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How to get a money order in UAE to pay I-130 fees

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Dears,

I'm filing the I-130 petition for my kids, and it's quite difficult to find money orders in UAE in order to attach with the forms.. Did anyone here face the same issue? Please advise?

BR,

Mohamed

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On what basis are you applying for your children?

no timeline

Are you living in the UAE or US?

The forms should be filled out by USC or Legal permanent resident / that is why they expect US money orders

if you can apply look for international money order

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On what basis are you applying for your children?

no timeline

Are you living in the UAE or US?

The forms should be filled out by USC or Legal permanent resident / that is why they expect US money orders

if you can apply look for international money order

Hello,

I'm living in UAE and need to get MoneyOrder to pay the I-130 petition for kids as my wife is a USC. Is the Bank demand Draft useful in case if I failed to get MO?

BR,

Mohamed

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I got a new feedback from my bank in UAE that there's something called "Demand Draft" or "Pay Order", and it's widely used for such purposes.

Does anyone has an idea about the bank "Demand Draft"? will U.S Homeland accept it?

BR,

Mohamed

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Where are you sending the demand draft to?

Check out this site for details about payment methods acceptable to USCIS. https://www.uscis.gov/forms/paying-immigration-fees


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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Dears,

For sure I checked USCIS web site more than 10 times .. I even called USCIS many times, but couldn't figure out how to proceed with the payment from UAE. I hope that somebody who may started the same process from UAE to answer my question.

BR,

Mhd

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Hi,

I had the exact same problem a week ago but from Europe. After many consultations, you can only use a check drafted from a US bank.

This means, you have following options:

1. You send the money to someone in the USA and they issue a check for you. It does not need to be in your name, it could be any name as long as you provide your petition details in the reference part of the check.

2. You go to a US bank in the UAE, or a bank that will issue a US bank check for you. The issue is, that the banks usually want the address of the beneficiary for making a check, and USCIS does not provide that , even after calling them many time. Thus, if you find a US bank that will issue you a US draft check in US currency, without the address of the beneficiary, you may have a chance. In any case it is easier to simply send money to someone in the USA who issues the check and sends the check to you, or adds it to your documents before they go to USCIS. I did this to solve the problem.

3. A USPS money order, drafted in the USA will also work without problem. It should be a local money order.

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Hi,

I had the exact same problem a week ago but from Europe. After many consultations, you can only use a check drafted from a US bank.

This means, you have following options:

1. You send the money to someone in the USA and they issue a check for you. It does not need to be in your name, it could be any name as long as you provide your petition details in the reference part of the check.

2. You go to a US bank in the UAE, or a bank that will issue a US bank check for you. The issue is, that the banks usually want the address of the beneficiary for making a check, and USCIS does not provide that , even after calling them many time. Thus, if you find a US bank that will issue you a US draft check in US currency, without the address of the beneficiary, you may have a chance. In any case it is easier to simply send money to someone in the USA who issues the check and sends the check to you, or adds it to your documents before they go to USCIS. I did this to solve the problem.

3. A USPS money order, drafted in the USA will also work without problem. It should be a local money order.

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Yes, if it is issued from USPS in the USA it will be fine. We paid this way for one other petition we filed before (re-entry permit) and it worked perfectly.

Make sure the amount is correct and you give reference to your petition, e.g. Sponsor: Your name, Beneficiary: Name For: I-I130.

This seems especially important if someone else issues the money order in his name, so that they know this money is for your petition. Mistakes in the amount can be a refusal reason so take care.

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Yes, if it is issued from USPS in the USA it will be fine. We paid this way for one other petition we filed before (re-entry permit) and it worked perfectly.

Make sure the amount is correct and you give reference to your petition, e.g. Sponsor: Your name, Beneficiary: Name For: I-I130.

This seems especially important if someone else issues the money order in his name, so that they know this money is for your petition. Mistakes in the amount can be a refusal reason so take care.

Thank you Michael, This's really very helpful :) I hope USCIS will not oppose on sending a US local money order with a petition sent from outside USA.

Do you think this will be an issue? adding to that my friend who is based in USA is the one who will buy it from USPS and mail to me.

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No, you can file from abroad and still they require local money orders. They dont want to pay international fees for taking your money. This is the main reason they want local issued ones. 99% there will be no issue with it. As you send it from abroad, make sure you send it to the correct address, as it is different in some cases, to the address if sending from within USA. USCIS has this information on their website and easy to google.

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No, you can file from abroad and still they require local money orders. They dont want to pay international fees for taking your money. This is the main reason they want local issued ones. 99% there will be no issue with it. As you send it from abroad, make sure you send it to the correct address, as it is different in some cases, to the address if sending from within USA. USCIS has this information on their website and easy to google.

Ton of Thanks Michael :) very clear

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