1 hard copy

01-23-2015: USCIS status: Case was Approved

01-30-2015: NOA2 hard copy

02-02-2015: USCIS sent K1 package to NVC

02-10-2015: NVC received K1 package

02-11-2015: Date that NVC supposedly assigned case number

02-18-2015: Called NVC and asked for case number

02-23-2015: Paid MRV Fee

03-02-2015: Scheduled USEM interview appointment

03-02-2015: NVC letter received

03-09-2015: Medical interview

04-23-2015: USEM interview, got 221g email, CEAC status: Immigrant AP

04-28-2015: CFO Seminar, sent 221g response

04-29-2015: USEM received 221g response

04-30-2015: CEAC status date updated

06-17-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant Ready

06-27-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant AP

07-01-2015: Visa in hand! (CEAC still AP lol)

 

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hi,

i used the Line Camera apps for editing,making collages etc.

then i adjust the Copy Quality on my printer to 100%Best.

i only used an HP business copy,hi white paper 8.5x11" (216x279mm)

goodluck??

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Send pictures that coincide with your other evidences like passport stamps and plane stubs. Not too many, just enough to prove you've seen each other 2 years within filing. Throw in some photos with family members and friends too if you have some. It will help you a lot during the interview process. At the initial stage, they are focused on proof of meeting. Interview stage is more focused on how bonafide the relationship is.

Collage is fine. Thats how I did mine. 3-4 photos printed on a regular sheet of paper. Not even glossy. Just make sure the photos are clear. Whatever you send on your initial petition, thats what the interviewer at the embassy will look at.

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