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Hello all,

 

It’s been only  a week since I sent in my I-130 for my husband and I just want to go ahead and prepare for my next steps and what other paperwork I should have ready. I know the tax returns, what other things would you suggest. Thanks in advance 

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chances are you are looking at an interview 12 to 14 months from now,  so you may "at that time"  need this year 2019 tax returns at interview time

no way to prepare them yet

but if needed get a tax transcript from IRS 

you can get the 2018 as soon as your taxes are completed by IRS as these may be needed at NVC stage

criminal report on him and his medical exam can not be done yet /they are dated and have an expiration date

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Hi @Desbaez! I'm in the same boat--just sent the i-130 off last week.

 

We've both got a long wait ahead of us (as adil-rafa said, a year or more probably) so lots of time to prepare. I've been studying/prepping using the NVC guides here and here. They appear to pretty much list everything you will likely need, including tax transcripts for the past 3 years, info about the DS-260 and DS-261, and info about the i-864. They are super super comprehensive!

 

I would start by figuring out which version of the i-864 you will need, and review/pre-fill it out so you know what information and documents you will need at the NVC stage. Same goes for the DS-260, since the guide says it can take up to an hour to complete. At least look at them, so you can gather any info you will need later, now. Use the above guides to at least start making a list of what you need and when you should request for it.

 

I put together a spreadsheet for myself, so I know what I need, what I already have, and when I should request other things. I have a poor memory, so things like these help me stay organized over the looooong months ahead.

 

Good luck!


Our journey so far:

  • 03/07/2019: Sent i-130 package
  • 03/08/2019: Packaged received by USCIS Phoenix
  • 03/15/2019: NOA1 received (e-notification)

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20 hours ago, adil-rafa said:

chances are you are looking at an interview 12 to 14 months from now,  so you may "at that time"  need this year 2019 tax returns at interview time

no way to prepare them yet

but if needed get a tax transcript from IRS 

you can get the 2018 as soon as your taxes are completed by IRS as these may be needed at NVC stage

criminal report on him and his medical exam can not be done yet /they are dated and have an expiration date

 

17 hours ago, bird&bear said:

Hi @Desbaez! I'm in the same boat--just sent the i-130 off last week.

 

We've both got a long wait ahead of us (as adil-rafa said, a year or more probably) so lots of time to prepare. I've been studying/prepping using the NVC guides here and here. They appear to pretty much list everything you will likely need, including tax transcripts for the past 3 years, info about the DS-260 and DS-261, and info about the i-864. They are super super comprehensive!

 

I would start by figuring out which version of the i-864 you will need, and review/pre-fill it out so you know what information and documents you will need at the NVC stage. Same goes for the DS-260, since the guide says it can take up to an hour to complete. At least look at them, so you can gather any info you will need later, now. Use the above guides to at least start making a list of what you need and when you should request for it.

 

I put together a spreadsheet for myself, so I know what I need, what I already have, and when I should request other things. I have a poor memory, so things like these help me stay organized over the looooong months ahead.

 

Good luck!

I just got my receipt number yesterday and it is being sent to Potomac. I had a co worker who went through Potomac last year..he said they are very fast and his wife was here in 6 months. I’m hoping for that result but I know everyone is different lol.

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It's good to be organised. But honestly just be patient and prepare to wait for a while lol ours started at Potomac and then went to Texas, we waited 8 months to be approved and now we're waiting to hear from the NVC. I have been told waiting for the noa2 is longer then the NVC stage.but fingers crossed you don't have to wait as long.  We just continued to see each other in the time we were waiting so it didn't seem too long. 

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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 3/14/2019 at 3:42 PM, Desbaez said:

Hello all,

 

It’s been only  a week since I sent in my I-130 for my husband and I just want to go ahead and prepare for my next steps and what other paperwork I should have ready. I know the tax returns, what other things would you suggest. Thanks in advance 

Well I will advice that you take your mind of when you get your approval letter as its going to take about 6-8 months till you get an approval.

Also make sure you spend time together and take lots of pictures as you will need them as evidence at the interview.But for now,take your mind of the processing like you dont care till after your 6th month.

GoodLuck.

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