You may need an affidavit or letters from people that knew you were here then including your sister. However, at this point the officer has not asked for any other evidence. Your application may still be approved. If they issue a request for additional evidence you will need the letters. USCIS can also refer your case to an immigration judge. The judges can be much more reasonable. DHS and the former INS have a computer data base that records entries and exits - you obviously had an entry and no recorded departure. Relax and see what their decision is.
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You have invested 13 years in this case ... why not invest some $$$ and pay an attorney to help you develop affidavits, etc.
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Your I-94 should have been sufficient since you had just entered and they have no record that you had left the country by December 21. Anyway, the officer will not deny your application without giving you an opportunity to provide more evidence. As for the I-94, what the officer did was normal.
You have a lawyer who knows the facts of your case. You should listen to his or her advice. if you have lost confidence in your lawyer schedule a consultation with another experienced immigration attorney for a second opinion. Your lawyer should have known to address these issues from the get go.
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