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Hi guys, 


I have been slaving over my I-130 Packet for a few weeks now and am almost done (just holding off until our actual marriage in March; I wanted to get the packet down early so we could file ASAP and I have 5+ years of documents to wade through)


I have a question about one finicky detail. I am putting the packet together digitally (easiest as some original papers/documents for evidence of a bonafide marriage are with my partner who is obviously abroad)


I have scanned documents and inserted them into a word document, full sized. In order to make things easier on the immigration officers who will be going through our packet (and reduce the chance of an RFE), I have inserted small labels at the bottom of each page to show all pages in one section are related (e.g. "evidence of trip together on xx-xx-xxx" or "full scan of Petitioner's Passport"). I have also numbered every page so I could include a table of contents.  


Will marking up pages that have scanned documents make these invalid? I know that seems silly but I haven't been able to find this information anywhere and I don't want all of this work to go to waste if I end up invalidating my packet! I know the adjudicators can be sticklers.


Would it be better to not label anything in the document, and just include either section title pages or labeled tabs?


Is numbering the pages okay? 


Thank you all!! 


I might be overthinking this but as we get closer to submission new worries seem to pop up all the time!

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cover letter with how you met and an outline of numbered pages is fine

take off the sticky notes 

they get your packet and scan it into computer

they won't like taking all these small labels off


no staples

no paper clips

no binders 



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48 minutes ago, shallot343 said:

I might be overthinking this but as we get closer to submission new worries seem to pop up all the time!

^^^^ THIS ^^^^


First, relax.  You need the certified marriage certificate before you can file.  I don't believe I've ever heard of anyone being denied because of page numbers out of whack.


This really is much easier than you are making it.  Copies are perfectly acceptable so adding labels that they won't even look at won't matter.  Just keep in mind that USCIS does not issue the visa.  They are ONLY determining that you are eligible to file.  Prove you are a citizen or LPR.  Prove that you are legally married.  Somehow prove that the marriage is bona fide.  That is all they need at this point.  


While your petition will probably be more organized than most, that is not always a bad thing.  Show USCIS what they need to see and the petition will be approved.  It is that simple.


You will need more later for NVC but the petition should be the easy part.  Include what they need to see and you will be fine.


No stickies unless at the bottom...just no stickies

No binders or folders

If you want to hole punch they prefer 2 at the top

Use binder clips to hold the package together (no staples).

Edited by John & Rose

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

January 22, 2019 -  NOA-2 

February 7, 2019 -  NVC Received

March 14, 2019 -  NVC Case Number Assigned

March 15, 2019 -  Paid AOS 

March 15, 2019 -  Paid IV Fee 

March 16, 2019 -  Expedite Request Accepted. 


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 think you'll be fine. I only numbered the pages in my I-130 "evidence of bonafide marriage" section -- I made a separate table of contents for just the evidence,  hand-numbered the pages neatly at the bottom (because they weren't all in one Word document), then added those corresponding page numbers to the ToC. I don't think this was a necessary step, but one that helped me keep it all organized. 

AOS from TN Status


07/07/2018 -- Married

12/01/2018 -- Mailed AOS package (I-130/I-130A, I-485, I-864, I-765, I-131) to Chicago Lockbox

12/03/2018 [Day 1] -- AOS package received at Chicago Lockbox

12/07/2018 [Day 4] -- Credit card charged $1760 for I-130, I-485 + biometrics fee (via Form G-1450)

12/11/2018 [Day 8] -- Four (4) text alerts confirming receipt of case 

12/17/2018 [Day 14] -- Four (4) hard copy NOAs received in mail (Notice Date: 12/10/2018, Priority Date: 12/03/2018) 

12/21/2018 [Day 18] -- Biometrics notice received

12/24/2018 [Day 21] -- Courtesy letter received for I-693

01/02/2019 [Day 30] -- Biometrics completed 

01/07/2019 [Day 35] -- I-485 Status changed to "Biometrics review completed"

02/13/2019 [Day 72] -- I-485 Status changed to "Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview"

02/25/2019 [Day 84] -- AP expedite request submitted via phone

02/27/2019 [Day 86] -- AP expedite request denied via email

03/22/2019 [Day 109] -- I-765 Status changed to "New Card is Being Produced"

 xx/xx/2019 [Day xxx] -- EAD/AP combo card received

 xx/xx/2019 [Day xxx] -- Interview notice received

 xx/xx/2019 [Day xxx] -- AOS interview 

 xx/xx/2019 [Day xxx] -- Green card received 

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