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I ship a package (at expense) and there is a fee at the door for delivery.  (1000 peso).  The embassy ships her P3 packet, and they charge fee for delivery (500 peso). 

She pays Visa fee at the bank, and the bank charge her 500 pesos. 

 

Why so many fees?

 

Also the bank teller told her she needs to open a bank account or they will deny the visa.  (She doesn't have a bank account)

 

Do I need to have her open a bank account?   Why was none of this ever explained before?  (I am very concerned about this bank account requirement)

 

 

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Consulate : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2018-04-13
I-129F NOA1 :
RFE mailed:
RFE Response Received:

2018-04-21

2018-10-29
2018-11-14

I-129F NOA2 : 2018-11-28
NVC Received : 2018-12-14
Date Case # assigned : 2018-12-19
NVC Left : 2019-01-08
Consulate Received : 2019-01-10
   
Interview Date : 2019-xx-xx
Interview Result : Pending
Visa Received : 2019-xx-xx
US Entry : 2019-xx-xx

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No she doesn't need a bank account.  Mine did set one up and it was cheaper for me to put money from the US into that account.

 

To quote my asawa "Welcome to the  Fee-lippines"


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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There is no requirement to have a bank account.


Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

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

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

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1 minute ago, gregcrs2 said:

If you are moaning and groaning about fees this early in the process, you will be doing some serious moaning and groaning about fees later!  

We are almost at the end of the process.

I just want to find out what is legitimate vs if she is being scammed ...

5 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

No she doesn't need a bank account.  Mine did set one up and it was cheaper for me to put money from the US into that account.

 

To quote my asawa "Welcome to the  Fee-lippines"

That's funny.  🙂  thanks for the laugh.

 


Consulate : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2018-04-13
I-129F NOA1 :
RFE mailed:
RFE Response Received:

2018-04-21

2018-10-29
2018-11-14

I-129F NOA2 : 2018-11-28
NVC Received : 2018-12-14
Date Case # assigned : 2018-12-19
NVC Left : 2019-01-08
Consulate Received : 2019-01-10
   
Interview Date : 2019-xx-xx
Interview Result : Pending
Visa Received : 2019-xx-xx
US Entry : 2019-xx-xx

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4 minutes ago, EllisAndRenz said:

We are almost at the end of the process.

I just want to find out what is legitimate vs if she is being scammed ...

That's funny.  🙂  thanks for the laugh.

 

The fees for the Visa may be almost done but the fees for immigration have just begun and much higher than what you have experienced 

 

Bank accounts are not required 

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YMMV

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1 minute ago, EllisAndRenz said:

We are almost at the end of the process.

I just want to find out what is legitimate vs if she is being scammed ...

That's funny.  🙂  thanks for the laugh.

 

You show a K-1 in process, after that you have Adjustment of status , and if your fiancé wants citizenship later then there is Naturalization Fees.  You don't realize it but you really are early in the process.  It's fees for everything!!


Removal of Conditions

12/29/2018  Sent ROC package to Dallas PO Box by USPS Priority Mail. 

12/30/2018  ROC package arrived & ready for pickup at Dallas PO Box at 7pm.

01/03/2019  Credit card transaction alert received at 7:10am authorizing charge of $680 to USCIS Dallas Lockbox

01/03/2019  Received text message from USCIS stating original receipt to follow in mail and a receipt number starting with MSC.

01/07/2019  Added receipt number to myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ and it shows case received and nothing to do at this time.

01/11/2019  Received US Postal Service Informed Delivery email at 8:20am showing incoming letter from USCIS.

01/11/2019  Received biometric appointment in the mail.  Biometric appointment is for 01/22/2019

01/14/2019  Completed walk-in biometric at Tampa Field Office.

01/29/2019  Filed an online e-request due to no I-797 receipt mailed to date.  Received automated email to expect a reply by Feb. 20.

