I came to the U.S when i was 5 years old, however i never could have anything under my name, bills, cell phone, rent, etc.. since i didnt have a valid i.d to acquire certain things, and now im lost because i dont have any proof, do i have to prove every month from June 15th, 2007- June 15th, 2012? i need some input, could people i know wirte these letters for me as addidtional proof, like teachers i have know since childhood? i would greatly appreciate your help, Thanks.
You do not need proof for every month. Affidavits from people who know you are not considered an "evidance out of your hands" because it is not an independent source -- people could write stating that you were here since 2009 because they feel sorry for you or want to help you. You need to provide enough independent information to establish that you were here for the duration of each year. So, even one independent piece of evidence per year plus affidavits may solve your issue. Here are some ideas for you: Did you go to school during those years; do you have dated photos of you with some landmarks to show they were taken in US, have you been claimed on a tax return as a dependent for someone, did you go to a doctor, hospital, or other public service place; did you receive immunizations; taken your dog to a vet, or signed any papers for anyone; received a traffic ticket, applied for a job and have dated rejection/acceptance letter addressed to you with a US address, Etc? Most importantly, find a good immigration attorney to assist you.
I agree with my colleague ... be creative ... if you had teachers, you must have report cards.
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it is best to have evidence from at least every quarter -- bank records, medical bills, Facebook updates, employment records, Sea World pass with your name on it, cell phone bills, be creative and think of what you were doing those years and how you can prove it -- dated pictures with U.S. landmarks in them. Call me and we can discuss options for you.
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