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The USCIS sent me a "Request for Evidence" for two items, "Filing Limitations Waiver Without Criminal Convictions" and "Couple's Bona Fide Intent To Marry." The same day that the letter arrived, the Airbnb gods sent me a guest who is an immigration attorney!

 

The facts are that I brought an immigrant here on a K-1 in 2009, we married and then divorced in 2011. I filed K-1 visas for other women in 2013 and 2015, and abandoned them when red flags appeared in the relationships. The attorney explained that international law (IMBRA) requires that if I've filed two or more K-1 visa applications I now have to prove that I'm not a human trafficker. He said that my letter should describe each relationship, with a focus on the marriage (i.e., the abandoned applications are less important). In describing each relationship I should say both that we had a loving and genuine relationship, and also that we had good reasons to end the relationship. The focus should be on the latter.

 

The two notarized affidavits from friends are strongly recommended, he said. Again, these statement should say that we would a genuine relationship but ultimately had good reasons to end it.

 

He said to send lots of documents, the more the better. The divorce decree that I included with the I-129F? Send another copy. Pictures with the exes? Send them. Love letters the exes wrote me on Valentine's Day and I kept? Send them.

 

He told me to remove a few sections of my letter. I removed anything that suggested that my fiancé has economic reasons to want to marry me (e.g., she's an unemployed doctor).  I also removed anything that sounded apologetic, e.g., why we haven't made wedding plans.

 

He said that the USCIS employees just want to check a box and move on to the next application, without thinking too hard. He said that a thick stack of papers makes them feel safer checking the "approved" box. 

 

 

 

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16 minutes ago, K-9 Visa said:

The USCIS sent me a "Request for Evidence" for two items, "Filing Limitations Waiver Without Criminal Convictions" and "Couple's Bona Fide Intent To Marry." The same day that the letter arrived, the Airbnb gods sent me a guest who is an immigration attorney!

 

The facts are that I brought an immigrant here on a K-1 in 2009, we married and then divorced in 2011. I filed K-1 visas for other women in 2013 and 2015, and abandoned them when red flags appeared in the relationships. The attorney explained that international law (IMBRA) requires that if I've filed two or more K-1 visa applications I now have to prove that I'm not a human trafficker. He said that my letter should describe each relationship, with a focus on the marriage (i.e., the abandoned applications are less important). In describing each relationship I should say both that we had a loving and genuine relationship, and also that we had good reasons to end the relationship. The focus should be on the latter.

 

The two notarized affidavits from friends are strongly recommended, he said. Again, these statement should say that we would a genuine relationship but ultimately had good reasons to end it.

 

He said to send lots of documents, the more the better. The divorce decree that I included with the I-129F? Send another copy. Pictures with the exes? Send them. Love letters the exes wrote me on Valentine's Day and I kept? Send them.

 

He told me to remove a few sections of my letter. I removed anything that suggested that my fiancé has economic reasons to want to marry me (e.g., she's an unemployed doctor).  I also removed anything that sounded apologetic, e.g., why we haven't made wedding plans.

 

He said that the USCIS employees just want to check a box and move on to the next application, without thinking too hard. He said that a thick stack of papers makes them feel safer checking the "approved" box. 

 

 

 

I simply attached a statement of the facts, no affidavits, no pictures,  no love letters, no fluff


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Affidavits carry very little substantive weight.  No one is going to write anything but positives, right?  Do not send love letters.  USCIS doesn't want to read that.

 

For the bona fide intent to marry, you each just write, sign (and date) a statement that you're both legally free and intending to marry each other within 90 days of the alien fiancee's arrival to the US on the K-1.  

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