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What is the best way to organize paperwork for the visa interview. Originally I was going to put everything in page protectors within a binder but was told that may be too much of a hassle for the CO to go through. I was also thinking an accordion folder could be useful or should we compile all the papers together separated by paper clips?


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I bought my husband something like a portfolio folder. There were about ten slots in the folder that you can label and put your documents into the pockets. One pocket I used for chat logs, next pocket I used for everyone birth certificate  ect. I do remember that this folder you were able to bend in order to slide it underneath the window. I didn't not use any paper clips. I used one portfolio folder

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I prepared a flexible binder with protectors to topic specific files like


Green Folder: Affidavit of support with a simple Table of Contents and applied detailed post-its on each part of the forms. (Tax Documents, Bank Statements, Employment Verification etc.)


Blue Folder: Updated Proof of Relationship (since submission of application), Post-its (September 2016, October 2016..., Hongkong Trip Jan 3-6, Airline tickets, Accommodation,  etc.)


Expandable (Accordion type) Folder: Labeled important documents to pull out easily like ( NOA forms, NBI Clearance, Visa Photos, Appointment papers, DS-160...)


That's how mine is. As long as its not the hard cover binders because you have to slip the folders through a fair sized hole through the window. :)

Edited by ceeq

K1 Visa | MNL - SFO

May 29, 2005 = Together since <3

April 24, 2016 = Engaged (11 years later)

September 3, 2016 = Mailed USPS to Lewisville, TX

September 6, 2016 = Delivered to Lewisville, TX

September 9, 2016 = Processed I129F payment

September 9, 2016 = NOA1 Received Email/Text, Case sent to CSC

September 15, 2016 = NOA1 Hard copy in mail

October 18, 2016 = USCIS case status Approved

November 14, 2016 = NVC Case Number (via phone)

November 18, 2016 = CEAC Status "READY" US Embassy Manila

December 22 & 28, 2016 = Eligibility Letter via Email

January 10, 2017     = Medical Exam

January 23-25, 2017 = Sputum Test

March 27, 2017    = Culture Results

March 15, 2017    = Psychiatric Evaluation

April 24, 2017       = Appointment Interview

May 1, 2017         = Visa on Hand (Status "Approved" April 27 or 28)

May 3, 2017         = CFO

May 11, 2017       = Arrival in the US

June 20, 2017      = Married!!!

Adjustment of Status | SF

August 11, 2017   = Sent out to Chicago PO Box

August 14, 2017   = Arrived at Chicago PO Box

August 15, 2017   = Case was received status

August 17, 2017   = 3 Email/Text notifications - Case sent to NBC

August 21, 2017   = NOA1 in mail for all 3

September 1, 2017 = Received Biometrics appt letter

September 15, 2017 = Biometrics DONE

October 17, 2017    = Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview

November 2, 2017  = EAD/AP New Card Being Produced

November 6, 2017   = Hardcopy letter Approval notices of EAD/AP in mail

November 7, 2017   = Card was Mailed to me

November 10, 2017  =Combo Card received.

Interview Schedule   = ?

Green Card                 = ?

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I bought the biggest accordion folder I could find (and that held both A4 and letter size paper). I still use it for the rest of the Journey. Everything inside is in separate plastic protectors until I'm done using it. Than it's combined and moved to the back. That way I know I won't loose anything down the line.

But there is no right or wrong formula. Just have it in such a way that you come across as prepared and serious about the whole thing. Nobody likes to wait while the other person has to go through a stack 3 times to find the right paper.


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We organized ours in an accordion folder but the CO ended up just asking us for the specific items and we took everything out and handed it to them



so just make sure they it's organized in a way that you are easily able to access the documents/ know exactly where it is when they ask for it. 

