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Hi everyone, I was misinformed that a fee waiver was applicable for I129f which I filed last week. I was informed by USCIS this morning it does not apply for filing the K1 visa petition, I’m certain my petition will be rejected and returned due to non payment. When my packet is returned and I send payment will this start the wait time from last week when I filed or proceed within the new time frame after payment is received?

 

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New time frame. Once petition is rejected you start all over again.


08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

03/06/2017 - NOA1's received via text

03/31/2017 - Biometrics appointment Completed

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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23 minutes ago, LoveCYF said:

Hi everyone, I was misinformed that a fee waiver was applicable for I129f which I filed last week. 

 

Can you please be more specific? By who or where were you misinformed? This would help some people on here to make sure to avoid certain sources of information.

 

I personally never herd that you can waive a fee for I-129f. It makes sense that I-129f can not be waived because we have to submit Affidavit of Support form. And if we don't make certain money its almost impossible to get it approved. So I am sure that government thinks that if we can support our future wife/husband than we should support government and pay the fee. But it sure would be nice to not pay that fee of over $500.00 dollars. 

 

At least its nice that USCIS sends notice of that and have you resubmit the fee and you don't have to wait till NOA2 to find out that you didn't pay the money and get declined or lose 6 months of waiting. 

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I contacted USCIS customer service, prior to filing the petition and was misinformed by a service agent that the waiver was applicable. I contacted the office again for clarification after filing and was told this is not true and that unfortunately the previous agent misinformed me.

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20 minutes ago, LoveCYF said:

I contacted USCIS customer service, prior to filing the petition and was misinformed by a service agent that the waiver was applicable. I contacted the office again for clarification after filing and was told this is not true and that unfortunately the previous agent misinformed me.

https://www.us-immigration.com/blog/i129f/

 

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U.S. citizens filing the form for their husband or wife need not pay the form filing fee if they are filing based on a pending Form I-130. This is applicable if the immigrant petition was filed by the same U.S. citizen who is filing the I-129F application.

Possibly the officer thought you were married. You aren't married right?

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5 hours ago, LoveCYF said:

Hi everyone, I was misinformed that a fee waiver was applicable for I129f which I filed last week. I was informed by USCIS this morning it does not apply for filing the K1 visa petition, I’m certain my petition will be rejected and returned due to non payment. When my packet is returned and I send payment will this start the wait time from last week when I filed or proceed within the new time frame after payment is received?

 

Fee waiver under what grounds, low income?  If so, how will you support your beneficiary?

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no waiver and you start from square 1.


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

 

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8 hours ago, JMEngland said:

I would advise against anyone trying to convince USCIS to wave fees for family based visas. To me, that would be a red flag that your finances are up to par, which could draw unwanted scrutiny. 

No fee waiver exists in those cases, so I would also not suggest anybody to file for one under those circumstances. :P

 

A fee waiver for several other processes is possible...just not family-based immigration.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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