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Hey everyone, I've been wandering if I made the mistake of not sending any pictures with my package. I didn't think it was necessary, and the officer at the first interview asked to keep our pictures so I thought they already had that part. But now I've been wondering if that was a mistake.

 

I sent a solid package with joint filed taxes (we filed separately for money reasons in 2016 but sent that too), car title with both our names, car insurance in both our names, drivers license showing shame address and same last name, health insurance, bank statements, 3 different leases from the apartments we've lived together since our marriage in 2015, our cat's registration with both our names as owners, some mail adressed to both of us, phone bill with his name and both our lines together (they don't let us have two names on a plan), and one affidavit (without notary - didn't know about that). Didn't include a cover letter.

 

I'm a november 2017 filer, same sex marriage. Any insights?

 

Thank you!!

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5 minutes ago, CharlieBrown said:

Hey everyone, I've been wandering if I made the mistake of not sending any pictures with my package. I didn't think it was necessary, and the officer at the first interview asked to keep our pictures so I thought they already had that part. But now I've been wondering if that was a mistake.

 

I sent a solid package with joint filed taxes (we filed separately for money reasons in 2016 but sent that too), car title with both our names, car insurance in both our names, drivers license showing shame address and same last name, health insurance, bank statements, 3 different leases from the apartments we've lived together since our marriage in 2015, our cat's registration with both our names as owners, some mail adressed to both of us, phone bill with his name and both our lines together (they don't let us have two names on a plan), and one affidavit (without notary - didn't know about that). 

 

I'm a november 2017 filer, same sex marriage. Any insights?

 

Thank you!!

Apparently they aren't interested in anything like that, and only in financial documents and leases/mortgages. I guess it makes sense, since anyone can fake pictures and letters and so forth. You can't predict anything reliably, since the USCIS is a shambles, but what you sent should more than suffice (provided the bank statements show that you both made transactions from it - they are on the lookout for 'shell' accounts).

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12 minutes ago, Jameson78 said:

Apparently they aren't interested in anything like that, and only in financial documents and leases/mortgages. I guess it makes sense, since anyone can fake pictures and letters and so forth. You can't predict anything reliably, since the USCIS is a shambles, but what you sent should more than suffice (provided the bank statements show that you both made transactions from it - they are on the lookout for 'shell' accounts).

thanks! the bank statements as I sent do show the account is very active, and I also sent a voided check with both our names and address on it. and I thought the same about pictures being easy to fake that's also why I didn't bother with it. I guess I'm just starting to get paranoid with this long wait.


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16 hours ago, CharlieBrown said:

thanks! the bank statements as I sent do show the account is very active, and I also sent a voided check with both our names and address on it. and I thought the same about pictures being easy to fake that's also why I didn't bother with it. I guess I'm just starting to get paranoid with this long wait.

Yeah no problem, you should be all set. I also drive myself up a wall with this,  so I get it.

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3 hours ago, CharlieBrown said:

thanks! the bank statements as I sent do show the account is very active, and I also sent a voided check with both our names and address on it. and I thought the same about pictures being easy to fake that's also why I didn't bother with it. I guess I'm just starting to get paranoid with this long wait.

I would still sent them some pics just 6/7 like during family gatherings, important holidays etc. For my application, I captioned the pics in Word Document (e.g. father-in-law, friends etc.). Last thing you would want is to get RFE from USCIS after almost 2 years wait. 

But yes I do agree pics  and affidavits are secondary evidence. 

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5 hours ago, CharlieBrown said:

Hey everyone, I've been wandering if I made the mistake of not sending any pictures with my package. I didn't think it was necessary, and the officer at the first interview asked to keep our pictures so I thought they already had that part. But now I've been wondering if that was a mistake.

 

I sent a solid package with joint filed taxes (we filed separately for money reasons in 2016 but sent that too), car title with both our names, car insurance in both our names, drivers license showing shame address and same last name, health insurance, bank statements, 3 different leases from the apartments we've lived together since our marriage in 2015, our cat's registration with both our names as owners, some mail adressed to both of us, phone bill with his name and both our lines together (they don't let us have two names on a plan), and one affidavit (without notary - didn't know about that). Didn't include a cover letter.

 

I'm a november 2017 filer, same sex marriage. Any insights?

 

Thank you!!

I am a same sex marriage too... greetings from California!!

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6 hours ago, mycase17 said:

I would still sent them some pics just 6/7 like during family gatherings, important holidays etc. For my application, I captioned the pics in Word Document (e.g. father-in-law, friends etc.). Last thing you would want is to get RFE from USCIS after almost 2 years wait. 

But yes I do agree pics  and affidavits are secondary evidence. 

We don't have pictures with family since mine doesnt live here and he doesn't get along with his.. We just have pictures of us basically 

 

4 hours ago, RubenMX said:

I am a same sex marriage too... greetings from California!!

hey! how's your process going?


