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Hi, my husband and I are planning a cross country move so I'm trying to slim down my papers and files. I am wondering if it is necessary to keep old packets of the K1, 134, 485, since each time, new supporting documents are requested? Most of the financial info has to be current and can be obtained online. Seems the only proof of relationship I would need is current proof such as pix, bills, taxes showing we live together. I planned to keep government documents & applications (maybe) only and shred supporting documents.

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I still have all of mine. After I got my citizenship in 2009 I went back through the files and culled the various petitions and applications of anything I felt was extraneous but I still kept a full copy of each petition and its attachments along with all correspondence to and from USCIS. Interestingly enough, I have had to use tax transcripts from 2004 to 2009 and some other financial documents twice for totally non-immigration related purposes - an IRS audit, and for a legal matter in 2012. We wouldn't have had them available if I hadn't kept them in my immigration file. So, cull out the 'extras' but keep the actual files.

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“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


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