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I had my I-129F denied because I didnt provide evidence of

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I had my I-129F denied because I didn't provide evidence of divorce from my first marriage. I had received a RFE with 3 paragrphs saying that my divorce nisi for my most-recent divorce was not sufficient. I supplied the divorce final but because I anticipated this possibility I didn't notice that they asked for proof of legal termination of TWO previous marriages. I had supplied proof of the termination of my first marriage to USCIS in 2005 when I married my second wife.

I am conflicted about whether I should abandon this petition or file for reopening. If I ask them to reopen will they deny again because my evidence of termination of my first marriage arrived after the RFE deadline? It appears, reading the relevant CFR that it might be worth the extra cost to appeal in this case, if they don't deny me on this technicality

Hello,my name is Judith. Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions.

If I am to understand you correctly you failed to submit required evidence and were denied because of that.

So if you file to re-open your divorce decrees that you failed to mail are not newly available evidence. You had access to those all along, correct?

What are you going to allege as the grounds for the appeal?


Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Hello Judith,

Thanks for your help.

The grounds for my appeal would be that 1) the RFE mentioned the divorce nisi that I sent for my most-recent divorce was mentioned in 3 paragraphs as insufficient and no mention of my first marriage and 2) that this seemed reasonable since as noted in my I-129F, my second wife went through the K1 visa process successfully.


USCIS does not EVER look at old files! They are in storage underground in MO.

Now, look at this link page 2 #5D

If you appeal on the grounds that USCIS did not ask for the additional divorce records in the RFE you will probably loose because the instructions clearly tell you to submit

copies of documents showing that each of your prior marriages were legally terminated.

I would file a new I-129F. It is cheaper AND honestly it will take the same amount of time for a decision on the appeal as it will for adjudicating the new I-129F..


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you very much Judith. Your advice was very informative and useful (actionable).


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