I need someone to put my mind at rest..before I drive myself mad!
I was just thinking about the documents I submitted to prove regular contact between my husband and me and am worried it might not be sufficient to convince the ECO.
We mostly kept in touch using international calling cards and letters. Unfortunately, I could not prove that the callings cards were used to call my husband and so I did not include them.
The letters we wrote were brief and "basic". We did most of our talking over the phone so there was nothing new to put in our letters and we both were always busy and never had the time to write letters more often.
Over the period of 10 months [from our engagement in March 2007 up until our wedding Feb 08] he sent me about 7 letters, but only 3 of them came through the post. The rest came with friends of our families and hand delivered to me, so there was no stamped envelope to prove that he sent those letters. We also included the letters that I sent him over the 10 months; about 9 letters and cards but again, as our family friends were coming and going frequently, I gave some of the letters to them to give to my husband and so there were no stamped envelopes for these letters either.
In the application we included:
â€¢ All the envelopes that we could find from letters that were sent through the post, in total 5 envelopes
â€¢ All the actual letters we sent to each other, about 15 pages in total
â€¢ Birthday and Eid cards, 3 in total
â€¢ All the cards I made for him (with poems wriiten in them), one with each letter, 9 in total
Do you think this would be sufficient to convince even the toughest of ECOâ€™s that, not only did we keep in regular contact, but also that our relationship is genuine and not one of convenience?
(FYI - Along with the other required documents; Proof of income, accommodation, finance/savings, employment documents and the declaration, I also included:
â€¢ Photos of my husband and me before we got engaged
â€¢ A copy of the E-Ticket when I visited Pakistan and got engaged
â€¢ The entry/exit stamp in my passport from when we got engaged
â€¢ Photos of the engagement
â€¢ Photos of the wedding
â€¢ Proof of communication/regular contact as mentioned above)