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I might be jumping the gun here a little as I still don't have an interview date, but my question is for those who moved to US through CR1. How did you transfer your bank balance to the US and did you get asked questions or were you taxed? I opened an account with Bank of America when I was last in the US, so the account is under my name. Would there be an issue if I transfer large sums of money into the account from my current account which is also under my name?

 

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If you use the search option, you’ll see plenty of posts on this topic. 

 

If you transfer $10,000, remember to file with FinCen, declaring your transfer. And don’t be stupid and try to get around the rule by transferring in smaller amounts. If the government finds out, you can end up having your money ceased or even go to prison. Always report transfers $10,000, even if you send them in smaller amounts over a short time.

 

Bank of America charge $16 for international wire transfer. Your transfer will be tax free in the US.


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May 27th 2016 - Green Card received


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i used services like ORBITREMIT and TRANSFERWISE. both offer good exchange rates. 

 

both will not work for smaller banks - where you have FOR FURTHER CREDIT 

 

https://transferwise.com/help/article/2076875/us-dollar-transfers/for-further-credit-payments

 

 

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Transferwise.

Arrives in your US account as a domestic deposit, so no wire fee at the US end.


CR1 / DCF (London): 2012 / 2013 (4.5 months from I-130 petition to visa in hand)

 

I-751 #1 [Denied]

 

Early May 2015 : I-751 Joint filing package sent fedex next day 09:00am from UK ($lots - thanks). 
May 2015: Notice of receipt/1yr extension received, dated day of receipt. This was forwarded to me outside the US, and no issues re-entering multiple times.
June 2015: Biometrics completed - walk in / argument, stressing proof of imminent travel and multiple prior inconvenient appointments & reschedules.
May 2016: Vermont Service Centre updated to processing May 2015 cases, therefore my case is now classed as outside normal processing time
May 2016: Service request sent (whatever that is) after calling to find out why I am still waiting after 12 months. Unable to tell me anything.
May 2016: Letter received in response, stating processing is on hold due to 'pending security checks' with no other information. Not helpful.
May 2016: (7am) - Infopass appointment for I-551 Stamp in passport.  (8am) - Returned to USCIS office for another I-551 stamp after realizing the dumbass put the expiry stamp as 2015 not 2017. Two entire passport pages wasted. Cheers. 

Oct 2016: Infopass appointment (not at local office). USCIS have sent my file to an overseas office, in a country that neither myself or my spouse have ever resided in. It has sat there untouched for five months. Why? Who knows. Internal query requesting urgent clarification is sent by USCIS officer.  
Oct 2016: An identical 'pending security check'  letter received, addressing precisely none of my or the immigration officers legitimate queries. 
Nov 2016: Infopass appointment: My file is now back in the US and at my local office...no other updates or progress. 
Jan 2017: Notification that an interview has been scheduled at a local office. Bizarrely still no RFE... 
Jan 2017: 2hr wait, then interview terminated before it began, due to moving my ID to another state 2 wks prior. New interview 'in a few months...maybe.'       Informed them that divorce proceedings are underway, but not finalised at this time. 
March 2017: An Interview was scheduled - marked as no-show as they didn't actually send out a notification of interview. FML 
April  2017: Filed an official complaint with the ombudsman, and have requested Senator & Congressman assistance - enough is enough. 
May 2017: Yet another infopass. No updates, interview of further progress. Still no response from Congressperson, Senator, or Ombudsman received. 
June 2017: 68 days after contacting them, the Ombudsman finally contacted USCIS. 'It may take up to 60 days to receive a response'.   
July 2017:  A follow up enquiry sent by Ombudsman to USCIS after receiving no response or action after 45 days. I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. 
August 2017: 60 days has come and gone with no response from USCIS. Contacted the Ombudsman who will contact them AGAIN. 
August 2017: Email from Ombudsman - USCIS have scheduled an interview at the very end of August .  
August 2017: Interview - switched to a (finalised) divorce waiver. Told that decision will be made that afternoon, but no problems foreseen with my case. 
September 2017: Now 4 weeks since interview, my file has not moved from the officers desk, and no decision is showing when I call and speak to a Tier 2.  
September 2017: Request filed for Senator assistance (a different senator - maybe I will get a reply & assistance from this one?). 
October 2017: 37 days since interview....and no decision.  W, and indeed, TF is going on???? 
October 2017: Letter of Denial received - reason given as 'I-751 petition was not properly filed'. Discovered ex-spouse made false allegations to USCIS

I-751 #2 [Pending] 

October 2017: Within 72hrs of receiving denial notice, a new waiver I-751, divorce decree & $680 cheque, sent to Vermont via FedEx overnight 9am priority.  

October 2017: I-797C Receipt/extension letter received, dated day of receipt at VSC 

October 2017: Another I-551 stamp obtained at infopass appointment, as the extension letter is useless with a 2yr card that expired 2.5yrs ago! 

November 2017: Biometrics completed (early walk-in) 

2018: Re-entered US multiple times with second I-751 extension letter & stamp. Quick trip to secondary required to verify, and stamped in as normal

  

N-400 [Pending] 

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hi - i just moved this month to the US from Dubai. before i left i transferred my savings from my Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai to my fiance's Bank of America account in the US without any issues. I just transferred the money through online banking. My gratuity was also transferred online by my employer to my fiance's account directly (also SCB to BoA). Both transfers went through smoothly with no issues whatsover, the money got credited within hours of transferring. The charge is AED 25 regardless of the amount (well assuming I guess the money you are transferring is not in the hundreds of thousands)! No charges were taken by BoA at all.

