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Hi

My name is Rob my fiance is Sandy

I have been using the forums for info for a while and now I am starting my petition to bring my fiance and her 2 daughters from Canada to the US. 

 

I'm sure i will have tons off questions but here's 2! 

 

For the proof of meeting in person portion...

We have met in person about 6 times in the last 2 years. 

 

Should we include evidence of them all or just one meeting?

 

Should all signed items be notarized?

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5 hours ago, Rob Pierce said:

Hi

My name is Rob my fiance is Sandy

I have been using the forums for info for a while and now I am starting my petition to bring my fiance and her 2 daughters from Canada to the US. 

 

I'm sure i will have tons off questions but here's 2! 

 

For the proof of meeting in person portion...

We have met in person about 6 times in the last 2 years. 

 

Should we include evidence of them all or just one meeting?

 

Should all signed items be notarized?

No need to notarize anything.

 

We personally listed the dates of all of our visits together (it was 8-9 visits in 2.5 years), and provided the passport stamps that corresponded to the visits.  

 

Stick around here, it is a great resource!

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2 hours ago, Jorgedig said:

No need to notarize anything.

 

We personally listed the dates of all of our visits together (it was 8-9 visits in 2.5 years), and provided the passport stamps that corresponded to the visits.  

 

Stick around here, it is a great resource!

Thank you so much. 

This really IS an amazing resource for such an overwhelming thing! 

 

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Welcome to the forum, and best of luck.

 

If you haven't done so, become a student of the entire immigration process (from this stage through naturalization), so that you know how everything fits together in terms of timelines, fees, interviews, and evidence.  This is what I wish that I'd been told when I was new to it all.

 

More immediately, your success in this process relies on your abilities to read accurately, interpret literally, and answer completely & honestly.

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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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13 hours ago, TBoneTX said:

Welcome to the forum, and best of luck.

 

If you haven't done so, become a student of the entire immigration process (from this stage through naturalization), so that you know how everything fits together in terms of timelines, fees, interviews, and evidence.  This is what I wish that I'd been told when I was new to it all.

 

More immediately, your success in this process relies on your abilities to read accurately, interpret literally, and answer completely & honestly.

Thank you so much Tbone I really appreciate it...

 

What do you mean by a student of the process?

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22 hours ago, Rob Pierce said:

Hi

My name is Rob my fiance is Sandy

I have been using the forums for info for a while and now I am starting my petition to bring my fiance and her 2 daughters from Canada to the US. 

 

I'm sure i will have tons off questions but here's 2! 

 

For the proof of meeting in person portion...

We have met in person about 6 times in the last 2 years. 

 

Should we include evidence of them all or just one meeting?

 

Should all signed items be notarized?

You only need to prove one meeting within the past two years.   Make sure you have solid evidence of at least one.  Every other meeting is overkill if you can solidly prove one. You can always  list if them if that is your preference 


YMMV

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1 minute ago, payxibka said:

You only need to prove one meeting within the past two years.   Make sure you have solid evidence of at least one.  Every other meeting is overkill if you can solidly prove one. You can always  list if them if that is your preference 

Great. I'll focus primarily on the one I have the most physical proof of and include a few others just for good measure. 

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4 minutes ago, Rob Pierce said:

Great. I'll focus primarily on the one I have the most physical proof of and include a few others just for good measure. 

I think of the petition like a game of chess.   Once I have established checkmate,  10 more checkmates doesn't change anything 


YMMV

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12 minutes ago, payxibka said:

I think of the petition like a game of chess.   Once I have established checkmate,  10 more checkmates doesn't change anything 

That's excellent advice!!! 

It seems it would be easy (and maybe tempting) to send in a truck load of stuff that isn't at all necessary. 

 

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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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