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  1. I would like to know if somebody here have a similar case. SRC April 2019 transferred to Potomac in February 2020.
  2. Hello Everyone, Does anyone knows,how long is the processing times for I751 interviews? I'm a 2016 December filer,my papers has been sitting in Miami Field office since November 2018, When should I expect to receive my interview letter ?I might leave the country to visit my family. Good luck everyone
  3. Hi Everyone, I created this post to bring together all i751 filers from California services center to compare our timeline and encourage each other during this challenging wait. Please share your timeline so we could all have a better estimation of the processing time. Our timeline is: October 31st: i751 sent to CSC November 5th: case received August 16th: Biometric Patiently waiting for card being produced!
  4. Hi Guys : I have few questions on filing n400. I have a pending i751 with WAC receipt number which is a year and a month now. My questions are; is it better to file n400 online or by mailing application form filled. The last question is what are the documents to submit when filing n400. Thanks all.
  5. Hi Guys : I wish to know experiences from those their case numbers started with WAC who filed n400 while having pending I-751. This question is specifically for those of us our Service Center is California. Am a kind of confused because my I-751 is now pending for 1year and 2months now. Few people suggested I should file for n400 to speed the pending i751 while some people told that filing n400 will slow the process more. Anyone that has experience this please share your stories with me. Thanks
  6. I have been following VJ off and on in last 2 years. I filled my I 751 divorced waiver in Aug 2016, received NOA after 5 days and received fingerprinting appointment after approx. 2 months. I was unable to check my status online it didn't recognize my receipt number. I received a letter from local USCIS office on March 23rd for an interview. I had an interview on April 25th, 2018. My interview officer checked my documents asked some questions and at the end, he said I am going to approve your application. On May 1st, 2018 my status on USCIS website updated with "New card is Being Produced". On May 3rd it changed it to New office has Jurisdiction. I freaked out and called my lawyer and he called USCIS office and told me that your case is approved don't worry about online status as they transfer my case to national benefits center. I got a letter in the mail it says that congratulations! we approved your application and you will get your green card within 60 days. after that I also receive a letter that my case was to transferred to NBC. After 21 days of my interview, i received my green card in the mail. Tips to prepare I 751 divorce application write a very good letter and get a lawyer to help you in this process. I took screenshots of my text msgs between me and my ex-wife I also received RFE and I already submitted all evidence so I attached one more letter of support and sent all evidence again. Attached 11 letter of support as I didn't have a joint lease and joint insurance. Interview experience: IO was really good he asked me about all the pictures and wrote it down about the event and when we took this picture. He asked my about my bank statement and asked the reason why we decided to get divorced. My lawyer went with me for an interview. Most important point is true information if your case based on reality and facts then you should not be fear of anything. A good lawyer is very helpful. I just wanted to share my journey with you guys especially those who are waiting and good luck!
  7. Has anyone had an interview at Montgomery or New Orleans recently? Or anyone with the same field office? My estimated time went up and I don't know what could be causing it😔 My extension on I-751 is about to expire and I'm way out of processing time on I-751. Is it some kind of new changes USCIS is introducing?
  8. I sent I-360 and I-751 based on abuse. Both are VAWA cases. If my I-360 is denied, will I stand a chance with the I-751 approval or USCIS will automatically deny it too?
  9. Hi guys. This question is mainly for California Service Center Applicant. My window to apply for citizenship (N400) opened 2days ago but I still have a pending I-751 stucked at fingerprint for my application has been applied as my status. My question is, I heard from a lawyer from New York saying is better to wait to get approved on the I-751 before filing for citizenship. And that will make the N400 application to move fast than combo (I-751/N400). Please, I will appreciate someone that has experienced this to explain it because am kind of confused either to wait for I-751 to get approve before filing N400.
  10. I was a conditional resident that just got conditions on a green card removed this September. I had my biometrics in August 2017. I have received a 10 year green card on which in the white square in the right bottom corner it says "Fingerprint not available" instead of actually having a picture of my fingerprint there. What is the possible cause of that? Is that a problem? Is it going to affect my international travels (specifically being admitted back in the US) in any way? Do I have to file I90 to get a card re-issued?
