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Hi all,

I've an interview later this month for a CR-1 to live with my wife. I understand that the question has been asked before in different ways, but I have a slightly unusual case. Basically, we made an executive decision to tie the knot and live together (either in the US or UK) after only around 7 months of knowing each other, and living apart. I don't regret it at all -- in fact, it is one of the best decisions I've ever made, despite the usual long distance ups and downs.

However, I'm a little worried as to how this will be perceived: we didn't have a formal ceremony (yet) as we just wanted to get the difficult and stressful parts out of the way first, and live together, before doing it 'traditionally' next year. As such, we've kept the whole thing fairly quiet and low key so far. We've spent a lot of time together in the last 18 months -- in fact, we've never been apart for more than a few months at a time, with visits etc. We have effectively used the CR-1 as an alternative to the fiance visa route, as my career was taking off and I couldn't afford to sit around unemployed in the US for several months waiting for AOS, plus we still didn't know if we actually wanted the US as opposed to Europe, amongst other things. Additionally, we met online via a dating site (who knew those things could actually work?!)

My question is: do you suppose that this will raise red flags, or require additional evidence, etc? Would it sound suspicious, from a strictly bureaucratic point of view? Of course we have emails, gift receipts, cards, etc -- but does that really 'prove' anything? I'm getting a little nervous, truth be told, especially with regards 'administrative processing' and so forth. I've been offered a job in the states which is more or less my dream job, and my wife is about to secure an apartment for us, so an extra 3-6 months of BS would really screw things up for both of us.

Any thoughts or ideas/experiences appreciated gratefully. For context, both of us are white European, no criminal records/drugs etc, and both native-born. To the extent that these things matter in terms of this process, that is -- like I said, I've not much experience to work from!


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Check out IMBRA, that is all that comes to mind.

“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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We didn't have a ceremony either for now (which is a big deal in our country) and got a simple court marriage but I don't think it will be an issue as

long as you have the documents to prove both of you are married.

I mean you can never be too careful, bringing along pictures and extra proof is an extra benefit but your marriage documents should be enough.

Good luck to both of you! :)

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London does not care about new proof of relationship, so don't worry about all that. Go read the reviews of London interviews. I'm sure your petition had some photos. They will see those. The interview will be simple. You have zero red flags in what you wrote above. You are legally married. A ceremony, flowers, cakes, and rings are optional.

England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted


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Thanks for the kind and helpful replies. Actually we somehow managed to not include photos in the original petition, although of course we have some to show if necessary. I've always found it very hard to try to second guess bureaucratic processes to be honest, so your help is more than appreciated!

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