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Why would IV fee bills be missing after I-526 approval?

After my I-526 approval, I received an NVC IV fee bill, but my family's fee bills are missing. I called the NVC and they keep saying that the I-526 only has my name as a petitioner and does not have my family's names, so they cannot issue the IV fee bills. One NVC representative told me to contact USCIS for the update to NVC. Does this sound right? What documents does the NVC usually get from USCIS? How are my dependents' details added to the NVC system? If the NVC still does not have the info as they say, what I should do?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Generally, all dependents should be listed as an addendum to the I-526 petition, but your immigration attorney should be able to help add the dependents at this stage by providing certain information and documentation.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    I would contact USCIS per the advice of the State Department. Make sure you get all replies in writing.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    They are stripping the packages they send to the NVC that does not get derivative info anymore. You need to send a request with civil documents to the NVC - about two weeks after approval.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Send in the marriage and birth certificates, and ask them to add your dependents and send fee bills.

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    Gregory Romanovsky

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Thank you for your inquiry. If you did not provide your marriage certificate and the birth certificates of your children, the NVC will not have their information. But you should not be required to go back to USCIS, as this could (and should) be updated with the National Visa Center. The NVC has been an absolute disaster to deal with in the last couple of years, so you may consider hiring an attorney if you do not already have one. Good luck.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    This has been a recurring problem with the NVC and I-526 applications this year. Assuming that your attorney has submitted all the family information, such as birth certificates, marriage certificate and passports, he/she needs to email them again to the NVC to add the family members and request the fee bills. This process takes three to four weeks. The NVC has been a big problem within the EB-5 process recently with the missing fee bills as well as not sending the entire I-526 petition package to the embassies, necessitating the attorneys to upload the whole petition and supporting documents to the consulate so that the investors could be interviewed. This was not how things worked in the past and I do not know what has changed within the past 12 months, but it has been a problem.

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