Jump to content
sianlouise

K1 application costs

16 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hi guys! this is my first post on here, im a 23 year old girl currently living in Nottingham, UK and my fiancé is a citizen of Indiana, USA

we're in the process of filling out our I-129f and hopefully sending it off next week but there are still a few things confusing me.

Firstly, where do i have to post it too exactly? i thought it was the Texas lock box but i've since been told that applications vary depending on different states?

and also, how much is the fee? i cant seem to find a definite answer anywhere?

Thank you for any help you can provide, this is all so overwhelming

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

http://www.uscis.gov/i-129f-addresses

Fee = $340

Address = For U.S. Postal Service:

USCIS

P.O. Box 660151

Dallas, TX 75266

For Express mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS

Attn: I-129F

2501 South State Highway 121 Business

Suite 400

Lewisville, TX 75067


K1 Visa Journey Texas Service Center

10/25/2014 - I-129F Sent

10/30/2014 - I-129F Arrives in Texas

11/04/2014 - I-129F NOA1 (Email and Text Message) (5 days)

11/05/2014 - I-129F Alien Registration Number Changed

11/08/2014 - I-129F NOA1 (Physical Letter)

06/09/2015 - I-129F NOA2 Electronic Notification!!! (222 Days)

06/15/2015 - I-129F NOA2 Physical Letter

06/19/2015 - I-129F Packet Mailed to NVC

07/01/2015 - NVC Assigned Case/Invoice Number

07/07/2015 - Package Arrives at Consulate (CDJ) *Case Ready*

07/10/2015 - Package 3 Sent out by Consulate

07/17/2015 - Package 3 Received

08/10/2015 - Medical Complete (Mexico City)

08/20/2015 - ACS Biometrics Complete (Juarez)

08/21/2015 - Interview Complete (Juarez) -- APPROVED!!!

08/24/2015 - Visa Printed and Left Consulate

08/25/2015 - Visa Arrived DHL in Mexico City

10/03/2015 - POE: LAX

10/08/2015 - Wedding Santa Barbara

AOS/EAD/AP Journey

12/16/2015 - AOS Sent (w/ EAD and AP)

12/18/2015 - AOS Packet Delivered to Chicago

01/29/2016 - Inquiry on Status of Biometrics Appointment Letter

02/16/2016 - USCIS Response: "Information has been entered into the system"

02/25/2016 - Biometrics Letter Received (March 3, 2016 Appointment)

03/03/2016 - Biometrics Completed (EAD and AOS)

03/21/2016 - Request of Status EAD/AP - "Expect Reply April 6"

04/06/2016 - Submit Second Request for Status

04/12/2016 - Ombudsman Request for Support

04/15/2016 - EAD and AP Approved!

04/19/2016 - EAD/AP Combo Card Mailed from USCIS

04/21/2016 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received

05/23/2016 - AOS Interview Scheduled (6/27/2016)

06/27/2016 - AOS Interview Complete (Recommend Approval!)

06/28/2016 - New Card Ordered / Approved (Formal Notice)

06/30/2016 - Mailed Green Card

07/02/2016 - Green Card Received (2-year conditional)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to VisaJourney!

Everyone initially sends their petition to the lockbox in Dallas. Here is the address:

USCIS
P.O. Box 660151
Dallas, TX 75266

Secondly, the cost of the petition filing is $340.00

Check out the UK subforum as you will find others there with similar goals and intentions:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/99-united-kingdom/

More importantly, check out the guide available there, too:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/474161-london-k1-a-complete-guide/

Again, welcome and good luck on your journey! xx

Edit: you have your profile saying you're after an F-1 visa--I imagine this is a typo since you mentioned you have a USC Fiance? Edit your timeline to reflect that and you will get a more accurate guesstimation on your approval date. x

Edited by chrismorrison

-Christopher (P/USC)

Removal of Conditions Timeline

  • 11 SEPTEMBER 2017 (MONDAY) - FILE I-751 TO CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTER

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

_______________________

:idea: Read more, post less.... Google can be your friend ! :idea:

Prior apologies if I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

Keep your timeline current: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used a money order, but personal checks are fine. Make it out to US Department of Homeland Security.


-Christopher (P/USC)

Removal of Conditions Timeline

  • 11 SEPTEMBER 2017 (MONDAY) - FILE I-751 TO CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTER

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is a link to the form instructions, you should review them for acceptable manner of payment, etc.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

_______________________

:idea: Read more, post less.... Google can be your friend ! :idea:

Prior apologies if I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

Keep your timeline current: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A quick tip, everyone sends their applications to the Lockbox. That's where it's processed and forwarded to your service center. Where it goes depends on the state you live in. Since you're in Indiana, I believe that's handled by the California Service Center. You'll find your application should move quickly (a few weeks to a few months) at that center compared to the Texas Service Center (7-8 months). Good luck!


