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I-130: Evidence of Bonafide Marriage

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Hi all,

I'm worried my evidence isn't enough since we don't own a property together or have a joint bank account. Can someone have a look of what I'm providing before I submit? Big thanks to this awesome community!

 

  1. Evidence of bona fide marriage

    1. Copy of Joint Rental Contract  

    2. Sworn Affidavit from Petitioners Mother

    3. Sworn Affidavit from Beneficiary’s Mother

    4. Sworn Affidavit from Beneficiary’s Brother

    5. Cover Letter about relationship

    6. Timeline of Relationship including passport stamps

    7. Bank transfers between petitioner and beneficiary accounts

    8. Designated Emergency Contact of most recent place of work

    9. Wedding Ring Receipt and Appraisal

    10. Contract of same employers of where we met

    11. Engagement Congratulations Letter mailed  to shared address from the Petitioner’s Grandma

    12. Wedding Invite to shared address from Petitioners best friend  

    13. Postcard from Petitioner’s Grandma and Grandpa from Petitioner’s family cabin

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To be completely honest, I think you opted for quantity over quality.  I would concentrate on 3 areas:

1.  Evidence of time actually together such as the rental contract., etc....documents showing same address for both people.

2.  Financial co-mingling such as bank accounts, etc.

3.  Legal documents which are normally created during a marriage (insurance, wills, trusts, health care, etc).

 

The personal affidavits, wedding ring receipts, engagement letter, postcard mean very little in my opinion.......  I don't mean to be critical, but I would concentrate on quality rather than quantity....

Good Luck on your journey.

 

 


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1 hour ago, Abbie and Rick said:

Hi all,

I'm worried my evidence isn't enough since we don't own a property together or have a joint bank account. Can someone have a look of what I'm providing before I submit? Big thanks to this awesome community!

 

  1. Evidence of bona fide marriage

    1. Copy of Joint Rental Contract  

    2. Sworn Affidavit from Petitioners Mother

    3. Sworn Affidavit from Beneficiary’s Mother

    4. Sworn Affidavit from Beneficiary’s Brother

    5. Cover Letter about relationship

    6. Timeline of Relationship including passport stamps

    7. Bank transfers between petitioner and beneficiary accounts

    8. Designated Emergency Contact of most recent place of work

    9. Wedding Ring Receipt and Appraisal

    10. Contract of same employers of where we met

    11. Engagement Congratulations Letter mailed  to shared address from the Petitioner’s Grandma

    12. Wedding Invite to shared address from Petitioners best friend  

    13. Postcard from Petitioner’s Grandma and Grandpa from Petitioner’s family cabin

Do you have any life insurance or retirement accounts? If so, you can add your spouse as a beneficiary for those. I think that coupled w/ the photos of me and my in-laws was some of the strongest evidence I provided.

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2 hours ago, Rameda said:

I would focus on pictures of you two together and you two with both sides of the family and friends.  Vacations together.  Wedding pictures.  Money sent to each other.  Plane tickets, hotel receipts, life insurance putting others as beneficiary.  

They do need more proof of marriage than that.  You are correct for the K-1 but CR-1 can get tricky.

 

In our case it was impossible to intermingle finances.  I am not allowed on her accounts because I am not a citizen.  She is not allowed on my accounts because she doesn't have an SSN.  I can't add her to my lease because they need biometrics and a background check before they add her name.  I was able to add her and the kids to my work health insurance and she is a beneficiary of my life insurance.  I am hoping that the CO allows those as proof because we don't have a lit of other options.  Her passport has been changed to my name too.


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 20, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

September 14, 2018 -  NOA-1

 

 

PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!

 

PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

 

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I added my husband to my bank account fine provided he has tourist visa to be in the states.

We sent money via PayPal and provided that as intermingling finances.  Our case was approved in 189 days and no RFE at Nebraska Sevice Center (straight forward case though no red flags besides different culture)

 

Here are the things we provided:

-My life insurance listing him as beneficiary 

-Pictures of wedding 3 to 4 pics

-Pictures of honeymoon 2 to 3

-Vacation pictures 

-Special occasions with the family (birthdays, new year, mother day, father day, outings with --the in laws,  anniversary vacation with in laws)

-Our visits to each other

-PayPal receipts

-Plane tickets of vacation sitting next to each other

-Sightseeing pictures in each other's country

-And a relationship letter telling how we met till how we got married. Etc just in one page

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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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On 12/17/2018 at 10:30 PM, missileman said:

To be completely honest, I think you opted for quantity over quality.  I would concentrate on 3 areas:

1.  Evidence of time actually together such as the rental contract., etc....documents showing same address for both people.

2.  Financial co-mingling such as bank accounts, etc.

3.  Legal documents which are normally created during a marriage (insurance, wills, trusts, health care, etc).

 

The personal affidavits, wedding ring receipts, engagement letter, postcard mean very little in my opinion.......  I don't mean to be critical, but I would concentrate on quality rather than quantity....

Good Luck on your journey.

 

 

This. 

 

And how long have you been married? Married 2 years before we applied and I submitted the following:

1. Marriage Certificate

2. Joint Bank Statement

3. Lease Contract

4. Travel Itinerary ( I actually submitted this to prove that we have been traveling to US each year as proof of domicile) 


IR1 / Nebraska Service Center

07/31/2014 : Married 

02/15/2017: Sent I-130 

02/22/2017: NOA1

03/30/2017: NOA2 YAYYYyyyyy  36 days after NOA1.. Blessed  

04/19/2017: Email from NVC

04/19/2017: DS-261 unlocked

04/21/2017: AOS paid

04/25/2017: IV paid

06/14/2017: Sent AOS Package

06/21/2017: Scan date

08/23/2017: Case Complete (9 weeks)

08/24/2017: Received automatic checklist via email from NVC to bring proof of domicile during interview. Still waiting for Interview Appointment.

08/30/2017: Received email from NVC telling that they will be schedule interview.

09/06/2017: Received email from NVC regarding Interview Date

10/25/2017: Interview Date

09/14/2017: Emailed US Embassy to cancel our interview and postpone as wife is pregnant. USEM mentioned to contact them 3 weeks prior to intended date of appointment. 

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