I was applying for my second green card and I received Request for Evidence. In that letter they are asking me to provide them with mortgage agreement, deed or rental agreements that indicates that property in jointly owned. When I was applying back in fall I have sent them the letter from my condo management office indicating that I am the owner of the apartment and my husband is a tenant. We were living there since we got married and We don't lave any rental agreements.
My family gave me the money to buy this condo back in time when I was a student and I was living there until now with my husband. We are young family, working and we don't plan to get any loans or mortgage in nearest future. I never put his name as a coowner because once we are Financially stable and ready to get own place my family will take over the unit and use it as an investment for themselves so he is not involved in that.
I don't have many bills like water, gas, Internet or cable because they are all included to my monthly assessments which are also only under my name because I am the owner.
My question is how can I explain this situation to USCIS on papers? Can I write a cover letter?
You could write down what you just wrote here, and provide documentation to that affect. You should be able to provide other evidence of good faith marriage. They cannot approve you just based on reasons why you have no evidence.
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You can explain it the same way as you have here, but as my colleague states, you will need to provide USCIS with other documentary evidence that proves your lives together as husband and wife to demonstrate "good faith marriage" and simply cannot get the case approved based on justifications as to why you don't have this or that in common. Surely you have a joint bank account? Automobile insurance? Health insurance together? Credit/debit cards issued from the same account? (And the list goes on.)
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How can you 'own' an apartment? I think that since you use the language 'condo' later on, that is what it really is.
I think you should talk to an attorney, your reasons for not putting him on the title, nor other bills may not 'satisfy' immigration.
QUESTION: How many notarized affidavits did you include with the I-751? If only two ... try including at-least 5 more, alone with your letter of explanation.
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You can always seek a private consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can help identify other types of documents or evidence that will help prove your relationship is bona fide. While the information about your lack of joint household expenses or ownership can be explained in a letter and verbally at interview, if scheduled, there are other documents you should return in lieu of the household items. You can sometimes avoid an interview all together if the returned documentation can overcome the request and satisfy the Service about the validity of your marriage. Seek an attorney's help in private to fully review all your circumstance and situation for best evidence possible.
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