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Is there some sort of account that my fiancé and I can share?

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Hey, everyone.

Does anyone have any ideas of some way that I can get money to my fiancé quickly for free? Like some sort of bank account that I can grant him access to? I've used MoneyGram the last 3 times to wire him money, and the $12 fee each time is getting expensive. I'd use PayPal, but it takes 3-4 days before Réjean can move the money to his bank account for some reason (maybe because he doesn't have a debit card on file with a Visa/Mastercard logo?) and my bank said I can't transfer funds from my account to a Canadian one.

Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

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08/25/06 - 08/08/07 - K1 timeframe from mailing the petition to the NSC to K1 approval at the Montréal Consulate

08/31/07 - Réjean makes the big move to the USA

09/22/07 - MARRIED!

10/09/07 - Réjean gets his SSN

Adjustment of status:

10/26/07 - Mailed AOS/EAD/AP

11/23/07 - Biometrics appointment

12/14/07 - I-485 transferred to the California Service Center

12/28/07 - EAD approved!

01/07/08 - EAD received

02/08/08 - GREEN CARD APPROVED!!!!!!

02/16/08 - Green card received!

*headdesk*:

01/02/09 - Réjean loses his wallet containing his drivers license, Social Security card, and green card

02/04/09 - Our best friends bail us out by giving us the money to file for the replacement green card!

02/12/09 - E-filed I-90 for the replacement green card along with the $370 filing fee (including biometrics)

02/19/09 - NOA1

02/25/09 - Biometrics appointment

05/01/09 - Replacement green card received

Removal of conditions:

01/07/10: Mailed I-751 packet by overnight mail to the CSC

01/11/10: I-751 packet delivered and signed for

01/19/10: Received NOA1

01/28/10: Biometrics (did walk-in due to Réjean being out on the road on original date of 02/10/10)

02/03/10: APPROVED!!!

02/05/10: Received e-mail from USCIS saying the card production has been ordered

02/06/10: Received letter typed on plain paper from USCIS congratulating Réjean on his removal of conditions approval

02/11/10: Green card received

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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I don't know what the fee is but I know some people here transfer their money from Canada to the U.S. using www.customhouse.com


K3 Timeline - 2006-11-20 to 2007-03-19

See the comments section in my timeline for full details of my K3 dates, transfers and touches. Also see my Vancouver consulate review and my POE review.

AOS & EAD Timeline

2007-04-16: I-485 and I-765 sent to Chicago (My AOS/EAD checklist)

2007-04-17: Received at Chicago

2007-04-23: NOA1 date (both)

2007-05-10: Biometrics appointment (both - Biometrics review)

2007-06-05: AOS interview letter date

2007-06-13: AOS interview letter received in mail

2007-07-03: EAD card production ordered

2007-07-07: EAD card received! (yay!)

2007-08-23: AOS interview (Documents / Interview review)

2007-08-23: Green card production ordered!!!

2007-08-24: Welcome notice mailed!

2007-08-27: Green card production ordered again... ?

2007-08-28: Welcome notice received!

2007-09-01: Green card received!

Done with USCIS until May 23, 2009!

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Sharing credit card info is the quickest and easiest way of sharing money. Opening up a joint bank account is a lot more difficult if you're not both living in the same place. I have never used customhouse.com, but you might want to look into that as many of us here have raved about it. Good luck!

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My fiance added me to his American Express account. I only used it for moving expenses etc. before I physically arrived in the States but could have used it for any other purchases I cared to make. You may want to look into adding him as a user on a credit card and then sending him the card. Also look into Western Union - they have a small fee depending on speed of delivery. The only problem is finding a recipient Western Union in Canada. They may have other recipients to which they can deliver, but I don't know.

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We also did XOOM and Moneygram, but it was expensive. Then I opened a checking account and sent him an ATM card. I added him later, which required faxing a form to him, getting him to sign it, and faxing it back to me, then to the bank. I thought it might be a problem because he didn't have a SSN at the time, but the bank I use (USAA) didn't have a problem with it (I guess since they are mainly military, and are used to this). It was nice, too, not only to save money, but to show we had a joint account when he went for his visa interview.

