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  1. Hi all, I'm trying to gather all of the documents I need for the K1 interview at the London Embassy. I read somewhere at the start of this process that you should gather more recent evidence of your relationship to take with you as proof, though I can't seem to find anything in UK specific forums or on the official embassy website. Should I be looking through our chat logs again and printing evidence or is it not necessary?
  2. I didn't see a August 2018 I-751 topic so I thought I'd start one. Preparing to send mine in less than a week! It might be quite a number of pages... Anyone else filing in August 2018 and is getting their packet ready?
  3. I was responsible for managing the bills and my spouse used to transfer me money during the month for our expenses (That is basically why we opened a joint account). Sometimes when she transfer money, she would write me a note. Those notes could be sometime a little inappropriate. We both had dirty sense of humor, we never really assumed anyone will take a look at the statements, so I am wondering is it okay to just conceal those notes with the sharpie like the president? I will not touch the amount or the transaction info tho. Also, I am not keen that the USCIS IO keen of Zelle and such money transfer, do I need to explain to them how Zelle works? I can ask my soon to be ex wife for a bank statement to prove that she is the one transferred the money; other than that, the statement usually shows her first and last name, bank name and #, and amount
  4. My I-751 has been deemed abandoned and denied because I failed to submit the requested additional evidence (I had already sent these requested documents for my N-400, and mistakenly disregarded what I thought was a duplicate request for the I-751). There even have been two naturalization interviews that USCIS de-scheduled onsite due to this matter. Following this, I submitted my I-290B (within the requested timeline), as a request for a motion to reopen and a motion to reconsider. As of today it has been over four months since USCIS received my application and cashed the check. Would you reapply with a new I-751 application because USCIS cannot provide a timeframe for the processing of the I-290B we previously sent? My green card extension stamp, which is in my passport, expires May 2020.
  5. My American SO and I met in Israel ( I had to fly there too, because we both wanted to visit Jerusalem), and he ran across overly suspicious security agents in Ben Gurion, who confiscated his laptop and entry & exit permits, as he was about to board a plane back to the USA. As the result, my love permanently lost both his laptop and the primary evidence of his visit. That has been our only meeting IRL so far. He applied for my K-1 this Spring and 3 months later we got the RFE for not including passport style pictures and the evidence of meeting. Unfortunately Israel no longer stamps passports, so those entry & exit permits are extremely important. I've got all my documents, including the Israeli stay permits, passport stamps, proving I left my own country and later got back, boarding passes, flight itinerary, paid hotel receipt and what not. My fiancé , however, has only the boarding pass from Israel to the USA, a paid flight itinerary and a paid hotel receipt ( we stayed at the same hotel), as well as our picture , where we were holding our Israeli stay permits. It was taken from a distance, and one can't see those permits clearly. We called the Israeli Embassy, and they said, they could mail him the government entry & exit records, corroborating his visit, but it would take more than a month, and our deadline was in the beginning of September, so we had to respond to the RFE and send them what evidence we had. Do you think, it will be enough or not? My elderly father has serious heart problems, and his condition hasn't really improved since I told him the news...
  6. Hello, I am a U.S. citizen filing form I-130 along with I-485, I-864, and I-765 for my father. We have all requested evidence except for one divorce decree of a marriage he had prior to the one with my mom. The document is in Venezuela, and given the unstable/disputed government situation it is very difficult or close to impossible to retrieve without being there or paying someone to do so, also, my dad's ex-wife lives in Europe now and does not have it with her and suggested she has gotten rid of it. We were informed by an Venezuelan unofficial source, who knows the subject, that such decree (from 1980) is part of what they call "dead files" and possibly not easily retrievable at this point. Would this prompt for a request for more evidence? Even if I am providing proof of the legal marriage between my parents at the moment of my birth, and my birth certificate? If I have to add something in lieu of this missing document, what could it be? Thanks in advance.
