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What happens when an investor places a stop payment on the USCIS filing fee check?

What happens if you put a stop payment on a check for the USCIS filing fee? Are there any possible downsides to doing this and refiling the petition?

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    If you put a stop payment on a check for the USCIS filing fee, your application will be rejected. This, however, will not preclude you from filing with them again in the future.

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    If the filing check does not clear for whatever reason, USCIS will return the petition or send an invoice (if the petition has been receipted already for some reason). There are no potential downsides to stopping payment on the check (or to even withdrawing the petition) if the goal is to refile the petition.

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    The application will be rejected.

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    Why would anyone do such a thing? The USCIS will notify the petitioner of the occurrence of non-payment and possibly demand that another check be issued.

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    Your application will be rejected and returned to your lawyer.

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    It may be better to do a withdrawal. Be careful, though; if you are re-filing a Regional Center case the deadline is September 30.

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    The case you filed will be returned for lacking the filing fee.

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    If there is a problem with the filing fee, typically, USCIS will likely reject the filing in this instance.

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    They should return the package to you. In any event, you can certainly refile it.

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