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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: England

Hey everyone, OK so I have had a fairly dramatic few days and it's turning out to be an absolute nightmare and so any advice that you can offer would be appreciated but sadly I think I know the answer.

Ok so a few days ago I made the trip to Vegas and had a pretty massive few days of gambling and fun ! That was great , the stupid part was that I took my Green card with me ... needless to say I lost it or so I thought.

I get back and on the Tuesday night I fill out the i-90 form for a replacement card and make all my copies and write the check for $450 - obviously I am feeling pretty bad at this point but i'm sure it will be OK

Wednesday - put the envelope in the mail box at my apartment and suck it up ($450 done but at least I don't get carted back to England and lose my marriage)

Friday --- FIND THE GREEN CARD !!!

So I call USCIS and they say I can withdraw the application by writing etc etc but that I wont get the $450 back as all checks are non refundable . The question is that check hasn't cleared yet and is probably still in transit - I called my bank and have put a stop on it but now I am concerned that a) I will get in some sort of trouble down the line for that

b) It wont work and I will have to pay $450 ?

Anyone ever experienced something similar / any advice would be appreciated ! I might end up getting deported anyways if I am lucky as my wife looks like she might kill me after all of this !

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia

If the check hasn't been cashed then tour in luck. You have cancelled the check which is a good first step. Once USCIS try and process the payment it will decline and the application will be returned, that's if.

The officer you spoke to probably thought that the application had already been started and the check cashed.

If it were me, I would take a good portion of that $450 and pamper the wife on a weekend away for all the stress you caused her.

Good to hear it all worked out for you!

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It could work 2 ways with stop check payment:

1) Your whole package return back to you

2) USCIS process your package, send you a bill for it

If you are paying your fees by check, please be aware of the following:

  • Electronic Deposit of Checks – If you are paying your fees by check to the cashier, we will convert your check into an electronic fund transfer. When you hand your signed check to the cashier, we will scan your check and retain it. We will then use the account information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer from your checking account for the amount of the check.
  • Insufficient Funds – Please note that the electronic fund transfer from your account can occur faster than normal processing of a paper check. If we cannot complete the electronic fund transfer because your account has insufficient funds, we will try to make the transfer up to two more times. If your account still lacks sufficient funds, you will be billed the original check amount and a one-time administrative fee by USCIS.
  • Authorization – By presenting your check to the cashier, you authorize USCIS to convert your check into an electronic fund transfer. If the transfer cannot occur for technical reasons, you authorize us to process the copy of your original check through normal paper check procedures.


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