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Hey everyone,

I really need your help. I received a form I-797C, rejection notice. It says that the check amount I submitted was incorrect - I concurrently filed my I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-845.

I think I went wrong by not including a filing fee for I-765 because someone told me that there was no fee when filing this concurrently. Can someone verify these amounts with me?

I-130: $420

I-485: $1,070

I-765: $465

I-845: no fee

Thank you SO much


Pre AOS

September 2011: Comes to the US for a year study abroad
August 2013: Returns to the US (went back to the UK to finish my undergraduate in 2012) and starts master's degree program
December 2014: Get married to my now husband after being together for 6 years :)
AOS
January 2015: Starts working on application
02/10/15: I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 received by lockbox
02/23/15: AOS returned because they couldn't find my I-485 check ... bloody ********
02/24/15: AOS mailed back out
02/27/15: AOS delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/06/15: Case accepted and routed to USCIS NBC (National Benefits Center) for processing
03/09/15: Checks cashed by USCIS
03/14/15: Hard copies received in the mail for NOA1 for I-485, I-131 & I-765 (waiting on I-130)
03/21/15: Received notice for biometrics, scheduled April 3rd
3/23/15: Received RFE :(
04/03/15: Went and did my fingerprints
04/11/15: Supporting evidence for RFE for Initial Evidence received by USCIS
04/20/15: Case status online for I-485 updated to 'ready to schedule interview' :)
5/14/15: EAD approved
5/16/15: Received notice for interview, scheduled for July 7th! (moved from June 17th)
5/21/15: Received EAD
7/7/15: Had interview
9/2/15: Received my green card! :)

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Hey everyone,

I really need your help. I received a form I-797C, rejection notice. It says that the check amount I submitted was incorrect - I concurrently filed my I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-845.

I think I went wrong by not including a filing fee for I-765 because someone told me that there was no fee when filing this concurrently. Can someone verify these amounts with me?

I-130: $420

I-485: $1,070

I-765: $465

I-845: no fee

Thank you SO much

I'm pretty nervous because I got a form I-797C for every application I submitted ...


Pre AOS

September 2011: Comes to the US for a year study abroad
August 2013: Returns to the US (went back to the UK to finish my undergraduate in 2012) and starts master's degree program
December 2014: Get married to my now husband after being together for 6 years :)
AOS
January 2015: Starts working on application
02/10/15: I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 received by lockbox
02/23/15: AOS returned because they couldn't find my I-485 check ... bloody ********
02/24/15: AOS mailed back out
02/27/15: AOS delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/06/15: Case accepted and routed to USCIS NBC (National Benefits Center) for processing
03/09/15: Checks cashed by USCIS
03/14/15: Hard copies received in the mail for NOA1 for I-485, I-131 & I-765 (waiting on I-130)
03/21/15: Received notice for biometrics, scheduled April 3rd
3/23/15: Received RFE :(
04/03/15: Went and did my fingerprints
04/11/15: Supporting evidence for RFE for Initial Evidence received by USCIS
04/20/15: Case status online for I-485 updated to 'ready to schedule interview' :)
5/14/15: EAD approved
5/16/15: Received notice for interview, scheduled for July 7th! (moved from June 17th)
5/21/15: Received EAD
7/7/15: Had interview
9/2/15: Received my green card! :)

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I submitted 2 checks. Should I combine the fee's into one check?


Pre AOS

September 2011: Comes to the US for a year study abroad
August 2013: Returns to the US (went back to the UK to finish my undergraduate in 2012) and starts master's degree program
December 2014: Get married to my now husband after being together for 6 years :)
AOS
January 2015: Starts working on application
02/10/15: I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 received by lockbox
02/23/15: AOS returned because they couldn't find my I-485 check ... bloody ********
02/24/15: AOS mailed back out
02/27/15: AOS delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/06/15: Case accepted and routed to USCIS NBC (National Benefits Center) for processing
03/09/15: Checks cashed by USCIS
03/14/15: Hard copies received in the mail for NOA1 for I-485, I-131 & I-765 (waiting on I-130)
03/21/15: Received notice for biometrics, scheduled April 3rd
3/23/15: Received RFE :(
04/03/15: Went and did my fingerprints
04/11/15: Supporting evidence for RFE for Initial Evidence received by USCIS
04/20/15: Case status online for I-485 updated to 'ready to schedule interview' :)
5/14/15: EAD approved
5/16/15: Received notice for interview, scheduled for July 7th! (moved from June 17th)
5/21/15: Received EAD
7/7/15: Had interview
9/2/15: Received my green card! :)

