This letter should be written by someone that is familiar with your relationship. Consider asking a relative, friend, co-worker, pastor, imam or anyone else you trust to write an affidavit letter for you.
In this podcast episode, you’ll learn what an affidavit letter for USCIS is for, who should write one and the details that need to be included.
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What Is An Affidavit Letter For USCIS?
You can think of an affidavit letter for USCIS as a personal statement from someone who is familiar with your relationship.
Obviously, you’ll want to ask someone who thinks positively about your relationship. But it must be a third party that knows the two of you well.
The reason an affidavit letter can help build a strong case is that it gives a third party the opportunity to provide testimony about your relationship.
Additionally, it’s a great way for your family and friends who have first-hand knowledge of your relationship or marriage to share their stories. Trust me, anyone who cares about you would be willing to write one!
If they refuse, you have every right to banish them from your life…. just kidding!
Unless they simply don’t approve of the relationship, they should be willing to help you out.
Now, if a family member is against your marriage or engagement, you may be out of luck. You can ask them to write in a neutral tone but that can be dangerous.
Affidavit letters for USCIS should be a glowing review of your relationship. Not simply a boring narrative of facts.
Be very careful who you ask to write an affidavit for you as it can either help your case or hurt it.
Should You Use An Affidavit Letter?
The great thing about a personal affidavit from family and friends is that its easy evidence to put together.
They can pretty much write it on the spot for you. No research required.
Sadly, many couples find it hard to prove their relationship or marriage is real because they live apart.
Living in two different countries oftentimes means that you have gathered very little evidence that you truly are a couple.
Here are reasons why you should use an affidavit letter for USCIS:
- Don’t have enough evidence of a bona fide relationship
- You have not been together long enough
- You don’t have combine bank accounts
- You don’t have a shared residence
- You don’t have children together
Related Post: How To Prove A Bona Fide Marriage To USCIS.
Related Podcast: Top 10 Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage.
How Many Affidavit Letters Should You Use?
The number of affidavit letters you use isn’t as important as the quality of them.
What I mean by quality is based on the following:
- Who is writing the letter?
- How close are they to you?
- How detailed is the letter?
- How long have they known you?
But the simple answer to how many you should include is: as many as you want!
Obviously you don’t want to go overboard here.
Try to stick with about 5-10 affidavit letters. Anything more than this can be a bit excessive (adjudicators don’t want to sift through a huge stack of papers!)
Who Can Write An Affidavit Letter?
Anyone familiar with your relationship or marriage can write an affidavit letter for you.
You just have to ask them and they must agree to do it.
Consider asking the following people in your life:
- Family member
- Religious leader
I suggest asking someone who has known the two of you for a bit.
It wouldn’t make sense to ask someone who hasn’t met your fiance or spouse and therefore has no first-hand knowledge of the full relationship.
Note: The person who writes the affidavit letter for USCIS does not need to be a US citizen. They also don’t need to live in the US so you can ask anyone in the world that knows the two of you!
Related Podcast: Evidence To Include With Your I-129F Petition.
How To Write An Affidavit Letter For USCIS?
Did you hate writing essays in college or high school?
Well, don’t worry! USCIS will not critique your writing ability or grammar. ?
But, they will want you to include specific details for the affidavit letter to be acceptable.
The writer should provide an honest statement about their thoughts on your relationship/marriage.
The writer should answer the following questions:
- “How do they know of your relationship?”
- “Do they believe your relationship is real? Why?”
- Give detailed examples of what they witnessed.
- Should confirm the couples mutual commitment
- Should detail how the couple interact together
Details that should be included in the affidavit letter:
- Full name and address
- Date and place of birth
- Relationship to petitioner and beneficiary
- An account of your relationship explaining:
- How they met the two of you
- Timeline of how long they’ve known the two of you
- How frequently they socialized with you
- Details explaining how they acquired this knowledge of your relationship
- Date and signature
Does An Affidavit Letter Need To Be Notarized?
Thankfully, the answer is no!
Although the affidavit letter doesn’t need to be notarized, the writer should include a sworn statement.
They can simply write the following at the bottom of the letter:
“I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge“
This statement confirms that the person writing the affidavit is telling the truth.
If any of the information included is shown to be false there may be consequences which is why USCIS needs their name and address!
Summary: Writing An Affidavit Letter For USCIS
The affidavit letter is an easy way to include additional evidence that supports your relationship or marriage.
I recommend everyone who is submitting the I-130 or I-129F petition includes several affidavits to help bolster their case.
Thankfully, anyone in the world can write an affidavit letter. They simply need first-hand knowledge of your relationship or marriage.
If you are still confused or unsure how to write your own letter, download the sample affidavit letter below:
Make sure that they change every detail to reflect your actual relationship! They should not include anything that is false or incorrect.
Be sure to review the letter before submitting it with your petition.