Honestly, the part I'm having the most trouble with is documentation to prove our relationship! We talk on facebook messenger every day, but it's impossible to scroll back 4 years to the start of it.
Okay, well Facebook isn't generally considered a reliable source of evidence, since accounts can easily be faked, so I wouldn't recommend including anything from there anyway.
I have some emails of flight confirmations of when I've gone to see him, but no boarding passes.
Okay, if you don't have boarding passes, then include the etickets.
We have emails going back a few years but they're not all there and a lot of them are quite personal (so they'll be getting screenshots only).
You should NOT include ANY email content anyway, so that's not an issue - imagine you were applying before the internet and only had phone bills to show communication... your phone bill would only show a list of numbers, call dates and times - you wouldn't have a recording of the conversation on it too
You basically want to show the same thing with emails... just an 'itemised phone bill' style view of your inbox.
So, what you want to do is just screenshot a selection of emails from your inbox, subject lines and dates only, covering your entire relationship, and paste them onto 1-2 sheet of paper maximum, in a list.
So, say you've been together 5 years, you would want to select maybe 1 email per month, so 60 emails total, and make a screenshot of the date and subject line and paste them all onto 1-2 sheets of paper maximum.
We have loads of pictures but I'm pretty sure none of them are date-stamped.
Lots of pictures are not needed. You only need to include 1, maybe 2 photos maximum, and only with you and your fiance in them - no one else. They do not need to be date-stamped.
The photo(s) are just to show you have met at least once in person. I would just include 1 photo from the beginning of your relationship and 1 more recent photo.
My mom and her boyfriend flew out last year to meet Andrew, but of course we took no pictures of them together haha.
No need to include any photos of anyone but you and your fiance
Okay, so based on what you have, I would send:
- 2 photos of you and your fiance together
- all of your etickets/confirmations from visits to see each other
(- if you have any cards or letters you've sent to each other, you can include them too)
- 1-2 sheets of paper showing a list of screenshots of email subject lines and dates covering the entire relationship