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I am in the same situation. I paid the AOS fee 4 weeks ago. My lawyer says we should wait for the IV processing fee to become available and paid before sending in the package. He says it will delay things if we do otherwise.

Questions:

1) Does it usually take this long for the IV fee to open up? What is typical?

2) Is the lawyer correct? Is it inadvisable to send the package before the IV fee is paid?

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I am in the same situation. I paid the AOS fee 4 weeks ago. My lawyer says we should wait for the IV processing fee to become available and paid before sending in the package. He says it will delay things if we do otherwise.

Questions:

1) Does it usually take this long for the IV fee to open up? What is typical?

2) Is the lawyer correct? Is it inadvisable to send the package before the IV fee is paid?

Answers:

  1. I'll defer to recent filers to answer since they will give you a more accurate answer.
  2. No, that lawyer is behind in the times. Once one of the bills shows paid (it doesn't matter which although AOS will typically invoice first which results in that particular bill being paid first) the entire package can be sent to the NVC in one big package. This is how the NVC expects to receive packages now.

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I sent mine with AOS sheet, I received my expected checklist yesterday. I expected the checklist as I needed police certificates that required paperwork from NVC. It was just over 60 days from when I sent in my paperwork.

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It took a little over a month for our IV fee to appear as well, so thats completely normal! We also waited to pay the IV bill before sending off our package but that is also because we didn't have everything together yet!

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I got my IV fee "unlocked" by phoning the call center!

The call center agent has the ability to approve the agent application form and make the IV fee available (while you are on the phone)

I phoned them last week Friday (27 March) and asked them why the IV fee is not available. The agent then said it is because the agent application form has not been approved yet. So, she said not to worry because she can approve it which will make the IV fee available. And it worked, the IV fee became available on Saturday the 28th

(Yes, I had to wait 40 minutes to get through the call center, but it was worth the wait)

Hope this helps.

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