K-1 - AOS & ROC Timeline  - Immigration and the Health Exchange Price of Love in the UK Thinking of Returning to UK?

 

First met: 12/31/04 - Engaged: 9/24/09
Filed I-129F: 10/4/14 - Packet received: 10/7/14
NOA 1 email + ARN assigned: 10/10/14 (hard copy 10/17/14)
Touched on website (fixed?): 12/9/14 - Poked USCIS: 4/1/15
NOA 2 email: 5/4/15 (hard copy 5/11/15)
Sent to NVC: 5/8/15 - NVC received + #'s assigned: 5/15/15 (estimated)
NVC sent: 5/19/15 - London received/ready: 5/26/15
Packet 3: 5/28/15 - Medical: 6/16/15
Poked London 7/1/15 - Packet 4: 7/2/15
Interview: 7/30/15 - Approved!
AP + Issued 8/3/15 - Visa in hand (depot): 8/6/15
POE: 8/27/15

Wedding: 9/30/15

Filed I-485, I-131, I-765: 11/7/15

Packet received: 11/9/15

NOA 1 txt/email: 11/15/15 - NOA 1 hardcopy: 11/19/15

Bio: 12/9/15

EAD + AP approved: 1/25/16 - EAD received: 2/1/16

RFE for USCIS inability to read vax instructions: 5/21/16 (no e-notification & not sent from local office!)

RFE response sent: 6/7/16 - RFE response received 6/9/16

AOS approved/card in production: 6/13/16  

NOA 2 hardcopy + card sent 6/17/16

Green Card received: 6/18/16

USCIS 120 day reminder notice: 2/22/18

Filed I-751: 5/2/18 - Packet received: 5/4/18

NOA 1:  5/29/18 (12 mo) 8/13/18 (18 mo)  - Bio: 6/27/18

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would use a bank, "certified check" which costs nothing most places. Then, YOU have proof of the check, in the small chance your petition or check would come up missing, you have some place to get proof, you did purchase a check, and can get it replaced if lost and not cashed.

Yes, Texas lock box, and 340.00.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As others have said $340 and you send it to the TEXAS lockbox. I just wrote a personal check, no fuss, they deposited it a few days later, no problem. Please note the distinction that some reference was already made to: the Dallas Lockbox and the TSC are entirely different animals. Don't make the mistake that many newbies do and assume they're one and the same. They're not. They are separate facilities altogether. So when you create your VJ timeline, don't enter information that says your petition went to the TSC and then was transferred to the CSC, because it wasn't.

As Yuna mentioned, the CSC has processed the I-129F much faster than the TSC during the past year to two years. However the USCIS recently announced that it would balance its workload (or attempt to at least) and so they are transferring petitions of different types to the CSC. If they achieve their aim, then the processing times for the I-129F should balance out between the CSC and TSC, with the rough goal being 5 months between NOA1 and NOA2. I was on the front lines fighting for that change, and so I will be very glad to see it come to fruition and (approximate) equality restored for all I-129F filers. But all of that is, of course, TBD at the moment. We continue to wait to see what effect the transfers will have on processing times.


9/8/14 - I129F petition sent to the USCIS lockbox via USPS
9/11/14 - Petition received @ USCIS lockbox
9/11/14 - NOA1 Email and text message received
9/15/14 - NOA1 Official notice date
9/18/14 - NOA1 hard copy received
12/9/14 - "Updated" likely because of website repairs, like many of us received
4/20/15 - NOA2 text and email (221 days)

4/29/15 - Sent to the NVC (9 days)

5/8/15 - Arrived at the NVC (9 days)

5/13/15 - Left the NVC (5 days)

5/15/15 - Electronic version arrived at the embassy (2 days)

5/20/15 - Paper copy arrived at the embassy (7 days)

6/4/15 - Status changed to AP (which meant that we could schedule the interview)

6/16/15 - Medical

6/17/15 - K1 APPROVED!!!!

6/30/15 - Passport and sealed envelope delivered via courier

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Remember that $340 is just the application fee.

Many more fees ahead. By the time the stateside Adjustment of Status is done, you will be out $2000 at least.

Good luck with your journey!


