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I-751 RFE needs advice

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Hi! Pardon the posting, i know i could've created a new thread...


us too just got a letter from USCIS. to be honest i was expecting it because we barely have anything to present them. we've been together for 3 years and a half but all that we were able to submit (for I-751) are some pictures, tax returns, affidavits from his (US citizen) mom and cousin.


here's what they said

'the evidence you submitted is not sufficient because you have nt shown that you and your spouse share responsibility for most of the marriage. you have not submitted examples of shared assets and liabilities spanning the period of the marriage to show that you have continuously shared a life together.'


we don't have a lease together because we are just living with my aunt for free. his mom has a house but that is too far from where i work that's why we decided to just live here (at aunt's house). before we moved here though, we shared an apartment with his cousin, and of course the contract was under their name. we did not add my name because it will cost a few more money every month. and yes we are quite tight with finances since he was in school and just very recently got out of bancruptcy.


as we all know, USCIS has this list of 'evidences' that we need to provide.


but if, like us, can't provide most of those documents, is it necessary or advisable to explain why?


if i will submit a joint account (2 years) statement, how far back should i go and print the statements?


he just added me to his phone account a month ago (i used to be with under my sister's), should i submit this ONLY utility bill that is under his account or no??? it is even under his mom's address, we didnt care to change it just because of the paperless billing


we obviously have no utility bills under our name because we kept moving - this is the fourth time we moved in 3.5 years coz of financial issues. and the same reason why we're not thinking of having babies yet. SOON :)



is it necessary to submit Driver's License with the same address? or useless???


other evidences that we can submit are


2013 Tax transcript


credit cards with him as an authorized user (there is no more such thing as joint credit card account as far as i was told)


pictures from recent trip and visit to his relatives in another state


My benefits/insurance statement showing him as the beneficiary, and he is included under my policy. (this one is something that i just printed online, is that ok)


His own bank account showing our current address


His pay stub and my pay stub showing same address



any suggestions, please??? thank you all!!!






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Your lists are good. Driver licence is a must send which it proves couples living together. Send everything even it is not a joint account, it would count as joint residence. Maybe get people to write letters for you.

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What I would do is organize the evidence in such a way that it "tells the story." USCIS is used to seeing people who don't really share their lives and are trying to fake it, and also those who do share their lives but don't have a house with a white picket fence and 2.3 children.

I might do a cover letter and then a sheet saying something like:

A. Evidence of shared residence

1) Affidavit from aunt. (Then explain why you live there)

2) Drivers licenses showing common address

etc.

B) Evidence of shared finances

1) Joint bank account statements.

2) Credit card statements. Account is in individual name but spouse is an authorized user. Purchases by spouse are highlighted in yellow. (It certainly wouldn't hurt if some of the purchases are from stores selling only girly items and some selling only guy items.)

etc.

Regarding bank statements, most advice on this board is to send in one statement per quarter for the duration of the marriage.

I think it will help if you make it easy for USCIS to understand the story. It's not about some artificial checklist, and it's definitely not about some kind of phony appearance. They want to see the truth in a way they can understand. And the easier you make it for them to understand, the more likely they are to believe it. I don't think RFE's are submitted under oath, but if you put a notation on a bank statement that says "Birthday present for husband's brother" they are not likely to think you're lying. People will omit awkward facts, but they usually won't just make something up.

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