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#1 ucla_cutie26

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 07:57 PM

:help: Hello everyone,

I am new to this site and had a question for all of you who have already gone through the k1 process. How much does it cost to process the k1 fiance visa from start to finish? I am a bit confused because I have looked up info. and they all say different things. For example, the form DS-156, is this paid for in fiance's country or while in the US?

I just wanted to know if anyone could give an estimate of how much they spent to file all the paperwork.

Thanks
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#2 almaty

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 08:15 PM

if you got to ask then you cannot afford it.....seriously, it depends on allot of variables..give us more about your case...
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#3 Cristy

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 08:18 PM

I would estimate $1000-$1500 just for visa related costs. Really depends on the cost of your medical, if you have a passport, if you have your birth certificate.

$170 to file, $100 USD for visa and then all the costs in between.
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*January 24 2006 - mailed in I129-F petition
*January 25 2006 - I129-F received at CSC
*January 30 2006 - packet returned.....arggggggggg we forgot one signature!!
*January 31 2006 - sent I129-F back to the CSC, hope we did not forget anything else
*February 1 2006 - I129-F received at CSC again
*February 3 2006 - NOA1
*April 20 2006 - NOA2!!!!!
*April 24 2006 - Touched!
*May 15 2006 - NVC received petition today!
*May 17 2006 - Case left NVC today!!
*May 30 2006 - Received Packet 3 from Vancouver!
*May 30 2006 - Faxed back Packet 3!!
*June 6 2006 - Received packet 4!
*June 20 2006 - Medical in Saskatoon
*June 28 2006 - Interview in Vancouver!!
*June 28 2006 - GOT THE VISA!!!
*June 30 2006 - Moving day!
*July 3 2006 - Home at last!!
*July 28 2006 - married!
*September 13 2006 - Mailed AOS/EAD package
*September 25 2006 - Received NOA for AOS/EAD
*October 6 2006 - Biometrics appointments
*October 10 2006 - Touched!
*October 19 2006 - Transferred to CSC!
*October 26 2006 - Received by CSC
*October 27 2006 - Touched
*October 28 2006 - Touched again
*October 31 2006 - Touched again
*November 2 2006 - Touched again
*November 3 2006- and another touch
*November 7 2006- touched
*November 7 2006 - My case approved, still waiting for kids!
*November 8 2006 - Touched my case again
*November 13 2006 - Greencard arrived...yeah I can work!
*November 14 2006 - Touched my case again
*January 2007 - RFE for kids Greencard.
*February 2007 - kids medical and sent in RFE
*February 2007 - Received kids greencards

#4 Erik

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 08:18 PM

Hi Cutie, and welcome.

The I-129F Petition currently costs $170.00 to file.
When your fiance goes for they're interview, they will also have to pay $100.00
You will also have to pay for a Medical Exam for the fiance... I know in Brasil it is $100.00

As far as I know, that is it. There are of course other things that may need to be considered, like having documents translated (if need be) mailing documents back and forth at times, and of course airfare, hotels (if they live far from the Consulate) etc.

I know for me personally, from start to finish it is probably going to cost me a little over $3,000, and that includes a ticket for me to go be with my fiance during her interview. Without that, I'm guessing closer to $2,000.

Ah yes, very good point Christy, I forget about the Passport, BirthCertificate, Police Records etc. that could add additional costs.

Edited by Erik, 29 May 2006 - 08:19 PM.

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NOA1 Date Received - 5/09/2006
Petition Transfered from NSC to CSC - 6/01/2006
Touched - 6/02/2006
Touched - 6/03/2006
IMBRA RFE Received - 06/30/2006 (Dated 06/23/2006)
IMBRA RFE Delivered - 07/01/2006 (USPS Next Day)
Touched - 07/03/2006 (Email saying they sent RFE)
Touched - 07/04/2006
Touched - 07/05/2006
Touched - 07/10/2006 (Recieved RFE Response)
Touched - 07/11/2006
Touched - 07/12/2006
Touched - 07/13/2006
Touched - 08/03/2006
NOA2 Approved - 08/03/2006
Touched - 08/06/2006
NVC Entered Case into System - 08/21/2006
Consulate in Rio de Janeiro confirms receipt - 08/29/2006 (may have arrived sooner, only got around to calling today).
Fiance sent Packet 3 to Embassy (Before she actually received it) - 09/01/2006
Fiance receives actual Packet 3 - 09/06/2006
Fiance receives Packet 4 - 09/22/2006
Medical Scheduled - 11/06/2006
Interview Scheduled - 11/07/2006
Fiance should be on her way to me! 11/10/2006

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#5 TracyTN

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 08:22 PM

The visa fee and medical do vary from consulate to consulate, Erik. Other than that, I think you're right on.

