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Anyone know how to pay the I-129F fee of $340.00 if you live abroad?

It doesn't seem to be very clear on the website. Would love to hear how other petitioners have taken care of this. I sent an email to the lockbox support because I got an I-797C with my I-129F package back saying that I did not pay the fee correctly. Turns out, I paid the Philippines "Visa Fee" (at a local bank) and not the actual I-129F fee (US Embassy in Manila gave me the wrong advice).

In addition, once I figure out how to pay the USCIS, does anyone know if I just reuse these documents/forms?

Thanks for any advice.

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Based on my previous reading when we filed our forms, check or money order must be drawn on US bank. You cannot pay outside the country. The best way is to ask a family member or a friend to write a check or place the money order in US.

Yes, you may re-use all the docs/ forms. When done with the check/ money order, you may send those docs to them to be mailed in the US or send you the check and mail everything from the Philippines.


AOS/ AED/ AP:

(California Service Center, Chula Vista, San Diego, CA)

Filed: Aug 29

Receipt Date: Sept 2

NOA 1 Date: Sept 12 (received text/email)

NOA 1 copy rcvd: Sept 16

Biometrics Notice Date: Sept 17, received Sept 24

Biometrics Sched: Oct 5

Successful walk-in: Sept 26

Oct 13- Case ready to be scheduled for interview

EAD/AP approved - Nov. 1/2 / Received EAD/ AP Combo Card- Nov. 15

50days from NOA1/ 64 days from receipt date.

January 30-  USCIS Ap update, Interview sched on March 3, 2017

Jan 31 - received USCIS letter/ Notice for interview 

March 3- Interview, approved on the Spot

March 8 - received GC

Dec 2018 - To file ROC

 

My Blogs:

I-129F Petition Process

Medical Requirements

Medical Exam Experience

US Embassy Manila K1/K2 Interview Preparation Requirements and Instructions

Interview (K1 with 2 K2s)

CFO Guidance and Counseling (applicable to applicant from Philippines only)

My K1 Visa Journey

8 August 2015 - Sent I-129F Packet thru USPS

17 August 2015 - I -797C Notice date

20 August 2015 - Received printed copy of NOA1 dated Aug 17.

2 September 2015 - APPROVED! (14 working days from receipt date)

Dec. 21-22 - Medical DONE!

Jan 11, 2016 - Interview- APPROVED!

Jan 15 - Visa ISSUED!

Jan 21 - VISA ON HAND! (8 working days from interview)

March 21 - CFO / PDOS for K2s

June 1, 2016 - POE

July 18, 2016 - Married

I am his and he is mine from this day until the end of my days..

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You send the payment in with the forms, yes you can use everything again. The fee and who to make it out to is in the 129-f instructions. They got it wrong because you may have asked about the visa fee or they were just confused what you were asking about as they have nothing to do with that part of the process.

http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-129finstr.pdf

340 dollars to Department of Homeland Security Check or money order..

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Based on my previous reading when we filed our forms, check or money order must be drawn on US bank. You cannot pay outside the country. The best way is to ask a family member or a friend to write a check or place the money order in US.

Yes, you may re-use all the docs/ forms. When done with the check/ money order, you may send those docs to them to be mailed in the US or send you the check and mail everything from the Philippines.

Thanks for the advice! I'm thinking I might either just have my mom send me my checkbook to the PH so I can write one and include in my package (then send from PH) or just send my whole I-129F package to my mom and have her write a check from her own bank account and send the package to USCIS for me.

The latter approach should technically work, right? I don't see them making a big issue if its not me that's writing the check.

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or just send my whole I-129F package to my mom and have her write a check from her own bank account and send the package to USCIS for me.

The latter approach should technically work, right? I don't see them making a big issue if its not me that's writing the check.

That shouldn't be a problem. :)


AOS/ AED/ AP:

(California Service Center, Chula Vista, San Diego, CA)

Filed: Aug 29

Receipt Date: Sept 2

NOA 1 Date: Sept 12 (received text/email)

NOA 1 copy rcvd: Sept 16

Biometrics Notice Date: Sept 17, received Sept 24

Biometrics Sched: Oct 5

Successful walk-in: Sept 26

Oct 13- Case ready to be scheduled for interview

EAD/AP approved - Nov. 1/2 / Received EAD/ AP Combo Card- Nov. 15

50days from NOA1/ 64 days from receipt date.

