USCIS Visa Fee payment for those coming to the U.S. : Payment required to obtain your Green Card
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Abstract: For those not yet in the U.S., this is the process to follow after you have been approved for your visa.
This rule became effective for all foreign nationals who receive an immigrant visa on or after Feb. 1, 2013.
Process for Paying
Your USCIS Immigrant Fee
Receive your immigrant information
- The U.S. embassy or consulate will give you your:
- A-Number (the letter “A” followed by 8 or 9 numbers);
- DOS Case ID (3 letters followed by 9 or 10 numbers); and
- Sealed immigrant visa packet.
Create an online USCIS ELIS account
- Go to uscis.gov/uscis-elis.
- Follow directions to create an online account.
- Select “USCIS Immigrant Fee” and include your personal information.
Pay USCIS Immigrant Fee
- Pay $165 online. You can pay the fee for all family members who will reside with you in the United States in one transaction.
- Provide valid payment information. You must pay either with a valid credit or debit card or provide your bank routing and checking account numbers to have money taken directly from your U.S. bank account.
||Travel to USA
Arrive with immigrant visa packet at a port of entry
- You are admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident.
Receive Green Card
- After you are admitted to the United States, USCIS will:
- Verify payment of the USCIS Immigrant Fee; and
- Mail your Green Card to the address you provided to DOS at the time of your immigrant visa interview or to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the time you arrived in the United States.
For more information, read the "How Do I ...Pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee" customer guide, available in English, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.
You can find step-by-step instructions in English and Spanish in the “USCIS ELIS Immigrant Fee Payment Guide.”
Failure to Pay
USCIS will not send you a Green Card until they receive your $165 Immigrant Fee payment. If you fail to pay your fee, USCIS will send you a notice requesting payment.
If you do not pay the fee within the time listed in the notice, you will not receive your Green Card. However, failure to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee will not affect your status as a lawful permanent resident.
The following groups do not have to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee:
- Children who enter the United States under the orphan or Hague adoption programs;
- Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants;
- Returning lawful permanent residents (SB-1s); and
- K nonimmigrants.
About the Fee
On Sept. 24, 2010, the Federal Register published the USCIS final rule establishing the USCIS Immigrant Fee. The rule became effective for all foreign nationals who receive an immigrant visa on or after Feb. 1, 2013. The USCIS Immigrant Fee is not related to the immigrant visa application fees collected by DOS.
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