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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: Peru
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Hello!

I recently submitted my I-751 pack for Removal of conditions, and currently, the money in our home is pretty tight. When I was looking into the fee waiver experiences in the forum I couldn't find a lot of information. Most people would either get denied or didn't try to request one. I want to share my experience with my fee waiver. As a reminder, a fee waiver is granted on a case-by-case basis, anything written on this post is for informational purposes only.

I submitted my original package on August 18th, my I-751 application and I-912 Request for Fee waiver together. My Conditional Green Card was expiring on September 5th. I sent supporting documentation for both forms. Just today I received my NOA (09/12) and it was postmarked on 09/07. Along with my I-751, I sent a check for $85 biometrics fee. I wasn't sure about this, but I assumed it was necessary.

About us: My husband (US Citizen) and I got married on 2014. Last December our first baby was born. Right now I stay at home with her while my husband has a full-time job. Our baby was a preemie and has some developmental delays which make me concerned of sending her to daycare as she needs undivided attention and we couldn't afford a specialized one. Our annual gross income is 35k a couple thousands over the 150% poverty line. We live paycheck to paycheck with very little to no savings so far. In July this year we had a bad leak in our roof, which we had to get replaced and pay with credit cards. Ever since I stopped working (due to pregnancy complications), we have been using our credit cards to supplement our income. At the time of the application, I calculated our credit card debt to be a little over 10k and we are repaying a bank loan of 7k, which we took two years ago to consolidate my husband's credit card debt back then. We are also paying a mortgage on our home.

I used Financial Hardship as the reason for my request and to support my request I submitted the following:

- Copies of my checking and savings account statement for the last three months.

- Paystubs of my husband's job for the last four months.

- A statement of Zero income from me (due to my lack of employment).

- Credit card statements

- Mortgage statement

- Personal loan statement

- Auto insurance bill

- All our utility bills including our cell phone bills

Originally, I was going to get a loan to pay the fee, but that would only set us even deeper in debt. I took a chance at requesting a fee waiver and it worked. I was told by the reps at the National USCIS number, that even if my fee waiver was denied, I would still be able to submit the check and send the application back. I hope this helps anyone thinking of requesting a fee waiver.


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Matt, Juki and Janis:

05/01/2013: We met Online

06/04/2013: Matt asked me to be his girlfriend.

12/08/2013: I traveled to the U.S. under a J-1 visa to work in Maine.

12/28/2013: I traveled to Fort Wayne, IN to meet him in person for the first time.

03/17/2014: I returned to Indiana after my work time was over.

04/24/2014: We got married!!!

12/31/2015: Janis, our baby daughter, was born :D

AOS Timeline

Concurrent Filing: I-130 and I-485

06/10/2014 (Day 1) AOS package sent to Chicago Lockbox
06/17/2014 (Day 7) Received notification on text/email that package was received at 11pm.

06/19/2014 (Day 9) Fee checks were cashed.

06/20/2014 (Day 10) I-130 I-485 and EAD NOAs arrived in the mail.

06/24/2014 (Day 14) Biometrics App letter received

07/02/2014 (Day 22) Successful Biometrics Walk-in at Indianapolis ASC

08/05/2014 (Day 59) Interview Letter was mailed from USCIS. App scheduled Sept. 5th.

08/15/2014 (Day 69): Updated address with USCIS

08/18/2014 (Day 72): EAD in production state

08/23/2014 (Day 77): EAD arrived at home

09/05/2014 (Day 90): Interview day at Indianapolis. Recommended for approval afterwards!

09/05/2014 (Day 90) at 5pm: My case status updated - WE ARE APPROVED!!!!

09/09/2014 (Day 94) : GC arrived on the mail :D

I-751 Removal of Conditions

Fee waiver granted

08/19/2016 (Day 1) I-751 and I-912 packages sent to California Service Center.
09/15/2016 (Day 24) Received NOA with Fee waiver granted

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you are the first I've seen with the fee waiver approved. Thank you for providing the insight into what you did. :)


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: Peru
Timeline

Ouch what happened in this thread? I hope I didn't upset anyone.


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Matt, Juki and Janis:

05/01/2013: We met Online

06/04/2013: Matt asked me to be his girlfriend.

12/08/2013: I traveled to the U.S. under a J-1 visa to work in Maine.

12/28/2013: I traveled to Fort Wayne, IN to meet him in person for the first time.

03/17/2014: I returned to Indiana after my work time was over.

04/24/2014: We got married!!!

12/31/2015: Janis, our baby daughter, was born :D

AOS Timeline

Concurrent Filing: I-130 and I-485

06/10/2014 (Day 1) AOS package sent to Chicago Lockbox
06/17/2014 (Day 7) Received notification on text/email that package was received at 11pm.

06/19/2014 (Day 9) Fee checks were cashed.

06/20/2014 (Day 10) I-130 I-485 and EAD NOAs arrived in the mail.

06/24/2014 (Day 14) Biometrics App letter received

07/02/2014 (Day 22) Successful Biometrics Walk-in at Indianapolis ASC

08/05/2014 (Day 59) Interview Letter was mailed from USCIS. App scheduled Sept. 5th.

08/15/2014 (Day 69): Updated address with USCIS

08/18/2014 (Day 72): EAD in production state

08/23/2014 (Day 77): EAD arrived at home

09/05/2014 (Day 90): Interview day at Indianapolis. Recommended for approval afterwards!

09/05/2014 (Day 90) at 5pm: My case status updated - WE ARE APPROVED!!!!

09/09/2014 (Day 94) : GC arrived on the mail :D

I-751 Removal of Conditions

Fee waiver granted

08/19/2016 (Day 1) I-751 and I-912 packages sent to California Service Center.
09/15/2016 (Day 24) Received NOA with Fee waiver granted

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Ouch what happened in this thread? I hope I didn't upset anyone.

Someone was rude, the mods dealt with it. No worries. :)


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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