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Which conversations between the couple (SMS, Skype) is it OK show, to prove a bona fide marriage during the interview?

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On the internet we have a lot of advises about what to show during the interview for a proving a bona fide marriage like , Skype History, Facebook, S.M.S. between couple, Phone Records , even more some advise to put first messages that couple send to each other , What is better in this case if you have a lot of messages together , did USCIS pay attention and read messages if they thing they are interested on it for a better case understanding? even if there it's a lot of private topics on messages, (not extreme, but just normal daily life conversations )
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Yes, USCIS is going to - likely - read every single word in an application submitted! So, make wise choices in what evidence to submit. Ultimately what you'd like to have remain private is your decision. A good immigration attorney can "dig through" a vast pile of information and suggest which ones, in his/her experience, would be the most helpful and on-point in this situation. Obviously, we live in a world in which ever-evolving technology is changing the means of communication between loving couples as much as between everyone else, and too often, gone are the days of long, carefully written, poetic love letters ... but I digress. In sum, all of these - skype, facebook chat messages, etc. - are acceptable proof of your interaction as a loving couple. Chose the ones that establish a loving relationship over time without being too private or graphic, and you should be on the right track. It is always best to have an immigration attorney assist in these types of matters. Best of luck to you and your spouse!

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The more the merrier.

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The content and qualify matter more than the quantity. So if you have thousands of messages, it may show merely that you are in business together, not that you are in a marital relationship. Content matters.

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It depends. It depends on the length of the relationship, the other types of evidence you have of your relationship, the type of interview, and any special circumstances. There's a lot of advice on the internet. It's not all correct, so proceed with caution.


As attorney Whitt states, it depends on ALL the evidence. If you have other (stronger) proof (financial records, pictures, and even affidavits from the USC spouse) you will probably not need to provide the electronic evidence (or much of it). But of course, that depends on your particular case i.e. If most of the relationship developed through the distance then yes, provide them the more you can.
Good luck!


You would be best advised to seek advice from an experienced immigration attorney rather than the internet. It is not merely the quantity of evidence, but the quality of said evidence that is important. There is no bright line rule as to what evidence is best. Each case is different and depends upon the specific facts of the case. You would be best advised to take the evidence you have to an experienced immigration attorney for review.

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Since you are already married, it is best to provide evidence of jointly held assets, such as joint insurance, tax returns, bills coming to the same address, lease, photos of the wedding and with family members in holidays, or joint travel. . What you say to each other during the day is less important.

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You need a practicing immigration attorney not "On the internet we have a lot of advises about what to show during the interview for a proving a bona fide marriage." Only an experienced legal professional may fully review and properly guide you how to proceed.
The Internet alone is not an appropriate guidance in your case.

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