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In case you missed it please take a look at this thread created by Kathryn:

Fee Increases for K-1

Edited by Ricky+Vanessa

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oh my goodness. We just missed it!

I hope the AOS costs don't go up this summer!


Naturalization

9/9: Mailed N-400 package off

9/11: Arrived at Dallas, TX

9/17: NOA

9/19: Check cashed

9/23: Received NOA

10/7: Text from USCIS on status update: Biometrics in the mail

10/9: Received Biometrics letter

10/29: Biometrics

10/31: In-line

2/16: Text from USCIS that Baltimore has scheduled an interview...finally!!

2/24: Interview letter received

3/24: Naturalization interview

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oh my goodness. We just missed it!

I hope the AOS costs don't go up this summer!

I was thinking the same thing! I had to pay for TWO visa's (K-1 and K-2).

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well they announced the fees in december and haven't announced the AOS yet so hopefully we'll be okay...

Although honestly, I don't trust USCIS at all.

Edited by Justine+David

Naturalization

9/9: Mailed N-400 package off

9/11: Arrived at Dallas, TX

9/17: NOA

9/19: Check cashed

9/23: Received NOA

10/7: Text from USCIS on status update: Biometrics in the mail

10/9: Received Biometrics letter

10/29: Biometrics

10/31: In-line

2/16: Text from USCIS that Baltimore has scheduled an interview...finally!!

2/24: Interview letter received

3/24: Naturalization interview

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: England
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I was plesently surprised on thursday when I had to pay my visa fee. I thought they had already gone up so was expecting to be paying alot more until I saw the receipt. Hopefully we'll just start the AOS just before if/when the fee goes up! :unsure:

Edited by Adrian+Mike

08-15-09 -- I-129F Sent! Here we go!!

05-20-10 -- K1 Approved!!!!!

06-29-10 -- Mike flys into the USA

09-18-10 -- Wedding!!

10-16-10 -- EAD/AOS Mailed

10-23-10 -- Biometrics appt received, 17 Nov!

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#$%^&@!!!


Our naturalization timeline
1/12/2015 - Application sent to Phoenix service center by USPS priority mail

1/14/2015 - Package received in Phoenix

1/16/2015 - NOA date (hard copy received 1/22)

1/20/2015 - Check cashed

2/09/2015 - Biometrics

2/11/2015 - In line for interview

3/28/2015 - Hard copy interview notice received

4/29/2015 - Interview at Chicago field office - Approved!!!

5/22/2015 - Oath ceremony - Now a US citizen!!!!!!

Thank you, VisaJourney!!!!!


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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That fee increase is huge. It is like triple from what I understand. In this current economy that seems like gouging, but it looks like there is no choice in the matter.

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Formerly of not so sunny Syracuse, New York (and going way back, Davis California!)

- 2008 Aug Met and began online relationship

- 2008 Dec 2-7 Met 1st time in person (England)

- 2009 Mar 28 Became engaged

- 2009 Apr 2-15 Met 2nd time in person (Syracuse-NY-USA)

- 2009 Aug 25 - Sep 25 Met 3rd time in person (Syracuse-NY-USA)

- 2009 Oct 19 Sent I-129F Application to USCIS

- 2009 Oct 30 NOA1 received

- 2010 Jan 20 NOA2 received (Approval Notice)

- 2010 Feb 4 Notified that approved I-129F petition forward to US Emabassy at London

- 2010 Mar 26 - Apr 15 Met 4th time in person (Fairfax-VA-USA)

- 2010 July 29 Fiancee had medical in London

- 2010 July 30 London Embassy Interview Date (K1 Visa approved pending a laundry list of medial stuff)

- 2010 Nov 2 Courier website shows K1 Visa packet enroute for delivery. 1st indication of final approval!

- 2010 Nov 3 K1 Visa packet delivered by courier! Visa's are in the building and in my fiancees hands! (tentative Jan 2011 arrival)

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Wow that really sucks big time!

It is not even a decent increase.

It is like their way of dissuading people from trying to conceive the idea of being with their loved ones.Not all of the luckier lots only fall in love ,ya know! hah!

Anyway, so is there a proposed AOS fee hike also supposed to take place?I saw all of you talking about it.


K-1 Visa

11/03/09:I-129F sent to VSC

11/06/09:NOA1

03/02/10:NOA2 !!!

05/24/10:Interview!!-Approved!

POE: 28th June

AOS

07/20/2010: AOS sent

07/21/2010: Received at Chicago Lockbox

07/27/2010:text and email notifications received,cheque cashed!

07/30/2010:NOA1 received for EAD

08/02/2010:NOA1s for AOS/AP received

08/11/2010: AP touched

08/18/2010:I-485 transferred to CSC

08/19/2010:I-485 touched, 08/24: I-485 physically in CSC now,08/25 :I-485 touched

08/27/2010:put in service request with USCIS for Biometrics letter

09/08/2010:AP approved and EAD touched

09/11/2010:AP and EAD touched

09/14/2010:Biometrics walk-in successful (10/01/2010:Original biometrics appt)

09/13/2010:AP last touched

09/14/2010:EAD card production ordered and AOS touched

09/15/2010:EAD and AOS touched

09/20/2010:Received AP in the mail

09/24/2010:EAD in mail

10/13/2010:GC card production ordered

10/14 and 10/15: AOS touched

10/20/2010: GC received- Done with USCIS till June,2012

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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'We' are allowed to pay this fee with 'plastic' in London, right?