  7. Hello all :) So, I sent in my RFE and am now waiting for the decision and or to be notified. I have one question! When they say that USCIS will be mailing their decision, does it get mailed to my husband (aka my petitioner in the States where the RFE and NOA were sent to) or does it get sent to me? (aka the beneficiary living in Korea) It also states that they have received our response to the RFE on August 28, 2019. Does anyone have an estimate of when the process will be over? Hopefully we will be able to FINALLY escape from USCIS and move on to NVC processing. Also, who else has dealt with RFEs? Please let me know how it went for you guys :) Thank you :D
  8. Hi, We have many receipts from pubs, hotels. We payed with card at the same time and at the same places. On the receipts, there are our card number's last 4 numbers, and the date of payment. We attach our bank card's copy, so it means they can see we payed at these places. My question is, should these receipts been translated? Because every other information on it is a foreign text, except the dates, and the places names, and city.
  9. My I-751 interview is on April 25, 2019. I am the applicant and my spouse is the U.S. citizen. I have gathered a huge chunk of evidence required by them per their interview summons letter. I was hoping to get some clarification on two of the instructions listed. I have formatted the wordings exactly as it appears on the letter. 1. Bring 2 additional photos of the lawful permanent resident applicant Is a walgreens or target print of picture taken at home with a phone sufficient or do I need to go to a studio to get a standard passport size and style picture made? 2. All bills or receipts should include your name. Please bring evidence showing names and dates from the beginning of the marriage through this month. Now, I am submitting a lot of bills with both (my spouse and myself) of our names on it. - Should I also include bills with just my name on it? - I am submitting more or less the most recent copy of the utility bills for the various addresses we've lived at over the years. Should I submit every utility bill for every month we've lived at a location?
  10. Hi all, my fiancee (the petitioner) has just posted the supporting documents for the interview (which will be in london later this month/early next month. The bank stuff she posted for herself and the joint sponsor is from almost two months ago, will it be considered out of date as it will likely be 2 months old when i receive it, and would i therefore get a request for up to date bank information at the interview? Thanks in advance
  11. Hi there, We are trying to gather evidence to prove our marriage is bona fide. My husband is Canadian, living in Canada still—I am a US citizen, living in the US. Because we have never lived together, we do not have many of the suggested items (no joint lease, very little co-mingling of finances, no children...), and are relying heavily on other forms of proof such as photos together, tickets from visits or events we attended together. EDIT: I also made sure he's my primary beneficiary on life insurance and retirement accounts, and added him to my health insurance policy. We do not have access to any logs of our chat messages from when we first started talking to each other in 2007, but I do have a lot of messages from Facebook (which was our primary method of communication for quite some time). However, when I went to download and export our thread, I realized it is ~1,500 pages. My question is whether I really ought to include all of these in our packet? Or should I maybe take a page or two from each of the years I have logs for? Just trying to avoid a nightmare printing an assembling that monster if it's not even recommended...
  12. Hi We are about to submit the AOS packet along with the EAD and AP forms via FedEx. But do we really need to include proof of relationship aside from the marriage certificate that we have? And do green card applicants always go through interview or are/were there some who sent enough proof of relationship already in the AOS packet so that they were exempted for an interview?
  13. 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.
  14. Does USCIS accept Docusign apartment lease agreements? If not should I ask managment to provide me a pen sign agreement?
