USCIS Immigrant Fee
Foreign nationals who seek permanent residence in the United States and receive an immigrant visa from the Department of State need to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee online before departing for the United States.
How to Pay the Fee
You must pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee online using USCIS ELIS. You may pay for yourself and for 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 in order to obtain your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).
You will need to complete the electronic payment request and provide:
Failure to Pay
You will not receive a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) until you pay the required US$165 USCIS Immigrant Fee. Failure to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee does not affect your lawful permanent resident status, but it does affect when USCIS will be able to issue you a Green Card. You should pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee after you receive your immigrant visa package from the Department of State and before you depart for the United States.
Children who enter the United States under the Orphan or Hague adoption programs, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants, returning residents (SB-1s), and those issued K visas, are the only categories exempt from paying the fee.
What the USCIS Immigrant Fee Covers
The USCIS Immigrant Fee allows USCIS to recover the costs for processing and maintaining the immigrant visa package, and the cost of delivering and producing the Permanent Resident Card.
About the Fee
The USCIS final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions established the USCIS Immigrant Fee. The Federal Register published the final rule on Sept. 24, 2010. 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 fees collected by the Department of State.
Read our tips page on how to pay your USCIS Immigrant Fee.
Burden Disclosure Notice: OMB Control Number 1615-0122.
Please contact the USCIS Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 if you have questions about paying the fee.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/21/2013
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