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How does the payment of the NVC immigration fee work for EB-5 dependents?

I am an EB-5 investor and my I-526 petition was approved by USCIS in May of this year. Now I received the NVC letter along with an immigrant visa fee bill for myself only, the main applicant. However, I listed my spouse and my two kids (under 10) in my I-526 and I think I should have received the immigrant visa fee bills for them, too. Should I ask NVC to send me another bill for my spouse and my kids? Meanwhile, should I proceed with the current bill and pay fees for myself only?

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    Abhinav Lohia

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Your attorney needs to send a marriage certificate, birth certificate and biographical documents for all the dependents by email and ask for an invoice for them as well. Upon receipt of the documents, NVC will issue an invoice for all the dependents. You can go ahead and pay the invoice and fill the DS form.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Either you or your attorney can request for update from the USCIS first, since it does not appear that nothing has been approved for your wife and children. If their files/cases have been approved, then check with the NVC. Meanwhile, you can proceed with payment for yourself. Advisably, work with your EB-5 attorney as well.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    This is common. You need to include the marriage and birth certificates, which you or your lawyer may have omitted when filing the petition. It is easy to add them.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Send birth and marriage certificate for your dependents to the NVC and ask them to issue fee bills for them as well and add to your account. We like to pay all at the same time.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You should email NVC with a request to issue visa bills for your spouse and kids with copies of marriage certificate and birth certificates. If the documents are in English, submit translations as well. NVC will issue you bills and you can pay all at the same time. In addition to payment of your visa fees, you must also submit certain civil documents. our attorney should be able to guide you through the consular process.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The NVC stopped looking at the I-526 petitions to issue invoices. They only issue invoices to the primary applicant and the applicant (or his/her attorney) needs to send is a request to get the dependents their own invoices. Ask for all of them and pay them all at the same time.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Yes, you should proceed with the current bill and pay the immigrant fee bill as requested. Yes, you should proceed with your case, but request a fee bill for your family members.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Ask them to send you fee bills for the other family members. This happens all the time, but they will quickly respond.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    This has been a problem with USCIS, which is information not being conveyed properly to NVC. With the new I-526 petition form, this problem should be eliminated, as all the dependents are listed on the form itself. However, now that you have the visa fee for yourself, your immigration lawyer should email the NVC asking for the visa fee bills for the rest of your family. He must attach their passports, birth certificates and marriage certificates to show that they are your family members who must get the visa fee bills to join you in the immigrant visa processing.

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    Robert West

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You or your lawyer can contact the NVC to let the center know there will be dependents coming along.

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    Albert Lewis

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Pay your fee bill immediately, notify the NVC by email or telephone of the missing fee bills, and if not immediately forthcoming, file an I-824 to reserve the visas for your family!

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Do not pay for yourself; ask NVC to add your dependents first.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You need to contact the NVC regarding your spouse and two kids so that they can assign a case number and proceed with the issuance of the immigrant visa processing and fee.

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