  11. Dear all, This forum has been so incredibly helpful -- thank you all in advance for your input. Could you read my cover letter for i-751 with a divorce waiver and tell me if that looks good or if I should include other info. I assumed I don't have to include any passport/birth certificate info, as it was already submitted for my conditional green card. USCIS P.O. BOX 660480 Dallas, TX 75266 Subject: I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence of Name (A#XXX XXX XXX) To Whom it May Concern: I am writing to submit the form i-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence for myself, Name. I married ex-spouse name on Date, XXXX in good faith, and was granted conditional residency on July, XXXX. However, our marriage ended mutually in a no-fault uncontested divorce, which was granted and signed on Date, XXXX. Please find below a description of the attachments in submitted order: Form G-1145, e-Notification of Petition Acceptance. Form I-751, signed and dated. Check made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for $595. Personal Statement about my relationship history with my ex-spouse. Copy of my two-year Permanent Resident Card, front and back. Copy of marriage certificate. Copy of divorce decree. Documents showing bona fide marriage: Copy of 2016 married-filing-jointly federal and state tax returns, signed and dated. Copy of 2016 married-filing jointly Resident Income Tax Return, signed and dated. Copy of 2017 married-filing-jointly federal and state tax returns, signed and dated. Copy of 2017 Tax History Report, showing married filing jointly status in 2016 and 2017. Copy of leases showing joint occupancy Copies of joint utility bills Copies of joint phone bills Copy of joint medical insurance Copy of joint Employer-Provided Health Insurance Coverage showing both names. Copies of joint car insurance Affidavit of support from ex-spouse Affidavits from mutual friends Photos spanning our marriage together Additional documents, including letters from friends, screenshots from texts/e-mails. Thank you for your consideration of the above application. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this adjustment application packet. Sincerely, Name
  12. Hello, After about 17 months, I finally received my 10-yr green card! Unfortunately though, the "residence since" date on my 10-year green card was 03/18/18 and the expiration date is 03/29/18. Is this something that I need to worry about? The original date on my 2-year conditional green card was 12/23/14, and I am planning to apply for my N-400. I am scared that even if I give them both my old and new GC, they would reject my application because of their own mistake. I wonder if others also has the same problem? Did you guys apply for a replacement? Did you talk to someone? Please help!! Thanks!
  13. I want to know if it is a big red flag not to have a joint bank account when you apply for ROC alone (due to a divorce). I am planning to divorce my husband because of infidelity, but I am still on conditional GC. I want to divorce him, and apply for ROC by myself. We have a very different way of spending money, where I save every penny and have some saving, whereas he overspends to the point that he asks me for money. He spends money on alcohol and legal drugs, which I am not happy about. So we have never commingled our finances, and I spend my own money, and he spends his (also he tries to beg me for money when he is short). We have a joint checking account, but we rarely use it. Mainly I deposit money in it, and he uses it. Is this a big red flag upon ROC? Can I still prove that our marriage is real? I have other evidence such as: 1) Lease with both of our names together (although we separated for half a year when I found out about his cheating on me) 2) My car insurance covering both him and me 3) My health insurance through my employer with him as the beneficiary 4) My dental/vision insurance through my employer with him as the beneficiary 5) My life insurance through my employer with him as the beneficiary 100% 6) Photos of us from multiple occasions (even when we were separated, we met from time to time) 7) Texts every day 8 ) Photos of us and his family together on special occasions 9) Join Tax return for 2017 and 2018. (We are planning to file jointly again for 2019, before the divorce occurs if that helps) 10) I can get a affidavit from my best friend who knows both of us really well, proving that our marriage is real. 11) Bills/Mails sent to our address. Is this enough, to cover the lacking of having a joint bank account? What else can we provide?
