In order to successful submit an I-130 immigrant visa application to a USC or LPR spouse, the form I-130 must be completed and signed by the petitioner. An G-325A must be filled out for both the sponsor and beneficiary. Two passport pictures of the sponsor and beneficiary must be attached to the G-325A's. A filling fee in the amount of $420 payable to the USCIS must be submiited.
Supporting the I-130 Documentation
USCIS and our government loves paper. It is important to thoroughly develop a "paper record" to establish that the marriage is legal and bona fide. First attach a copy of the marriage certificate. Second, the birth certificate of the sponsor and other documentation of proof of the sponsor's citizenship should be attached. Third, the birth certificate of the beneficiary and other documentation of proof of the beneficiary's citizenship should be attached. Then the bona fides of marraige should be attached. This should include documentation in both of your names, such as bank accounts, jointly owned property, automobile titles in both your names, insurance policies, life insurance, proof that you both live at the same address and my favorite, as many pictures as possible. Since the officer will ask about your initial meeting, if you have any proof of text messages, emails and excahnge of cards and giftrs, I would include that in the petition too.
Preparing for the Interview
Although developing the paper record is important, the couple needs to prove that they entered the marriage for love and not to get a green card. Marriage fraud is one of the most serious offenses and if an immigrant's file contains any hint of marriage fraud this can preclude them from any future immigration benefit. It is important to prepare for the interview. For the interview, have all documentation ready, bring an original and photocopy of everything that you already submitted plus anything new to demonstrate that your marriage is real. Bring photos. This is a chance to tell your life story! Be proud. You must know everything about each other, where you met, when you met, how you met. Be able to describe your apartment or home. Have you met each others parents, siblings, etc. If not why? Preparation is key to a successful interview and approval of the I-130 immigrant visa petition. An expereinced immigration attorney will be able to assist you in every step of this pet
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