We also did the joint credit cards, too, which helped (good for the interview, too). But some places only take cash.

Best of luck!

Mirlana


Date I-129F Sent : 2006-09-28

Date I-129F NOA2 : 2006-10-27

Interview Date (K1 Visa): 2006-12-12

Date K1 Visa Received :2006-12-18

Date of US Entry : 2006-12-23

Date of Wedding : 2007-01-21

Comments : For Casa, packet 3 and 4 come together, with an interview date already scheduled.

AOS Filing date : 2007-02-02

NOA date for I-485 : 2007-02-07

I-485 RFE Dates : 2007-02-16

I-485 Biometrics Appt Date: 2007-02-28

AOS Comments: Strange - we received RFE, then a few days later got email that the response had been received and the case was resumed even though we haven't sent anything yet.

I-485 Sent to CSC 2007-03-12

RFE for Medical Examination mailed 05-31-2007

medical examination sent 06-27-2007

Case resumed on 07-13-2007

email "card production ordered" 07-18-2007

email “notice mailed welcoming the new permanent resident” 07-19-2007

email “approval notice sent” and welcome letter received 07-23-2007

Green card received 07-26-2007

EAD Filed Date: 2007-02-02

EAD NOA Date : 2007-02-07

EAD Biometrics Appointment Date : 2007-02-28

EAD received 04-16-07

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why not open an account in the US into which you deposit shared funds for the both of you -- get two ATM cards -- mail one to him -- he can use it in Canada and withdraw cash from the US account at an ATM . . .

That's what I would do, open an account and deposit the money so he can withdraw with a debit card, just like when we visit other countries and use the ATM's there. :thumbs:


Our AOS Journey

July 18, 07: AOS/EAD sent to Chicago

Aug 03, 07: Received Biometrics appt. letter

Aug 23, 07: Biometrics

Aug 30, 07: Transfer to CSC letter dated 8/27

Sept 19, 07: EAD Approval email

Sept 29, 07: EAD card Received

Oct 09, 07: AOS Approved

Oct 13, 07: Green Card in hand

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I don't know what the fee is but I know some people here transfer their money from Canada to the U.S. using www.customhouse.com

There is no fee to use Custom House and the rates are usually better than most banks (and certainly better than using credit cards.) Derek and I have an account and we love it, but it does take a few days for the money to transfer. So if you need money unexpectedly, then a joint account with a debit card would probably work better for you.


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TIMELINE

Civil Ceremony - 02/19/2005

I-130 Mailed Out - 02/25/2005

I-130 NOA1 - 03/04/2005

I-130 Approved - 04/07/2005

Pay I-864 - 05/13/2005

Return I-864 - 07/22/2005 *We mailed in the wrong birth certificate which led to a month or so delay*

Family Ceremony - 10/22/2005

Interview in Montreal - 12/22/2005

Activate Visa - 12/25/2005

Move to Virginia - 04/06/2006

Mailed I-751 - 11/02/2007

Received in Vermont - 11/05/2007

Check Cashed by VSC - 11/09/2007

Received NOA 1 - 11/10/2007

Biometrics - 01/10/2008

Card production ordered - 09/10/2008

Card received! - 09/17/2008

Now on to citizenship...

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Love Customhouse. Takes 3-4 business days for the transaction to go through.

Love Customhouse. Takes 3-4 business days for the transaction to go through.


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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I gave Claudeth an ATM card from a savings account at my credit union. It was linked to my primary account so I could just electronically transfer funds for her at any time. Her parents now have the card and that is how she gets money to them. I think it costs us $1.50 per withdrawl. It was a damn site better than when I tried Western Union. They could charge about twenty bucks for a couple of hundred and then also bump us on the conversion rate from USD to Filipino pasos.


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I don't know why I never thought of getting him an ATM card. It makes perfect sense, since I have a dedicated checking account for immigration/wedding stuff. Thanks, everyone.


