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Hey all,

I just had my visa interview - was approved - and will be filing the AOS and I-864 shortly.

I realized just after leaving the embassy that they kept the original evidence I'd submitted with the I-134 at that stage to prove my dude's income: his original paystubs from the last 6 months from 2 different jobs, bank letters showing savings ($), and a W2. I'd had the presence of mind to make copies of all this information before I went for the interview thankfully!

Question for those who've submitted their own I-864:
Are they adamant about submitting originals, or will the photocopies be acceptable?

Am I taking a shot in the dark by hoping they'll have access to our original file/original documents in addition to whatever's submitted with the AOS? My first thought would be to submit the photocopies and include a signed letter stating that originals of these documents were already submitted to the DOS with the i-134.

Any feedback appreciated, thanks!

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Photocopies are fine for the initial filing. In case if an interview, you'll want to get new, up-to-date originals.

If it isn't difficult, it isn't worth it.


K1 process

9/24/15: I129f sent

9/30/15: NOA1

11/2/15: NOA2

Delayed processing due to work

3/15/16: Medical

4/28/16: Interview (approved)

Delayed entry due to work

8/12/16: POE Detroit


9/4/16: Wedding!


AOS process:

9/9/16: I485/I131/I765 sent

9/14/16: Received 3xNOAs by text/e-mail (day 2)

9/14-18/16: Received 3xpaper NOAs 

9/23/16: Received biometrics appointment letter (day 11)

10/3/16: Biometrics appointment (day 19)

11/4/16: EAD+AP approved (day 53)

11/16/16: EAD status changed to card shipped (day 65)

11/17/16: EAD/AP combo card received (day 66)

12/30/16: Notice of interview scheduled (day 109)

2/1/17: AOS interview (day 142) - APPROVED

2/8/17: GC received (day 150)


ROC process:

11/3/2018: ROC window opens

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Photocopies are fine for the initial filing. In case if an interview, you'll want to get new, up-to-date originals.

Ahh yup that makes sense, since it's likely quite a bit of time will pass between initial filing and interview date anyway.

Thanks for your input!

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