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So I've been trying to sort this for a while now and am really struggling. I need to pay for my I-129F form for $535 but live in the UK with my fiance who's an American citizen, neither of us have US bank account or have access to one.

 

I've looked at a few threads on here but there a couple years old so was looking for a more up to date answer potentially on someone who's done it recently.

 

I called the USCIS directly who were pretty adamant that it HAS to be a US financial institution, and I couldn't get say an international bank draft from my Natwest bank to pay it. Even when I said to her 'how do non US residents who are US citizens pay for this' she basically just said you can't. Is this right or am I being fed wrong info?

 

Any help would be mega appreciated!

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Does the USC have a family member or friend who can assist?  The USC can PayPal the fee to someone in the US who can obtain a money order from the post office or a bank, and then courier it to you?

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Get a prepaid visa card from a usa bank with your fee as collateral. Pay your fee and your done with it. Most US banks will set you up.

 

https://www.pnc.com/en/personal-banking/banking/debit-and-prepaid-cards/pnc-smartaccess-prepaid-visa-card.html?WT.mc_id=SA_Display_GENERAL_251416792|119091832&e=2422704&m=d

 

Also, there is a cash card and you can transfer money in and out and it works in conjunction with visa. Free to get. I have one that I  use with my son. Can send money to other cash card members or use it as a visa debit card. Link is below.

 

https://cash.app/help/us/en-us/3080-cash-card-get-started

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22 hours ago, mattjones351 said:

So I've been trying to sort this for a while now and am really struggling. I need to pay for my I-129F form for $535 but live in the UK with my fiance who's an American citizen, neither of us have US bank account or have access to one.

 

I've looked at a few threads on here but there a couple years old so was looking for a more up to date answer potentially on someone who's done it recently.

 

I called the USCIS directly who were pretty adamant that it HAS to be a US financial institution, and I couldn't get say an international bank draft from my Natwest bank to pay it. Even when I said to her 'how do non US residents who are US citizens pay for this' she basically just said you can't. Is this right or am I being fed wrong info?

 

Any help would be mega appreciated!

Didn’t know a K1 petition could be filed from overseas.


If your USC fiance (this is a USC filed petition, not the responsibility of the beneficiary) can’t figure out how to open a bank account and pay the fee you might have bigger problems.

 

Could your fiance open an online US bank account?  Your visa application (and your case) isn’t going anywhere anyway without US ties, the least of which are assets (!and some kind of an address!) in the US.  We fooled with a couple of different banks while we lived overseas.  It’s pretty straightforward and they can be funded from an overseas account.

 

Your fiance better establish some ties before you kick off this process.

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Hi!

 

I am in the same position as you, I have filed from the UK as an American citizen.

 

I simply completed the credit card form with my British issued credit card no problem at all. The credit card is a Barclay card platinum visa credit card which charges 0% commission on US transactions (not that the commission charge matters it just saves me money!) and I use it when I have gone on holiday to the states. 
 

I hope that offers you some reassurance! 

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