And don't forget about the fees for the adjustment of status process, too. :whistle:
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#6 kitkat1

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 08:26 PM

:help: Hello everyone,

I am new to this site and had a question for all of you who have already gone through the k1 process. How much does it cost to process the k1 fiance visa from start to finish? I am a bit confused because I have looked up info. and they all say different things. For example, the form DS-156, is this paid for in fiance's country or while in the US?

I just wanted to know if anyone could give an estimate of how much they spent to file all the paperwork.

Thanks


Off the top of my head - official fees at this time are:

$170 -K1 visa application - form I-129F
$300 more or less for medical in Ciudad Juarez - depends on the number of vaccinations your fiance needs and if he plans to get them in Ciudad Juarez or in the US before adjusting status (most people seem to do them at the medical appointment but you don't have to)
$100 - cost of the interview in Ciudad Juarez - needs to be paid for in advance at a Banamex location

The DS 156 is a separate form that I think is in the embassy checklist and I don't believe there is a cost associated with this, but if I'm wrong, someone will correct me.

There is no need for translation of documents in Mexico and he will not need a police certificate there.

Other things to add in -- copies of every single thing you send, getting the I-134 Affadavit of Support notarized (sometimes your bank will do it at no cost) and perhaps the cost of getting a certified copy of his birth certificate if he doesn't have one. Also need to add in the cost of a passport for fiance if he doesn't have one - a 5-year passport in Mexico costs $85 (not a bad idea to get a 5 year instead of a 1 year since it's such a pain to do). You should probably factor in the cost of transporation to the interview in Ciudad Juarez from wherever he lives and the cost of his plane ticket to the US. Don't forget to add in the cost of adjustment of status once he's in the US - that doesn't fall into the K1 fees that you requested, but does come into play once he's in the country.

I won't even get into the emotional costs of dealing with USCIS and DHS - that's a whole separate story.

Hope this helps and I'm sure someone will add more if I've left out something glaring.

Edited by kitkat1, 29 May 2006 - 08:28 PM.

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#7 ucla_cutie26

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 08:29 PM

Thank you all for your input, anything and everything is USEFUL, believe me.

I was just asking because I recently graduated from college and just got my first "real job." I've been working for just 3 months, so I will definately need a co-sponsor (my dad).

I do have my passport and my birth certificate.

I was just wondering about the total costs for all of you guys since I haven't seen a question regarding this.

I just wanted input from everyone about their total costs to process their fiance visa from start to finish.

Thanks :yes:
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* * * * * * * * * K-1 VISA * * * * * * * * * * * *
06/21/06: Submitted I-129F to the CSC

10/18/06: NOA2 DATE
01/29/07: MEDICAL IN CDJ
01/30/07: INTERVIEW in CDJ **My fiance receives his visa**

03/31/07-04/08/07: I leave to Mexico and bring back my fiance
04/08/07: U.S. ENTRY at LAX
04/23/07: Married in Vegas


* * * * * * * *AOS, AP, & EAD * * * * * * * * * *
05/24/07: Submitted AOS, AP, EAD
06/01/07: NOA1 for AOS & EAD, NOA1 for AP missing, but they received forms
06/06/07: TOUCHED (AOS, AP, EAD)
06/23/07: RFE for I-864 paperwork
07/03/07: Biometrics for AOS & EAD
07/03/07: TOUCHED (EAD)
07/07/07: Submitted response to RFE
07/18/07: TOUCHED (AOS) They received RFE response
08/08/07: AP APPROVED
08/10/07: EAD APPROVED
10/17/07: AOS interview in Los Angeles -- APPROVED, pending name check :(
02/08/08: Name check has cleared, Notice welcoming new resident is mailed out
02/12/08: Card Production ordered, woohoo
02/15/08: Notice welcoming new resident is received
02/21/08: GREEN CARD IN HAND

08/23/08: After 7 years together . . . Religious wedding ceremony and HUGE PARTY in Jalisco, Mexico (we deserve it)
08/24-08/30: Spend our honeymoon in Acapulco, Mexico
Link to video clip of our wedding: http://www.youtube.c...f/1/wHiId9HZVRc
Nov. 2009: File to Remove Conditions

