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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Costa Rica

Hi guys,

Organizing our evidence of having met in person the past 2 years and wondering if what I am providing is sufficient. Backstory: I lived in Costa Rica from August 2013 to October 2014 (until coming back to get a job and do this petition). I traveled back and forth to U.S. to renew my visa every 3 months but my primary residence was in the same town as my partner.

Of course I'm nervous I don't have enough primary evidence as I never anticipated doing this, so don't have copies of all my boarding passes. Also, I have no shared boarding passes or shared travel itineraries. Anyhow, here is the breakdown.

Primary Evidence: Copies of ALL my Passport Entry Stamps into Costa Rica (6 total, clear on copies of passport) from 2013 to 2014. Also have copies of 1 boarding pass that I have available EXITING Costa Rica in October 2014 leaving from San Jose back to U.S, and then a copy of 1 going to Costa Rica in May 2014. I also have copies of 5 credit card statements (Months November & December 2013, and then January, February, April, August, and September/October 2014) of showing purchases in the town my partner and I lived and throughout Costa Rica. In November and December 2013 we traveled together so I noted that on a post-it on my credit card statement. I also have a copy of a debit card statement with a withdrawal from an ATM in August 2013 in the town we both lived. I highlighted the name of the town on the statement.

Secondary Evidence: Copies of travel itineraries/e-Ticket confirmations for several of my flights going into and out of Costa Rica throughout 2013 and 2014 to correspond with boarding passes and passport entry/exit stamps. I noted with sticky notes. I have about 5 photos of us together, can send more but not sure if necessary.

My concern is I don't have anything of my partner actually being with me with shared receipts or shared travel itineraries... its all just me going to Costa Rica, and then the only thing that shows we are physically together is photos. Is that going to be an issue?

Some other things I could send as secondary evidence:

- I have a business card with my name on it showing the business I was working for in Costa Rica. This could potentially be used as secondary evidence? Just not sure if necessary or appropriate.

- I DO have a bank account with a bank in Costa Rica that shows lots of purchases (in addition to credit card). However these are in Spanish and I don't want to risk not translating them correctly and getting an RFE. I think the Passport Entry stamps should basically cover my presence in the country, plus if I have credit card statements that are in English that also prove purchases in that country I don't need to translate... think that would be enough?

Main concern is as I'm going through this its not like there is anything SHARED with our names both on it that proves I actually met him besides our photos. I obviously can prove my presence in Costa Rica pretty easy but wondering if someone looking at this will be like... hey, you were obviously in Costa Rica, but how can you prove you were WITH HIM minus those photos? I keep doubting that I have enough but again, maybe I am overthinking.

Any thoughts? Thanks guys!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Jamaica

I didn't have any "shared" evidence either. I did not send anything with both of our names on it. Just my passport stamps and boarding passes that I was there and then photos of us together. We did take a few photos in front of landmarks, but I heard that was not necessary. We got approval in 65 days. I think your evidence is plenty sufficient! Yes, I would go ahead and send in your business card too.

Edited by LionessDeon

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I think you've got it covered. Good luck with your visa journey :)

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Ethiopia

all I sent was my visa stamp(1) and pictures (10) and nothing else and had no issues so I say go ahead and send

USCIS : 7 months
Marriage : March 21, 2014
I-130 Sent : April 18, 2014
I-130 NOA1 : April 22, 2014
I-130 Approved: November 14, 2014 
after two service request

NVC6 months
Received : December 1, 2014
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : January 1, 2015
Pay AOS Bill : January 9, 2015
Submit DS-261 : January 7, 2015
Receive IV Bill : January 15, 2015 
called after AOS showed paid, they released it overnight)
Pay IV Bill : January 23, 2015
Send IV and AOS: January 29, 2015
Scan date: February 3, 2015
Checklist: March 19, 2015
 (only need to send south Africa police report)
Case Complete: June 3, 2015 

EMBASSY: 10 months
Interview appointment letter : December 4, 2015
Interview Date : January 21, 2016 
medical wasn't complete
Second interview date: April 4th 2016
Interview Result :APPROVED!!!

Visa Received : 4/13/2016 ( they sent us a email stating our visa was ready for pick up)

US Entry :4/29/2016 
Social Security : 5/10/2016 (filed from the actual office)
State ID: 5/14/2016
Started working!!: 5/25/2016
Finally paid green card fee: 6/24/2016 ( note said we will receive it within 60 days)
Green card in hand: 7/5/2016 10 year green card we done!! 

1st king born: 6/30/2016

April 2017 update: Marriage still going strong, baby boy getting bigger. Life is good 


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Your evidence sounds good to me!

NOA1: 04/08/2014; NOA2: 04/21/2014; Visa interview, approved: 07/15/2014; POE: 07/25/2014; Marriage: 09/05/2014



NOA1:  09/12/2014;  Biometrics:  10/06/2014;  EAD/AP Received:  11/26/2014;  Interview Waiver Letter:  01/02/2015;  

RFE:  07/09/2015;  Permanent Residency Granted:  07/27/2015;  Green card Received:  08/22/2015



NOA1:  05/24/2017;  Biometrics:  06/13/2017;  Approved without interview:  09/05/2018;  10 Yr Green card Received:  09/13/2018



08/09/2020 -- Filed N-400 online

08/09/2020 -- NOA1 date

08/11/2020 -- NOA1 received in the mail

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