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Assembling required evidences for Spouse Visa (CR1)

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I am in the process of assembling and organizing proofs of bonafide relationship for our i-130 submission for CR1 spouse visa.

 

1.)    Do I have to write in details of each proof of relationship item on the cover letter, like below, for example:

 

Evidence of bona fide marriage:

·         Beneficiary Designation Form (UNUM Life Insurance)

·         Beneficiary Designation Form (John Hancock Retirement Plan Services)

·         Employee’s Emergency Contact Info

·         Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by petitioner and beneficiary’s friend, having a personal knowledge of the bona fides of the marital relationship.

·         Petitioner’s flight ticket to Taiwan for engagement

·         Petitioner’s flight ticket to Taiwan for wedding

·         Petitioner and beneficiary’s flight tickets for honeymoon

·         Purchase receipt for engagement ring

·         Purchase receipt for wedding ring

·         Photos (total 30 photos)

 

Or, can I just write a simple one sentence: “Evidence of bona fide marriage (photos, receipts, affidavits, tickets, etc.)”

 

Which one that usually USCIS prefer?

 

2.)    Do I have to write down the brief summary/story on how I know and meet my wife for the first time until we got married? From what I know this usually required for fiancee visa but we are already married in Taiwan and applying for spouse visa, so wonder if this is still needed.

 

3.)    I plan to mail our application to the lockbox facility in Phoenix, AZ since I resides in CA. Is it better to use USPS or Fedex/DHL?? Because I see if send by USPS it will be to PO Box address but if use Fedex/DHL it will be to real address where a person there can receive and sign it.

 

 

Thank you in advance for your help.

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1.  I would list them individually as in your example.  To me, it looks much more thorough. 

2.  My attorney advised me to write a SHORT explanation of how we met....like a half page.

3.  USPS Priority Mail to a PO Box is what I recommend.   Flat rate for a reasonable price. You can add a signature requirement if you wish.......but it isn't really needed, imo.

Just my humble opinion........Good luck.....


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2 hours ago, missileman said:

1.  I would list them individually as in your example.  To me, it looks much more thorough. 

2.  My attorney advised me to write a SHORT explanation of how we met....like a half page.

3.  USPS Priority Mail to a PO Box is what I recommend.   Flat rate for a reasonable price. You can add a signature requirement if you wish.......but it isn't really needed, imo.

Just my humble opinion........Good luck.....

Thank you so much! Me and my wife met online and then I went to Taiwan to see her...so I just told the story in short and no need to be detailed, right? Do I need to provide screenshot of the chat when we first met?

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My comments in bold and red:

 

On ‎6‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 2:00 PM, joykid7 said:

Evidence of bona fide marriage:

·         Beneficiary Designation Form (UNUM Life Insurance)

·         Beneficiary Designation Form (John Hancock Retirement Plan Services)

·         Employee’s Emergency Contact Info

·         Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by petitioner and beneficiary’s friend, having a personal knowledge of the bona fides of the marital relationship. Skip these, they carry little to zero weight in the overall evaluation of a file.

·         Petitioner’s flight ticket to Taiwan for engagement

·         Petitioner’s flight ticket to Taiwan for wedding

·         Petitioner and beneficiary’s flight tickets for honeymoon

·         Purchase receipt for engagement ring worthless

·         Purchase receipt for wedding ring worthless

·         Photos (total 30 photos)

 


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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!!!
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April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
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September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
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September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
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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

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