I have read so many things over the last few months that most of them have all ended up in 'mush' together. :blush:


1990(-ish): Family Holiday to FL. Met Nicole & family.

1990(-ish) - 1992(-ish): A few return visits

08-09/2007: Go back to FL. Meet with 'the folks' & Accept that we both 'like' each other & start dating.

02/2008 - Present: ...go back to FL again a few times.

09/2009: Propose and she says 'Yes'! :D

11/06/2009: I-129F posted to VSC

11/07/2009: I-129F received at VSC

11/09/2009: NOA1

11/13/2009: Touch

12/2009: ...back to FL once again

03/08/2010: Touch & NOA2 (119 Days)

03/11/2010: NVC have my case

03/12/2010: NVC incorrectly assigned & dispatched case to Dublin, not London!

03/18/2010: Package arrived in Dublin

03/19/2010: Ring Dublin and get case transferred to London

04/01/2010: London Sent 'P3'

04/03/2010: I Received 'P3'

04/14/2010: 'P3' sent back to embassy

04/16/2010: 'P3' recieved at embassy

04/29/2010: Medical - Passed

06/17/2010: Interview - In AP (220 Days)

08/17/2010: AP Finished - Approved

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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How can they justify such a huge price increase?

I am glad we missed the price hike. My interview was back in January, so at least it is over and done with. I will be anxiously hoping that the AoS fees don't go up anymore.

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What this thread really needs is a reality check. Sorry to be a mega-b!tch, but these fees have been low for a very long time and we all knew the day the K visas got increased was going to come soon. The CR1/IR1 visas already cost this much. Back in July 2007, there was a massive increase across the board in fees, most notably for AOS up to the $1010 we see today. It was even more "extortionate" than this increase. Before then, EAD, AP and AOS could be paid for separately, and there was an option for saving a little if you only wanted to apply for AOS. Now it's $1010 whether you want to apply for all three or not.

Perhaps I'm being harsh, but we all need to remember that having our loved ones immigrate is a privilege and not a right. We all moan about USCIS and DOS, but they have a lot of work to do and they are funded by our fees. After the last round of increases, there was a marked improvement in processing times. Ask anyone who filed before then about how long their visa took. 8-10 months for a K1 visa for a UKC was not unusual; CR1/IR1s were taking 12-15 months. It IS better now, believe it or not. It may look extortionate, but it is paying for an actual service you are receiving. Sorry to be heavy about this, but I think some context was needed. :)


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: England
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I have to agree with Maven here. While I appreciate the concern over cost, given the choice between more money and less time for processing I would definitely choose the former. If you were given the choice of paying extra to expedite your visa would you pay it? The processing times are much shorter these days and that's probably because they're able to spend more on labour.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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So this doesn't seem to have any bearing on whether or not the application was sent prior to June 4? Has anyone heard anything from the Embassy? I bet there are going to be a lot of surprised people!


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I see your point, Maven, but it took them more than 3 weeks to cash a payment from David to issue his visa. I really believe it was only after I called them up and asked what was going on that they got their act together because the next day they issued the visa. For $131 and a very straightforward case, I would have expected more from their service.

There's no market competitiveness since they're the government and private organizations don't process visas. Yes, I know it's a privilege, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't expect good service.


Naturalization

9/9: Mailed N-400 package off

9/11: Arrived at Dallas, TX

9/17: NOA

9/19: Check cashed

9/23: Received NOA

10/7: Text from USCIS on status update: Biometrics in the mail

10/9: Received Biometrics letter

10/29: Biometrics

10/31: In-line

2/16: Text from USCIS that Baltimore has scheduled an interview...finally!!

2/24: Interview letter received

3/24: Naturalization interview

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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I CAN confirm the fee WILL be $350 - I have just opened a letter in the last 15 mins informing me of the cost.


1990(-ish): Family Holiday to FL. Met Nicole & family.

1990(-ish) - 1992(-ish): A few return visits

08-09/2007: Go back to FL. Meet with 'the folks' & Accept that we both 'like' each other & start dating.

02/2008 - Present: ...go back to FL again a few times.

09/2009: Propose and she says 'Yes'! :D

11/06/2009: I-129F posted to VSC

11/07/2009: I-129F received at VSC

11/09/2009: NOA1

11/13/2009: Touch

12/2009: ...back to FL once again

03/08/2010: Touch & NOA2 (119 Days)

03/11/2010: NVC have my case

03/12/2010: NVC incorrectly assigned & dispatched case to Dublin, not London!

03/18/2010: Package arrived in Dublin

03/19/2010: Ring Dublin and get case transferred to London

04/01/2010: London Sent 'P3'

04/03/2010: I Received 'P3'

04/14/2010: 'P3' sent back to embassy

04/16/2010: 'P3' recieved at embassy

04/29/2010: Medical - Passed

06/17/2010: Interview - In AP (220 Days)

08/17/2010: AP Finished - Approved

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