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I had every thing in a folder with many pages/polythene pockets. When I got to the interview (London, UK) they had a sign up saying that you should only present the documents asked for. They only asked for 3 or 4 specific documents, so I removed those from the folder and handed to them. Its still useful to have things well organized

1) it will be useful throughout the visa journey

2) it makes it easy to find specific documents at interview

3) its easy to check that you have every thing you need

--- k1 visa ---
Texas Service Center (Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here)
I-129F sent: 12 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA1: 15 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA2: 2 Mar 2015 (199 days from NOA1) **No RFEs!**
NVC Received: 19 Mar 2015
Case#, IIN, BIN assigned: 19 Mar 2015
NVC Left: 20 Mar 2015
Consultate Received: 23 Mar 2015
Package 3 Received: 26 Mar 2015
Medical: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 3 Sent: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 4 Received: 23 Apr 2015
Interview Date: 8 May 2015 (Approved!!!)
Visa Issued: 14 May 2015
Visa in Hand: 19 May 2015
Entry to USA: 5 Jun 2015
Married: 21 Jun 2015

---Adjustment of Status---
Sent I-485, I-131 and I-765: 7 Jul 2015
NOA1 for I-485, I-131 and I-765: 14 Jul 2015
Email notification that I-765 was approved: 12 Sep 2015
Email notification that I-131 was approved: 15 Sep 2015
Email notification that EAD/AP combo card was mailed: 15 Sep 2015
EAP and AP combo card received: 18 Sep 2015
Green Card Received: 3 Dec 2015 [ :)] Previous letter stated interview requirement was likely to be waived


---Removal of Conditions---
Sent I-751: 13 Oct 2017
NOA1 for I-751: 23 Oct 2017

Biometrics: 20 Nov 2017

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For my fiances interview I separated the paper works into 3 different folders for him.

folder 1 had the paperworks they were definitely going to need like my affidavit, his medicals, police reports, birth certificate, appointment letter, DS 160 form

2nd folder had paper work on evidence of our on going relationships because the last time I visited my fiancé was in 2015. So this folder contained face time screen shot pictures, whats app and BBM messages, text messages, call logs,

3rd folder had miscellaneous paper works like emails the embassy had sent me, and all our notification receipt from the filing 

this worked in our favor because when he went for his interview he was so organized and they only asked for paperwork from the very  first folder only. The consulate even commended him on  how organized he was ??

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Very simple.   Its says in the i129F instructions "Two - HOLE punch system is appreciated"


I always remind someone asking this question - "Do you want USCIS to APPRECIATE your work - or despise having to have been assigned it?"


You make the choice.


Go to Stapes store - get a regular legal sized folder.


Beg/Borrow/Steal/Use a 2 hole punch to punch holes in the binder.   Purchase a 2-hole fastener.


Punch all of the paperwork as you insert into the binder according to the Table of Contents that you were of course going to put as the top of the stack!


Ours was done this way - all 187 pages and we were approved in record time.

10/23/16....I-129F FEDEX 2nd day to Lewisville, TX
10/26/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

10/28/16....NOA1 Text and Email

10/28/16....NOA1 Date on Hard Copy Notice
11/04/16....NOA1 Hard Copy Received

w..a...i...t...i...n...g........ :clock:

11/22/16....NOA2 Text Only

11/22/16....NOA2 Approval Date - no email yet
11/28/16....NOA2 Hard Copy Received

w..a..i...t...i...n...g........ :clock:

12/06/16....Called NVC - No case yet (15 days after NOA2)

12/12/16....Called NVC - I-129F Received - no case number yet.

12/13/16....Case Number Received

12/15/16....Case status set as "In Transit"  to US Embassy in Manilla, PH

12/19/16....Embassy Received. Case status set as "Ready"

12/19/16....Emailed NVC asking for case information as it was never received (I know its too early - Just Do It Anyway)

w..a..i...t...i...n...g........ :clock:

xx/xx/xx......Never Received NVC letter hard copy from NVC (STILL MISSING GRRRRR)

01/03/17....NVC replied to email providing NVC letter and info

01/04/17....Medical Completed

01/04/17....Fedex I-134 (wet signature) and all documents needed from petitioner for CFO and for the USEM interview (employment, divorce decree, etc...)
02/09/17....Visa Issued

02/15/17....Visa In Hand :jest:

02/17/17....CFO Interview, Yellow sticker in hand

03/07/17....POE - San Francisco, CA

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