Pay the fee with a personal or cashier’s check or a money order drawn on a U.S. bank payable in U.S. dollars to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Do not use the initials DHS, USDHS, or USCIS.
Residents of Guam should make the fee payable to the “Treasurer, Guam”.
Residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands should make the fee payable to the “Commissioner of Finance of the Virgin Islands”.
Do not send cash or traveler’s checks. Fees must be submitted in the exact amount.
Make sure checks are signed and correctly dated. Checks must be dated within the last six months. Post-dated checks are acceptable as long as the date on the check is no more than 5 days in advance of the date the check is received. Checks are accepted subject to collection. An uncollected check in payment of an application fee will render the application and any document issued invalid. A charge of $30.00 will be imposed if a check for payment of a fee is not honored by the bank on which it is drawn.
Place the check on top of the application, securely fastened in the upper left corner. If more than one application is filed, submit a separate check for each. This will avoid returning ALL applications should just one be found to be unacceptable. Place all the checks on the top application if multiple applications are filed, such as if I-765 (EAD) and I-131 (Advance Parole) are filed with I-485 (Adjustment of Status).
Remember that the application fee is not refundable, even if you withdraw your application or if your case is denied.
Once the check gets cashed, you can get the case number from the back of the canceled check.
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Several applications require biometric fees for your fingerprints to be taken.
You may pay for both the application and fingerprinting fee with a single check or money order.
If required, the USCIS may also take your photograph and signature as part of the biometric services. Following submission of your application, USCIS will notify you when to go to an Application Support Center to be fingerprinted.
If you are above a certain age (such as 79 years or 75 years, depending upon the application) or if you are filing from abroad, do not send the biometric service fee with your application.
Check Payment Processing
If you make a payment by check, USCIS will convert it into an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). They will make a photocopy of the check and use the account information on it to electronically debit your account for the amount of the check. The debit from your account will usually occur within 24 hours and will be shown on your regular account statement.
As the original check will be destroyed, you will not receive it back. However, if the EFT can’t be processed for technical reasons, you automatically authorize USCIS to process the copy in place of the original check. If the EFT can’t be completed because of insufficient funds, USCIS may try to make the transfer up to two times.
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