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Hi all

We finally have our I-130 package ready and will be going to Frankfurt on Wednesday to deliver in person.

This is what we have in our package:

Completed and signed form I-130

Money order for $420

Form G-325A completed and signed by petitioner

Form G-325A completed and signed by beneficiary

Passport sized photo of petitioner

Passport sized photo of beneficiary

Photo page of petitioner's passport

Proof of German residence for petitioner (military orders)

Marriage certificate

Divorce certificate from petitioner

Divorce certficate from beneficiary

Property lease in joint names

Petitioner's life assurance document showing beneficiary as beneficiary

Car insurance in joint names

Car title in joint names

ADAC statement in joint names

Bank statement in joint names

Tricare health insurance document showing beneficiary as petitioner's spouse and beneficiary

Wedding invitation

Honeymoon flight itinerary and hotel bill in joint names

Flight itinerary from summer vacation showing petitioner, beneficiary and petitioner's son on tickets

Selection of family photos (wedding, family get togethers, honeymoon)

Copy of letter from hotel confirming upcoming vow renewal ceremony

We haven't included any emails or skype logs in the initial package as we have been living together for over a year and thought we would print some to take with everything to the interview. We can these together if we need to take some.

Please let me have your thoughts as to how our package looks, any advice will be welcome, I may have overlooked something extremely obvious on my list!!

Also, how is the best way to submit everything? Folder, clip, hole punched and tagged, stapled?

Thanks!! :-)


I'm from the UK, hubby is from Michigan and is a retired US Army LTC.   We are currently stationed overseas.

Here is our immigration journey so far....

10.26.13 - Our wedding in Scotland 

11.26.14 - Filed I-130 at US Consulate, Frankfurt (DCF)

11.18.14 - Returned to Scotland to renew our vows for our first wedding anniversary

01.08.15 - NOA2 received in snail mail, together with case number and Packet 3 instructions

02.15.15 - Submitted Packet 3

02.17.15 - Packet 4 received by email with instructions to schedule medical and interview

02.18.15 - Email authorisation received from Consulate to gain access to appointment calendar

03.03.15 - Medical

03.18.15 - Interview - Approved

03.21.15 - Visa in hand

06.10.15 - POE Chicago (final destination Detroit)

07.20.15 - Received SSN in mail

07.27.15 - Received 2 year green card in mail

The journey to ROC starts here...!

10.05.15 - Returned to Germany on government orders

05.25.17 - Mailed ROC package to California Service Centre

06.14.17 - Received NOA 1 (dated 05.30.17) in mail

09.05.18 - Received a second NOA (dated 08.11.18) in mail granting a further six months extension to green card due to 'processing delays'

11.26.18 - ROC - Approved

12.05.18 - Approval Notice I-797 received in mail

12.18.18 - 10 year green card received in mail

The journey to citizenship starts here...!

 

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Many thanks for your reply!

Thanks for the reminder re the contact info. A guy from the consulate came to the base to give a talk about the visa process and he mentioned submitting it with the package.

Good luck with the rest of your journey...hope you're not too 'stressed out' !!!


I'm from the UK, hubby is from Michigan and is a retired US Army LTC.   We are currently stationed overseas.

Here is our immigration journey so far....

10.26.13 - Our wedding in Scotland 

11.26.14 - Filed I-130 at US Consulate, Frankfurt (DCF)

11.18.14 - Returned to Scotland to renew our vows for our first wedding anniversary

01.08.15 - NOA2 received in snail mail, together with case number and Packet 3 instructions

02.15.15 - Submitted Packet 3

02.17.15 - Packet 4 received by email with instructions to schedule medical and interview

02.18.15 - Email authorisation received from Consulate to gain access to appointment calendar

03.03.15 - Medical

03.18.15 - Interview - Approved

03.21.15 - Visa in hand

06.10.15 - POE Chicago (final destination Detroit)

07.20.15 - Received SSN in mail

07.27.15 - Received 2 year green card in mail

The journey to ROC starts here...!

10.05.15 - Returned to Germany on government orders

05.25.17 - Mailed ROC package to California Service Centre

06.14.17 - Received NOA 1 (dated 05.30.17) in mail

09.05.18 - Received a second NOA (dated 08.11.18) in mail granting a further six months extension to green card due to 'processing delays'

11.26.18 - ROC - Approved

12.05.18 - Approval Notice I-797 received in mail

12.18.18 - 10 year green card received in mail

The journey to citizenship starts here...!

