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Online filing with USCIS allows you to:

  • Conveniently and securely set up and manage your account;
  • Electronically submit applications, petitions, requests and supporting documents;
  • Receive and respond to notices and decisions electronically;
  • Make payments online (such as filing fees, biometric services fees or the USCIS Immigrant Fee); and
  • Access real-time information about the status of your cases.

What You Can File or Pay Online

USCIS Immigrant Fee

If the Department of State (DOS) gave you an immigrant visa, you must pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee online. You may pay this fee after immigrating to the United States, but we recommend that you do so after you receive your immigrant visa packet from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad (including Canada and Mexico) and before you depart for the United States. You will not receive a permanent resident card (Green Card) until you pay this fee.

Anyone can pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee for you. For example, a family member, friend, employer, attorney or accredited representative can pay the fee for you as long as they have your Alien Registration Number (A-Number) and DOS Case ID.

Note: If your visa status is S-B1 (returning lawful permanent resident) and you need a new Green Card, you must file a Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

Visit the USCIS Immigrant Fee page for more information about how to pay this fee.

Form I-90

If you are a lawful permanent resident, you may file online to apply for a replacement or renewal of your existing Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). You must complete the online version of the Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, through your USCIS online account.  If you are a conditional permanent resident, you can only file online to replace an existing Green Card. You may not use this form to apply for an extension or renewal of your status.

Visit the Form I-90 page for more information about this form.

Form I-131A

If you are a lawful permanent resident and need to file Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation), you must pay the required fee online and then apply in person with the completed form at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

The embassy or consulate will generally issue the carrier documentation within 2 weeks. Present this documentation, which may be a boarding foil (similar to a visa) or transportation letter, to a transportation carrier instead of your Green Card or reentry permit.

The carrier documentation proves that you are authorized to travel to a U.S. port of entry to apply for admission to the United States. It is not a guarantee of admission or parole into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will conduct all required inspections when you arrive and will make the final determination of whether to admit or parole you to the United States.

Visit the Form I-131A page for more information about this form.

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