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Hah, just talked to a lawyer and she thinks the USCIS did not see my two checks ... and one check came back unopened in its envelope. I am livid that they could've made this sort of mistake.

I will be resubmitting the form but sending it back with 2 checks in one envelope stapled to a sheet of paper on the front of the application. What a nightmare


Pre AOS

September 2011: Comes to the US for a year study abroad
August 2013: Returns to the US (went back to the UK to finish my undergraduate in 2012) and starts master's degree program
December 2014: Get married to my now husband after being together for 6 years :)
AOS
January 2015: Starts working on application
02/10/15: I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 received by lockbox
02/23/15: AOS returned because they couldn't find my I-485 check ... bloody ********
02/24/15: AOS mailed back out
02/27/15: AOS delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/06/15: Case accepted and routed to USCIS NBC (National Benefits Center) for processing
03/09/15: Checks cashed by USCIS
03/14/15: Hard copies received in the mail for NOA1 for I-485, I-131 & I-765 (waiting on I-130)
03/21/15: Received notice for biometrics, scheduled April 3rd
3/23/15: Received RFE :(
04/03/15: Went and did my fingerprints
04/11/15: Supporting evidence for RFE for Initial Evidence received by USCIS
04/20/15: Case status online for I-485 updated to 'ready to schedule interview' :)
5/14/15: EAD approved
5/16/15: Received notice for interview, scheduled for July 7th! (moved from June 17th)
5/21/15: Received EAD
7/7/15: Had interview
9/2/15: Received my green card! :)

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Why were the checks 'in an envelope?'

I put the I-130 check hooked right on top of the I-130; and the I-485 check hooked right on top of the I-485.

And, as I understand it, if they perceive that one part of your application is wrong (in this case they didn't see the second check), then they just reject the entire packet of forms.


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Why were the checks 'in an envelope?'

I put the I-130 check hooked right on top of the I-130; and the I-485 check hooked right on top of the I-485.

And, as I understand it, if they perceive that one part of your application is wrong (in this case they didn't see the second check), then they just reject the entire packet of forms.

Honestly, I thought they would be more secure in an envelope.

I like your idea of hooking them right on top of the I-130 and I-485. Thank you for the tip!

And thank you for that clarification. It is utter nonsense on their part. Shame on them for being lazy.

Thanks again for commenting, much appreciated!


Pre AOS

September 2011: Comes to the US for a year study abroad
August 2013: Returns to the US (went back to the UK to finish my undergraduate in 2012) and starts master's degree program
December 2014: Get married to my now husband after being together for 6 years :)
AOS
January 2015: Starts working on application
02/10/15: I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765 received by lockbox
02/23/15: AOS returned because they couldn't find my I-485 check ... bloody ********
02/24/15: AOS mailed back out
02/27/15: AOS delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/06/15: Case accepted and routed to USCIS NBC (National Benefits Center) for processing
03/09/15: Checks cashed by USCIS
03/14/15: Hard copies received in the mail for NOA1 for I-485, I-131 & I-765 (waiting on I-130)
03/21/15: Received notice for biometrics, scheduled April 3rd
3/23/15: Received RFE :(
04/03/15: Went and did my fingerprints
04/11/15: Supporting evidence for RFE for Initial Evidence received by USCIS
04/20/15: Case status online for I-485 updated to 'ready to schedule interview' :)
5/14/15: EAD approved
5/16/15: Received notice for interview, scheduled for July 7th! (moved from June 17th)
5/21/15: Received EAD
7/7/15: Had interview
9/2/15: Received my green card! :)

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