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Department of State has just reduced visa application fees for K1 and CR1 visas.

Currently when applying for a K1 or CR1 Visa there are two rounds of fee payments. First when applying to USCIS a petitioner pays $340 when filing the I-129F (Fiancee Visa Petition) or a $420 when filing the I-130 (Spousal Visa Petition).

Once USCIS has completed their portion of the review of your case, the State Department steps in and they charge a second round of fees. For a K1 the fee payable just before the consular interview was $350. It has now been reduced to $240.

For a CR1 visa the fee charged by the NVC (State Department's National Visa Center) the fee has been reduced from $404 to only $230.

For the State Departments New Fees see

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1263.html

The small print of this change is 'Department of State can do this because they now can bill other government departments for their share of costs'. This probably means that USCIS will be getting the bill. It won't be surprizing if this eventually causes USCIS to increase their upfront fees to compensate.


04.26.11 ▌I-129F sent via USPS Express Mail

04.28.11 ▌NOA1 notice date

07.23.11 ▌NOA2

08.16.11 ▌NVC email received

08.24.11 ▌First day medical

08.25.11 ▌Second day medical

08.26.11 ▌Got interview schedule online

09.01.11 ▌Interview :)

03.28.12 ▌ AOS interview (passed)

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That's good news, but better news would be a refund for those of us who recently paid. :no:


Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Manilla, Philipines

2009-07-15: Marriage

2011-03-23: I-130 Sent

2011-03-29: I-130 NOA1

2011-07-09: I-130 RFE

2011-08-16: RFE Reply Sent

2011-08-18: RFE Reply Received at USCIS

2011-09-19: NOA2 approved

2011-10-12: Received NVC

2011-10-20: Paid $88 fee

2011-11-29 NVC submitted

2011-12-08 NVC approved

2011-12-12 Received interview date - need to change

2012-02-01 New Interview Date - need to change again - sputum required

2012-01-11 Medical - 3 day sputum required

2012-01-18 Begin 3 day sputum test

2012-01-23 Results of Sputum negative now wait for 2 month culture

2012-03-21 ***culture results*** NEGATIVE!!!

2012-03-27 Interview!!!

***APPROVED***

2012-03-30 IR-1 delivered, still waiting for IR-2

2012-04-04 IR-2 Delivered!!!

2012-06-08 POE LA

2012-06-20 SS card arrives

2012-06-26 Green Cards arrive

2012-07-03 Health Dept calls for follow-up TB testing?

** Ramona went through more testing including xrays. The doctor said he couldn't find any evidence of Tb and cleared her for everything.

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That's good news, but better news would be a refund for those of us who recently paid. :no:

lol yeah i want a refund too! :rofl:


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Nov.6, 2010: He went back to US

April 26, 2011: Came back for our wedding

May 17, 2011: The big day!!! We finally exchanged "I DO's"

Aug. 8, 2011: Sent complete Package of I-130

Aug. 26,2011: NOA1 (it was a very stressful long wait!)

March 1, 2012: NOA2 the moment we've been waiting finally here!!!

March 20, 2012: I called NVC got our MNL case# and IIN and sent my DS3032 via email

March 22, 2012: Received 2 Emails from NVC PAOSF I-130 and ACL

March 24, 2012: AOS paid online

March 27, 2012: AOS PAYMENT ACCEPTED

april 04, 2012: AOS PACKAGE ON ITS WAY TO NVC

April 04, 2012: IV bill paid

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
Timeline

seriously, is there a refund? i paid $350 each for me and my daughter but we haven't interviewed yet because we are waiting for our medical clearance.

The fee change took effective April 13, 2012. If you paid your Visa Application fee of $350 on or after this date. Then you over paid the application fee. The new visa fee is $240.

IMMIGRANT VISA FEES

http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3220.html

K1/K2 Interview Preparation Instruction AKA " Packet 3 " Instructions

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/manila/19452/public/Revised%20K1%20Instruction%20Packet%20_3__rtf2_004.pdf


God Does for those who do for themselves..!!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
Timeline

As per US Department of State..

Important Notice - New Application Fees: Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fees will change on April 13, 2012. The fees for most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase, while all immigrant visa application fees will decrease. All visa applicants must pay the fee amounts in effect on the day they pay, including immigrant visa applicants who pay fees to the National Visa Center (NVC).

Fees that will decrease are not refundable - If you paid a visa fee before April 13, 2012 and that fee decreased, we cannot give you a refund. :no:

Fees that will increase (only nonimmigrant fees) - If you paid your visa fee before April 13, 2012, you do not have to pay the difference between the new and old fee amounts as long as your visa interview is on or before July 12, 2012. Starting July 13, 2012, you will be required to pay the difference between the old and new fee amounts – no exceptions.

Also posted here:

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/03/187114.htm

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04.26.11 ▌I-129F sent via USPS Express Mail

04.28.11 ▌NOA1 notice date

07.23.11 ▌NOA2

08.16.11 ▌NVC email received

08.24.11 ▌First day medical

08.25.11 ▌Second day medical

08.26.11 ▌Got interview schedule online

09.01.11 ▌Interview :)

03.28.12 ▌ AOS interview (passed)

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you." Dale Carnegie

"There is no shortcut to the path of success. The process of getting there is more important than being there."

6i0Hp8.png

Be my inspiration and the gravity that keeps my feet on the ground; in other words, a pair of wings and a block of concrete :P

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