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I (American citizen) and my husband (Brazilian citizen) have been living overseas since we have been together (more than 20 years). Before same sex marriage was legalized in the USA, we got a civil union from  the state of Vermont in 2008. In 2014, we got married in my home state of Massachusetts (we didn't get a fiancé visa because we had no intention of living in the USA). I maintain ties to the USA (current driver's license, voting registration, US bank accounts). Because of the crisis in Brazil, we have been thinking about moving to the USA, maybe in 2019. Because I have been living outside of the USA for so long, most of our documents would be from Brazil (joint health insurance, bank accounts here in Brazil, my husband's sponsorship for my Brazilian permanent visa). Can we use foreign documents (of course we would translate them) as evidence? 

Also, we made a big mistake when we applied for my Brazilian permanent visa: we submitted original photos of us together during so many years; we were told they would be returned, but of course they weren't. So we don't have a lot of old photos. Do you think this will be a problem? (maybe not; someone told me that when a couple has been together for a long time and are applying for a CR-1 to be done at an overseas consulate, it won't be too much of an issue). 


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Lack of old photos will not be an issue; you will have more than enough evidence of time spent together in-person.  Your applicable foreign documentation can be used as evidence.

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
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June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
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April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
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2 hours ago, Ryan H said:

Lack of old photos will not be an issue; you will have more than enough evidence of time spent together in-person.  Your applicable foreign documentation can be used as evidence.

Well, yes.  However other than the required documents, the evidence of actually residing together as a married couple, is the most compelling evidence.  I wouldn't worry about any additional relationship evidence at all.  Note that anything you read in the instructions that follows the words "In addition to the required..." is not required.  Time together trumps all the other nonsense.


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