  14. Hi, So, I married my ex-wife in July of 2011 but we were divorced (no-fault divorce) in September of 2012. Before the 2-year conditional residence was to expire I applied for a change of status to permanent resident using an I-751 waiver proving a bonafide marriage. It was approved pretty quick as I submitted a tower of evidence proving our marriage was legitimate. Now, after 5 years and 4 months as a resident I'm about to submit my N-400 application. Under the list of documents and evidence to submit it states that if "applying for naturalization on the basis of marriage to a US citizen" I must submit marriage certificates, joint bank statements, leases, etc, etc. My question is whether I'm applying on the basis of marriage to a US citizen or not. Since I now have a 10-year green card that I got after the I-751 waiver I'm actually applying on the basis of being a resident for 5-years, right? I don't need to resubmit all of the documents I submitted as evidence for my I-751? thanks!
  15. Hi, I returned to England to see and help my mother during March of this year and I sent in my I751 just before the date my conditional residency ended (12th August 2019). My I751 was accepted just a few days ago, I am intending to return to the USA In January before returning to help with my family in England during the summer next year. I am concerned about what will happen at the border as to what my status is, I am divorced from the person who petitioned for me. Any ideas please as I am wondering whether I will be given a visa waiver of all things!
  16. I am in the following situation and I don't know what to do. Can I apply for ROC alone? 1) Divorce due to US spouse's multiple cheating (I haven't divorced him yet, but I am considering it) 2) Us not living together for half a year 3) Us not sharing the same bank account 4) US spouse on disability checks (We haven't done this yet, but we are considering it) Visa status: I am the beneficiary and I received my conditional green card around October 2018. We got married at the beginning of 2017, so the marriage itself has been for over 2 years, almost 3 years in a few months, but it has been less than 2 years since I got my conditional green card. Current situation: During the marriage, my US spouse cheated on me a few times, but since marriage is a big deal for me, I forgave him, hoping things would be better. Unfortunately, after all that cheating incidents, I have lost faith and love in him, and I am wanting to divorce him. However, I feel like I am stuck now because of this "you have to stay married for 2 years to prove bona-fideness of the marriage" thing. 1) Do I have to stay married regardless of all the infidelity of my US spouse, to prove the realness of the marriage? 2) After his last cheating on me, he devastated me and I stayed at my friend's place for 6 months. My spouse stayed at his parent's place. We are living together again, hoping things would turn in the better direction, but my feeling doesn't seem to come back because of many times he cheated on me and hurt my feelings. How does this affect my ROC if I do proceed to divorce him before my 2 years is up? 3) My spouse has a very bad habit of overspending (on alcohol and legal drug), and he always empties his paycheck quickly. On the other hand, I save every penny, but if we share the same bank account, he will start spending the money I earned on those things. I would love to help with life, bills, food, medical stuff, but I don't think it is fair for him to spend my money on those things. So we don't really do financial commingling. How bad could this be upon ROC by myself? 4) My spouse has not worked for about a year, during which I have been providing for him. He got fired multiple times because of his slacking off. Also he somehow damaged his shoulder, and now he was advised by his doctor not to work for the next 6 months. I have been paying all the bills, rent, our life together, his medical bills, and stuff, and now he cant work for the next 6months. He has 0 saving, and now all of my paycheck and even my saving is decreasing. Can my US spouse be on disability check? Or if you get a green card through marriage, is even the US spouse not allowed to use the public aid like disability check or food stamp? I know USCIS doesn't want the foreigners to use the governmental aid. Apologies for the long post, but it would be greatly appreciated if anyone could help me get some idea on any of the above matters.
  17. Hello fellow VJ, I will be filing I-751 (Jointly) in June 2020 however, there is a high probability that my wife (USC) and I will move out from the existing address (address which will be filed on papers) as my wife will start her College in fall 2020. I would appreciate if someone can help to answer few questions. 1) If we file I-751 from San Jose (Santa Clara County) address and later move to Oakland (Alameda County) does it affect I-751 application processing time? Based on various forums I understand that both San Jose and Oakland applicants are interviewed at San Jose field office. 2) If we move to Southern California (LA/San Bernardino/San Diego County) after filing I-751 from San Jose, CA. How does USCIS will process the application? Will it reset the timer at the processing center? 3) Does my wife have to file I-861 and AR-11?
