In-Person Meeting Documentation- I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance Visa
In-Person Meeting Documentation Requirements
The I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance specifically requires that evidence or documentation of an in-person meeting between the petitioner and beneficiary. Furthermore, you must have met within a 2-year period immediately before you file the petition.
The instructions for the 129F, Petition for Alien Fiance states,
“8. Evidence for Petitions to Classify a Fiancé(e) as a K-1 Non-immigrant
In addition to the evidence described above, you must submit evidence of:
A. Intention to Marry Within 90 Days of Entry.
Submit evidence that you and your fiancé(e) intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé(e)’s entry as a K-1 non-immigrant. Evidence of your intention to marry may include statements of intent to marry signed by both you and your fiancé(e) or any other evidence that establishes, by a preponderance of the evidence, your mutual intention; and”
Click here for our blog post on the “Intent to Marry Statement”.
The instructions go on further to say,
“B. In-Person Meeting.
Submit evidence that you and your fiancé(e) met in person during the 2-year period immediately before you filed this petition. Evidence of this meeting may include, but is not limited to, a written statement from you and/or your fiancé(e) stating the circumstances of your meeting, a copy of airline tickets, passport pages, or other evidence. If you believe you qualify for an exception to the in-person meeting requirement, submit evidence in support of the exception.
If you claim that the in-person meeting requirement would result in extreme hardship to you, submit evidence to support your claim.
If you claim that the in-person meeting requirement would violate strict and long-established customs of your fiancé(e)’s foreign culture or social practice, include evidence that any and all aspects of the traditional arrangements have been or will be met in accordance with the custom or practice.”
This blog post specifically concentrates on the in-person meeting evidence or documentation.
In Person Meeting Documentation Examples
In short, use as many of these items are possible. There is no minimum. However, the more you provide, the less likely you are that you will receive an RFE.
Provide a written statement from you and/or your fiancé(e) specifically stating the circumstances of your meeting. We provide an example specifically of this written statement in our blog post “Declaration of How We Met Example“.
Plane tickets prove that you traveled to the place of your fiance. Provide a copy of your plane tickets or boarding passes. Just copy them onto photo copy paper. If you do not have the plane tickets or boarding passes anymore, don’t worry. A copy of your itinerary also works.
Provide copies of your passport pages. These pages show your stamped entry and exit to your fiance’s country. These are also a good method of showing that you visited. Make sure that you can read the country and dates on the stamps.
Although not specifically mentioned in the instructions, photographs are a great way to also prove your in-person meeting requirement. Only a few photographs are needed with 3 at a minimum and 9 at a maximum. However, do not submit a photo album. Usually, USCIS will most likely return your photo album.
Photos of you and your fiance together are great. In addition, provide one or two photographs of you and your fiance with some of your fiance’s family. These provide good proof that the relationship is known to others.
Ordinarily, you will not get these photos back.
There are several ways to submit your photographs including:
- Placing them inside of a zip lock bag. If you do this, make sure that you write the names, date and location on the back of each photograph.
- Placing them inside of a photo sheet protectors. Again, make sure that you write the names, date and location on the back of each photograph.
- Taping them to sheets of blank 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper. If you do this, make sure that you write the names, date and location below each photograph.
- Printing photos on paper, Again, make sure that you write the names, date and location below each photograph.
Additionally, if you have any other evidence of meeting in person, provide a copy of them.
On-going Relationship Examples
Additionally, provide proof of your ongoing and genuine relationship in your package. This may benefit you by allowing the embassy staff to have access to this information prior to the interview. In fact, many high risk consulates approach cases with a skeptical eye. On the other hand, providing this information early on in the original I-129F package will help them in their preliminary review of your case.
The following items do not show proof of having met in the last two years. However, they show proof of an ongoing relationship:
- Copies of chat records. Just provide a few from different periods of time in your relationship. Provide a couple from the beginning, middle and current.
- Land line and cell phone bills.
- appropriate letters and emails, stamps on the letters (to document the date they were sent), and other written documentary proof.
- Engagement ring receipt.
- Other items.
If this process seems too difficult for you, we recommend that you use a visa/immigration consultant. For this purpose, we recommend using Rapid Visa.Rapid Visa
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