  15. Hello all, I'm hoping someone will be able to offer some advice, I've see a few posts on various forums about this particular matter but have yet to see an answer or definitive outcome to this situation. Some context about my case - For nearly two years I have been working on my O1 visa case with my lawyers; Kate Raynor & Associates. I have two job offers in Los Angeles waiting for me as a musician; one to join a band and the other to be an on call session guitarist to one of LA's top song writer/producers. We submitted my case with USCIS in June 2017 to which I was asked for more evidence. I was annoyed but did as requested and gathered more evidence then re-submitted at the end of October 2017. I then received a positive outcome mid December 2017 stating my O1 visa had been approved. I booked an appointment for my interview and to send off my passport to get stamped at the US embassy in London on January 3rd 2018. The interview didn't go as expected as I was told they would need to review my case further, the next day I received an email from the embassy with a 'notification of revocation'. The decision will now go back to USCIS who will either agree with the London embassy's recommendation to revoke my visa, or they might still think I deserve the O1 (I would think they would side with the embassy though). The average response time from USCIS seems to be about 6-12 months, possibly longer. As anyone can understand this is pretty ridiculous as no job offer will realistically wait indefinitely for an answer, even if it is positive, especially in the music industry. I have been given no specific reason as to why they are trying to revoke my visa other than one short line in the email saying 'The request for revocation is based on further administrative review of the applicant’s qualifications conducted subsequent to your visa interview at Embassy London.' This seems incredibly unreasonable as the interview only lasted about 5 minutes, I was asked about 5--10 questions which were somewhat vague, so I was unable to talk about 90% of the evidence that granted me the initial approval. It also appeared the consular officer who interviewed me had no previous knowledge of my case, so was basing the entirety of his decision on my answers in that moment. Does anyone have any knowledge/experience on how to resolve this matter quickly, ideally with the visa ultimately being approved? (as it has been approved in principal in the US). This decision will have massive long term ramifications on my life as, from now on, if I travel to any other country and they ask if I have ever been denied a visa, I will have to say yes and explain why. This will obviously count against me and will potentially impact my ability to work as, being a musician, I'm often required to travel all over the world for gigs. So the embassy's decision to refuse a visa to work in the US will now risk my ability to work anywhere else. It will also affect the band and producer who have offered me jobs as they will now have to start looking for other guitarists to fill my spot until this matter can be resolved, which again will affect their ability to work and progress. Thanks for reading, I can give more info if needed, I didn't want to post too much straight away as that'll probably scare people off! Jake
  16. I am worried we don't have enough evidence. So far this is what we have: - 11 pictures of us, including two of our marriage. We have met each others families and friends but sadly did not take any pictures with them. - All boarding passes and passport stamps (3 visits for now, will have one more in the future) - A few receipts of places we went together, like museums or parks - Receipts of the money we exchanged when we visited each other - Hotel and airbnb receipts. - Copy of military dependent ID card (only lasts 90 days for not having a SSN) I have been reading here what else we can include but since we live in different countries this is all we have. I was thinking of maybe including screenshots of our conversations but I don't know how much that would help. Same with affidavits, as they seem they are not strong evidence. Is this enough?
  17. So with all this time on my hands while I wait for my NOA2, lets talk chat/phone/video logs: 1. Chats. I heard about 5 to 6 flash screens of chat per month would suffice. If they are not in English, each one would have to be translated? Where do you put the translation? On the back of each flash screen? 2. Call/Video logs. We mostly call/video through Facebook messenger. I’m having the hardest time finding a way to collect all the call logs and video logs. Does anyone know of a way on messenger?? Thanks all.
  18. So, my husbdand is trying to obtain his tax transcript online on irs.gov but it wont let him. Recently, we just filed his tax return with h&r block as married filing jointy. Whenever he’s trying to register in irs.gov and put married filing jointly, it wont let him. But when he tried putting single, it goes in. How should we do this
  19. When you attend the K1 interview in Montreal, do they keep all the photos and other items that you submit for evidence of the relationship? or do they give those back to you?
  20. Good evening VJ community, I am looking at the requirements for filing for citizenship for my husband. He has an almost 15 year old daughter from a previous relationship who lives with her mother in his home country (Venezuela). While she doesn't have his last name and he isn't on her birth certificate due to a conflict-prone relationship with her mom when she was small, everyone knows that he is her father and they are currently in fairly regular contact. We have included her information on every immigration form we have filed. He has sent money on a regular basis to her mother for her support pretty much since he has been here (4+ years) and has also taken clothing items and other necessities for her when he has visited Venezuela, or more recently sent them back with another family member who was visiting the US. Because of the currency problems that Venezuela has had for many years, he isn't able to send money through regular channels like Moneygram, rather it is done through a third party arrangement: We deposit checks into that person's US bank account, and they deposit Bolivares into the accounts of the people in Venezuela to whom we are sending money. Does anyone have any ideas of how to demonstrate this payment of support? I think the mom would be willing to write a letter saying that she has been receiving the payments, but would that be enough? Perhaps the woman with the US bank account could also write something explaining that she has been facilitating those payments for us. All the checks we have are written to her (the money transfer woman) not the mother or the daughter. I suppose he might also have Whatsapp messages talking about money and other things he has sent, but I don't know how useful those would be?