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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It looks good to me! I think you really have enough evidence for a bona fide relationship and won't get an RFE :)

Just one thing: When submitting the petition, the petitioner has to proof his citizenship. You can either submit a copy of your husband's birth certificate or you must copy all pages of his passport, not just the biographic one.

And I would also use paper clips. I know it might not apply to you since you're doing DCF, but I read that the USCIS units in the US do not like staples. But you can surely use those see-through plastic folders or post-its to organize and label everything.

Good luck!


 

 

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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Weird. I totally didn't submit a copy of my birth certificate and only copied the biographic page of my passport, but didn't get an RFE for that. Whatever, maybe I got lucky, haha.


Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

TransferWise Invitation Link: (first wire transfer is free) https://transferwise.com/u/eec50

(B-2 Journey):

 

 

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

 

(IR-1 Journey):

 

 

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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Weird. I totally didn't submit a copy of my birth certificate and only copied the biographic page of my passport, but didn't get an RFE for that. Whatever, maybe I got lucky, haha.

I've heard conflicting opinions on the passport copying....if we copy the whole thing it's going to be a ton of blank pages as he's just renewed it. Can't use birth certificate as he has no idea where it is! Prob just do it anyway to be on the safe side, knowing our luck we will get an RFE for not doing it!


I'm from the UK, hubby is from Michigan and is a retired US Army LTC.   We are currently stationed overseas.

Here is our immigration journey so far....

10.26.13 - Our wedding in Scotland 

11.26.14 - Filed I-130 at US Consulate, Frankfurt (DCF)

11.18.14 - Returned to Scotland to renew our vows for our first wedding anniversary

01.08.15 - NOA2 received in snail mail, together with case number and Packet 3 instructions

02.15.15 - Submitted Packet 3

02.17.15 - Packet 4 received by email with instructions to schedule medical and interview

02.18.15 - Email authorisation received from Consulate to gain access to appointment calendar

03.03.15 - Medical

03.18.15 - Interview - Approved

03.21.15 - Visa in hand

06.10.15 - POE Chicago (final destination Detroit)

07.20.15 - Received SSN in mail

07.27.15 - Received 2 year green card in mail

The journey to ROC starts here...!

10.05.15 - Returned to Germany on government orders

05.25.17 - Mailed ROC package to California Service Centre

06.14.17 - Received NOA 1 (dated 05.30.17) in mail

09.05.18 - Received a second NOA (dated 08.11.18) in mail granting a further six months extension to green card due to 'processing delays'

11.26.18 - ROC - Approved

12.05.18 - Approval Notice I-797 received in mail

12.18.18 - 10 year green card received in mail

The journey to citizenship starts here...!

 

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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All it costs is a little bit of time and printer ink/paper. :thumbs:


Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

TransferWise Invitation Link: (first wire transfer is free) https://transferwise.com/u/eec50

(B-2 Journey):

 

 

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

 

(IR-1 Journey):

 

 

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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The Frankfurt instructions specify that they only need the first page of the USC's passport.

Just a quick edit: I assume you mean life *insurance*. Otherwise, looks good to me!


2012: Married
2014 2016 2017: I-130 packet direct to Frankfurt

Frankfurt's "steps" to DCF:

Step 1: I-130 Petition Checklist (PDF, from their USCIS page)

Step 2: Immigrant/Fiance(e) & K-Visa Applicant Checklist (PDF, from their Appointment & Interview page)

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Oh, no worries.

The I-130 itself is unclear on the matter. Interesting to know that domestic filers might receive an RFE for sending only the photo page; I've seen recommendations both ways on VJ.

Edited by awaywego

2012: Married
2014 2016 2017: I-130 packet direct to Frankfurt

Frankfurt's "steps" to DCF:

Step 1: I-130 Petition Checklist (PDF, from their USCIS page)

Step 2: Immigrant/Fiance(e) & K-Visa Applicant Checklist (PDF, from their Appointment & Interview page)

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Just found the info page that the guy gave us when he came to the base and it does actually say just include the photo page of USC passport.

One less thing to worry about!

Thanks everyone for your input!


I'm from the UK, hubby is from Michigan and is a retired US Army LTC.   We are currently stationed overseas.

Here is our immigration journey so far....

