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This is my first post, although my fiancé and I are nearly through the visa process. She is from Mexico and I'm in the US.


To fill you in on where we are currently in this process:


We submitted our application in April, received approval in September without any RFEs, received our NVC letter, and finally received the letter from the consulate with instructions from Ciudad Juarez. 


We we are to the point now where we have completed the DS-160 online and we are attempting to pay the $265 fee and schedule an appointment. 


On the fee/appointment page, it states that the fee needs to be paid, but also states that there are no appointments available, "Please check back in a few days."


My questions revolve around the different things I have read online about the fee and appointment. 


As as it looks right now, we cannot actually pay the fee until an appointment is available. Is this correct?


I see no option of actually paying the fee on that page. Even though it is the actual "pay fee" page, it only shows appointment availability, which as I said, there are none currently. Does the payment option become available once I can actually choose an appointment date? 


Also, I read somewhere else online that the fee could not be paid online, and of one actual instance of the consulate not accepting a receipt from payment made online and that person had to pay again at the consulate. Is this true?


This is confusing, and I would like to know exactly what to do. 


Lastly, how long does it take for an appointment to become available? 


I know all of you can imagine how much we just want to be together. 


Thank you you for your time in responding. I appreciate any and all info. 


P.S.   i will be sure to update my timeline this weekend 



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Hello, as I see from the us embassy in Mexico website, you need to go to the consulate and pay it there:


The choice is yours.  The Consular Section cashier accepts either U.S. dollars or Mexican pesos.  However, the payment must be in only one currency (i.e., you must pay the total entirely in U.S. dollars or entirely in Mexican pesos).  We accept cash.  We do not accept checks, credit cards or debit cards.  Please be advised that you should pay money only to the Consular Section cashier.  The Consular Section cashier will issue you a receipt showing how much you paid and what services you paid for.  Make sure you receive and keep your receipt.

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Thank you for the info Marta. I read it and it seems to be correct. That's probably what we'll do. 


However, the appointment website makes it confusing. I am attaching a screenshot of the website for our DS-160.  You can see that we have completed everything necessary, and they are requesting payment and appointment setting, for the next step. 




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