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No joint bank account? Submitting pre-marriage evidence?

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We live under the same roof and historically we have always just split utilities... our income levels are very similar and that was how we had done it when we were living together prior to marriage, and didn't see a need to change the way we are splitting our financial contribution after marriage.

Rent: The property is under my mother's name but he pays the HOA fees, I pay the property taxes... it approximately equals out every year. Also have correspondence between us and the HOA board for some repairs that had to be done around/outside of our unit. Both our driver's licenses reflect the same address.

Utilities: He pays gas/water/electric, I pay internet... we are NOT co-named on the accounts but the address is the same

Auto insurance: We are co-named on the car insurance, I also have correspondence between me and him regarding an auto accident/claim we had to submit recently

Insurance: We go through our individual employers' health insurance plans since they are both very good and we can't really be bothered to switch over one from the other given that the cost savings are minimal. However, I did switch to be on his dental and vision plan because the benefits were much better.

 

I am including letters/bills for all of the above and also a cover letter explaining the situation... does this sound odd? To us, it has always worked that way so we didn't see a reason to change it.

 

Additionally, we had known each other since college and lived together even before marriage as I was already on a work visa. Will it be helpful to provide this old joint lease/old evidence as proof that we've lived together since 2013, or any other evidence (e.g. old photos)? The I-751 says to provide information only from the date of marriage, which is why I am hesitant, but we've had a history of going on trips together and living together before marriage, which I feel like would help strengthen our application.

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Evidence submitted before the marriage took place is irrelevant to the marriage when going through the ROC....the idea of the evidence is to support a bonafide marriage, not a bonafide relationship before the marriage took place.  Evidence dated before that is not considered by the person adjudicating your case (hence why the instructions state to provide information only from the date of marriage)..

 

Along with the other evidence you mentioned, do you have joint tax returns?  That would also help.


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I am wondering about submitting evidence since our marriage date  too. Much of our evidence since our wedding was included in the petition for a spouse visa, and I believe would be available on the USCIS database. Is that right? So, do we include all of that? Or do we pick up where our other evidence left off? We already mailed our I-751, so I’m asking because now I’m thinking it is possible we’ll get an RFE for that evidence as well.

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