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Filed: Country: Colombia
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I totally did not expect this when I went to file my I-130 petition in Bogota. While the overall experience was great (I'll write up a review in a bit) the surprise of the extra money was disconcerting.

The fee to file the petition is $355 and then I have to pay $330 for the visa plus a $74 security fee. Is that what everyone doing DCF has to pay? I ask because I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere here in the forum, and I've read a lot. It should be placed somewhere in the guide, so people know the overall price to expect. Still, it's better than the $1000 AOS, but the upfront cost may cause some to think twice about it.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India
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Yup, the fees have been structured a little differently recently.

Be glad you are filing for DCF and thus avoided the $70 for the I-864 form.

Why? Because love, when you marry a foreigner, doesn't come cheap.


03/27/2009: Engaged in Ithaca, New York.
08/17/2009: Wedding in Calcutta, India.
09/29/2009: I-130 NOA1
01/25/2010: I-130 NOA2
03/23/2010: Case completed.
05/12/2010: CR-1 interview at Mumbai, India.
05/20/2010: US Entry, Chicago.
03/01/2012: ROC NOA1.
03/26/2012: Biometrics completed.
12/07/2012: 10 year card production ordered.

09/25/2013: N-400 NOA1

10/16/2013: Biometrics completed

12/03/2013: Interview

12/20/2013: Oath ceremony

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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I totally did not expect this when I went to file my I-130 petition in Bogota. While the overall experience was great (I'll write up a review in a bit) the surprise of the extra money was disconcerting.

The fee to file the petition is $355 and then I have to pay $330 for the visa plus a $74 security fee. Is that what everyone doing DCF has to pay? I ask because I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere here in the forum, and I've read a lot. It should be placed somewhere in the guide, so people know the overall price to expect. Still, it's better than the $1000 AOS, but the upfront cost may cause some to think twice about it.

The fees are the same worldwide...the same whether it is USCIS filed or consulate filed... You have paid the bulk of the fees now for the visa. You will still have medical exam and courier delivery fees.. The other fees you might have will be two years from now if you need to remove conditions on the greencard

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YMMV

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