Front-loading is a term used in many spouse, fiancé, or fiancée visa discussions, that refers to adding relationship evidence to the initial petition filing, that is not specifically required. We often find our potential clients are confused about what kinds of evidence are actually required, but will discuss that in another blog post very soon.
Front-loading, is a good idea in some cases. Lots of it is completely necessary in more complicated cases, but in even more of the cases we see, Front-loading the file with extra relationship evidence, just isn’t necessary. The trick is to know both which kind of case yours is, and which kinds, and how much additional evidence to provide when needed.
For example, when the couple meets organically or naturally as a matter of conducting their lives, are both of similar age and background and the foreigner is from a visa waiver program country or other low fraud area of the world, and has spent more than a few days together on more than one occasion, chances are, adding additional relationship evidence beyond documenting time spent together in person and some photos together, is more likely to get in the way, than help.
In the other extreme, if the US Citizen is a female more than a few years older than her fiancé or spouse, and the spouse is coming from a country with a reputation for lots of US immigration fraud, AND where it culturally unusual for a young man’s first marriage to be to an older woman (particularly if she is beyond traditional child bearing years), we always advise very specific and extensive additional evidence of a bona fide relationship. Read more about “reverse age difference” issues here. In such cases, we take extra time to go over just what to provide and how to provide it. In most difficult cases, we assist the US Citizen in writing a concise but comprehensive evolution of relationship letter.
Between the two extremes, here at Platinum Immigration Visa we usually advise and assist the couple in providing examples of how and how frequently they communicate, when they are not together in person. Front-loading, when necessary, is quite a balancing act. We don’t want to bury the government officials with so much paper, they read none of it and it does no good. Our goal is to strike a balance that paints the picture with just enough evidence, that is will actually be read, considered and help the decision go our way.