  18. Background: A permanent resident is given the privilege of living and working in the United States permanently. A person's permanent residence status will be conditional if it is based on a marriage that was less than two years old on the day they were given permanent residence. A person is also given conditional resident status on the day they are lawfully admitted to the United States on an immigrant visa (having been married less than two years and entering on a CR-1 Visa). A person's permanent resident status is conditional, because they must prove that they did not get married to evade the immigration laws of the United States. When to File: If you are filing jointly, the I-751 form must be filed within the 90 days just preceding the expiration date on your permanent residence card. This is the date that your conditional residence expires. Note that, despite the fact that you may see word "anniversary" used in a confusing way regarding the filing date for removal of conditions, your wedding date is completely irrelevant to determining the window of time during which you may file for removal of conditions. If you and your spouse are outside the United States on orders of the U.S. Government during the period in which the petition must be filed, you may file it within 90 days of your return to the United States. See the USCIS webpage for more specific instructions, and search the forum for stories of several people who have done this successfully. It is very important to file the I-751 within the correct window of time, and be sure not to file it before the 90-day window. If you file it too early, they will send your application back. You may file at any time during the 90 day window, but it is prudent to file fairly early in the window. If you fail to properly file the Form I-751 (Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence) within the 90-day period before your second anniversary as a conditional resident, your conditional resident status will automatically be terminated and the USCIS will order removal proceedings against you. You will receive a notice from the USCIS telling you that you have failed to remove the conditions, and you will also receive a Notice to Appear at a hearing. At the hearing you may review and rebut the evidence against you. You are responsible for proving that you complied with the requirements (the USCIS is not responsible for proving that you did not comply with the requirements). The USCIS may send a reminder to file this petition on time, however you should not rely on this reminder -- postal delivery is never without faults. Not receiving the letter is not an excuse for filing late. The USCIS provides additional information here. Download the Following Forms: 1. I-751 The above form can be filled out on your computer and printed. Make sure you sign and date them as required. Anything you cannot fit by typing, you can handwrite (very neatly) in black ink in the blank instead. You should always verify the current forms at www.uscis.gov. Assembling the I-751 Package: Checklist Forms and Documents (follow these assembly instructions. All supporting documents must be in English or be translated as noted here.): 1. Payment as required by USCIS. Use a personal check so you can track the payment. Money Orders are also accepted. Read the Guide to Paying USCIS Immigration Fees. 2. Cover Sheet (example here) 3. Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence (see example form) 4. Copy of the Green Card (Front and Back) for the person filing to remove conditions (and any K2 children) 5. Evidence of Bona fide Relationship (see below) Evidence of Your Bona fide Marital Relationship A crucial part of filing this form is that you present evidence of your bona fide marital relationship, as your removal of conditions is based upon your marriage. There are a variety of documentations that you may submit. While the USCIS instructions for the I-751 say that evidence should cover the entire period from your marriage up to the present date, there is no need to repeat evidence that you already submitted to them earlier. Many couples submit no evidence whatsoever covering the period before their first interview. In any case, it's helpful to concentrate on the evidence that has developed since they last interviewed you. You do not have to have all of the types listed below as proof of the relationship; supply as many as you like. If you are short on the documents that have both of your names listed on them you MAY include affidavits from people who know you as a couple (see examples), confirming your marital relationship -- note that they are not required. If you have very little documentary evidence, you may find affidavits helpful. Additionally, you will need to submit a copy of the green card of the person who is applying for removal of conditions. IF you have K-2 children who will also be filing for removal of conditions at the same time, you may include them and use only one form and only one fee for the form. On the "don't panic" front -- ultimately the burden of proof is on the CIS to show a fraudulent marriage. Even if CIS denies, the application can be renewed in front of an Immigration Judge (IJ) in Removal Proceedings -- and the IJ's tend to APPROVE those cases. ONLY SEND COPIES of evidence. The copies should be clear and all marks pertaining to filings, registration and/or government issuance should be clearly shown. Examples of documents showing a bona fide relationship (Submit COPIES only. Do not send originals): 1. A deed, showing co-ownership of your property or a lease agreement with both of your names on the lease. 