10.26.13 - Our wedding in Scotland 

11.26.14 - Filed I-130 at US Consulate, Frankfurt (DCF)

11.18.14 - Returned to Scotland to renew our vows for our first wedding anniversary

01.08.15 - NOA2 received in snail mail, together with case number and Packet 3 instructions

02.15.15 - Submitted Packet 3

02.17.15 - Packet 4 received by email with instructions to schedule medical and interview

02.18.15 - Email authorisation received from Consulate to gain access to appointment calendar

03.03.15 - Medical

03.18.15 - Interview - Approved

03.21.15 - Visa in hand

06.10.15 - POE Chicago (final destination Detroit)

07.20.15 - Received SSN in mail

07.27.15 - Received 2 year green card in mail

The journey to ROC starts here...!

10.05.15 - Returned to Germany on government orders

05.25.17 - Mailed ROC package to California Service Centre

06.14.17 - Received NOA 1 (dated 05.30.17) in mail

09.05.18 - Received a second NOA (dated 08.11.18) in mail granting a further six months extension to green card due to 'processing delays'

11.26.18 - ROC - Approved

12.05.18 - Approval Notice I-797 received in mail

12.18.18 - 10 year green card received in mail

The journey to citizenship starts here...!

 

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Did you include a piece of paper with all contact info from both you and the beneficiary? They requested it in the instructions, so I'd include that.

Other than that, everything looks perfect to me. You should expect to get your NOA2 within a few weeks. :)

I only stapled translations to their respective forms, but everything else I just paperclipped together and it all went into one envelope. Having a cover letter really helps them out. Here's what mine was like just as an example: (all documents in German can be translated at home using a simple Translation Certification format found on the USCIS website...you don't need a professional)

September 1, 2014 I-130 Cover Letter

Officer-in-Charge

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt

Giessener Str. 30

60435 Frankfurt

Germany

To the Immigration Office in Frankfurt:

I am a United States citizen temporarily residing in Germany. I am married to a German citizen who wishes to permanently move to the United States later this year with me to return to my previous US residence as a Legal Permanent Resident.

Please find enclosed my I-130 Petition for Alien Relative on behalf of my husband, (name removed - VJ Moderation).

In support of my petition please find included:

Credit card payment form of $420 USD

Personal Information for myself and my husband (i.e. contact info)

**Photocopies of my US passport and German residence permit(s)(**Note Personal Information sheet regarding residence permits)

Form G325A for myself (Name)

A passport-dimension photograph of myself (name on back of photo)(Attached to respective G-325a)

Form G325A for my husband (Name)

A passport-dimension photograph of my husband (name on back of photo)(Attached to respective G-325a)

A photocopy of our marriage certificate (accompanied by international version)

**Photocopies of husband's German passports (**Note Personal Information sheet regarding old/new passports)

  • Brief explanation of the history of our relationship (i.e. How we met, why I moved to Europe...)

  • Brief explanation as to why certain scraps of evidence are unattainable for us

  • Last page of apartment rental contract (“Schlussbestimmungen”) signed by both my husband and myself

  • Latest Apartment Bill from January 2014 (“Mieterhöhung zum 01.01.2014”) addressed to both my husband and myself

  • Proof of deposit (“Vereinbarung”) on apartment by myself and my husband

  • Official address changes proving I lived with my husband at his parents' address before our marital union and showing we moved together to our own apartment (2x “Anmeldung”)

  • Up-to-date gas and electric bills addressed to both my husband and myself

  • Proof of a joint German bank account shared between my husband and myself (*Please note attached paper)

  • Proof of family health insurance (“Familienversicherung”) which insures us under my husband's work contract (* Two separate pieces of paper – one for each spouse)

  • Photos of my husband and me/family between 2009-2014 (descriptions on back of each photo)

  • Letters from parents in US and Germany and one Finnish friend living in Germany

  • Formal company letter from my parents' HVAC company in Oklahoma which states that they desire to hire both my husband and myself once his green card is in hand

Copies of documents submitted are exact photocopies of unaltered documents and I understand that I may be required to submit original documents to an Immigration or Consular officer at a later date.

Signature:

September 1, 2014

I appreciate your review of this petition. I understand that when this petition is approved, you will notify the Immigrant Visa Department of the US Consulate in Frankfurt and they will contact the beneficiary of the petition - my husband. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance. Our contact information can be found on the attached Personal Information sheet.

Enthusiastically,

Name E-mail: blahblahblah

Address Phone(German mobile):xxx-xxx-xxxxxx


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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