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So I am not looking for a table of contents but I am trying to get a feel for how people organize their content for the folder of evidence. Do you break it down into different folders and carry all in or do you have one large folder which is separated by tags ? 

Also what are your recommendations on the type of folders we should use ? Do you use something like this - https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-...filing+folders or something like this one - https://www.amazon.com/Expanding-Mul...+folders&psc=1 or a combination of both.

Those who have gone through interviews , if you have photographs that you can share, that would be much appreciated. I am pretty happy with my table of contents so far but I am flummoxed as to how I can carry it all together (right now i am thinking of 9 different exhibit folders which seems rather inefficient)

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1 minute ago, astroboy3546 said:

So I am not looking for a table of contents but I am trying to get a feel for how people organize their content for the folder of evidence. Do you break it down into different folders and carry all in or do you have one large folder which is separated by tags ? 

Also what are your recommendations on the type of folders we should use ? Do you use something like this - https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-...filing+folders or something like this one - https://www.amazon.com/Expanding-Mul...+folders&psc=1 or a combination of both.

Those who have gone through interviews , if you have photographs that you can share, that would be much appreciated. I am pretty happy with my table of contents so far but I am flummoxed as to how I can carry it all together (right now i am thinking of 9 different exhibit folders which seems rather inefficient)

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I went overboard making sure we were not lacking for anything the interviewer might have wanted. I used simple manila envelopes and organized all of our evidence as follows:

 

1. Wife's biographical documents (EAD/AP Card, Passport, birth certificate, birth certificate translation, etc.)

2. My biographical documents (Passport, Global Entry Card, Birth Certificate, Previous Marriage Certificate, Divorce Judgement). 

3. Evidence establishing our married life together: Certified copy of marriage certificate, pictures of us, all of her facebook posts tagging me, pictures of either of us with the others friends/family/etc., pictures of our families meeting

4. Evidence of commingling of finances: adding her to my accounts, adding her to my insurance, showing she is a beneficiary to my life insurance policy

5. Evidence of cohabitation: our leases with both our names on it, utility bills with both names on it, print outs of USCIS Informed Delivery emails showing mail for both of us in one email.

6. Evidence of communication: online chat transcripts, emails, etc.

7. All letters received from USCIS

8. Copies of everything we sent in the I-485 plus her medical related stuff from the K1

9. My updated financial information: most recent tax transcripts, letter from employer, pay stubs, etc. 

 

Now certainly some of the evidence might fit in more than one category. It is more important that you remember which category you included said evidence, than you have perfect organization. 

 

During the interview, this system allowed us to dig VERY rapidly through our evidence. Additionally, it seemed that most of the questions the interviewer asked were easily grouped in these categories; making it easy to provide evidence. 


K1

Spoiler

 

09/24/2016 - I-129F Packet Submitted

09/26/2016 - NOA1

10/27/2016 - RFE Received

11/02/2016 - RFE Reply sent

11/09/2016 - NOA2

11/21/2016 - NVC Receives packet

12/12/2016 - Case left NVC for BKK Consulate

01/10/2017 - After travelling via the slowest route possible (likely via carrier pigeon) BKK Consulate receives packet

01/16/2017 - Packet 3 Instructions received

02/28/2017 - Packet 3 Instructions Completed

03/05/2017 - Packet 4 received 

03/29/2017 - Interview disappears from the schedule on the embassy website

03/30/2017 - She goes to her interview, is told they need to verify her documents since she is Vietnamese interviewing in Thailand, receives a 221G with 'Verification of Viet documents' as the reason. Gave back her passport.

03/31/2017-04/04/2017 - Case is being continuously touched. We suspect that our case was approved at this point but they didn't have her passport.

04/10/2017 (10 days after interview) - Email emabssy to inquire about updates and if there was anything we could do to move things forward. (3h later) - She is told that she is approved and to expect her passport soon (how when they don't have it in their posession?) After clarification, instructed to send our passport to them. Ship out passport in a rush to beat Songkran (which failed)

04/11/2017 - Passport at embassy according to Thai Post Office

04/17/2017 - Emailed to confirm they received the passport. They issued an evasive answer about Songkran backlog (they love evasive non-committal answers)

04/24/2017  Evening - Case changes from Immigrant Visa to Non-Immigrant Visa and a new case created date is given

04/25/2017 morning  (less than 12h later) - Case flies through Ready -->Admin Processing --> Issued

04/26/2017 - Checks mail, passport is there. No mention of it being mailed out. 

05/02/2017 - Arrives in the USA, without Issue

06/17/2017 - Marriage!

AOS

7/01/17- Mailed AOS packet to Chicago

7/03/17- Packet received

07/07/17 - SMS and Email notification of NOA1 for AoS, EAD, and AP

07/13/17 - Received paper copies of NOA1 for AoS, EAD, and AP

07/21/17 - Received Biometrics Appointment Letter

08/02/17 - Biometrics Appointment Completed 

11/04/17 - EAD Approved - New Card Is Ready For Production

11/09/17 - AP Approved

11/09/17 - EAD - Card Produced Awaiting Mailing

11/09/17 - EAD - Card Has Been Mailed.

11/13/17 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received. 

11/05/2018 - Received SMS Notification that Interview Has Been Scheduled

11/10/2018 - Received Paper Interview Notice

12/11/2018 - Interview Date

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