  21. Hello. I just got a mail fron the USCIS requesting for initial evidence for my i-485. Btw, ny biometrics appointment is on March 15. They are saying that for the petitioning sponsor, the income did not meet 125% of the federal poverty guideline for the petitioning sponsor’s household size. Should we hire an immigration lawyer for this? What can we do?
  22. Hi all! I got an RFE letter from USCIS requesting more financial docs. My husband and I have prepared those already. The thing is that with my initial package I haven't included any proof of relationship. Now I'm thinking to include some photos and other stuff together with financial docs. It won't hurt, will it?
  23. Hi Everyone, We will have to send our ROC package in a few weeks, so we just wanted to get other people's feedback on the evidence we are planning to send, and whether it would be enough for our ROC to get approved. We are planning to send the following: · Copy of the marriage certificate between LPR and USC · Copy of a Residential Lease Agreement listing us as joint tenants at xxxxxxx; the ”Old City Address”, beginning October 1, 2016. This lease was a month-to-month lease and was renewed on October 1, 2017. · Copy of the Lease Renewal stating both our names the “Old City Address” with October 1, 2017 as the renewal date. · Copy of the Notice of Intent to Vacate the “Old City Address” sent to the landlord on March 1, 2018 and signed by LPR and USC indicating a move out date of March 31, 2018. · Copy of LPR Old City driver license showing residence at the “Old City Address” · Copy of LPR valid passport issued on November 2, 2017, showing residence at the “Old City Address” · A copy of LPR and USC February 2018 paystub, prior to relocating showing residence at the “Old City Address” · Copy of Utility bills at the “Old Address” showing both of our names · Copy of the New City Rental Lease Agreement listing us as joint tenants at xxxxxxxxxxxx; the “New City Address”, beginning on April 1, 2018 and ending on October 31, 2019. · Copies of utility bills showing both our names responsible for paying the electric bill in our New City Address · Copies of the internet and gas bills showing USC as responsible for paying internet and gas in our joint New City Address · Copy of the New City State Certificate of Title showing USC as the owner of our car with our joint New City Address · Copy of a verification letter from Bank showing both of our names under the same account number that was opened on March 7, 2018. We had a joint account prior to that date with Bank, however, we were not able to obtain information on that account since it was closed because of an identity theft incident, which has been reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). · Copy of LPR and USC FTC reports with a personal statement indicating the identity theft incident and showing our joint Old City Address · Copy of USC and LPR 14039 Identity Theft Affidavits that was submitted to the IRS. · Copies of monthly bank statements of our joint checking account with X Bank since inception of the account on March 7, 2018 after the identity theft incident, showing various financial co-mingling such as rent payments, groceries, utilities, and car insurance payments, etc. · Copies of monthly bank statements of our savings account with Y Bank since inception of the account on June 24, 2017, which shows USC and LPR as the joint owner of the account. · Copies of the X Bank credit cards of LPR and USC ending with the same 4 digits (xxxx), and a copy of a verification letter provided by X Bank on February 16, 2019 indicating joint ownership of the credit card account since inception on January 15, 2017. · Copies of the Y Bank credit cards of LPR and USC ending with the same 4 digits (xxx), and a copy of a verification letter provided by Y Bank on February 22, 2019 indicating LPR as the account owner and USC as the authorized user. · Copies of the auto insurance cards directed to USC and LPR and mailed to our joint New City Address. · Copy of the Life Insurance policy showing LPR as the insured and USC as the beneficiary; we don’t have joint health care insurance since USC is 25 years old and can remain on her parents’ health insurance which is free of charge for us. · Copy of April 9, 2018 Beneficiary Confirmation Notice for the remaining of 2018 benefits showing USC as the beneficiary of LPR’s Accidental Death & Disability (AD&D) and