01/30/2019  E-request response received.  They will send a duplicate receipt and we should receive it within 30 days.

02/04/2019  Informed delivery show an incoming letter form USCIS.  Won't know if it is a copy or original extension letter as we are out of country for about another 2 weeks and mail is on hold until then.

 

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Just now, payxibka said:

The fees for the Visa may be almost done but the fees for immigration have just begun and much higher than what you have experienced 

 

Bank accounts are not required 

Such as?  The AOS?

 

Just now, gregcrs2 said:

You show a K-1 in process, after that you have Adjustment of status , and if your fiancé wants citizenship later then there is Naturalization Fees.  You don't realize it but you really are early in the process.  It's fees for everything!!

Oh, that's fine.  I understand that.  I'm just talking about the K1 process at the moment.

 


Consulate : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2018-04-13
I-129F NOA1 :
RFE mailed:
RFE Response Received:

2018-04-21

2018-10-29
2018-11-14

I-129F NOA2 : 2018-11-28
NVC Received : 2018-12-14
Date Case # assigned : 2018-12-19
NVC Left : 2019-01-08
Consulate Received : 2019-01-10
   
Interview Date : 2019-xx-xx
Interview Result : Pending
Visa Received : 2019-xx-xx
US Entry : 2019-xx-xx

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1 minute ago, EllisAndRenz said:

Such as?  The AOS?

 

Oh, that's fine.  I understand that.  I'm just talking about the K1 process at the moment.

 

Why did you have p3 delivered,  it's on the embassy website 


YMMV

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4 minutes ago, payxibka said:

Why did you have p3 delivered,  it's on the embassy website 

We didn't ask.  They just sent it.

 


Consulate : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2018-04-13
I-129F NOA1 :
RFE mailed:
RFE Response Received:

2018-04-21

2018-10-29
2018-11-14

I-129F NOA2 : 2018-11-28
NVC Received : 2018-12-14
Date Case # assigned : 2018-12-19
NVC Left : 2019-01-08
Consulate Received : 2019-01-10
   
Interview Date : 2019-xx-xx
Interview Result : Pending
Visa Received : 2019-xx-xx
US Entry : 2019-xx-xx

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Just now, EllisAndRenz said:

Such as?  The AOS?

 

AOS ($1225)

Removal of conditions on her green card two years after that ($595)

Either naturalization another year after that ($640) or renewing her green card every ten years indefinitely ($455 each time)

 

(those are the current fees, and subject to change over time, by which we mean go up)


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NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16

Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03

Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28

Interview date: 2019-02-14

 

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To be fair I don’t think the OP is complaining about legitimate fees to do with the immigration process like application fees. Everyone who gets into the immigration netherworld knows fees are part of what is.

 

His gripe seems to be more about unexplained fees which seem to crawl out of the woodwork. 


I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,

Neither are you here to live up to mine.

I don't owe no one no obligation 
So everything is fine, fine

I said, I am that I am I am, I am, I am

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44 minutes ago, EllisAndRenz said:

I ship a package (at expense) and there is a fee at the door for delivery.  (1000 peso).  The embassy ships her P3 packet, and they charge fee for delivery (500 peso). 

She pays Visa fee at the bank, and the bank charge her 500 pesos. 

 

Why so many fees?

 

Also the bank teller told her she needs to open a bank account or they will deny the visa.  (She doesn't have a bank account)

 

Do I need to have her open a bank account?   Why was none of this ever explained before?  (I am very concerned about this bank account requirement)

 

 

Maybe your fiance just misunderstood the bank teller. Remember there is another way to pay the visa which is using your bank account but its not really necessary.. also take note that some bpi branch has no idea about the visa fee so you have to really explain to them what it is and if the bpi aware of visa fee they usually prioritize your payment and yea beside of Visa fee there is service fee but its not 500 pesos i think.

 

 

I dont remember the p3 in k1 visa though.

 

Welcome to Philippines!! 😂😂😂 

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