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Tom files I-130 for Alejandra and me

Even with the help of our lawyer it still took almost half a year to collect all necessary papers. The definitely hardest was our co-sponsor's birth certificate. Since Tom has no assets on US soil, and will have to quit any job he might have in Germany, he can't prove his ability to support the family. So we needed somebody for our co-sponsor. Becky's husband Scott (thanks a million, Scott!) didn't hesitate to take that burden.

We didn't count on it taking four months for Scott's birth certificate to be finally sent from Louisiana. So, with a bag full of about five pounds of paper, Tom and I travelled to Frankfurt and filed forms I-130 and DS-230 Part 1. We went there personally, and handed over paperwork for the first three steps of the four-step filing process. Our lawyer had strongly recommended to do it that way. In case there was some little detail missing, we would be there to fix it.

Here's what we needed for me: dcf_foreign_spouse_checklist.pdf

And this is what Tom needed to supply: dcf_us_citizen_checklist.pdf

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