#8 wanthimhere

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 11:07 PM

Don't forget that it's gonna cost SEVERAL hundreds of dollars more for AOS (Adjustment of Status), once you're married.
Between the filing fees, biometric fees, Work Authorization fees, and Advanced Parole fees, you're looking at at least an extra $600-$800. :huh:
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6/29 - NEW I-129 mailed to CSC
7/21 - NOA1 issued
9/21 - finally ... my first touch!!
9/21 - NOA2 issued

#9 aclassic

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 11:28 PM

So far I have paid $170.00 for the I-129F. I sent Yang Bo $300.00 to cover the cost of securing her passport, birth certificate, her divorce decree with translation, etc. I expect to pay for her medical exam and cost for interview (probably $100.00). Airline ticket will probably run about $1,000.00. And the list goes on. Once she arrives we are going to work on her daughters paperwork which is going to be an additional expense. I don't mind the cost and I am loving every minute of it.

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#10 giraffemd

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 07:36 AM

All the paper work..hunderds of dollars
All the USCIS fees...hundreds of dollars
All the phone calls and plane tickets.....hundreds of dollars
Leaving all your stuff behind....hundreds of dollars
The feeling you get when you finally get to be with your partner after jumping through all the hoops......
PRICELESS :D
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AOS, EAD, AP, filed on Feb 8, 2006
NOA received Feb 18, 2006
Biometrics done on Apr 21, at St. Paul office..wait some more......
Touched on April 24 and 28
email aproval for AP on May 1
email approval for EAD on May 3
received AP on May 3
received EAD in mail on May 8
start work of June 1
AOS interview in Bloomington on July 19 8am
AOS approved,passport stamped on July 19
as of Dec 10, 2006 still no greencard....waiting and waiting....USCIS says we are approved, and check back in 60 days...no idea what is happening
Dec 18, email stating welcome letter is in the mail
Dec 20, 5 emails saying they ordered production of my new card......
Dec 24...welcome to America letter in the snail mail
Dec 26...GC in hand and all is correct...
NOTE TO SELF..file to lift conditions 04/19/08
04/22/08 filed to lift conditions
05/01/08 package returned wrong form
05/05/08 re-submitted right form to california
05/09/08 cheque cashed
05/13/08 NOA
05/19/08 appointment letter for biometrics received..appointment on 05/28/08 at 11 am at USCIS St. Paul
05/28/08 took my two appointment letters and had my fingerprints done
11/13/08 touched and email stating card production ordered and will be sent to me in 30 days
11/21/08 GC in hand no mistakes expires 11/13/18

#11 ingjohanna

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:46 AM

The visa fee and medical do vary from consulate to consulate....good luck :thumbs:
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**K-1 VISA**

*07.29.05 sent package i-129f to california
*08.02.05 recveived NOA1
*10.17.05 received NOA2
*11.01.05 colombia's embassy received package
*12.05.05 interview date
*12.06.05 recieved VISA

*12.20.05 came to U.S.A!!!!
*12.28.05 applied for a Social Security
*01.05.06 received Social Security card =)
*02.11.06 married....


**AOS**

*03.01.06 sent package for AOS & EAD
*03.03.06 package arrived at unit (Chicago,il 60699)
*03.18.06 NOA1 for AOS & EAD (notice date 03.08.06)

*04.15.06 he had his Biometric taken
*04.17.06 EAD & AOS touched
*05.03.06 AOS touched again & case transfered to CALIFORNIA
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*05.12.06 EAD APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*05.16.06 AOS touched again!!!!!

*05.17.06 EAD approval notice mail it, from USCIS office...and AOS touched again....
*06.12.06 AOS APPROVED
*06.19.06 we received my husband's GREEN CARD!!!!!!!!!
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#12 seldi

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:51 AM

I-129F Fee: $170
Medical Exam Fee: $300
Interview fee: $100
Misc. Fees: $600
One-way ticket to the USA: $800

Being reunited with your loved one: PRICELESS.

