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I-945, Public Charge Bond

ALERT: On Sept. 11, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision that allows DHS to resume implementing the Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility final rule nationwide, including in New York, Connecticut and Vermont. The decision stays the July 29, 2020, injunction, issued during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, that prevented DHS from enforcing the public charge final rule during a national health emergency.

Therefore, we will apply the public charge final rule and related guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual, Volumes 2, 8 and 12, to all applications and petitions postmarked (or submitted electronically) on or after Feb. 24, 2020. If you send your application or petition by commercial courier (for example, UPS, FedEx, or DHL), we will use the date on the courier receipt as the postmark date.

For information about the relevant court decisions, please see the public charge injunction webpage.

 On Feb. 24, 2020, DHS began implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule nationwide, including in Illinois.  USCIS will apply the final rule to all applications and petitions postmarked (or, if applicable, submitted electronically) on or after that date.  For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier (for example, UPS, FedEx, or DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt. 

Only use this form if USCIS has notified you that you may submit a public charge bond.  An alien determined by USCIS to be inadmissible only on the public charge grounds (INA 212(a)(4)) may be allowed to adjust status to that of a lawful permanent resident upon the giving of a suitable and proper bond (INA 213). USCIS will reject this form if we have not notified you that you may submit a public charge bond. 

Certain classes of aliens (such as refugees, asylees, petitioners under the federal Violence Against Women Act, and certain T and U visa applicants) are exempt from the public charge ground of inadmissibility and therefore, are not subject to the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule. For more information about the classes of aliens who are exempt from the final rule, please see the USCIS Policy Manual.

Forms and Document Downloads

Form Details

Edition Date

10/15/19. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File

Unless otherwise specified in your notice from USCIS, file your Form I-945:

U.S. Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and UPS, deliveries:

USCIS Western Forms Center
Attn: Form I-945
10 Application Way
Montclair, CA 91763-1350

Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check.  If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request.

    Paying a Cash Bond

    You must pay a cash bond with a personal check or cashier’s check. The check must be:

    • Drawn on a bank or other financial institution located in the United States and must be payable in U.S. currency; and
    • Made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Do not use the initials “USDHS” or “DHS.”
    Special Instructions

    When you submit your Form I-945, you must:

    • Include a copy of the communication from USCIS that tells you to submit the form; and
    • Submit the amount specified in that communication for the required cash or surety bond.

    If you do not include the communication and the specified cash or surety bond amount, we will reject your Form I-945.

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