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I-130 and actual date of marriage

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Hey Everyone,

 

Please, read the following very carefully before answering. Your help and opinions are always appreciated.

The question may seem to have been asked before, but it is NOT. I've looked all over for something similar on the forums, without any results.

 

I was married to my wife in 2017, based on an "orfi" (not legally registered, Islamic/religious) marriage.

Almost a year after, specifically in 2018, we legally registered and authenticated the marriage contract from 2017.

 

For those of you who aren't familiar with the procedures of marriage registration in Egypt, the marriage registration in 2018 is basically an authentication of the 2017 contract that goes into the government's registry system. Afterwards, I was able to get a government-issued (electronically-printed) marriage record and it showed the date of marriage and the date of registration separately as follows:

Date of marriage document (contract): xx/xx/2017

Date of registration: xx/xx/2018

This is equivalent to saying that, "In 2018 the government of Egypt authenticates and recognizes the marriage deed from 2017".

 

Here's my question:

In the i-130 petition, which do I put as the marriage date? and which will be considered by the USCIS ? the government authentication in 2018 or the marriage contract in 2017?

Thank you.

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14 hours ago, AMS13 said:

Hey Everyone,

 

Please, read the following very carefully before answering. Your help and opinions are always appreciated.

The question may seem to have been asked before, but it is NOT. I've looked all over for something similar on the forums, without any results.

 

I was married to my wife in 2017, based on an "orfi" (not legally registered, Islamic/religious) marriage.

Almost a year after, specifically in 2018, we legally registered and authenticated the marriage contract from 2017.

 

For those of you who aren't familiar with the procedures of marriage registration in Egypt, the marriage registration in 2018 is basically an authentication of the 2017 contract that goes into the government's registry system. Afterwards, I was able to get a government-issued (electronically-printed) marriage record and it showed the date of marriage and the date of registration separately as follows:

Date of marriage document (contract): xx/xx/2017

Date of registration: xx/xx/2018

This is equivalent to saying that, "In 2018 the government of Egypt authenticates and recognizes the marriage deed from 2017".

 

Here's my question:

In the i-130 petition, which do I put as the marriage date? and which will be considered by the USCIS ? the government authentication in 2018 or the marriage contract in 2017?

Thank you.

2017

Hopefully the witnesses and Imam signed it at that time

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