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Hi Guys,

First off, thanks guys. It's been a few months, but I'm finally ready to send in my I-130 package. Plus, I'm also well prepared for the re-establishing of residency (thanks to you fine people).

But now that I'm putting the finishing touches on my package, I have two questions:

1- Check,

I have a personal check from a US bank with sufficient funds to cover the fees. The problem is my checks don't have my name/address/phone number pre-printed on them as is instructed by USCIS (see * below for the exact text from USCIS that I'm fretting over). My dad has a personal check with his name and my mother's name pre-printed, but not address and phone number. I have a few options, please let me know which you feel is best:

1.1- Write my name, address and phone number on my check which currently has no pre-printed info

1.2- Use my father's checks with his pre-printed name and just adding his phone number and address

1.3- Trying to get my bank to send me checks with the pre-printed required info.

1.4- Have a US friend/relative send me the physical money order via snail mail and then send I in my package (I'd rather not send anyone the package... I worked too hard for this to be messed up by some well intention-ed but not obsessive like me relative)

* Personal checks must be pre-printed with the name of the bank and the account holder. Also, the account holder’s address and phone number must be pre-printed, typed or written in ink on the check. All checks must be typed or written in ink. http://www.uscis.gov/forms/paying-immigration-fees

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You have two other options:

  • Obtain a postal money order for the amount to cover the fee.
  • Obtain a cashier's check from your bank in the amount to cover the fee.

Don't do the typewriter thing, that's not considered preprinted and could result in a check being rejected.

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I'd go with option 2, dad's check assuming it has the account number pre-printed, and write in address and phone number. USCIS's instructions say that's ok.

Also, the account holder’s address and phone number must be pre-printed, typed or written in ink on the check

Otherwise you're looking at mailing to someone in the US. I did that and it was fine.


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