October 2017 I sent my application in to the USCIS office for removal of conditional green card. I realized I didn't get an reply stating that my application was received. So, I called and was told they never received my application. But after carefully investigate, my tracking says the package was delivered. After numerous call, no one seems to know where the application was..I was advised to resubmit another application before my green card expired. So I did, I had to produce another $680 to accompany the second application. I checked with the USPS office where I purchased the first money order of $680, and was b.c. told that the money order was cash by the USCIS office. So, with this information I contact the USCIS office for a refund, until this day with numerous supporting documents I have not yet received my refund. The last correspondent I got from them is that there was no document send to there office and the case is close. Even though I provided supporting documents from the USPS office with a copy of the money order I purchased along with the USCIS stamped on the money order. This really hurt me because it has been a year with months I'm fighting to get back my money.
I NEVER suggest clients pay by money order for this exact reason. When you pay by check or credit card it is easy to show that the check was cashed or the credit card was billed. That being said you should contact Western Union and verify the check was cashed by the USCIS. If they refuse a refund you may need to sue them. In the event that you are correct you are entitled to attorney fees and costs.
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