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Regardless of whether the CO will consider additional evidence provided at the NVC stage, I'd like to side-load. I'll have visited my wife 6 times by the time she is interviewed, and I would like to add our time together as further evidence of a bona fide marriage.

 

I don't have my case number yet, so it may be a non issue, but how can I do this if I'm uploading electronically? Or is it only possible if submitting supporting/financial documents by mail?

 

Thanks in advance!

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I had similar question. My 130 was approved on Sep 17 but still no case number but i was also hoping to submit some additional photos of my trips after 130 was filed but i was told i will be uploading documents electronically and not sure if i can submit trip photographs. 

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You were all approved by USCIS.  Just have your spouse bring the additional information to the interview.  Don't overthink this.  One or two more visits to your spouse will not impact things at this stage as long as you met the other requirements.  I am in the same boat.  I will just bring additional information to the interview like photos receipts and passport stamps that happened after we filed.

 

They probably assume that in the year after filing that we all had an opportunity to visit our spouses.  You should put the information together but don't overthink updating things now unless you feel that your initial evidence was bad.


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14 hours ago, N & Nancy said:

Regardless of whether the CO will consider additional evidence provided at the NVC stage, I'd like to side-load. I'll have visited my wife 6 times by the time she is interviewed, and I would like to add our time together as further evidence of a bona fide marriage.

 

I don't have my case number yet, so it may be a non issue, but how can I do this if I'm uploading electronically? Or is it only possible if submitting supporting/financial documents by mail?

 

Thanks in advance!

Hey All!  There is nothing wrong with side loading.  Making your case stronger with more face to face time is a good thing!  

If you are uploading online (CEAC) then there is a sub category for supporting documents where you can add as much additional evidence as you would like.

So, if you feel like it will be helpful, especially with 6 trips between the time you applied and NVC, absolutely add it!  No harm in doing so.  :)  

Congrats!


 

Met June 2015

First Trip - October 2015

Second Trip (w/ Family too) - March 2016

Third Trip - July 2016 - He proposed, I said YES!

Fourth Trip (w/ Family too) - October 2016 (Engagement Party)

Fifth Trip and 6 month move to Egypt - January 2017-end of July 2017

March 2017-Family and Friends come for Wedding (March 20th, 2017)

Sixth Trip - October 2017

Seventh Trip (w/ Family) - February 2018

Eighth Trip - May 25th, 2018 - June 3rd, 2018

Ninth Trip - October 26th, 2018 - November 4th, 2018 (w/Family)

Service Center: Nebraska

I - 130 Stage (USCIS):

November 13th, 2017 - I-130 sent

November 24th, 2017 - NOA1 (Received Hard Copy by Mail)

June 7th, 2018 - Online Case Update - Case Transferred and /New Office Has Jurisdiction

June 8th, 2018 - was told my petition is being sent to The National Benefits Center (NBC)

June 8th, 2018 - Online Case Update - we received your case

June 8th, 2018 - Online Case Update - Case Transferred and New Office Has Jurisdiction

June 14th, 2018- Hard Copy of Transfer Notice (sent 6/6/18)

July 9th, 2018- worked with caseworker at congressional office, made a inquiry

August 3rd, 2018 - caseworker was told by liaison that my case had been transferred to another department for review

August 17th, 2018 - expedite request sent per caseworker, due to USCIS error.

August 27th, 2018 - our petition was yet again sent to the wrong office (Adoption Unit...) another request for expedite was placed by caseworker.

August 30th, 2018 - petition was sent BACK to Nebraska Service Center.  Caseworker spoke with NSC liaison detailing the erroneous transfer that has put your case behind normal processing times, as well as the delays/lack of communication/action at NBC"

September 13th, 2018 - Case was transferred to a new office

September 14th, 2018 - Case transferred and new office has jurisdiction - called and they said it was at Nebraska still...

September 14th, 2018 - Case is APPROVED

September 17th, 2018 - Hard Copy NOA2 Received (PD SAYS 9/13/18)

September 26th, 2018 - Sent to the Department of State (online notification)

October 2nd, 2018 - NVC Received

October 26th, 2018 - Case # Received via email

November 7-9th, 2018 - Submitted DS260 and AOS, Civil Documents, etc. via CEAC

November 14th, 2018 - new police certificate was uploaded

November 27th, 2018 - Case Complete at NVC!

 

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2 minutes ago, Allison and Ahmed said:

Hey All!  There is nothing wrong with side loading.  Making your case stronger with more face to face time is a good thing!  

If you are uploading online (CEAC) then there is a sub category for supporting documents where you can add as much additional evidence as you would like.

So, if you feel like it will be helpful, especially with 6 trips between the time you applied and NVC, absolutely add it!  No harm in doing so.  :)  

Congrats!

Perfect! Thank you so much for the information, it was exactly what I was looking for.

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4 minutes ago, N & Nancy said:

Perfect! Thank you so much for the information, it was exactly what I was looking for.

You are so very welcome!  Best of Luck to You!!


 

Met June 2015

First Trip - October 2015

Second Trip (w/ Family too) - March 2016

Third Trip - July 2016 - He proposed, I said YES!