08/25/06 - 08/08/07 - K1 timeframe from mailing the petition to the NSC to K1 approval at the Montréal Consulate

08/31/07 - Réjean makes the big move to the USA

09/22/07 - MARRIED!

10/09/07 - Réjean gets his SSN

Adjustment of status:

10/26/07 - Mailed AOS/EAD/AP

11/23/07 - Biometrics appointment

12/14/07 - I-485 transferred to the California Service Center

12/28/07 - EAD approved!

01/07/08 - EAD received

02/08/08 - GREEN CARD APPROVED!!!!!!

02/16/08 - Green card received!

*headdesk*:

01/02/09 - Réjean loses his wallet containing his drivers license, Social Security card, and green card

02/04/09 - Our best friends bail us out by giving us the money to file for the replacement green card!

02/12/09 - E-filed I-90 for the replacement green card along with the $370 filing fee (including biometrics)

02/19/09 - NOA1

02/25/09 - Biometrics appointment

05/01/09 - Replacement green card received

Removal of conditions:

01/07/10: Mailed I-751 packet by overnight mail to the CSC

01/11/10: I-751 packet delivered and signed for

01/19/10: Received NOA1

01/28/10: Biometrics (did walk-in due to Réjean being out on the road on original date of 02/10/10)

02/03/10: APPROVED!!!

02/05/10: Received e-mail from USCIS saying the card production has been ordered

02/06/10: Received letter typed on plain paper from USCIS congratulating Réjean on his removal of conditions approval

02/11/10: Green card received

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I would checkout if there ia an ATM fee and what the exchange rate is.


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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I just got my banking associate to draw up a bank draft payable to my Fiance in USD, and I mailed it to him. It cost $5...may be an option for you if the credit card/ATM option doesn't work out!


AOS

AOS Package received in Chicago 4-25-07 (Day 1)

NOA 1 5-01-07 (Day 7)

Cheque Cashed 5-02-07 (Day 8)

Touched 5-04-07 (Day 10)

Biometrics Appointment 5-18-07 (Day 26)

Touched 5-21-07 (Day 29)

Transferred to CSC e-mail 5-25-07 (Day 33)

Touched 5-28-07 (Day 36)

Touched again...feels niiiice! 5-29-07 (Day 37)

Notice of CSC transfer via reg mail 6-01-07 (Day 40)

Touched; 'pending @ CSC' e-mail 6-07-07 (Day 46)

Touched 6-08-07 (Day 47)

Touched 6-10-07 (Day 49)

Touched 6-19-07 (Day 58)

Touched 6-20-07 (Day 59)

Touched 8-31-07 & 9-3-07

Card Production Ordered 10-01-07

Welcome Notice Sent 10-02-07

Lifting of Conditions

Sent 7/13/09

Received at CSC 7/14/09

NOA Receieved (Dated 7/14) 7/18/09

Biometrics Appointment 8/12/09

Touched 8/13/09

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Yup custom house is good. Ive used it many times. No fees and the rates are better than all the banks Ive tried in Canada. Takes 2-3 business days to transfer though. www.xe.com

Lance

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Love Customhouse. Takes 3-4 business days for the transaction to go through.

Love Customhouse. Takes 3-4 business days for the transaction to go through.

Yup custom house is good. Ive used it many times. No fees and the rates are better than all the banks Ive tried in Canada. Takes 2-3 business days to transfer though. www.xe.com

Lance

Love Customhouse. Takes 3-4 business days for the transaction to go through.

Love Customhouse. Takes 3-4 business days for the transaction to go through.

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AOS

Filled : 2007-09-17

NOA : 2007-09-25

Biometrics : 2007-12-13

EAD card prod : 2007-12-13

Job Offer : 2007-12-18

EAD card prod : 2007-12-18

EAD approved mailed : 2007-12-21

EAD in Hand : 2007-12-24 (Awesome Christmas Present)

Applied for SSN : 2007-12-26

SSN arrives in mail : 2008-01-05 (Happy New Year)

Start work :2008-01-15

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