January 30-  USCIS Ap update, Interview sched on March 3, 2017

Jan 31 - received USCIS letter/ Notice for interview 

March 3- Interview, approved on the Spot

March 8 - received GC

Dec 2018 - To file ROC

 

My Blogs:

I-129F Petition Process

Medical Requirements

Medical Exam Experience

US Embassy Manila K1/K2 Interview Preparation Requirements and Instructions

Interview (K1 with 2 K2s)

CFO Guidance and Counseling (applicable to applicant from Philippines only)

My K1 Visa Journey

8 August 2015 - Sent I-129F Packet thru USPS

17 August 2015 - I -797C Notice date

20 August 2015 - Received printed copy of NOA1 dated Aug 17.

2 September 2015 - APPROVED! (14 working days from receipt date)

Dec. 21-22 - Medical DONE!

Jan 11, 2016 - Interview- APPROVED!

Jan 15 - Visa ISSUED!

Jan 21 - VISA ON HAND! (8 working days from interview)

March 21 - CFO / PDOS for K2s

June 1, 2016 - POE

July 18, 2016 - Married

I am his and he is mine from this day until the end of my days..

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Thanks for the advice! I'm thinking I might either just have my mom send me my checkbook to the PH so I can write one and include in my package (then send from PH) or just send my whole I-129F package to my mom and have her write a check from her own bank account and send the package to USCIS for me.

The latter approach should technically work, right? I don't see them making a big issue if its not me that's writing the check.

Either way....

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It probably depends on where you are, but our Australian bank was able to provide us with a check drawn on a U.S. Bank. There was a fee of $20-30, and they made it up for us on the spot. I'm still waiting for NOA1, but this was going off the advice of other Australian filers and it seemed to work for them without a problem. See what your bank has to say!


Met - Jan 2013

Began dating - Feb 2013

Engaged - June 2015


~~~


I-129F Sent - 07/31/15

I-129F Delivered - 08/13/15

NOA1 - 08/15/15

NOA1 Hardcopy - 08/25/15

NOA2 - 08/28/15

NOA2 Hardcopy - 09/09/15

Packet 3 - 10/08/15

Packet 4/Received Interview Date - 10/13/15

Medical - 11/06/15

Interview - 11/20/15

Visa Issued - 11/24/15

~~~

Entry - 01/15/16

Married - 02/13/16

I-485/I-765/I-131 Sent - 03/30/16

AOS Package Received - 04/04/16

NOA1 - 04/07/16

Biometrics - 05/11/16

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Thanks for the advice! I'm thinking I might either just have my mom send me my checkbook to the PH so I can write one and include in my package (then send from PH) or just send my whole I-129F package to my mom and have her write a check from her own bank account and send the package to USCIS for me.

The latter approach should technically work, right? I don't see them making a big issue if its not me that's writing the check.

You can do either.

We used my mom's bank account.

However...

when sending the package from PH, from experience, (I was still in the PH when we sent our 129-F application), DHL asks if there are money stuff inside our package(checks or cash). We went to two different DHLs. DHL inspected it and they found out that I have a check included in the packet. I mean, they were strict. My check was enclosed in a white letter envelope. They scanned it, like you know, just looked through it. So anyway, we went to another DHL which is less strict and we didn't declare it. lol. It was sent without problems.

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If you are living with your fiancee why not marry and do the spouse visa? It's often an easier time with the affidavit of support and your spouse would be work authorized when entering the US, no marriage, then adjustment of status. Saves time and fees.


I-864 Affidavit of Support FAQ -->> https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process/documents/support/i-864-frequently-asked-questions.html

FOREIGN INCOME REPORTING & TAX FILING -->> https://www.irs.gov/publications/p54/ch01.html#en_US_2015_publink100047318

CALL THIS NUMBER TO ORDER IRS TAX TRANSCRIPTS >> 800-908-9946

PLEASE READ THE GUIDES -->> Link to Visa Journey Guides

MULTI ENTRY SPOUSE VISA TO VN -->>Link to Visa Exemption for Vietnamese Residents Overseas & Their Spouses

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