Bona Fide Marriage Evidence: How many Photos does USCIS want with an I-130 Filing?

Bona Fide Marriage Evidence means:

documentation or proof that a marriage is true, loving, and real, and not solely for the purposes of acquiring a Green Card.

For purposes of the I-130 marriage-based filing, our office has the following formula/criteria to determine the ideal amount of photos:

If you are under the age of 30:

  • 100 photos per year of being together
  • Photos for the dating period, engagement period, and marriage period
  • No more than 20 photos per event, such as a wedding, vacation, gathering, graduations, etc.
  • Photos can be screenshots of video calls
  • Not too many selfies

Additional Evidence should also be provided to “compliment” the joint marital photos, such as:

  • social media records
  • communication records
  • love letters
  • holiday cards
  • amazon order history
  • leases
  • joint bills
  • joint taxes
  • joint bank statements (especially the one receiving paycheck direct deposits)

If you are over the age of 30:

  • 20 photos per year of being together
  • Photos for the dating period, engagement period, and marriage period
  • No more than 10 photos per event, such as a wedding, vacation, gathering, graduations, etc.

Due to age, USCIS tends to focus more on the following “complimentary” bona fide evidence:

  • communication records
  • deeds
  • leases
  • title to vehicles
  • joint bills
  • joint taxes
  • joint bank statements (especially the one receiving paycheck direct deposits)
  • 401(k) beneficiary designation
  • car insurance with both spouses named on it
  • life insurance policy naming spouse as beneficiary
  • wills, trusts, payable on death (POD) designations, transfer on death (TOD) designations
  • naming spouse as an emergency contact on applications, such as with your doctor

Age affects (1) expectations of what documents are more likely to be available and (2) assets and property normally have a spouse named as a beneficiary. Due to this, USCIS Officer’s may except more Bona Fide Evidence from older spouses, versus younger spouses.

If you would like a consultation for your immigration filing, please contact our office to set up a consultation with our Immigration Attorney.

 

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