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You can send pics of ya'll. I'm sure plenty of people have been approved without pics. If anything, they may bring pics to the interview.

I think I only sent one picture of us with family. But I sent pictures of us or him and my daughter at holidays. It's secondary evidence, but they do look at it. Make sure they're quality pics with reason/purpose, not just selfies. 

I made sure to write the dates/holidays pics were taken on the pics.

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1 minute ago, Ash.1101 said:

You can send pics of ya'll. I'm sure plenty of people have been approved without pics. If anything, they may bring pics to the interview.

I think I only sent one picture of us with family. But I sent pictures of us or him and my daughter at holidays. It's secondary evidence, but they do look at it. Make sure they're quality pics with reason/purpose, not just selfies. 

I made sure to write the dates/holidays pics were taken on the pics.

well I already sent my package 6 months ago lol


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Just now, CharlieBrown said:

well I already sent my package 6 months ago lol



Oh ya then you're fine. Wait time is crazy right now. If you get an interview, bring pics, if not then no worries!


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Posted (edited)
3 minutes ago, Ash.1101 said:



Oh ya then you're fine. Wait time is crazy right now. If you get an interview, bring pics, if not then no worries!

oh well I hope so, I don't want another interview. This wait is making me crazy

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11 hours ago, CharlieBrown said:

Hey everyone, I've been wandering if I made the mistake of not sending any pictures with my package. I didn't think it was necessary, and the officer at the first interview asked to keep our pictures so I thought they already had that part. But now I've been wondering if that was a mistake.

 

I sent a solid package with joint filed taxes (we filed separately for money reasons in 2016 but sent that too), car title with both our names, car insurance in both our names, drivers license showing shame address and same last name, health insurance, bank statements, 3 different leases from the apartments we've lived together since our marriage in 2015, our cat's registration with both our names as owners, some mail adressed to both of us, phone bill with his name and both our lines together (they don't let us have two names on a plan), and one affidavit (without notary - didn't know about that). Didn't include a cover letter.

 

I'm a november 2017 filer, same sex marriage. Any insights?

 

Thank you!!

Absolutely. Pictures are only secondary evidence. A very good friend of mine whose husband is from Syria didn't send any pictures with their I-130. In fact she sent nothing except for the application and the required marriage documents and her husband was approved. They applied back when the Syrian war was just beginning in 2011, which happened to be the same time my husband and I applied. Because of the war she was unable to mail him the original documents that were required at the time for the interview at the consulate and her husband's interview was the day before my husband's in Jordan. I was flying to Amman to go to attend the interview with my husband so I offered to bring the documentation with me and give it to her husband( Syrians interview in Amman so her husband was already in the city). At the time they weren't letting any Syrian citizens into Jordan, even with documentation proving he had an interview at the consulate. He had to pay off one of the border officers in order to get across. The night my husband and I met him to give him his documents the poor guy was flat broke with nowhere to stay because the officer demanded he give him all the money he had in order to be allowed across. My husband insisted he stay at his parent's house, which he did for 2 weeks until his visa was ready. We also gave him the money he needed to pay for the fees at the consulate. Sorry for the long story, but it brought back incredible memories. I still can't believe that it was over 6 years ago and the war is still going on and there is little left of Syria and it's people. So sad...



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2 hours ago, Cathi said:

Absolutely. Pictures are only secondary evidence. A very good friend of mine whose husband is from Syria didn't send any pictures with their I-130. In fact she sent nothing except for the application and the required marriage documents and her husband was approved. They applied back when the Syrian war was just beginning in 2011, which happened to be the same time my husband and I applied. Because of the war she was unable to mail him the original documents that were required at the time for the interview at the consulate and her husband's interview was the day before my husband's in Jordan. I was flying to Amman to go to attend the interview with my husband so I offered to bring the documentation with me and give it to her husband( Syrians interview in Amman so her husband was already in the city). At the time they weren't letting any Syrian citizens into Jordan, even with documentation proving he had an interview at the consulate. He had to pay off one of the border officers in order to get across. The night my husband and I met him to give him his documents the poor guy was flat broke with nowhere to stay because the officer demanded he give him all the money he had in order to be allowed across. My husband insisted he stay at his parent's house, which he did for 2 weeks until his visa was ready. We also gave him the money he needed to pay for the fees at the consulate. Sorry for the long story, but it brought back incredible memories. I still can't believe that it was over 6 years ago and the war is still going on and there is little left of Syria and it's people. So sad...

oh wow thats very sad


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1 minute ago, Orangesapples said:

Everybody is talking about pictures but no one has mentioned the cat ownership. Has anyone else ever sent pet documents as proof? I'll be shocked if USCIS cares. I'm commenting out of pure curiosity. 

well we have it so i didnt think it'd hurt evenif it doesnt help. our cat is microchiped so that means any of us can claim ownership if he gets lost then found. 


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