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We're about to file for the I130 with the London Embassy, but as of October 2016 they are no longer accepting credit cards. I've spoken to my bank (HSBC) and they don't do 'international bank drafts' in dollars and apparently that is standard for all UK banks because they now doing everything via electronic payments, which won't work for the Embassy. So, this leaves me with either getting a USPS money order or a US banker's check. Does anyone know if there's any way of getting either of these in the UK as we are not planning a trip to the US until we actually move? I've emailed the Embassy, but they haven't replied. Any thoughts or suggestions most welcome! Thanks!

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I'm in New Zealand and came across this issue. i was filing from Australia at the time but the same applies here.  I ended up having to put together my i-130 package, send it to my in-laws along with very clear instructions and the address to forward it to.  
They then wrote a check for us from their US bank account, put it in a USPS envelope along with what we sent them, and posted it off to USCIS for us.  

It's very difficult to find a payment option from abroad, I looked into every possible way, even western union etc isn't accepted.  Do you have someone in the US you trust to write you a check and post the package for you?


Got married: 26th Sep 2013 

I-130 Petition Process:

Sent petition to USCIS Chicago lockbox (via in-laws to put check in US$): 11 Mar, 2016

NOA1: 24 Mar, 2016 (email notification 30 Mar. Hardcopy 11 Apr)

Service Centre: NEBRASKA

NOA2: 3rd Aug 2016

Petition sent to NVC: 18th Aug 2016

NVC Stage

Case number assigned: 8th Sep 2016

Paid AOS Fee: 9th Sep 2016

Paid IV Fee: 14th Sep 2016

DS-260 submitted: 25th Jan 2017

AOS & IV Package sent: 25th Jan 2017

Expedite requested: 25th Jan 2017

Expedite approved (consulate only): 1st Feb 2017

Scan Date: 31st Jan 2017

Case Complete: 14th April 2017 (10 weeks 4 days)

Full expedite approved (bypass NVC to send file to embassy), however too late as I already had case complete 17th Apr 2017

Case arrived at Embassy: 21st April 2017

P4 letter received: 26th April 2017 (expedite at embassy stage so this came from the consulate, not NVC)

Medical date: 26th April 2017

Interview date: 4th May 2017 APPROVED!!

Visa received: 8th May 2017 

POE (entered the USA): 15th May 2017 

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Thanks for your reply! It is difficult that's for sure. Unfortunately, my wife's parents are not an option, but we could potentially ask a friend though I was under the impression that personal checks were not accepted as per the Embassy's website - 'The ONLY acceptable forms of payment will be (1) U.S. Bank Cashier’s checks; (2) US Bank or U.S. Post Office money order; or (3) International bank draft in USD.' Did yours go through without any problem? 

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Hmm interesting wording. Yes ours went through no issue.  It was a check from a US bank account.  Perhaps your friend could get a US cashiers check though to be safe. Maybe they've changed it (we did ours back in March last year)


Got married: 26th Sep 2013 

I-130 Petition Process:

Sent petition to USCIS Chicago lockbox (via in-laws to put check in US$): 11 Mar, 2016

NOA1: 24 Mar, 2016 (email notification 30 Mar. Hardcopy 11 Apr)

Service Centre: NEBRASKA

NOA2: 3rd Aug 2016

Petition sent to NVC: 18th Aug 2016

NVC Stage

Case number assigned: 8th Sep 2016

Paid AOS Fee: 9th Sep 2016

Paid IV Fee: 14th Sep 2016

DS-260 submitted: 25th Jan 2017

AOS & IV Package sent: 25th Jan 2017

Expedite requested: 25th Jan 2017

Expedite approved (consulate only): 1st Feb 2017

Scan Date: 31st Jan 2017

Case Complete: 14th April 2017 (10 weeks 4 days)

Full expedite approved (bypass NVC to send file to embassy), however too late as I already had case complete 17th Apr 2017

Case arrived at Embassy: 21st April 2017

P4 letter received: 26th April 2017 (expedite at embassy stage so this came from the consulate, not NVC)

Medical date: 26th April 2017

Interview date: 4th May 2017 APPROVED!!

Visa received: 8th May 2017 

POE (entered the USA): 15th May 2017 

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hello! I was in your shoes just recently as my bank didn't do the drafts either. I opened up a Santander account (that took a couple days) and once it was all said and done I was able to get the draft on the same day as depositing the money. They do it right at the counter and print it out then and there for you! Good Luck!

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On 7 February 2017 at 11:35 PM, lindons said:

Ah, yes, I think it changed in October 2016. Think I'm going to have to send a friend to a post office for a money order. They don't make it easy, do they :) Good luck!

They certainly don't make it easy. Hope you get it all sorted!

 


Got married: 26th Sep 2013 

I-130 Petition Process:

Sent petition to USCIS Chicago lockbox (via in-laws to put check in US$): 11 Mar, 2016

NOA1: 24 Mar, 2016 (email notification 30 Mar. Hardcopy 11 Apr)

Service Centre: NEBRASKA

NOA2: 3rd Aug 2016

Petition sent to NVC: 18th Aug 2016

NVC Stage

Case number assigned: 8th Sep 2016

Paid AOS Fee: 9th Sep 2016

Paid IV Fee: 14th Sep 2016

DS-260 submitted: 25th Jan 2017

AOS & IV Package sent: 25th Jan 2017

Expedite requested: 25th Jan 2017

Expedite approved (consulate only): 1st Feb 2017

Scan Date: 31st Jan 2017

Case Complete: 14th April 2017 (10 weeks 4 days)

Full expedite approved (bypass NVC to send file to embassy), however too late as I already had case complete 17th Apr 2017

Case arrived at Embassy: 21st April 2017

P4 letter received: 26th April 2017 (expedite at embassy stage so this came from the consulate, not NVC)

Medical date: 26th April 2017

Interview date: 4th May 2017 APPROVED!!

Visa received: 8th May 2017 

POE (entered the USA): 15th May 2017 

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19 hours ago, munchmunch said:

hello! I was in your shoes just recently as my bank didn't do the drafts either. I opened up a Santander account (that took a couple days) and once it was all said and done I was able to get the draft on the same day as depositing the money. They do it right at the counter and print it out then and there for you! Good Luck!

Thanks so much for posting @munchmunch that really is so helpful to know. Hurrah! :)

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I had the same problem. I ended up having my mom (in the US) go to the post office and get the international money order for the correct amount, and then she just mailed it to us regular post - which seemed crazy but is what was recommended by the post office. It arrived 4 days later, and was cashed at the Embassy in London with our I-130 petition. 

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Hello,

 

I am new to this process too! Where did you all get the information that you cannot pay with credit card anymore? I submitted the I-130 to the London Embassy a week ago an didn't see anywhere that credit cards are not allow. In fact, on the embassy website it still states credit cards as an option... Has anyone recently tried to pay by credit card and had any problems?

 

Thanks!!

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The change just recently changed back, so credit cards are fine again.

 

I recently commented back on the other thread too letting you know that credit cards are ok to use again.

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