Life Takes Visas #2

In October, Tian and I assembled a laundry list of important documents and headed to the US embassy in Beijing to file them. Ironically, all of this paperwork was not actually for the immigrant visa application itself.  Rather it was the application for the application known as the “Petition for Alien Relative.”

Some of the paperwork included:

  1. I-130 Petition Form
  2. G-235 Biographic Info Forms
  3. Passports, Birth Certificates, Residents Permits
  4. Relationship Evidence like Marriage License, Apartment Leases, Affidavits of Support, and Relationship Photos

We also had to schedule an interview with a consulate officer and pay a filing fee.  The entire trip including travel took about 3 hours, even though inside the embassy took only about 30-45 minutes.  The interview lasted only about 10 minutes, and we didn’t get any announcement of results that day.  We got a notice in the mail about a month later saying we were approved to start the actual immigrant visa application.

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