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Hi, I am recently getting everything together for my CR-1 application. I am right now stuck in the evidence of a bona fide marriage section; I have a bank account, but since she doesn't live here or have a SSN, I can't add her. In Mexico, we tried to make a bank account with both names, but since I don't have their identification card, I wasn't allowed to be in her account. I do send her money, and I have the receipts. Also, I don't have any property or anything like that other than a car. I have been knowing my wife since I am 8 and have pictures of us. Also, we dated when we were 15 and also have a couple of those. I have conversations of when we were dating at age 15 and now, I have probably more than 500 pages of conversations we have had. I mainly have pictures (kid pictures, dating pics, wedding pictures, and as a married couple pics), money receipts, conversations of years back, plane tickets of the times I've gone) and I don't know what I can send in. I really need help. Thanks!

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Just to give you an idea of what I took to the interview, I share the part about bona fide marriage:

1. Evidence of bona fide marriage

1. Documents of Eric trip to Mexico

2. Mexico Reentry permit of Eric

3. Copy of Mexico authorization for change of condition of Eric from visitor to temporary resident through marriage

4. Copy of Mexico temporary resident card of Eric

5. Copy of Mexico CURP of Eric

6. Original and Copy of I-130 petition payment made in Monterrey, Mexico by Eric

7. Copy of form to request a work permission in Mexico of Eric and supporting documents

8. Copy of denied work permission notification of Eric

9. Documents and copies of Idalia trip to Santa Fe, NM, USA to visit Eric

10. Copy of health insurance of Idalia and Eric

11. Copy of life insurance of Idalia stating Eric as one of her beneficiaries

12. Banorte joint account contract and bank statements from the last five months of Idalia and Eric

13. Wells Fargo joint accounts bank statements from the most recent month of Eric and Idalia

14. Affidavits from friends and Eric

15. Photos documenting relationship with descriptions next to each photo

16. Document of Skype history

My husband was a temporary resident in Mexico and we had two joint accounts, but they just asked to see some pictures and that was it.

This is what I found in a cover letter from another VJ member who had an interview in Ciudad Juarez consulate as well:

1. Evidence of bona fide marriage

1. Affidavits from friends and family

2. Photos documenting relationship with descriptions on the back of each photo

3. Document of text and Facebook message history

Her husband was approved as I was.

You can add the boarding passes/bus tickets from the times you two visited each other, pictures describing your relationship (our photo album had pictures of 2011-2015), affidavits from people who know about the relationship, the receipts of when you sent her money, the skype log, text log, if she added you to her insurance, insurance document, Wedding invitation.

Also you can prepare a cover letter. Here a link to the VJ example:


In our cover letter I added the bona fide section I pasted above.

Let's see what other VJ members can add.

Edited by Eric & Idalia

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This is what I send to nvc as proofs

1.marriage certificate

2.church marriage certificate

3.wedding pictures

4.marriage invitation

5.my name added to his passport

6. We filed taxes as married with his name in my tax returns

7.other pictures of us together

This is all I send, I thought of sending chat history and call logs but too many pages so saving that for interview

Send all the proofs you have, it really depends on the person checking your file...

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Bona fida proof for the I-130 petition would usually be chat/phone/email logs, pictures of you together and of meeting family plus passport stamps/boarding passes of visits to see each other. Most people living apart won't have joint accounts, joint leases etc, so don't worry about that.

Good luck with your visa journey.

Met online October 2010

Engaged December 31st 2011

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September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center

September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received

March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:

NVC Stage

March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid

April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid

May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application

May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents

May 18th 2015 - Scan Date

June 18th 2015 - Checklist received

June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC

June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review

Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team

Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests

Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:

Embassy Stage

Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam

Dec 21st 2015 - Interview

Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms

Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning

Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864

Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning

Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:

In the US

April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.

April 14th 2016 - SSN received

May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:

May 27th 2016 - Green Card received

June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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