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I-130 fee - payment with check, different account holder

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Hi everybody,

I have a question regarding payment of the fee for the I-130 Form. Me and my USC wife live outside the US, and she does not have a check from her US bank here with her.

We are wondering if we could use instead a check (by a US bank) by a friend of ours who has checks with her.

On the guidelines for I-130 we read only: "The check or money order must be drawn on a bank or other financial institution located in the United States and must be payable in U.S. currency;"

And we could not find mention of who the account holder of the check must be.

Has anybody run into a similar situation? Will it be ok if the check is signed by somebody else (and the description mentions "I-130 filing fee for Mr...") ?

Thanks!

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hi there,

my husband and I had the same issue while we were filing for our K1 visa. He was living in my country at that time, so what we did was to send the k1 visa package to his mom (in the US) and she used one of her checks. Uscis didnt reject her check or anything like that.

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hi there,

my husband and I had the same issue while we were filing for our K1 visa. He was living in my country at that time, so what we did was to send the k1 visa package to his mom (in the US) and she used one of her checks. Uscis didnt reject her check or anything like that.

Hi, thanks for your comment. The only difference is that in your case the surname on the check was not totally different as it would be for us...

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OP, you can use your friend's check to pay the fee as long as the check will be drawn from a US based financial institution.


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