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AOS
01-29-07 - marriage
02-07-07 - AOS package mailed to Chicago
02-09-07 - AOS package delivered
02-13-07 - NOA1 date
02-21-07 - Biometrics letter
02-24-07 - NOA1 received
03-01-07 - Biometrics taken
03-15-07 - Transferred to The Sucky/Slow Center (TSC)... to "speed up" processing.
03-17-07 - Transferred notice e-mail
03-20-07 - Received TSC transfer letter
03-21-07 - application pending at TSC e-mail.
05-14-07 - Misinfopass appt. COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME.
06-05-07 - I-131 e-filed
06-11-07 - AP NOA1
07-09-07 - Received weird looking letter for AP, but online status hasn't changed
Last Touch - AOS 3/24, AP 7/03


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#13 rosyanne

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 09:18 AM

I-129F Fee: $170
Medical Exam Fee: $300
Interview fee: $100
Misc. Fees: $600
One-way ticket to the USA: $800

Being reunited with your loved one: PRICELESS.

:P


Was the visa promotion lines your idea? :D
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Steve (WA,US) & Anne (SH,CN)

P1..............2004/10/04
P2..............2005/01/10
P3..............2005/04/07
P4..............2005/08/02
Interview.....2005/09/19
Married.......2005/10/29

Filed I-485...2005/12/17
RFE submit...2006/02/27
Interview......2006/08/31
Fingerprint....2006/09/07
wel letter......2006/09/19
I-551...........2006/10/02


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Posted 05 July 2006 - 10:09 AM

I just had to send $745 with my AOS packet (included AP and EAD fees).
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SEE K-1 HISTORY IN MY TIMELINE

AOS / EAD / AP TIMELINE:

06/30/2006 - I-485, I-765 and I-131 sent to Chicago (via USPS Priority mail) (DAY 1)
07/02/2006 - package received in Chicago (delivery confirmed via USPS)
07/06/2006 - NOA 1 (DAY 7)
07/12/2006 - biometric appointment notice (DAY 13)
07/14/2006 - received biometric appointment notice via mail
07/25/2006 - interview notice (DAY 26)
07/26/2006 - biometrics taken (DAY 27)
07/28/2006 - received interview notice via mail
09/07/2006 - I-485 interview...APPROVED!!!...passport stamped (DAY 70)
09/12/2006 - I-131 approved (DAY 75)
09/13/2006 - received welcome letter via mail
09/15/2006 - I-765 approved (DAY 78)
09/16/2006 - received AP via mail
09/18/2006 - received conditional green card via mail
09/21/2006 - received EAD via mail
07/23/2008 - filed I-751 to lift conditional status
07/28/2008 - NOA 1
08/26/2008 - biometric appointment
12/03/2008 - I-751 approved
12/08/2008 - received 10-year green card via mail


09/07/2009 - eligible for U.S. citizenship!


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#15 ucla_cutie26

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 11:25 AM

Thanks guys :D
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* * * * * * * * * K-1 VISA * * * * * * * * * * * *
06/21/06: Submitted I-129F to the CSC

10/18/06: NOA2 DATE
01/29/07: MEDICAL IN CDJ
01/30/07: INTERVIEW in CDJ **My fiance receives his visa**

03/31/07-04/08/07: I leave to Mexico and bring back my fiance
04/08/07: U.S. ENTRY at LAX
04/23/07: Married in Vegas


* * * * * * * *AOS, AP, & EAD * * * * * * * * * *
05/24/07: Submitted AOS, AP, EAD
06/01/07: NOA1 for AOS & EAD, NOA1 for AP missing, but they received forms
06/06/07: TOUCHED (AOS, AP, EAD)
06/23/07: RFE for I-864 paperwork
07/03/07: Biometrics for AOS & EAD
07/03/07: TOUCHED (EAD)
07/07/07: Submitted response to RFE
07/18/07: TOUCHED (AOS) They received RFE response
08/08/07: AP APPROVED
08/10/07: EAD APPROVED
10/17/07: AOS interview in Los Angeles -- APPROVED, pending name check :(
02/08/08: Name check has cleared, Notice welcoming new resident is mailed out
02/12/08: Card Production ordered, woohoo
02/15/08: Notice welcoming new resident is received
02/21/08: GREEN CARD IN HAND

08/23/08: After 7 years together . . . Religious wedding ceremony and HUGE PARTY in Jalisco, Mexico (we deserve it)
08/24-08/30: Spend our honeymoon in Acapulco, Mexico
Link to video clip of our wedding: http://www.youtube.c...f/1/wHiId9HZVRc
Nov. 2009: File to Remove Conditions



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