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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
I'm filing I-485, I-130 and I-765. Can I pay all fees with my personal check? Also, should I use separate checks for each application or should I just make everything into one check? Thanks.

Personal check (with good funds) is acceptable.... I will defer the latter question to others as i have never done a multiple fee'd filing....


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Yes pay with a personal check.... that way you will know when it has been cashed and will be able to get the reciept number from the checks to track your application on line..

Send separate checks for each application... that way if there is a problem with one application they will not have to send back the whole lot...

Good Luck with your journey...


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I'm filing I-485, I-130 and I-765. Can I pay all fees with my personal check? Also, should I use separate checks for each application or should I just make everything into one check? Thanks.

PAy with personal check and do seperate checks for each application, for sure!

3/27/06 Got Married - Whopeee!!!!!

4/06/06 Mailed I-130 only (Not ready to mail other documents yet)

4/12/06 NOA1 on I-130

7/20/06 Mailed AOS Package (I-485, I-765, I-864, no medical documents)

7/25/06 I-130 Approved

7/27/06 NOA1

8/15/06 Biometrics

8/21/06 Completed Medical - $250.00 - Yikes!!!!

8/24/06 Received Medical report from Doctor

8/28/06 Mailed RFE to Lees Summit - Medical

9/05/06 Touched (I-485) - Received Medical

9/09/06 Touched (I-485)

9/23/06 Touched (I-130)

9/23/06 Touched (I/765) Approved

9/28/06 Touched (I-765)

10/2/06 Received EAD Card

10/3/06 Touched (1-765)

10/21/06 Received Interview date - 12/06/06

12/04/06 Touched I-485 & I-765

12/06/06 Approved pending name check - bummer!!! - So the AO says

02/03/07 59 days and counting since interview....

02/09/07 Best touch ever!!!! Got welcome notice emails!!!!

02/12/07 Touched (I-485)

02/13/07 Touched (I-485)

02/14/07 Touched & Emails ("We ordered the production of your card...")

02/20/07 Card received in the mail!!!!!! Yay!!!!

Lifting Conditions

12/09/2008 Mailed package

12/18/2008 NOA 1

1/06/2009 Biometrics

1/07/2009 Touched

5/17/2009 Approved!!!!

6/12/2009 Card produced. No status change on the website.

6/20/2009 Received card in the mail

Citizenship (Final Leg)

11/16/2009 Mailed package

11/18/2009 USCIS received package

11/20/2009 NOA1

11/24/2009 Check cashed

01/06/2010 Biometrics

03/01/2010 Interview - Passed!!!

03/26/2010 Oath Ceremony

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Yes you can! We used seperate checks; however, I've seen other people say they used one. I would side with Kezzie though on using seperate ones!

Oh, you can include the biometrics in with the AOS fee though, that doesn't really have to be seperate (we didn't do it seperate).



02/02/2015 - Filed Dallas lockbox. Atlanta office.

02/13/2015 - NOA received

03/10/2015 - Biometrics

03/12/2015 - In-Line for Interview

04/09/2015 - E-notification for Interview Letter

05/18/2015 - Interview - passed!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia

We did it with a single check and had no problem. Having said that, I think Kezzie's advice makes perfect sense. Had we read this prior to our filing I am sure we would have written separate checks.

I must admit that throughout our visajourney the fastest, most professional part has always been the taking of the money.

I think the " Chicago Lock Box " is an office where 600 people rip open packages to get the money and throw the rest of the package on the floor. Then once a week one 85 year old guy shovels the floor into the basement where they sit for 6 months or a year until the other 85 year old guy sends them on a donkey to the various local offices.

10 Nov mailed I 129F to TSC

16 Nov 29 Nov Notice date

3 Dec Received NOA 1

3 Jan 05 Please I just want to be touched

3 may 05 NOA2 E mail notification

7 May 05 Mail NOA2

11 May 05 sent petition to Bogota

18 May Packet 3 arrived

19 May Checklist taken to consulate

31 May Packet 4 delivered

29 June visa granted

1 July Visa delivered

Sometime in July Lucero came to US

13 Sept 05 Married

1 Nov 05 -USCIS recieved 485 and EAD

13 December RFE stupid things I should have included Returned very quickly

27 March received bio letter for New Orleans

7 Apr_06 Bio done in New Orleans

20 April 06 Touched on all applications

21 April Email received EAD approved

27 Apr Received EAD card

30 May 2006 Received appointment letter for JaX on 13 July 2006

13 July Interview successful approved

20 July Received green card

30 June 08 Sent I751 to remove conditions

25 July 08 Application returned erroneously incorrect fee

27 July mailed new application with separate checks

15 Sept 08 Application returned erroneously K2 not within 90 day timeframe

17 Sept Mailed 3rd application with mountains of proof of error copied Senator Mel Martinez

09 October 4th application package sent. This time they said the app signature page was a copy

10 Oct Sent package again 4th time.

25 Oct Received another NOA for Wife with $625 for the amount with one year extension

30 Oct 2008 Still nothing for step daughter. Checks still haven't cleared the bank

24 November Checks finally cleared the bank

February biometrics for wife Nothing for daughter.

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We had our application returned before cause the lawyer send one check for everything :angry: .

Definitely use separate checks, but you can pay for I485+biometrics together (according to the instructions)and that's what we did successfully.

I-485 AOS Timeline:

September 14, 2006- AOS package filed

September 20, 2006 - NOA1 for both AOS & EAD

September 27, 2006 - Biometrics appt letter recieved

October 5, 2006- Biometrics taken

October 10, 2006 - both I485 & EAD touched

November 1, 2006 - I485 touched

November 21, 2006 - still waiting ......

December 7,8,9 - touched

December 11, 2006- approval notice via email

December 15, 2006 - EAD arrives in mail with the wrong dates (03/21/07-03/20/08)

December 18, 2006 -InfoPass re: wrong dates (fixing the card will take another 90 days...)

January 13, 15, 2007-both I485, EAD touched

February 25, 2007 - Initial interview letter recieved in mail

April 18, 2007-Interview!

May 7, 2007- Approval notice sent

May 11, 2007-Permanent Residency Card arrived in mail

February 2, 2009- I -751 filed

February 6, 2009- NOA received

April 8, 2009- I 751 approved!

June 20, 2009- GC received


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Filed: Country: Canada

We paid by personal cheque and sent differnt cheques for each application ie. I485- I130, I31 etc.

Canadian married to USC

Entered on H1b visa

June 12 mailed to Chicago lockbox

June 13 RD

June 20 ND I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765

July 6 FP I-485 I-765

RD Interview Nd July 16

Interview August 30

Approved August 30

Green Card Arrived Septmeber 13

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