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Hey All,

I'm about to (FINALLY) send out my I-130 package. Just wanted to ping the community and see if I've missed anything or if people think my evidence of bonafide marriage is sufficient.

Required Items

  1. G1145
  2. Cover letter.
  3. G-28 (for me and my spouse; we're using a lawyer).
  4. G-325a (for me and my spouse).
  5. Two passport photos EACH for me and my spouse. Each on in a bag with the words "Photo of XXX" written on the bag.
  6. I-130 form.
  7. Application fee (check).
  8. A copy of all pages of my passport.
  9. A copy of my birth certificate.
  10. A copy of my spouse's birth certificate.
  11. Joint sworn statement from both of us describing our relationship (how it started, what we plan to do in the future) [NOTARIZED]

Bonafide Evidence:

  1. Letter from my brokerage firm showing I've added my spouse as beneficiary to my IRA and savings accounts.
  2. Letter from my credit card company showing I've added my spouse as a cardholder. Also scans of both credit cards (mine + spouse).
  3. Receipts and credit card statements showing I paid for my wife to take the CFA exam (a financial certification).
  4. Copy of my benefits page from work showing I added my spouse to my health insurance plan and added her as my beneficiary for accidental death insurance.
  5. Copy of life insurance bought by me showing my wife as beneficiary.
  6. Copy of life insurance bought by my wife showing me as beneficiary.
  7. Letter from a bank showing that I opened up a new bank account and made my wife mandate holder. Also, a copy of the ATM card issued to her.
  8. Four sworn affidavits (notarized) from my dad, her mom, her cousin, and my best friend vouching for our relationship.
  9. Boarding passes, passport stamps, and hotel receipts from a trip we took to Austria.
  10. Boarding passes/passport stamps for when I travelled to India for the wedding.
  11. Copies of invitations used for our wedding.
  12. Copies of receipts for the venue used in the wedding.
  13. Boarding passes/passport stamps for our honeymoon trip to the Andaman Islands.
  14. 16 photographs of us with family/friends spanning our relationship (meeting in Austria, wedding, parties after the wedding, honeymoon, my birthday).
  15. Select WhatsApp chat logs spanning our whole relationship.
  16. Select Skype video logs spanning our whole relationship.
  17. Copies of Facebook posts made by friends/families during our wedding. Facebook post from my wife announcing our engagement.
  18. Google Voice logs showing calls made between us.
  19. WhatsApp CALL logs showing calls made between us.
  20. Copies of emails sent between us.

We haven't lived together, so I'm hoping some of the financial stuff makes up for it. What does everyone think?

Edited by agripa

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USCIS understands the physical separation from an overseas spouse. You're not expected to obtain evidence such as joint accounts or joint home leases. How'd you get some of those without her SSN?

Nothing needs to be notarized. Notarization is a common misconception among Indian nationals.


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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Answers in bold and red:

Hey All,

I'm about to (FINALLY) send out my I-130 package. Just wanted to ping the community and see if I've missed anything or if people think my evidence of bonafide marriage is sufficient.

Required Items

  1. G1145
  2. Cover letter.
  3. G-28 (for me and my spouse; we're using a lawyer).
  4. G-325a (for me and my spouse).
  5. Two passport photos EACH for me and my spouse. Each on in a bag with the words "Photo of XXX" written on the bag.
  6. I-130 form.
  7. Application fee (check).
  8. A copy of all pages of my passport. Not needed if you include a copy of your birth certificate
  9. A copy of my birth certificate. Not needed if you include a copy of all of your passport pages
  10. A copy of my spouse's birth certificate.
  11. Joint sworn statement from both of us describing our relationship (how it started, what we plan to do in the future) [NOTARIZED]

Bonafide Evidence:

  1. Letter from my brokerage firm showing I've added my spouse as beneficiary to my IRA and savings accounts.
  2. Letter from my credit card company showing I've added my spouse as a cardholder. Also scans of both credit cards (mine + spouse).
  3. Receipts and credit card statements showing I paid for my wife to take the CFA exam (a financial certification).
  4. Copy of my benefits page from work showing I added my spouse to my health insurance plan and added her as my beneficiary for accidental death insurance.
  5. Copy of life insurance bought by me showing my wife as beneficiary.
  6. Copy of life insurance bought by my wife showing me as beneficiary.
  7. Letter from a bank showing that I opened up a new bank account and made my wife mandate holder. Also, a copy of the ATM card issued to her.
  8. Four sworn affidavits (notarized) from my dad, her mom, her cousin, and my best friend vouching for our relationship.
  9. Boarding passes, passport stamps, and hotel receipts from a trip we took to Austria.
  10. Boarding passes/passport stamps for when I travelled to India for the wedding.
  11. Copies of invitations used for our wedding.
  12. Copies of receipts for the venue used in the wedding.
  13. Boarding passes/passport stamps for our honeymoon trip to the Andaman Islands.
  14. 16 photographs of us with family/friends spanning our relationship (meeting in Austria, wedding, parties after the wedding, honeymoon, my birthday).
  15. Select WhatsApp chat logs spanning our whole relationship.
  16. Select Skype video logs spanning our whole relationship.
  17. Copies of Facebook posts made by friends/families during our wedding. Facebook post from my wife announcing our engagement.
  18. Google Voice logs showing calls made between us.
  19. WhatsApp CALL logs showing calls made between us.
  20. Copies of emails sent between us.

We haven't lived together, so I'm hoping some of the financial stuff makes up for it. What does everyone think?

You have a good list. To expand on my bod/red answers above, the purpose of sending a copy of your birth certificate or a copy of all of your passport pages is to establish that you are a US Citizen. To that end, only one of those items is needed, not both.


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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