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Is it recommended to send proof of bona-fide marriage documents upon initially sending AOS?

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Hello,

I am married to USC and about to apply AOS with an experienced immigration attorney. So I have been working on documents based on the law firm's preparation documents, including all legal documents and applications, but I have found some proof of bona fide marriage documents such as joint bank statement, joint credit card bill, insurance card, or utility bills that have both my and spouse's name on it are missed.

While I talk to the attorney, he said it would be better to bring the proof of bona fide documents during AOS interview because that will give the officer more credits. By showing all these joint documents together at the interview, the officer will be more able to determine if the documents really belong to them, and have more likehood to ask questions, by which the officer will be more convinced of bona-fide marriage as long as interviewee answers naturally instead of sending all souless joint documents upon initially sending AOS application, in which case officers just read the joint documents but can't really tell whether it is true or not. 

Yet, I have seen other couples sending all these joint documents together upon applying to AOS. 

Does it make difference? Of course, I do have all joints documents to bring to interview and no problem to prepare as well as the attorney also agrees that he will be more than happy to accomodate sending all these joint documents upon my requests.

How do you think in this forum?

Thank you for any comments!

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I think what you might have seen are K1 couples front loading their petitions with this sometimes in the hopes of not being required to have an interview. K1's are interviewed at the overseas consulate and so many never get interviewed at this point.

In your case you will have an interview regardless and I don't think either way will matter. I guess if you do send it the IO will have time to review them and might ask specific questions about it at interview and you will still be required to bring the originals to the interview. If it would help you or not either way, I don't think so unless you have specific circumstances for some reason that we don't know about.

I think you're good no matter what you choose.


K1 Visa & AOS

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2016-03-19         i-129F Sent
2016-03-24         i-129F NOA1
2016-06-14         i-129F NOA2
2016-07-08         NVC Rec'd
2016-07-12         Case #
2016-07-13         NVC Left
2016-07-14         Consulate Rec'd
2016-07-19         Medical
2016-08-11         Interview Date (approved)
2016-09-06         Issued
2016-09-09         Visa In Hand
2016-10-19         POE Dallas Fort-Worth
2016-10-30         Our Halloween Wedding

2016-11-16         AOS package sent (i-485, i-131, i-765, i-864, g-325a, DS-3025)
2016-11-17         AOS package delivered to Chicago lockbox
2016-11-23         NOA1's by e-mail and text (@ 10:30 pm CT)
2016-11-26         NOA1 hard copies
2016-12-03         Biometrics appointment in mail
2016-12-07         Biometrics (Early walk-in Desoto, appointment was for Dec 13th)

2017-02-17         Notice of card in production by email and text (@8:00 am CT, i-765) - Day 92

2017-02-22         Notice of approval by email and text (@1:00 pm CT, i-765 and i-131) - Day 97

2017-02-22         Notice of card being mailed by email and text (@7:00 pm CT, i-765) - Day 97

2017-02-25         EAD/AP combo card arrived in mail - Day 100

2017-03-03         Notice of green card in production by email and text (@4:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-03         Notice of approval by email and text (@6:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-11          Green card arrived in mail  - Day 113

2018-12-03          First day to file for ROC (i-751)

 

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So the proof should have been sent with your i130 packet


07/09/2018: ROC packet sent with USPS 2-day priority shipping

07/11/2018: ROC packet delivered to the Vermont Service Center

07/16/2018: NOA1 received by mail with 18 months extension (notice date 7/12 and check cashed)

08/07/2018: Biometrics appointment letter received by mail (notice date 7/27)

08/13/2018: Biometrics appointment at east Hartford, ct

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We (also AOS from F-1) interpreted it as send proof in the initial packet, which we did. The interview was then basically a  formality; because we had sent in so much info with the packet, the officer had clearly already made up his mind before we walked in the room, and literally the only question he asked us was, "When did you get married?"

 

As long as you do have your proof ready -- to bring to the interview, or send in if there's an RFE before that -- seems like you should be ok in the end.

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I saved all my evidence for the interview.


AOS FROM - F1 OPT (Married Apr 28, 2016)                                                                                                ROC
Day 00 - Jun-08-2016 - AOS Package Delivered [Chicago Lockbox]                                                                              Day 00 - Mar-12-2018 - ROC Package Delivered [California Service Center]        

Day 13 - Jun-21-2016 - Hardcopy NOA  for I-485, I-130, I-765                                                                                         Day 09 - Mar-21-2018- Check Cashed                                                                                        

Day 17 - Jun-25-2016 - Biometrics Letter [Appointment July 5]                                                                                      Day 11 - Mar-23-2018-Received NOA Letter

Day 50 - Jul-28-2016 -  Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled for an Interview                                                                      Day 68 - May-18-2018 - Received Biometrics WAIVER Letter

Day 61 - Aug-08-2016 - AOS Interview Letter [interview Date Sept 7]                                                                             Day 159 -Aug-17-2018 - Received 18 Month Extension Letter

Day 71 - Aug-17-2016 - Interview Cancellation Letter [unforeseen Circumstances]

Day 79 - Aug-25-2016 - New AOS Interview Letter [New Interview Date Sept 27]

Day 85 - Aug-31-2016 - Received EAD Card

Day 112 -Sep-27-2016 - AOS Interview [Case Status: New Card Is Being Produced] 

Day 118 -Oct-03-2016 -  Received AOS Approval Letter

Day 121 -Oct-06-2016 - Received Green Card [ROC opens ~ Mar 10, 2018]

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We frontloaded ours, and after send it all off, we started a new evidence box of things to take with us, such as pics, and the Christmas cards we received addressed to us,   New Joint credit cards, and soon another year of filing our taxes jointly.    Any kind of new evidence of a on going marriage we will bring with us to interview.

