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Hello, I am about to file the i130 for my husband who is from Nigeria. I have printed out over a years worth of our what's app chat and emails and phone calls which all amount to well over 1500 copies total. Will I have to make multiple sets of these copies for different phases in this whole process? For myself or hubby? Will he have to provide all of this at his interview? If so, I need to know before I send it to USCIS.

I have another question also. When my husband and I got married in Nigeria I had to write my married last name on my marriage certificate. Will that mess up anything because I have not changed my name officially yet and all of my documents for example, drivers license, birth certificate, Social Security card all say my maiden name. I am afraid that it will cause a problem. Am I worried for nothing?

Last question, almost 5 years ago when I moved into my old apartment I do not remember the exact date. Will a guesstimation do? Or will I have to have the exact dates?

Thank you so much in advance for any help that you can give on these questions from your knowledge. This site has been so very helpful to me and my husband.

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That is way too many you need at most a few pages of each over different times, pictures are important, passport stamps, flight tickets/itineraries as well .

Just a dose of reality you will not get approved in 14 days like the other poster it will likely take you 5-7 months at uscis as the other poster comes from the Philippines which are expedited before others .

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That is way too many you need at most a few pages of each over different times, pictures are important, passport stamps, flight tickets/itineraries as well .

Just a dose of reality you will not get approved in 14 days like the other poster it will likely take you 5-7 months at uscis as the other poster comes from the Philippines which are expedited before others .

+1 Very true. Didn't mean to get hopes up just pointing out it doesn't take excessive documentation to gain approval

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Holy cow! 1500 pages is a bit excessive....

For I-130 i sent 4 wedding pics, two sets of boarding passes, copy of hotel receipt from honeymoon and a copy of the stamps in my passport.

Approved 14 days later

This is Lagos, totally different !


Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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Hello, I am about to file the i130 for my husband who is from Nigeria. I have printed out over a years worth of our what's app chat and emails and phone calls which all amount to well over 1500 copies total. Will I have to make multiple sets of these copies for different phases in this whole process? For myself or hubby? Will he have to provide all of this at his interview? If so, I need to know before I send it to USCIS.

I have another question also. When my husband and I got married in Nigeria I had to write my married last name on my marriage certificate. Will that mess up anything because I have not changed my name officially yet and all of my documents for example, drivers license, birth certificate, Social Security card all say my maiden name. I am afraid that it will cause a problem. Am I worried for nothing?

Last question, almost 5 years ago when I moved into my old apartment I do not remember the exact date. Will a guesstimation do? Or will I have to have the exact dates?

Thank you so much in advance for any help that you can give on these questions from your knowledge. This site has been so very helpful to me and my husband.

Thin the copies out to show communication from day one to current, a few per week.

Frontload it to USCIS (if you send 1500 you will piss someone there off so thin it out).

Sideload at NVC with updated ongoing communication evidence.

Then have hubby bring a copy of all evidence to the interview including the newest communications.

Keep one copy for yourself if needed later in case of denial.

What other relationship evidence do you have ? Boarding passes, hotel receipts, lots of photos with family also, dated

and divided for each trip.

What about financial co mingling, does he own any land he can put your name on, what about having him as a beneficiary

of your insurance policy ? Joint bank account in Nigeria ? Do a well rounded quality package not just chats.

No issue with the name as you have not legally changed it here.

Exact dates are better but if you can not access that info then a guestimate will do.

Don't rush this thing but take extra time to get it right.

Lagos is a tough embassy. I advice you to visit as often as you can and be there for the interview.


Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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Thanks guys! Ebunoluwa, thanks especially. So when you say send him all the evidence should it be the thinned out version like what I will send to petition?

Also, yes I have ticket info and tickets, pictures of our wedding and family but no joint accounts. I can do that though, but I wonder if he can add me to his bank account without me being present?

This is some great advice... Thanks so much. I definitely want to get this right.

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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.


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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Just to note if you moved into that apartment then you likely signed a lease or other document.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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I may have misread your timeline, you have met once and married?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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This is way too much "contact" stuff. One every other week 2-3 a month is more than enough.

I did not see the co-mingling of your assets, and monies listed.,.,.this is important.,.I would think.

The other members have answered your questions, I just question your inter-mingling of assets and monies.

Take a good look, and good luck, it is a tough embassy, I have read so many times.

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NLR, no I don't have a copy from that apartment from 5 years ago. I would not know where to begin finding it. And as for who I paid, I paid my landlord who was owner when I leased the place and he sold it while I was still living there.

Yes, have met and married

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