USCIS Immigrant Fee
USCIS uses this fee to process and maintain your immigrant visa packet and to produce and deliver your Permanent Resident Card (commonly known as a Green Card).
Once you receive your immigrant visa packet from a U.S. embassy or consulate, we strongly encourage you to pay the fee before you depart for the United States.
You must pay the fee online, using USCIS ELIS, the USCIS Electronic Immigration System. We will send your Green Card to you after you pay the fee.
You can pay the fee after you immigrate. However, paying before you leave for the United States will help ensure that you receive your Green Card without delay and have been admitted to the U.S.
How to Pay the Fee
Log in or create a new account in USCIS ELIS. Once you log in, select 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. (Tips on Finding Your A-Number and DOS Case ID.) You may pay the fee for yourself and any family members who will live with you in the United States.
Note: 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 may create a USCIS ELIS account to pay the fee to obtain your Green Card.
Failure to Pay
USCIS will not send you a Green Card until we 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:
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.
Burden Disclosure Notice: OMB Control Number 1615-0122.
How to Contact USCIS
If you have any questions about paying the fee, or if you accidentally paid twice or otherwise feel you paid the USCIS Immigrant Fee in error, you can:
Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/07/2014
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