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You submit "evidence", not "proof".

 

Think of anything you have that shows the time you have spent together in-person and go from there.  Evidence of time spent together in-person will be your strongest evidence.


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4 hours ago, Apple crumble said:

Hello Members, what documents would we need to attach as proof of monafide marriage as I live abroad, we are newly married and don’t own any joint property or joint lease. Thank you for your response.

And I think you mean "bona fide"

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London embassy? Not much will be necessary if you are from the UK. At interview I wasn’t asked for anything but with the I-130 we included my I-94 records, a few photos, copies of cards and invitations we received addressed to us as a couple, copies of insurance policies that list each other as beneficiaries, something from my employee that listed my husband as my next of kin and emergency contact, wills and documents from my neurologist where he wrote that he discussed with my husband a planned surgery I was to have, and my medical notes mentioned my frequent trips to visit him. 

 

Edited to add:

 

Just looked at your post history and I’m completely confused. Just a few weeks ago you were talking about a K-1. Then you mentioned an IR-1. A K-1 is for people who are not married. IR-1 is for people who have been married at least two years. Your profile says United Kingdom but you posted that you are in Nigeria. You also said you are filing through Vermont service center. Spousal visa cases only go through Vermont if the petitioner has an extensive criminal record or there is an Adam Walsh act issue. These cases are very, very complex. Does the USC have a criminal record that could be a bar to a petition being filed? It would be very helpful if you could update your profile with the correct visa type. If you haven’t yet filed anything you won’t know which service center you are at. 


 

 

 

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Thank you JFH for your detailed response. My timeline might seem a bit confusing, I used to live in the UK but now live in Nigeria. We are filling for CRI and since my USC Husband lives in Atlanta  and he does not have a criminal record. we were told Georgia cases  will go through Vermont.

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28 minutes ago, Apple crumble said:

 we were told Georgia cases  will go through Vermont.

 

That may have been the case years ago; however, service center assignment is random based on workload.  You won't know which service center the petition will be going to until after you have been informed of which one it was sent to.


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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29 minutes ago, Apple crumble said:

we were told Georgia cases  will go through Vermont.

Who told you this?  It is not based on geography.  Service center is based on workload of USCIS.


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1 hour ago, Apple crumble said:

Thank you JFH for your detailed response. My timeline might seem a bit confusing, I used to live in the UK but now live in Nigeria. We are filling for CRI and since my USC Husband lives in Atlanta  and he does not have a criminal record. we were told Georgia cases  will go through Vermont.

For use in this immigration forum, changing your profile to show the Nigerian flag would be helpful since that's where your visa interview will be. Answers pertaining to London and the process there  won't be useful to you. Each embassy has a different vibe in what is typical for that location. Also change the visa in your profile to IR1/CR1 so you don't get replies about K1 processing. 

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Posted (edited)

Nigeria is a difficult embassy, you will need lots of evidence, as much as you can send.  Is there an age difference?

 

Here's what we sent with the I-130 petition:

 

a few photos of each visit together, date stamped, from multiple visits over time (4 before filing petition)

four or five photos from the wedding, date stamped, some with family and friends

passport stamps, boarding passes, hotel receipts, restaurant receipts as evidence of these 4 visits

joint credit card account statements showing that we are already co-mingling finances

documents showing my Brazilian husband as my beneficiary on life insurance, retirement accounts, investment accounts

evidence of my husband's health insurance, dental insurance based on my US employer's plan

evidence of my husband as my emergency contact at work, statement that he is my husband on employer's HR website

wills and living wills

Christmas cards addressed to both of us at my US address

copies of cards and letters we have exchanged since the beginning of our relationship

wedding ring receipts

email logs, phone call logs, video call logs to show continuous daily communication

representative chat records (only a few pages of sample chats) from WhatsApp, Messenger

printout of our Facebook relationship with a few photos, comments from friends and family, words of congratulations on wedding day

affidavits from family members attesting to the nature of our relationship

brief statement of relationship history, how we met, how the relationship developed over time

 

We uploaded additional evidence of three more visits since filing the petition, at the NVC stage, and took more evidence from our 11-day trip to London and Paris together in April to the June 12 CR-1 visa interview (I flew to Rio to be with him for the interview), but the CO did not even ask for it.  The interview was very quick and she said we were approved.  We were each asked two simple questions.  It was obvious from the questions that she had pretty much decided to approve the visa before the interview.  Two days later the visa was sent to my husband, and he received it a week after the interview, less than 11 months since the I-130  petition was filed.

 

Good luck!

 

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