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Hello, everyone. I browsed these forums while I was preparing the I-129f forms for my fiancee's application, but it looks like I should have been asking questions as well, because I hit a few hiccups, and now I'm not sure what to do. Here's the situation:

I am currently living in Zhejiang Province, China. My fiancee is living in her hometown in Sichuan Province.

In early December 2012, I paid the $240 visa fee listed on the Beijing Embassy's website via China CITIC Bank.

I included a copy of that receipt with the forms for the I-129f when I sent it on December 9.

The forms arrived at the Texas CIS center on December 11. It was rejected on December 20 because of problems with the fee.

As I understand it, my mistake is that the I-129f submission fee and the visa fee are two different things. Is that correct? If so, do I still need to use the China CITIC payment for the actual visa further down the line?

Luckily the forms were sent to my family in the US, and they have the checkbook for my US bank account. Should they just write a new check for the correct amount and send it back?

Thank you for any advice you can offer.

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2013.1.7- I-129f mailed to Texas Lockbox (with correct fee this time--> Delivered 2013.1.8 (priority date)

2013.5.29- RFE mailed--> 2013.6.3 RFE arrives --> 2013.7.3 Forms mailed back to CIS via DHL--> 2013.7.5 CSC confirms receipt of evidence

2013.7.26- I129f approved! --> 2013.8.16- NVC confirms receipt of petition

2013.8.30- P3 arrives at fiancee's home --> 2013.9.8 P3 documents mailed to GUZ

2013.9.20- P4 email arrives

2013.10.25- Medical exam; 2013.10.28- Interview--> APPROVED!

2014.2.20- POE!; 2014.2.21- reunited in my hometown :)

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Hello, everyone. I browsed these forums while I was preparing the I-129f forms for my fiancee's application, but it looks like I should have been asking questions as well, because I hit a few hiccups, and now I'm not sure what to do. Here's the situation:

I am currently living in Zhejiang Province, China. My fiancee is living in her hometown in Sichuan Province.

In early December 2012, I paid the $240 visa fee listed on the Beijing Embassy's website via China CITIC Bank.

I included a copy of that receipt with the forms for the I-129f when I sent it on December 9.

The forms arrived at the Texas CIS center on December 11. It was rejected on December 20 because of problems with the fee.

As I understand it, my mistake is that the I-129f submission fee and the visa fee are two different things. Is that correct? If so, do I still need to use the China CITIC payment for the actual visa further down the line?

Luckily the forms were sent to my family in the US, and they have the checkbook for my US bank account. Should they just write a new check for the correct amount and send it back?

Thank you for any advice you can offer.

You are correct about your mistake - you need to pay the I-129F fee.


I am the USC/petitioner.

Our K-1 Journey
12/19/2012 - Mailed I-129F via USPS Express
12/21/2012 - I-129F arrives in Lewisville, TX according to USPS tracking (delayed because it's the USPS)
12/21/2012 - NOA1 date of receipt
12/26/2012 - NOA1 received via text/email
12/27/2012 - Checked cashed by USCIS
12/31/2012 - Alien Number changed (NOA1 hardcopy in post, but was away for 2 weeks prior)

05/16/2013 - NOA2 received via text/email

05/20/2013 - NOA2 hardcopy received in post

05/28/2013 - NVC receives packet and assigns London case number

07/15/2013 - Sent all paperwork/medical complete

08/23/2013 - Receive Interview Date

09/19/2013 - Interview

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You are correct about your mistake - you need to pay the I-129F fee.

:thumbs: The I-129F form fee amount($340) and who to make the check or money order out to is in the I-129F instructions.

The $240(visa processing fee) will be paid later down the line after the petition is approved and the foreign fiance(e) can apply for the K-1 visa.

http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1guide

http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1flow


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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You are correct about your mistake - you need to pay the I-129F fee.

OK. It took me a while just to figure that out, because I thought they were the same thing. It wasn't until 3 or 4 emails into my correspondence with the various CIS offices that I finally made the connection. Now I'm figuring out how best to fix the error.


2013.1.7- I-129f mailed to Texas Lockbox (with correct fee this time--> Delivered 2013.1.8 (priority date)

2013.5.29- RFE mailed--> 2013.6.3 RFE arrives --> 2013.7.3 Forms mailed back to CIS via DHL--> 2013.7.5 CSC confirms receipt of evidence

2013.7.26- I129f approved! --> 2013.8.16- NVC confirms receipt of petition

2013.8.30- P3 arrives at fiancee's home --> 2013.9.8 P3 documents mailed to GUZ

2013.9.20- P4 email arrives

2013.10.25- Medical exam; 2013.10.28- Interview--> APPROVED!

2014.2.20- POE!; 2014.2.21- reunited in my hometown :)

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OK. It took me a while just to figure that out, because I thought they were the same thing. It wasn't until 3 or 4 emails into my correspondence with the various CIS offices that I finally made the connection. Now I'm figuring out how best to fix the error.

No worries! A lot of people make that mistake because of the awkwardness of how it's listed on the official websites. Hopefully someone experienced with the banking procedure you used can advise you on that because I just wrote a check from my US bank :/


I am the USC/petitioner.

Our K-1 Journey
12/19/2012 - Mailed I-129F via USPS Express
12/21/2012 - I-129F arrives in Lewisville, TX according to USPS tracking (delayed because it's the USPS)
12/21/2012 - NOA1 date of receipt
12/26/2012 - NOA1 received via text/email
12/27/2012 - Checked cashed by USCIS
12/31/2012 - Alien Number changed (NOA1 hardcopy in post, but was away for 2 weeks prior)

05/16/2013 - NOA2 received via text/email

05/20/2013 - NOA2 hardcopy received in post

05/28/2013 - NVC receives packet and assigns London case number

07/15/2013 - Sent all paperwork/medical complete

08/23/2013 - Receive Interview Date

09/19/2013 - Interview

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fix: include a money order for 340, made payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Have parents send all off to the LockBox Address in the Instructions.


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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