USCIS Immigrant Fee
If you are immigrating to the United States and will be admitted as a lawful permanent resident, you must pay a $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee. You must pay this fee online using the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS).
We strongly encourage you to pay this fee after you receive your immigrant visa packet from the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad (including Canada and Mexico) and before you depart for the United States. Paying before you depart for the United States will ensure that you receive your Permanent Resident Card (commonly referred to as a Green Card) without delay.
However, you can also pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee after you immigrate to the United States. We will send your Green Card to you after you pay the fee.
How to Pay the Fee
To pay the $165 fee in USCIS ELIS, you will need an online account. Once you have created your account, you can pay the fee by logging into USCIS ELIS and selecting USCIS Immigrant Fee from the drop-down menu. You will need your Alien Registration Number (A-Number) and U.S. Department of State (DOS) Case ID to pay the fee. See Tips on Finding Your A-Number and DOS Case ID for more information.
You may pay for yourself and any family members who will live with you in the United States. Attorneys, accredited representatives and employers are not authorized to create a USCIS ELIS account on your behalf to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee. Only you, as the immigrant, may open a USCIS ELIS account and pay the required fee to obtain your Green Card.
Failure to Pay
You will not receive a Green Card until you pay the required $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee. However, failure to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee will not affect your lawful permanent resident status.
The following persons do not have to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee:
What the USCIS Immigrant Fee Covers
The USCIS Immigrant Fee allows USCIS to process and maintain your immigrant visa packet and to produce and deliver your Green Card.
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.
Read our tips page on how to pay your USCIS Immigrant Fee.
Burden Disclosure Notice: OMB Control Number 1615-0122.
If you have any questions about paying the fee, please use the online help form to contact our Customer Contact Center. If you are in the United States, you can also contact the USCIS Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (TDD).
Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/09/2014
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