Edited by Beth & Achraf

Adjustment of Status from a Visitors Visa:

Married: January 3, 2013

Chicago lockbox:

Sent: 9/12/16: I-130 + I-485 + I-765 (USPS)

Delivered: 09/15/2016

Received Texts of All 3 receipt's: 09/23/2016

10/04/2016 Received all (3) I-797C receipts via USPS

10/08/2016 Received Biometrics letter received

10/13/2016 Biometrics, walk in-successful.

11/18/2016 EAD card Approved. I-765 //64 Days

11/23/2016 Text from USCIS- EAD card mailed today

11/26/2016 EAD Card received in the mail.

12/01/2016 Applied for Social Security Card

12/08/2016 Received Social Security card in mail

12/14/2016 Applied for Texas ID card.

12/27/2016 Received Texas ID card in mail.

08/08/2017  Sent in paperwork for renewal of EAD card.

08/10/2015   Renewal petition for EAD delivered by USPS to USCIS

08/16/2017   Received text-email notifications EAD /AP renewal received by USCIS

10/02/2017   New medical done-other one long expired.

10/13/2017  Received letter of interview-- Nov. 13, 2017

11/02/2017  Received email and text, Interview cancelled, will be rescheduled.   Heartbroken....

12/18/2017  Still awaiting new interview date.  Have not received renewed EAD/AP card.....Waiting, waiting... Waiting.

12/29/2017  End of the year, not received new interview date or renewed EAD-AP card.  Happy New Year!!

01/25/2018  Welcome to 2018, not a damn word from USCIS on new interview date.

02/02/2018  RECEIVED NEW INTERVIEW DATE    FEB. 21   AND THATS MY BIRTHDAY TOO.

02/21/2018   Had interview, was told in about 4 weeks for a decision... more waiting......

02/23/2018   Renewal of EAD-AP card approved.

02/28/2018   Text from USCIS,  EAD-AP card mailed

03/03/2018   Received in mail EAD/AP combo card.

07/03/2018   Info Pass in Houston,   Houston USCIS office said they are 2000 petitions behind, give them till end of August, as they are doing clean up from interviews.

08/24/2018   Sent renewal petition for EAD/AP Card

12/07/2018   Still awaiting results from Houston interview.   We are not the only one's I hear. 

 

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I chose to send all of them, though I've definitely seen many people wait to just bring them to the interview. I just decided it was easier for me to include as much as I could now, then bring anything additional I put together to the interview. 


03/11/2016 Met in person for first time (Talked online for nearly a year prior as friends playing online games)

03/29/2016 Officially started dating

09/29/2016 Engaged

10/20/2016 Married at SF Courthouse

12/14/2016 Mailed I-130, I-485 & I-765

12/20/2016 Delivered at Chicago Lock Box by UPS

01/04/2017 Received NOA via text and email for I-130, I-485 and I-765

01/05/2017 Both checks are cashed

01/09/2017 NOA received in mail for I-130, I-485 and I-765

01/23/2017 Biometrics Appointment notification received (Appt set for 02/02/17)

02/17/2017 I-485 Status updated to "Case is ready to be scheduled for an interview"

03/23/2017 Case Status updated to "EAD Card is being produced."

08/30/2017 Case status updated to "Interview Scheduled"

09/28/2017 Interview! Status updated to "New Card is being produced" shortly after interview!

10/06/2017 Green Card arrived!

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On 12/31/2016 at 2:46 PM, xillini said:

Hello,

I am married to USC and about to apply AOS with an experienced immigration attorney. So I have been working on documents based on the law firm's preparation documents, including all legal documents and applications, but I have found some proof of bona fide marriage documents such as joint bank statement, joint credit card bill, insurance card, or utility bills that have both my and spouse's name on it are missed.

While I talk to the attorney, he said it would be better to bring the proof of bona fide documents during AOS interview because that will give the officer more credits. By showing all these joint documents together at the interview, the officer will be more able to determine if the documents really belong to them, and have more likehood to ask questions, by which the officer will be more convinced of bona-fide marriage as long as interviewee answers naturally instead of sending all souless joint documents upon initially sending AOS application, in which case officers just read the joint documents but can't really tell whether it is true or not. 

Yet, I have seen other couples sending all these joint documents together upon applying to AOS

Does it make difference? Of course, I do have all joints documents to bring to interview and no problem to prepare as well as the attorney also agrees that he will be more than happy to accomodate sending all these joint documents upon my requests.

How do you think in this forum?

Thank you for any comments!

Well you can do it either way or both if you choose. I sent all my evidence with my package but I also made copies and putting together new evidence to take along with me  to the interview as with the old ones!


PD:10/21/2016

NOA1:11/7/2016

Hardcopy NOA:11/10/2016

Biometrics Notice:11/12/2016

Biometrics App:11/22/2016

I485 Status update: As of December 5 we are ready to schedule your I485 for interview....

I130:Case Received

I765: 1/17/2017, New card is being produced

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