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we are ready to mail everything in, and i have a few questions if anyone can answer, would be of great help to us, so here goes:

  • is there a specific type of folder that we need to use (color, size, thickness, etc)? the assembling tips only said in note 6a : a. Do not use binders or folders that cannot be easily disassembled.
  • is the tab assist a must?
  • i have just seen in the uscis website that:

“Place of Birth” always means country of birth.

Include the date of birth on all forms in the designated field in MM/DD/YYYY format.
we have mistakenly put place of birth as city,country and instead of mm/dd/yy as actually putting actual month out i.e. january 30, 2015, is this ok?
  • does the check need to be stapled in the i-130 form?
  • our tickets, itineraries, receipts, pictures are stapled in a sheet of a4 size paper (evidence of bonafide marriage), is this ok?
  • what part of the form or anything that one can easily mislook that can make or break the petition?

that is all i can think of for now, hopefully someone could answer my queries because we are worried we might miss a thing or two and can cause the petition to be denied, thank you so much for your time :)

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we are ready to mail everything in, and i have a few questions if anyone can answer, would be of great help to us, so here goes:

  • is there a specific type of folder that we need to use (color, size, thickness, etc)? the assembling tips only said in note 6a : a. Do not use binders or folders that cannot be easily disassembled.
  • is the tab assist a must?
  • i have just seen in the uscis website that:

“Place of Birth” always means country of birth.

Include the date of birth on all forms in the designated field in MM/DD/YYYY format.
we have mistakenly put place of birth as city,country and instead of mm/dd/yy as actually putting actual month out i.e. january 30, 2015, is this ok?
  • does the check need to be stapled in the i-130 form?
  • our tickets, itineraries, receipts, pictures are stapled in a sheet of a4 size paper (evidence of bonafide marriage), is this ok?
  • what part of the form or anything that one can easily mislook that can make or break the petition?

that is all i can think of for now, hopefully someone could answer my queries because we are worried we might miss a thing or two and can cause the petition to be denied, thank you so much for your time :)

Answers:

  • You don't need to use any kind of folder. Clipping it together with one big clip will be sufficient.
  • Tab assist is not necessary.
  • Shouldn't be an issue.
  • Do not staple the check to the form, use a paperclip.
  • Remove the staple and replace with paperclips.
  • Totality of the circumstances makes or breaks a petition.

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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

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Just to note, paper size in the USA is standard ledger, legal, or letter size. Obviously they know that other countries have different sized sheets of paper which is why they do not state what size to use. However the folders that the USCIS and DOS use look like this and are made to hold just slightly larger than a legal sheet of paper

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I saw mine at my interview.


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