K1 time line

 


I-129F sent: 12/23/2014
NOA-1: 12/29/2014
NOA-2: 06/05/2015 (158 days)
NOA-2 hardcopy: 06/11/2015 (6 days post NOA-2, 164 days total)
Sent to NVC: 06/16/2015 (11 days post NOA-2, 169 days total)
NVC receive: 06/25/2015 (20 days post NOA-2, 178 days total)
NVC case no: 06/30/2015 (25 days post NOA-2, 183 days total)
NVC left: 07/02/2015 (27 days post NOA-2, 185 days total)
Case Ready: 07/07/2015 (32 days post NOA-2, 190 days total)
submitted DS-160, paid visa fee.: 07/21/2015 (46 days post NOA-2, 204 days total)
Packet 3 sent: 07/25/2015 (50 days post NOA-2, 209 days total)
Pack 4 received: 07/30/2015 (55 days post NOA-2, 214 days total)
Medical: 09/17/2015 Interview: 09/23/2015 (108 days post NOA-2, 268 days total)
Interview Result: Approved Administrative Processing: 09/23/2015
CEAC Status Issued: 09/24/2015
Visa in hand: 09/28/2015
POE: 12/29/2015 Wedding: 01/11/2016


AOS Time Line

 

AOS package mailed: 01/13/2016
AOS package received: 01/20/2016 (day 1)
AOS NOA-1 text/email: 01/23/2016 (day 3), actual NOA-1 date 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS Fingerprint fee received: 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS check cashed: 01-25-2016 (day 5) Got 6 month NJ driver's license: 01-25-2016
3x NOA-1 hardcopies: 02/03/2016 (day 14)

Biometrics letter: 02/05/2016 (day 16) Biometrics appt (Elizabeth, NJ): 02/17/2016 (day 28)

EAD and AP approved email/txt: 03/29/2016 (day 67)

GC approval email/text: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

I-797 for I-765/I-131 in mail: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

EAD/AP delivered: 04/05/216 (day 75)

GC card being mailed status update: 04/07/16 (day 77)

GC received: 04/11/16 (day 84 post AOS NOA-1)

DONE WITH USCIS FOR 21 MONTHS!

ROC Window opens: 01/04/2018

 

ROC Time Line
ROC package mailed to Vermont 01/04/2018
ROC package received at Vermont 01/08/2018 (day 0)
Check cashed: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
NOA-1 date: 01/09/2018 (day 1)
NOA-1 received: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
Biometrics notice received: 02/09/2018 (day 32)
Biometrics appointment: 02/23/2018 (day 46)
Received 18-month extension letter: 08/13/2018 (day 209)

event.png
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would use a bank, "certified check" which costs nothing most places. Then, YOU have proof of the check, in the small chance your petition or check would come up missing, you have some place to get proof, you did purchase a check, and can get it replaced if lost and not cashed.

Yes, Texas lock box, and 340.00.

You can do the same with money orders, but it's a good point to consider.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Remember that $340 is just the application fee.

Many more fees ahead. By the time the stateside Adjustment of Status is done, you will be out $2000 at least.

Good luck with your journey!

You took the words right out of my mouth.

OP, congratulations on your engagement, and welcome.

Just so that you are prepared, paying the petition filing fee is only the start of bleeding money in this process. You and your fiance may want to start preparing for the additional costs which will include:

DS160 application fee (fee for the actual visa, which comes after your petition has been approved)

2 x trips to London - you will have to attend for a medical and again for the interview

Courier fees for the visa to be delivered unless you are able to arrange to uplift it yourself from the depot

I am also in the UK and since we filed, we've spent a cool $3000+ as well as associated expenses with the trips.

Being with the person I love: Priceless :)

Good luck with your journey


Lee & William

8/2/2014 - Sent I-129F Petition with USPS by Express Mail
8/4/2014 - I-129F delivered to dropbox
8/6/2014 - NOA1 Text/E-Mail received
8/11/2014 - Alien Registration Number Changed (Text/E-Mail) / NOA1 Letter received by Mail
3/16/2015 - NOA2 Text/E-Mail received (224 days)
3/20/2015 - Sent to NVC
3/31/2015 - NVC Received
4/1/2015 - Case Number Assigned
4/7/2015 - NVC Sent to Embassy
4/10/2015 - London Embassy Received
4/11/2015 - Medical
4/15/2015 - Packet 3 Received
4/12/2015 - Packet 3 Sent
4/23/2015 - Packet 4 Received
5/18/2015 - Interview - APPROVED
5/30/2015 - Visa collected from courier
6/1/2015 - POE
6/14/2015 - Wedding

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×