2. Utility bills, credit card bills, and other types of bills which have both of your names on them. Since many utilities will only put a bill in one person's name, some bills in one name and other bills at the same address but in the other spouse's name serve the same purpose: showing your financial & social lives intermingled. 3. Copies of actual credit cards, health insurance cards, or other "joint" cards that you have together, showing same account number. 4. Car, health, or life insurance that has both of your names on the policy or the other spouse listed as the beneficiary. 5. 401K or other retirement plan with spouse listed as beneficiary (right to survivorship is the technical term) 6. Bank or stock accounts with both of your names on them. 7. A copy of your joint federal and state tax returns (including W-2's and other applicable Schedules and attachments). Sending an official tax transcript from the IRS (for Federal) is beneficial and often preferred as it reflects what was actually filed. 8. A car title or other titles to property showing joint ownership with your spouse. 9. Birth certificate of any children that have been born to your marriage. 10. Documentation of any vacations that you have taken, including flight itineraries, hotel bills, pictures of you together on vacation. 11. Other family pictures of you together. 12. Documentary proof showing evidence of your children together (Copy of Birth Certificate, photos, etc) 13. Copies of Christmas cards and other holiday cards addressed to you both Mailing the Packet & What to do While You Wait The I-751 form and accompanying documents are mailed to either the USCIS California or Vermont Service Centers (click here to see the filing location for your state) depending on your state of residence. (Use certified mail or priority mail with delivery confirmation, and write "Attention: I-751 petition to remove conditions of status" on the envelope under the address.) You will receive a notice of receipt for the form stating that "Your alien card is extended one year - employment and travel authorized". Keep the receipt with your green card. If by some chance you are not approved within a year you will want to make an InfoPass appointment to go to your Local Office to request an I-551 stamp in your passport. This does happen as it sometimes it takes over a year to be approved. After your NOA extension expires, this is your only evidence of legal status which you are required to have, by law. This happens occasionally, that a case takes over a year, but it's rare. Local Offices will not give an I-551 stamp if you have another type of evidence of status (ie, expired Green Card + extension letter). You may or may not be called for an interview after you submit this form. Procedures have been in flux for the past year or so regarding biometrics collections (fingerprints, and photo) and you may get a letter sending you to your DO or ASC for this service--this is not an interview. Simply follow the instructions that YOU receive from USCIS and don't worry too much about other people's situations. Yours is the one that counts for you. If you are selected for an interview, it will be at your local USCIS office, not at the service center. Most typically, you have already had a biometrics appointment before your notice of approval, and your new Green Card will be mailed to you. However, you should follow all directions received from USCIS. I-751 cases are generally completed in 6-12 months, currently. Once you receive the 10-year green card, it should be renewed every 10 years, if you do not become a U.S. citizen in the interim. Instructions for renewing your card are here: How Do I Renew My Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)? Note on Case #'s: The case number on the NOA1 is not linked to the USCIS case update site - you have to wait for the case number that comes with the biometrics letter.
  19. I've been filing my I751 at the end of 2018 (85+ days before my 2 year green card expired) and had my biometrics appointment on 05/06/2019, but I've never received an extension letter / receipt for the I751. I did get in contact with USCIS in April and they emailed me my case number, so I was able to look up my status online. The last thing it says there is just that the biometrics have been completed and they will contact me again when it's time for the next step. I haven't moved in the time between filing and now. The issue that I have is that I'd like to start looking for a new job - since my green card is expired and I don't have an extension letter, I'm pretty sure that will cause issues when completing an I9. What can I do to get this extension letter?