Fourth Trip (w/ Family too) - October 2016 (Engagement Party)

Fifth Trip and 6 month move to Egypt - January 2017-end of July 2017

March 2017-Family and Friends come for Wedding (March 20th, 2017)

Sixth Trip - October 2017

Seventh Trip (w/ Family) - February 2018

Eighth Trip - May 25th, 2018 - June 3rd, 2018

Ninth Trip - October 26th, 2018 - November 4th, 2018 (w/Family)

Service Center: Nebraska

I - 130 Stage (USCIS):

November 13th, 2017 - I-130 sent

November 24th, 2017 - NOA1 (Received Hard Copy by Mail)

June 7th, 2018 - Online Case Update - Case Transferred and /New Office Has Jurisdiction

June 8th, 2018 - was told my petition is being sent to The National Benefits Center (NBC)

June 8th, 2018 - Online Case Update - we received your case

June 8th, 2018 - Online Case Update - Case Transferred and New Office Has Jurisdiction

June 14th, 2018- Hard Copy of Transfer Notice (sent 6/6/18)

July 9th, 2018- worked with caseworker at congressional office, made a inquiry

August 3rd, 2018 - caseworker was told by liaison that my case had been transferred to another department for review

August 17th, 2018 - expedite request sent per caseworker, due to USCIS error.

August 27th, 2018 - our petition was yet again sent to the wrong office (Adoption Unit...) another request for expedite was placed by caseworker.

August 30th, 2018 - petition was sent BACK to Nebraska Service Center.  Caseworker spoke with NSC liaison detailing the erroneous transfer that has put your case behind normal processing times, as well as the delays/lack of communication/action at NBC"

September 13th, 2018 - Case was transferred to a new office

September 14th, 2018 - Case transferred and new office has jurisdiction - called and they said it was at Nebraska still...

September 14th, 2018 - Case is APPROVED

September 17th, 2018 - Hard Copy NOA2 Received (PD SAYS 9/13/18)

September 26th, 2018 - Sent to the Department of State (online notification)

October 2nd, 2018 - NVC Received

October 26th, 2018 - Case # Received via email

November 7-9th, 2018 - Submitted DS260 and AOS, Civil Documents, etc. via CEAC

November 14th, 2018 - new police certificate was uploaded

November 27th, 2018 - Case Complete at NVC!

 

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We are also preparing to side-load additional, more recent evidence of our relationship at the NVC stage, and we sent a lot with the I-130 package.  If you are required to submit everything electronically to NVC, you can scan documents and upload them with the required documents.  If you are asked to submit paper documents, add the additional evidence and send it as well.  Additional evidence of an ongoing martial relationship is not required, but it will not hurt either.  Your choice and no one else's.  Plus depending on your embassy or consulate abroad, we sometimes see cases here on VJ where the beneficiary took lots of new, not previously-submitted evidence of the relationship to the interview, but the IO did not even ask for it or look at it.  In fact, I have read of experiences where the visa was not approved at the interview and additional evidence was requested--evidence that the beneficiary had in the interview but the IO refused to look at it!  A decision had already been made before the interview.  So why not just submit any new evidence you have at the NVC stage, as then it will be part of the official file that goes to the embassy/consulate?  Yes, it may or may not be looked at by the IO who reviews your case, but at least it will be there if they want to look at it.  Because each stage is taking so long these days, you could then bring even more, recent evidence to the interview.  Often people here on VJ say "don't bother submitting evidence of your relationship as it is not necessary, just send the required documents," and then we hear of cases when additional evidence is requested later, delaying approval, so why not submit it beforehand and be proactive about it?  Each case is unique, but if there are red flags and/or if the country has a history of fraud, I would suggest that submitting good, solid evidence of face time together at each stage of the process is a good idea.

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15 minutes ago, carmel34 said:

We are also preparing to side-load additional, more recent evidence of our relationship at the NVC stage, and we sent a lot with the I-130 package.  If you are required to submit everything electronically to NVC, you can scan documents and upload them with the required documents.  If you are asked to submit paper documents, add the additional evidence and send it as well.  Additional evidence of an ongoing martial relationship is not required, but it will not hurt either.  Your choice and no one else's.  Plus depending on your embassy or consulate abroad, we sometimes see cases here on VJ where the beneficiary took lots of new, not previously-submitted evidence of the relationship to the interview, but the IO did not even ask for it or look at it.  In fact, I have read of experiences where the visa was not approved at the interview and additional evidence was requested--evidence that the beneficiary had in the interview but the IO refused to look at it!  A decision had already been made before the interview.  So why not just submit any new evidence you have at the NVC stage, as then it will be part of the official file that goes to the embassy/consulate?  Yes, it may or may not be looked at by the IO who reviews your case, but at least it will be there if they want to look at it.  Because each stage is taking so long these days, you could then bring even more, recent evidence to the interview.  Often people here on VJ say "don't bother submitting evidence of your relationship as it is not necessary, just send the required documents," and then we hear of cases when additional evidence is requested later, delaying approval, so why not submit it beforehand and be proactive about it?  Each case is unique, but if there are red flags and/or if the country has a history of fraud, I would suggest that submitting good, solid evidence of face time together at each stage of the process is a good idea.

My thinking exactly. We had a decent amount of evidence for the i-130 submission, but we did get married pretty soon after meeting (my second trip there). So I'd like to include additional evidence: honeymoon in Cancun, several trips where we visited with all her family, etc. Maybe it won't be reviewed, but I've not read any cases where "side-loading" hurt.

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