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A couple of weeks ago my wife and I submitted her I-751 application to the California service center. We mailed it on the first day within the 90 window period. I made a check for $590 and attached it to the front of the application with a cover letter. Which is currently the fee that the USCIS website and instruction form reads ($505 + $85 biometrics fee).

I noticed the check had not been cashed and today we were saddened to find out the application had been to returned to us with a letter reading the following:

This is an initial screening only. Your application(s) or petition(s) may be returned to you for additional information or documentation at a later date. Your application(s)/petitions(s) is/are returned to you for the following reasons:

Please submit a check or money order with corrected written guarantee amount.

(The letter had that specific item checked on the second line with a list of other possible reasons for return)

I'm not understanding why it was returned to me as I wrote a personal check in the amount of $590. The only thing I can think of by looking at my check is maybe they don't like that I wrote it like "Five Hundred Ninety Ones & 0/100s." Maybe they don't like "Ninety Ones?" I've always written checks this way and with previous USCIS related things but I can certainly change it this time.

Anyways I've attached a picture of the check (with personal data removed of course) so let me know what you think. I'd like to make sure I don't repeat any other mistakes I might be missing before I re-submit.

Also, another question. Should I resubmit the exact application as it is now? USCIS added those metal tabs for organizing the application nicely and had a couple of red pen marks at the top of the application page. The cover letter I had is missing however, so I could just create a new one and re-attach to the original application, or I could re-print everything, not sure what is best.

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08/24/2011 - Rosela and I met online and began talking

03/04/2012 - I traveled to Peru to meet Rosela in person for the first time

08/15/2012- I traveled to Peru to visit Rosela

03/08/2012 - I traveled to Peru with my sister to visit Rosela and for my sister to meet her

05/12/2013 - I traveled to Peru to visit Rosela and ask her to marry me.

05/16/2013 - I asked Rosela to to marry me at LLanganuco Lake at 12,500 ft!

08/19/2013 - I-129F Package Sent to Lockbox!

08/27/2013 - NOA1 electronic notification received!

08/31/2013 - NOA1 hard copy received!

10/29/2013 - I-129F Approved, NOA2 Hardcopy Sent!

11/26/2013 - NVC received our case!

12/02/2013 - NVC forwarded our case to the embassy in Lima, Peru via DHL!

12/05/2013 - DHL delivered our case to the embassy in Lima!

12/10/2013 - Case reads "Ready" on the CEAC website!

12/12/2013 - Contacted the embassy via email and received our interview date for January 6, 2014!

01/06/2014 - Interview and approval! heart.gifgoofy.gif

01/11/2014 - Visa received in hand! Purchased plane tickets!

02/13/2014 - POE in Atlanta with connection to Minneapolis, MN!

03/08/2014 - Got married!

03/21/2014 - Submitted AOS package!

03/28/2014 - Received AOS NOA!

06/30/2014 - Received potential interview waiver letter with delay of up to 6 months (maybe more) :(

Current date - Still Waiting... this is taking so long!? :cry:

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Five hundred ninety & 00/100


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Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

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NOA1 date 10/20/2014

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In-line for interview 11/23/2014

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The cheque was cashed for USD$590 and not rejected.

Telephone them and write a letter with copy of bank entry showing USD$590.00 processed.

The fees change in Dec http://www.nafsa.org/Content.aspx?id=53836 the administrator of your application may have read the wrong schedule.

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You wrote the check wrong. You said they want a corrected written amount. "Five hundred and ninety ones" is incorrect. That would mean "five hundred and ninety one", and not match the $590 amount, so the bank can't deposit it. Send a new check with "five hundred and ninety" written out.

Please submit a check or money order with corrected written guarantee amount.

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Thanks for the replies guys, yes this is the only thing I can think of and that does make sense according to what you wrote above Harmonia. Funny I've been writing checks like this for a while without problems and USCIS doesn't even cash this check directly but does an EFT using the bank account number. However maybe this exact number combination did sound confusing. I will correct it and re-send.

Is it acceptable to make a new cover letter with the new check and the original application as is? I spoke with someone at customer service at USCIS but they couldn't transfer me to a case officer since it is too late in the day but they said this was acceptable. I would make sure to note this in my new cover letter.

For reference on the new check I will write:

"Five hundred ninety and 00/100"


Ken and Rosela's Journey

08/24/2011 - Rosela and I met online and began talking

03/04/2012 - I traveled to Peru to meet Rosela in person for the first time

08/15/2012- I traveled to Peru to visit Rosela

03/08/2012 - I traveled to Peru with my sister to visit Rosela and for my sister to meet her

05/12/2013 - I traveled to Peru to visit Rosela and ask her to marry me.

05/16/2013 - I asked Rosela to to marry me at LLanganuco Lake at 12,500 ft!

08/19/2013 - I-129F Package Sent to Lockbox!

08/27/2013 - NOA1 electronic notification received!

08/31/2013 - NOA1 hard copy received!

10/29/2013 - I-129F Approved, NOA2 Hardcopy Sent!

11/26/2013 - NVC received our case!

12/02/2013 - NVC forwarded our case to the embassy in Lima, Peru via DHL!

12/05/2013 - DHL delivered our case to the embassy in Lima!

12/10/2013 - Case reads "Ready" on the CEAC website!

12/12/2013 - Contacted the embassy via email and received our interview date for January 6, 2014!