  20. Hello everyone, Visajourney has been a great help to us with the immigration stuff so in return id like to share our i751 interview to everyone wondering what and how it goes. Since most are probably gonna go through the interview due to the recent changes i hope it helps. Interview schedule was at 8:55am but we arrived and went in at 8am. Screening (like the ones on the airport, emptying your pockets, belt and watches on trays and then shoes off) [We did not bring our phones inside since usually its like that with immigration interviews, but the moment we were waiting in the reception area we saw several using their phones even if there's a sign saying no using mobile phones while waiting🤣] Reception (where you will give your appointment letter just the 1st page, then wait for your name to be called) 8:30am we got called in. Swear to an oath etc etc . He asked for our ids (we gave our driver's license), my expired green card and asked us documents wed like to submit. Then the interview. Here are some of the questions arranged accdg to how the interview went 1. You have a child together? 2. Can i have the birth certificate? (They want the copy and original, they will double check stuff from the copy you gave that day to the copy you first submitted to the original) 3. So tell me, how did you guys meet? (Literally what he asked us) 4. When did you start seeing each other? 5. When did you meet each others relatives? 6. How long have you been living with each other? Who is living with you? 7. Have you been on a vacation recently? (He asked us twice in between these questions) 8. Tell me, who were with you on these vacation? 9. Did you stay at a hotel?where did you go? 10. Who paid for this trip? 11. So where is your spouse working? (This is where it seems like the officer was really testing me how well i knew my spouse) 12. Whats his position? (He then asked my spouse the nature of work) 13. Does your spouse work overtime? 14. What's your spouse's annual income? 15. How much rent do you pay? (Because i gave the lease contract late) 16. Who pays the rent? How long are you living in this address? 17. Do you host parties at your house? (He was joking since our address has a "fiesta" in it) 16. How old is your child? 17. When is her birthday? 18. So i want you to face each other and in 30 secs tell each other what made you decide to marry? (I was so nervous i just started saying whatever comes to mind that i liked and loved about my spouse) 19. So lets just go over your file.. ( this time i knew we were almost done) he just asked about whats in your i751 application so make sure you memorized everything from your name to your bday, to your socials, address, spouse bday, children's names and bdays etc.. He then turned his back and gave us a letter saying our application is approved and green card will be delivered in mail after 1month to 90days. 9:10am we were out the room and back to the reception where the lady was congratulating us probably because of the big smile on our faces. My only advise is try to relax and be calm. Smile at your interviewer. Adjust to his/her pace and mood, if he's in a lighter mood smile from time to time. They can feel it if your lying or being truthful. Regarding documents we submitted, we gave him latest copies of our bills, most recent photos, lease contract (which was specifically asked on our interview appointment letter), tax documents, health,life and car insurance copies. Hope you guys got an idea of the interview from our experience😊
  21. If anyone can advise it would be really helpful. Yesterday my lawyer informed that my case i751 was denied to lack of evidence for a short story I had been married in 2014 for less than 2 years then got divorced for marital issues at 2016 so I had to file a divorce waiver However I got married after in 2017 again to a different person. Now, id on;t have too many options I see a lot of people talking about IJ but my previous lawyer advised to have my wife file for me new i130. I started to get concerned about the whole case. Can I get some advice Please?
  22. Hello i have a doubt about the extension letter, my I751 is pending, I work as a flight attendant so I leave the country at least once a month, I got the extension letter that is valid for 18 months, but i also got a atop on my passport, the stamp was valid for 12 months, the stamp is valid until this month, August 2019 and the letter April 2020, should I get a new stamps for my passport or can I just use the letter until April ? So i can come in and out of the country ? thank you
  23. Hello, fall 2017 filer here. I got approved recently after responding to an RFE for my I751 petition. The forum has been incredibly helpful, arguably better than some immigration lawyer I spoke to. I want to share my experience and timeline in case it might be helpful or can alleviate some anxiety out there. Timeline: Fall 2017 jointly filed, Biometrics followed up very quickly in 2-3 months time. Then long wait until Feb 2019 for RFE for general documents to prove bona fide marriage. I responded in two weeks after receiving RFE. The response was acknowledged on Friday the same week the documents were delivered. Card in production around 10 days after the acknowledgement of RFE response. Long wait but quick turnaround after RFE response. There is one complication with my RFE: after getting married, my husband and I lived two years together and we lived apart for two years because of work reasons (relocation, different city) and then we were physically separated for another 8 months because long distance take a toll on our relationship. So when filing jointly 2017, we did not live together but NOT by choice, when receiving the RFE, we were not living together BY CHOICE. As you can imagine, this creates a complicated situation because we