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  1. Advice I gave seven months ago still holds, to file a new I-130 petition with lots of documents to show financial co-mingling, and to prove that you lived together in Cameroon for a period of years.
  2. Proof of legal termination of any prior marriage is required for both the petitioner and beneficiary, if filing for a fiancé or spousal visa. My response to the original poster's question was for the USA, for the American petitioner's divorce document. Check the Dept. of State website for what civil documents each US embassy/consulate will accept from foreign countries.
  3. Your case is not documentarily qualified (DQ) until you get an email from NVC stating such. "Accepted" only means the documents were uploaded properly so that they can then review them. Respond to the RFE, following their suggestions exactly. This may be additional proof of assets, current income for primary sponsor, and a new joint sponsor with supporting I-864 and documentation. Do not delay responding to the RFE if you received it April 7. Good luck!
  4. Quoted from the Dept. of State website: If you were previously married, you must obtain evidence of the termination of EVERY prior marriage you have had. Your evidence must be an original or certified copy of one of the following documents: FINAL legal divorce decree, death certificate, or annulment papers. Either a divorce decree or divorce certificate is fine as evidence of legally terminating a prior marriage. In the US, the county clerk or court clerk where the divorce was granted issues a divorce decree, and this is what most people use since they receive an official, original copy after the divorce, or you can request a certified copy later from the same county or court clerk's office. Some US states can also provide a divorce certificate through the state's vital records office, but you have to request it, pay a fee, and wait for it to arrive. Whatever document you provide needs to have an official seal and signature from the issuing authority, whether county/court clerk (divorce decree) or state vital records office (divorce certificate). From the wording of your question, I assume that the USC petitioner already submitted a photocopy of the official divorce decree (all pages) with the I-130 petition, as evidence of legally terminating any prior marriage was required at that stage of the spousal visa process. The I-130 petition was approved with that evidence, and your case is now at the NVC, so just upload a scanned version of the same divorce document that was sent with the I-130. The beneficiary should take the same original, official divorce document that was sent as a photocopy with the I-130 and uploaded at the NVC stage to the spousal visa interview in Montreal in case they ask to see it. Good luck!
  5. You already got your answer--best advice is she needs to contact the embassy/consulate where the visa interview was held and correct the DS-260 immediately, prior to travel. If she does not, it will cause problems down the road, as she is legally responsible for the accuracy of all the information on the form, whether an attorney completed it or not. She signed it as the visa applicant. Lying on a federal form is a serious offense. She needs to act now and be truthful about what happened, take evidence of the fraudulent lawyer if they ask her to do another interview, and correct the mistake.
  6. My husband's ROC package was more than 500 pages, with evidence since the date of our marriage, whether we had sent it for previous forms filed before or not. They are looking for quality evidence since the date of your marriage, that you live together at the same residential address, and that you have co-mingled finances as much as you can. Joint lease, insurance, deed to property, both driver's licenses, tax return transcripts showing married filing jointly, joint bank accounts, credit cards, and so forth, from the date of marriage until you file the evidence. In your case, they seem to be doubting that your marriage is bona fide based on what you have sent. So send more, and go back to the marriage date. Whatever documents you can locate, send them, plus everything you sent before. Photos and evidence of trips together, affidavits from people who know you, are weak. Focus more on quality evidence of cohabitation and financial co-mingling. Good luck!
  7. Side-loading additional evidence of a bona fide marriage relationship is a good idea if a high-fraud country is involved or there are any red flags such as only a little time spent together in person prior to filing the I-130. We did this at the NVC stage, and uploaded a single file with evidence of more trips together, more financial co-mingling documents, etc., as an additional document via CEAC, because often the officer will not look at additional evidence brought to the visa interview. Good luck!
  8. It's always better to have a photocopy of the extension letter with you with the green card. Take the original for travel outside the US so that you can return.
  9. AR-11 online is the first step to change an address and easy. I-865 for primary and any joint sponsors, paper filing only. After doing the address change online with the AR-11, wait a couple of weeks and then call USCIS, ask for a tier 2 person, then confirm that they have your new address in their system. Sometimes they respond to the AR-11 with an email to confirm the change, sometimes they don't. But I suggest that you call to confirm until the address has been updated. Good luck!
  10. Most landlords will require both residents to sign the lease, however only one spouse, such as the USC spouse, can be the person financially responsible if you choose to do it that way. It takes quite a while for a new resident to build a US credit record and USCIS should understand this.
  11. Original boarding passes from all trips to visit Passport stamps showing entry/exit dates to match original boarding passes Hotel receipts from stays together if any A few photos together, maybe one from each trip, two or three wedding photos I included a few other documents to supplement the above: Foreign spouse listed as emergency contact at petitioner's work Foreign spouse as beneficiary on petitioner's life insurance, retirement accounts, bank account, and health/dental insurance Credit card statements from petitioner's account, showing foreign spouse as an authorized card holder
  12. Also be prepared to go and visit him in Nigeria with the new baby, if he cannot get a tourist visa. The wait for a B in Lagos is a very long time, and there is a good chance that it will be denied at the interview because he has obvious immigrant intent with an American girlfriend. Good luck!
  13. Gather any financial co-mingling documents you might have in the coming months, plus evidence of any trips you make to visit him, and do that as often as you can. Add all of this as an uploaded additional document at the NVC stage in a year or more. All of that will help to show that the marriage is bona fide at the visa interview in 1-2 years.
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