Submitting Appropriate “Proof of Relationship”

For spousal petitions, applicants should be prepared to submit evidence of their marital relationship or engagement.  This evidence will be reviewed by the consular officer who adjudicates the visa.  Helpful “proof of relationship” includes not only photos of the wedding but also photos of the couple’s life together throughout the duration of the relationship, messages or call logs, past and recent social media posts, contracts or invoices for major purchases in both persons’ names, remittance records or receipts, statements of joint bank accounts over time, etc.  

Please DO NOT SUBMIT intimate photographs (such as photos of the couple in bed together, not fully clothed, or engaged in intimate displays of affection.  Such “evidence” is neither appropriate nor convincing to establish proof of a relationship, and may even be detrimental to your credibility. 

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