are in the limbo mode: not divorced but not living together either. I consulted an immigration lawyer about the best strategy going forward and he suggested me to get a divorce first, wait for the divorce decree and then respond to the RFE by switching from jointly filed to a waiver. He thinks this process will probably take more than a year and he thinks rather than wait for approval on 751, I should wait until 2020 to file N400 to force an interview happen quickly. All makes sense right? I thank god every second for not listening to him! What I did instead was to write a long letter explaining the ups and downs of our marriage as well as having my husband write a letter. In the letter, I told the officer that a divorce down the road is considered but we have not yet decided finally. I also told the officer that we want to REMAIN JOINT FILING STATUS. Note: my husband and I are still on good terms despite separation. I decided to be 100% honest with USCIS and listed my past address since we get married. Of course, I also sent a giant packet with photos, affidavits from a couple, banks statement for past three years, IRS transcript (I sent returns initially, not transcript), Amazon orders, birthday gift receipts, copies of driver's license with same address showing, copies of my H1B visa to prove I did not need green card to stay in the country, the proof to show that first two years of living apart was not by choice, and flights and hotel reservation for past trips. I bought a big multi-layer folder and fill it in full. Overnighted it via Fedex to USCIS. ~ Two weeks later, I got approved! The moral of the story is BE HONEST - worst strategy is to lie in an immigration application Lawyers are incentivized to complicate the situation so that they can charge you more. Also some of them are too busy that they will rarely help you respond to an RFE in two weeks, only you can do that. USCIS apparently values timely responds as indicated in their notification when RFE response is received. For really complicated situations you might need a lawyer, but be aware of their incentives and don't get bluffed by them. Word of mouth is probably important here when looking for a good responsible lawyer. USCIS officers understand marriage fall apart and takes a very humane customized approach when looking at our cases. Don't be afraid that they might not understand. As long as your marriage is real, you have nothing to worry about. Be creative and exhaustive with your supporting evidence. I underestimate the document requirement when I first filed, I thought they might retain the file when I get my conditional green card and merely send a few updates. If you have not filed yet, be sure to send as many documents as possible to avoid RFE. Be creative means not only tax document, children birth certificate or mortgage, you can send anything that shows you get married because you fall in love. I actually sent in the Facebook page of our relationship status change many years ago when we first started dating. Be as detailed as possible in your cover letter and in the affidavit letter. Let the witness talk about events you did together, how you get to know each other as a couple. Amazon orders histories are good proof of joint living as well as relationship. This is a long way to say, don't be afraid of RFE and don't be afraid that a damaged marriage might cause a denial of your petition. And most importantly, if someone say, you will definitely get an interview because you and your husband don't live together any more, WALK AWAY from that person as they know nothing about I751 petition. Thanks and hope this can be of help!
  24. Hi all, I just received an RFE in the mail couple of days ago. It was dated Feb 18th 2014. Interesting thing is that I truly believe it was somehow triggered by change of address I put in on Feb 6th 2014 (others in the past have also noted the same). Also it is very generic, usually people receive some sort of "personalized" RFE in the sense that it mentions what was submitted and what they need, but in my case, it is as generic as anything. However, whatever they request, I already submitted with my original packet including. Here is what I had sent: Joint lease from last three years Joint tax transcript (ordered from IRS website) from last two years Our health insurance cards showing both names Account snapshot of our Aetna website showing both of us using this insurance during our doc visits Joint bank account transaction pages covering last two years Letter from our bank stating when was my wife added to my account and that we have debit cards associated with that account Copy of a joint loan application we signed back in late 2011 Joint auto insurance and renter insurance Copy of our DLs showing same address Some utility bills showing individual names but same address Affidavits from friends/family Pics and holiday cards addressed to both of us Copies of the doc visit forms showing spouse as emergency contact ****** Now, other than the docs mentioned above, I have the following that I didn't send Life insurance showing spouse as beneficiary (but we just got it a month ago; before RFE date though... should I even send it? or will it raise red flag?) Call/text log showing awful lot of texts/calls between me and my wife e-mail/chat logs (not sure how much weight it carries) some more pics when my parents visited us back in October some hospital bills to us individually but same address? same goes with pet clinic bills showing her name but same address? ****** We haven't filed the taxes yet for this year, I dont have 401K, we dont have a child, we dont have a mortgage, the cars are under my name only as her credit score was pretty bad Any help is appreciated. Please advise fellow filers!
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