 

I do agree with commenter above. no issues with transferring a large sum but transfer your money in one go - don't try and evade the rules by breaking it up in smaller chunks. also, we did not do anything else special ie reporting. the bank will do the reporting for you. any transfers above usd10k - the bank will be obligated my law to report it to the authorities (not sure exactly who they have to report it to). if they report the transfer, the better for you - that means you have nothing to hide. there are no tax implications as far as my fiance and i are aware. i was not questioned by my bank when i transferred and my fiance was not questioned by BOA either.

 

hope this helps.

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I-129F     17-Feb Petition sent via FedEx ~ 21-Feb Case received ~ 24-Feb NOA1 ~ 30-May NOA2 12-Jun NVC received / Case and Invoice numbers assigned ~ 20-Jun NVC left

K1 Visa   28-Jun Case ready (No packet 3 received) ~ 22-Jul Medical ~ 02-Aug Interview (APPROVED!) ~ 03-Aug Visa "Issued" ~ 08-Aug VOH ~ 14-Sep POE (Abu Dhabi) ~ 01-Oct Got married! 

EAD/AP   13-Oct Application sent via FedEx ~ 17-Oct Case received ~ 25-Oct NOA1 ~ 17-Nov Biometrics ~ 09-Jan Approved ~ 13-Jan Notice received ~ 18-Jan Combo card received

AOS         13-Oct Application sent via FedEx ~ 17-Oct Case received ~ 24-Oct Fingerprint fee received ~ 25-Oct NOA1 ~ 17-Nov Biometrics ~ 23-Nov Status "We are scheduling your interview" 

                 24-Jul-18 Status "We have scheduled your interview" ~ 28-Jul-18 Interview notice received in the mail ~ 29-Aug-18 Interview 30-Aug-18 Status "Case was approved"

 

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On 9/29/2017 at 4:23 PM, iamdegie said:

(not sure exactly who they have to report it to). if they report the transfer, the better for you - that means you have nothing to hide. 

You have to report it to FinCen during tax season the following year. 


Met online October 2010


Engaged December 31st 2011


heart.gifMarried May 14th 2013 heart.gif



USCIS Stage


September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center


September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received


March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:



NVC Stage


March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid


April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid


May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application


May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents


May 18th 2015 - Scan Date


June 18th 2015 - Checklist received


June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC


June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review


Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team


Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests


Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:



Embassy Stage


Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam


Dec 21st 2015 - Interview


Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms


Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning


Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864


Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning


Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:



In the US


April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.


April 14th 2016 - SSN received


May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:


May 27th 2016 - Green Card received


June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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On 9/30/2017 at 1:23 AM, iamdegie said:

hi - i just moved this month to the US from Dubai. before i left i transferred my savings from my Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai to my fiance's Bank of America account in the US without any issues. I just transferred the money through online banking. My gratuity was also transferred online by my employer to my fiance's account directly (also SCB to BoA). Both transfers went through smoothly with no issues whatsover, the money got credited within hours of transferring. The charge is AED 25 regardless of the amount (well assuming I guess the money you are transferring is not in the hundreds of thousands)! No charges were taken by BoA at all.

 

I do agree with commenter above. no issues with transferring a large sum but transfer your money in one go - don't try and evade the rules by breaking it up in smaller chunks. also, we did not do anything else special ie reporting. the bank will do the reporting for you. any transfers above usd10k - the bank will be obligated my law to report it to the authorities (not sure exactly who they have to report it to). if they report the transfer, the better for you - that means you have nothing to hide. there are no tax implications as far as my fiance and i are aware. i was not questioned by my bank when i transferred and my fiance was not questioned by BOA either.

 

hope this helps.

thanks for your response! so you didn't file anything with FinCen? based on mallafri76's response i think we'll have to look into that. also, AED 25 for a transfer is a good rate, NBAD charged me AED 145!

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On 12/9/2017 at 12:20 PM, wanderlust88 said:

thanks for your response! so you didn't file anything with FinCen? based on mallafri76's response i think we'll have to look into that. also, AED 25 for a transfer is a good rate, NBAD charged me AED 145!

hey sorry just saw your question today. i dont know about FinCen i think I need to do anything speific to that because the bank will already do the reporting during the transfer process. what i need to look at is reporting the gratuity amount come tax filing time. NBAD charges 145? Wow, that's expensive! But doesn't matter, if i were in your shoes, I'd still pay that because in the grand scheme of things its a small amount to ensure that the transaction is secure and my money is safe.


I-129F     17-Feb Petition sent via FedEx ~ 21-Feb Case received ~ 24-Feb NOA1 ~ 30-May NOA2 12-Jun NVC received / Case and Invoice numbers assigned ~ 20-Jun NVC left

K1 Visa   28-Jun Case ready (No packet 3 received) ~ 22-Jul Medical ~ 02-Aug Interview (APPROVED!) ~ 03-Aug Visa "Issued" ~ 08-Aug VOH ~ 14-Sep POE (Abu Dhabi) ~ 01-Oct Got married! 

EAD/AP   13-Oct Application sent via FedEx ~ 17-Oct Case received ~ 25-Oct NOA1 ~ 17-Nov Biometrics ~ 09-Jan Approved ~ 13-Jan Notice received ~ 18-Jan Combo card received

AOS         13-Oct Application sent via FedEx ~ 17-Oct Case received ~ 24-Oct Fingerprint fee received ~ 25-Oct NOA1 ~ 17-Nov Biometrics ~ 23-Nov Status "We are scheduling your interview" 

                 24-Jul-18 Status "We have scheduled your interview" ~ 28-Jul-18 Interview notice received in the mail ~ 29-Aug-18 Interview 30-Aug-18 Status "Case was approved"

 

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