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Apparently after AOS review, the NVC will be advising me of fees due $265 payable to them via on-line ACH transfer.

Several guides available here reference the ustraveldocs.com/ph website indicating that that there is a $165 fee payable by cash only in the Phils by the beneficiary prior to the interview process.

Are these 2 separate and distinct fees necessary to obtain a CR-1 visa?

TIA

Jim


IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-17
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-130 RFE : 2014-08-11 (Wanted NSO Marriage Certificate, not LCR)
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-08-14
I-130 Approved : 2014-08-27
NVC Received : 2014-09-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-09-17
Send AOS Package : 2014-09-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Pay IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Received Interview Letter by E-mail: 2015-03-20 (May 5, 2015)
SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

Visa Received: 2015-05-21

POE: Chicago 2015-09-14

GC Received: 2015-11-17

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Apparently after AOS review, the NVC will be advising me of fees due $265 payable to them via on-line ACH transfer.

Several guides available here reference the ustraveldocs.com/ph website indicating that that there is a $165 fee payable by cash only in the Phils by the beneficiary prior to the interview process.

Are these 2 separate and distinct fees necessary to obtain a CR-1 visa?

TIA

Jim

I think you are mixing CR1 and K1 fees.

There is no fees you need to pay in the Philippines aside from SLEC medical checkup for a CR1.

All other fees have to be paid in the US. The NVC fees, called AOS Fee (88$), and the IV fee ($230) can be paid using ACH (US banks only). A paper check or money order is also an option but would add considerable amount of time.

The only other fees you would have to pay is "green card printing fee". You can do this after getting the visa using the USCIS ELIS website.

HTH

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I think you are mixing CR1 and K1 fees.

There is no fees you need to pay in the Philippines aside from SLEC medical checkup for a CR1.

All other fees have to be paid in the US. The NVC fees, called AOS Fee (88$), and the IV fee ($230) can be paid using ACH (US banks only). A paper check or money order is also an option but would add considerable amount of time.

The only other fees you would have to pay is "green card printing fee". You can do this after getting the visa using the USCIS ELIS website.

HTH

Definitely the case. Going through this process for one and only time it is all so confusing what with K-1, K-3, CR-1, I-129, I-130, 2 different kinds of AOS, etc, etc.

Add to that very excellent walk throughs and guides, although some are outdated, referencing queues instead of online scheduling, not specifically indicating for which type of visa the guide is for, and on top of that dealing with government talk from 2 different countries, it is all very daunting. Especially when wanting to have all t's crossed and i's dotted so as to not delay the process, the frustration level becomes elevated rapidly.

All that being said, the advice both my wife and I are receiving from this board is superb. And FWIW as indicated above not only has the expected IV fee increased but also the AOS fee which is now $120 versus previous $88. Missed it by 8 days!

Thanks again for your reply. It confirms what I thought but just wanted to make sure. Now we are just in the waiting mode which I doubt cannot be accelerated.

Jim


IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-17
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-130 RFE : 2014-08-11 (Wanted NSO Marriage Certificate, not LCR)
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-08-14
I-130 Approved : 2014-08-27
NVC Received : 2014-09-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-09-17
Send AOS Package : 2014-09-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Pay IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Received Interview Letter by E-mail: 2015-03-20 (May 5, 2015)
SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

Visa Received: 2015-05-21

POE: Chicago 2015-09-14

GC Received: 2015-11-17

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Definitely the case. Going through this process for one and only time it is all so confusing what with K-1, K-3, CR-1, I-129, I-130, 2 different kinds of AOS, etc, etc.

Add to that very excellent walk throughs and guides, although some are outdated, referencing queues instead of online scheduling, not specifically indicating for which type of visa the guide is for, and on top of that dealing with government talk from 2 different countries, it is all very daunting. Especially when wanting to have all t's crossed and i's dotted so as to not delay the process, the frustration level becomes elevated rapidly.

All that being said, the advice both my wife and I are receiving from this board is superb. And FWIW as indicated above not only has the expected IV fee increased but also the AOS fee which is now $120 versus previous $88. Missed it by 8 days!

Thanks again for your reply. It confirms what I thought but just wanted to make sure. Now we are just in the waiting mode which I doubt cannot be accelerated.

Jim

You were already accelerated....You are very, very lucky to be going through this process now. Your petition was automatically expedited quickly which normally is not the case.

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Definitely the case. Going through this process for one and only time it is all so confusing what with K-1, K-3, CR-1, I-129, I-130, 2 different kinds of AOS, etc, etc.

Add to that very excellent walk throughs and guides, although some are outdated, referencing queues instead of online scheduling, not specifically indicating for which type of visa the guide is for, and on top of that dealing with government talk from 2 different countries, it is all very daunting. Especially when wanting to have all t's crossed and i's dotted so as to not delay the process, the frustration level becomes elevated rapidly.

All that being said, the advice both my wife and I are receiving from this board is superb. And FWIW as indicated above not only has the expected IV fee increased but also the AOS fee which is now $120 versus previous $88. Missed it by 8 days!

Thanks again for your reply. It confirms what I thought but just wanted to make sure. Now we are just in the waiting mode which I doubt cannot be accelerated.

Jim

You're welcome. BTW, how much is the IV fee these days?

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IV fee for I-130 petition as of 9/14/2014 is $325


IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-17
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-130 RFE : 2014-08-11 (Wanted NSO Marriage Certificate, not LCR)
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-08-14
I-130 Approved : 2014-08-27
NVC Received : 2014-09-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-09-17
Send AOS Package : 2014-09-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Pay IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Received Interview Letter by E-mail: 2015-03-20 (May 5, 2015)
SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

Visa Received: 2015-05-21

POE: Chicago 2015-09-14

GC Received: 2015-11-17

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Well, maybe we 'legals' are footing the bill for the 100,000 youngsters that walked or swam across the border and are probably still doing so. I mean someone has to pay for their airfare to go stay with their auntie or cousin, right?

Don't get me started on the inequalities. I told my wife I would be tempted to buy her a plane ticket to Mexico City and then go pick her up there!


IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-17
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-130 RFE : 2014-08-11 (Wanted NSO Marriage Certificate, not LCR)
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-08-14
I-130 Approved : 2014-08-27
NVC Received : 2014-09-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-09-17
Send AOS Package : 2014-09-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Pay IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Received Interview Letter by E-mail: 2015-03-20 (May 5, 2015)
SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

Visa Received: 2015-05-21

POE: Chicago 2015-09-14

GC Received: 2015-11-17

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