life insurance policies, which are provided through the workplace of LPR since he started working there. · Copy of December 5, 2018 Beneficiary Confirmation Notice for 2019 workplace benefits showing USC as the beneficiary of LPR's Company 401 (k) Plan, AD&D, and life insurance policies, which are provided through the workplace of LPR. · Copy of the Company 401 (k) Plan Account along with copies of 2018-Q3 and Q4 of Halim Abourachid indicating our joint New City Address and showing USC as the beneficiary. · Copy of LPR ROTH IRA account, which was open on January 3, 2019, showing our joint New City Address and indicating USC as the beneficiary. · Copy of USC Fidelity ROTH IRA account, which was open on January 3, 2019, showing our joint New City Address and indicating LPR as the beneficiary. · Copy of 2016, 2017, and 2018 Tax Returns. · Copy of flight tickets, gifts, cards, and booking of planned vacation. · Copy of Verizon Plan Information showing LPR's device in the family Plan of father in law. · Copy of renters insurance policy (active from Jan 2019) and showing both our names and our new city address Is there anything else we should add? Would the above be enough for USCIS? Thanks everyone
  24. Hi, My fiance received an RFE letter in the mail after 5 months. Before the letter was delivered we were speculating that the RFE might be about the case of my fiance that happened 20 years ago where he plead guilty to a case of groping a minor. Luckily, it was that (the USCIS had asked for me to submit my letter of intent to marry my fiance), my fiance gladly complied and mailed the letter the next day. My question is, does the USCIS normally sent all RFEs at once and if they are satisfied with the letter of intent to marry that we mailed thats it? That we only need to wait for their confirmation? Or will there be another RFE that might be mailed later on which might be related to my fiance case history 20 years ago? It wasn't a rape or physical abuse but groping and all his records were deleted. Please enlighten me as everyday that we are waiting for the update from the USCIS is putting a lot of stress on me and my fiance. Thank you.
  25. Hi, everyone! I've been a long-time stalker of this forum — thanks for your never-ending advice and support for one another! Quick overview: I'm a US citizen who has been living in Kazakhstan since 2016 for study purposes. I married a Kazakhstani citizen in 2017, and now we're coming up on 2 years of marriage and are ready to start the IR-1 process and move to the US. Our situation is a bit complicated for a variety of reasons, but what I'm curious about right now is whether our evidence of a bona fide marriage will suffice, considering these limitations we're facing from Kazakhstani systems: 1) Kazakhstani banks don't have "joint banking." Instead, we have an account in my name with an extra debit card in his name which is linked to my account. There was no readily-available documentation of this that the bank could give us (i.e. no statement with both of our names on it), so we had to get a custom "spravka" (a remnant from the Soviet days which is basically a certificate of proof) confirming that he has this linked card. 2) My name is not on our apartment lease (which is not even an official legal document, just a written agreement between my husband and our landlady). I do, though, have a copy of my migration registration which lists our address as my place of registration. We also have a statement from our phone company which displays our names, numbers, and joint address. 3) He is on my health insurance policy through the university where I study/work. There is no read-out/statement I can receive to confirm this (our HR department is archaic), but we do have matching insurance cards which display the same policy number. I've scanned the fronts and backs of them. Do you think, despite the limitations, this will be enough to prove co-mingling of finances, cohabitation, etc.? We are also going to send airline receipts from a trip to his hometown, railway receipts from an upcoming vacation, lots of pictures from our wedding and other family gatherings, phone records, affidavits from family and friends, and our marriage certificate, of course. Is there anything else you can think of that might be a non-traditional way to evidence our shared finances, apartment, etc.? Thanks in advance!
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