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Old 04-24-2009, 01:33 AM
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Default Memorandum of marriage

My lawyer just informed me that I received an RFE on my wife's 485
USCIS is asking for "Memorandum of marriage"
Is it the same as Marriage certificate. I have already send the marriage certificate which states that the marriage has been registered under Hindu marriage registration rules. My name as well as my wifes name and date of amrriage is there.

Why do they need this additional proof Not sure. Has anyone faced this RFE?
Looks like some crazy guys are working in USCIS hell bent on harassing legal immigrants.
I have been given just four weeks to respond.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:17 AM
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My lawyer just informed me that I received an RFE on my wife's 485
USCIS is asking for "Memorandum of marriage"
Is it the same as Marriage certificate. I have already send the marriage certificate which states that the marriage has been registered under Hindu marriage registration rules. My name as well as my wifes name and date of amrriage is there.

Why do they need this additional proof Not sure. Has anyone faced this RFE?
Looks like some crazy guys are working in USCIS hell bent on harassing legal immigrants.
I have been given just four weeks to respond.
I never heard of this...what crap it is.?
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:50 AM
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Default Same here!

The same happened in my case. Got informed by the lawyer yesterday that my wife's 485 has an RFE and that USCIS has asked for a copy of marriage cert and some pictures of the ceremony/celebrations etc. I do remember sending them this stuff when we initially filed 485.

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My lawyer just informed me that I received an RFE on my wife's 485
USCIS is asking for "Memorandum of marriage"
Is it the same as Marriage certificate. I have already send the marriage certificate which states that the marriage has been registered under Hindu marriage registration rules. My name as well as my wifes name and date of amrriage is there.

Why do they need this additional proof Not sure. Has anyone faced this RFE?
Looks like some crazy guys are working in USCIS hell bent on harassing legal immigrants.
I have been given just four weeks to respond.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:41 AM
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Default Same here

Guys,

A few days back my wife got the same RFE. Except we were asked to sumbit different evidence like joint back account, joint tax filings, joint residency, insurance on which both names are listed etc.

Looks like its getting very common to request this evidence recently.
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:18 AM
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Default Nothing to worry

I understand the pain beacuse of these RFE as we all are waiting for our GC.
There is no need to worry about these kind of RFEs. Just like and RFE asking for latest empolyment verfication letters and W2s, this RFE for Marrige proofs is also similar.
As there is a possibility of the couple getting divorced, USCIS wants to make sure, the couple are still married during the entire process time of their GCs.
It doesn't mean that, in every one's case, they send this RFE, It's just Random.
And in case, if any one of the couple, sends any information to USCIS that they are not living together and a chance of getting divorced, then in those cases, USCIS sends the RFE.
But in most other cases, it's just Random. We have to reply to that RFE with the documents such as, the Marriage certificate, any documents to show that you are still married and living together, like, any Bank statements with Joint accounts, Birth certificates of the recent kids born to the couple etc.
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A Memorandum of Marriage is different from the Certificate of Marriage.
A Memorandum of Marriage is required to obtain a Marriage Certificate.

Here is a sample (Schedule A) of the Memorandum of Marriage.
You will need to obtain one from your local Marriage Court.
http://ncw.nic.in/compMarriageBill.pdf

I would say, the marriage certificate, a notarized copy of the Memorandum of Marriage from India, with some additional proof, like photos, invites', etc should suffice.
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A Memorandum of Marriage is different from the Certificate of Marriage.
A Memorandum of Marriage is required to obtain a Marriage Certificate.

Here is a sample (Schedule A) of the Memorandum of Marriage.
You will need to obtain one from your local Marriage Court.
http://ncw.nic.in/compMarriageBill.pdf

I would say, the marriage certificate, a notarized copy of the Memorandum of Marriage from India, with some additional proof, like photos, invites', etc should suffice.
To avoid the RFE, will it be okay to get registered at the local county in US?

I think during the time of economic recession, USCIS is trying to help survive the immigration lawyers,. At present there are less cases of new H1B as the quote is still open. My lawyer sends me some past invoices in between. LOL
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To avoid the RFE, will it be okay to get registered at the local county in US?

I think during the time of economic recession, USCIS is trying to help survive the immigration lawyers,. At present there are less cases of new H1B as the quote is still open. My lawyer sends me some past invoices in between. LOL
If you are not married, Yes, you can get married in the US, however, you will have to register the marriage in your home country if both of you are non-citizens.

If you get married in accordance with the Hindu rituals, you will need a Memorandum of Marriage to get a certificate. the form might vary from state to state or even jurisdictions.
OR
you can set up a date with your marriage court and get married in court, that is called a legal marriage(registered marriage).
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I never heard of this...what crap it is.?
Checked with my company lawyer. According to them it is a separate document from marriage certificate.
I applied for GC only after getting married , so right from the beginning my passport etc has my wifes name in it. What caused this RFE still baffles me.
I am not sure how will I get this document sitting in USA within 2 weeks.

Is there any other alternative ? Has any one faced with this kind of RFE and has given
some substitute for "Memorandum of marriage"
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Checked with my company lawyer. According to them it is a separate document from marriage certificate.
I applied for GC only after getting married , so right from the beginning my passport etc has my wifes name in it. What caused this RFE still baffles me.
I am not sure how will I get this document sitting in USA within 2 weeks.

Is there any other alternative ? Has any one faced with this kind of RFE and has given
some substitute for "Memorandum of marriage"
It might be application you made for registering the marriage. I googled it and got this result
http://www.karigr.org/download/hindu...ge%20forms.pdf
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however, you will have to register the marriage in your home country if both of you are non-citizens.
Where did you get that?
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Where did you get that?
http://www.usimmigrationsupport.org/marriage.html
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Default RFE for the marriage proof

Hi
we also received the RFE from USCIS for my wife requesting the memorandum of marriage.we have already send the marriage registration certificate.Has any one recieved the RFE like this and what is the solution.My lawyer said that we are going to resubmit the marriage registration certificate again.
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Memorandum of marriage means like betrothal. Some people write them, while some do it as a ritual with no documentation. May be something to work around this line I guess
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Guys,

A few days back my wife got the same RFE. Except we were asked to sumbit different evidence like joint back account, joint tax filings, joint residency, insurance on which both names are listed etc.

Looks like its getting very common to request this evidence recently.
Hi there,
I also got similar RFE. I already submitted my marriage certificate.
Can u pls tell me what did u do to resolve this ?
I got married in Delhi and have marriage certificate.

Thanks a lot in advance

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