01/06/2014 - Interview and approval! heart.gifgoofy.gif

01/11/2014 - Visa received in hand! Purchased plane tickets!

02/13/2014 - POE in Atlanta with connection to Minneapolis, MN!

03/08/2014 - Got married!

03/21/2014 - Submitted AOS package!

03/28/2014 - Received AOS NOA!

06/30/2014 - Received potential interview waiver letter with delay of up to 6 months (maybe more) :(

Current date - Still Waiting... this is taking so long!? :cry:

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So ok to re-submit original returned application with new cover letter and check?


Ken and Rosela's Journey

08/24/2011 - Rosela and I met online and began talking

03/04/2012 - I traveled to Peru to meet Rosela in person for the first time

08/15/2012- I traveled to Peru to visit Rosela

03/08/2012 - I traveled to Peru with my sister to visit Rosela and for my sister to meet her

05/12/2013 - I traveled to Peru to visit Rosela and ask her to marry me.

05/16/2013 - I asked Rosela to to marry me at LLanganuco Lake at 12,500 ft!

08/19/2013 - I-129F Package Sent to Lockbox!

08/27/2013 - NOA1 electronic notification received!

08/31/2013 - NOA1 hard copy received!

10/29/2013 - I-129F Approved, NOA2 Hardcopy Sent!

11/26/2013 - NVC received our case!

12/02/2013 - NVC forwarded our case to the embassy in Lima, Peru via DHL!

12/05/2013 - DHL delivered our case to the embassy in Lima!

12/10/2013 - Case reads "Ready" on the CEAC website!

12/12/2013 - Contacted the embassy via email and received our interview date for January 6, 2014!

01/06/2014 - Interview and approval! heart.gifgoofy.gif

01/11/2014 - Visa received in hand! Purchased plane tickets!

02/13/2014 - POE in Atlanta with connection to Minneapolis, MN!

03/08/2014 - Got married!

03/21/2014 - Submitted AOS package!

03/28/2014 - Received AOS NOA!

06/30/2014 - Received potential interview waiver letter with delay of up to 6 months (maybe more) :(

Current date - Still Waiting... this is taking so long!? :cry:

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A couple of weeks ago my wife and I submitted her I-751 application to the California service center. We mailed it on the first day within the 90 window period. I made a check for $590 and attached it to the front of the application with a cover letter. Which is currently the fee that the USCIS website and instruction form reads ($505 + $85 biometrics fee).

I noticed the check had not been cashed and today we were saddened to find out the application had been to returned to us with a letter reading the following:

(The letter had that specific item checked on the second line with a list of other possible reasons for return)

I'm not understanding why it was returned to me as I wrote a personal check in the amount of $590. The only thing I can think of by looking at my check is maybe they don't like that I wrote it like "Five Hundred Ninety Ones & 0/100s." Maybe they don't like "Ninety Ones?" I've always written checks this way and with previous USCIS related things but I can certainly change it this time.

Anyways I've attached a picture of the check (with personal data removed of course) so let me know what you think. I'd like to make sure I don't repeat any other mistakes I might be missing before I re-submit.

Also, another question. Should I resubmit the exact application as it is now? USCIS added those metal tabs for organizing the application nicely and had a couple of red pen marks at the top of the application page. The cover letter I had is missing however, so I could just create a new one and re-attach to the original application, or I could re-print everything, not sure what is best.

The way u wrote it reads 591.00. Checks are cashed by the words written not the numbers.


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As stated above, where there is a mismatch between the numbers and the written amount in words, the law requires them to go by the amount written in words. So you wrote them a cheque for $591 instead of $590.

It's a simple fix.


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Yes, USCIS wants it in English, not British. :rofl:

Gonna second the other Brit, I have never seen a cheque written that way.


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Link to the evidence I submitted. Be sure to send evidence spanning your entire marriage (especially for K-1) or as far back as you can. Just one or two bank statements will not cut it. I primarily focused on the two years of living here since I came in on a CR-1. If you don't have the fundamentals (i.e. joint accounts/policies), you can explain why in the covering letter. E.g. "While we do not have joint utilities, we both contribute to them from our joint bank account".

 

September 26th 2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

September 28th 2016: Package delivered
September 30th 2016: Check cashed
October 3rd 2016: NOA1 received with receipt date of 09/28/16
November 3rd 2016: Biometrics received with appointment date of 11/14/16.
November 14th 2016: Attended biometrics appointment
October 30th 2017: Infopass appointment to get I-551 stamp
February 26th 2018: I-751 case number (aka the NOA1 receipt number) becomes trackable
March 14th 2018: Submitted service request due to being outside of processing time.

March 15th 2018: ROC approved. 535 days (1 year, 5 months and 17 days)

March 29th 2018: Card being produced

April 4th 2018: Card mailed out

April 6th 2018: Card in hand. Has incorrect "resident since" date. Submitted service request on I-751 case (typographical error on permanent resident card) and an I-90 online.

April 2018 - August 7th 2018: Tons of service requests, emails and now senator involvement to get my corrected green card back because what the heck, USCIS

August 8th 2018: Card in production thanks to the direct involvement of Senator Sherrod Brown's team

August 13th 2018: Card mailed

August 15th 2018: Card in hand with correct date. :joy:

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Awe man, that's a bummer. Sorry that happened to you. Thankfully you will be able to send it back before the prices go up! :dancing:


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