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ALERT: USCIS is taking steps to comply with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland’s Sept. 11 preliminary injunction in Casa de Maryland et al v. Chad Wolf.

This preliminary injunction provides limited injunctive relief to members of two organizations, CASA de Maryland (CASA) and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), in the application of the Removal of 30-day Processing Provision for Asylum Applicant-Related Form I-765 Employment Authorization Applications Rule and the Asylum Application, Interview, and Employment Authorization for Applicants Rule to Form I-589s and Form I-765s filed by asylum applicants who are also members of CASA or ASAP. 

For CASA and ASAP members, the court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of the following regulatory changes:

  • Removal of the 30-day adjudicatory period for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, based on an underlying asylum application;
  • The requirement to submit biometric information and related fee as part of the filing of a Form I-765 based on an asylum application;
  • The 365-day waiting period for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) eligibility based on an underlying asylum application;
  • The bar on EAD eligibility for asylum applicants subject to the one-year filing bar for asylum, applicable to a Form I-765 based on an asylum application filed on or after Aug. 25, 2020;
  • The discretionary review rule, providing that the agency has discretion as to whether to grant a Form I-765 based on an asylum application; and
  • Removal of the rule deeming a Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, complete if USCIS does not reject it within 30 days of receipt.

If you are a member of CASA or ASAP, you must submit proof of membership with each individual Form I-589 or Form I-765 based on an asylum application to benefit from limited injunctive relief under Casa de Maryland et al v. Chad Wolf. We will only accept a properly completed Form I-765 based on an asylum application without the biometric services fee if we receive evidence of membership with your filing.

Proof of membership must be in the form of a copy of your membership card or a letter from either organization certifying your membership. If necessary, children under 21 may instead submit proof of their parent’s membership along with documentary evidence establishing the parent-child relationship, such as a copy of the child’s birth certificate. Please place the evidence of your, or your parent’s, membership immediately behind your Form I-765 or Form I-589. The government will use information related to membership to comply with the court order.

Members of CASA or ASAP who have already filed a Form I-765 on or after Aug. 21, 2020, or Form I-589 on or after Aug. 25, 2020, should contact CASA or ASAP directly to ensure USCIS is able to process their applications in accordance with this injunction.

NOTE: If you are not a member of CASA or ASAP, you must submit the biometric services fee when you file Form I-765.

     Alert: On Sept. 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Immigration Legal Resource Center et al., v. Wolf, et al., 20-cv-05883-JWS, preliminarily enjoined DHS from implementing or enforcing any part of the USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements rule (PDF).

    While the rule is preliminarily enjoined, we will continue to:

    • Accept USCIS forms with the current editions and current fees; and
    • Use the regulations and guidance currently in place to adjudicate applications and petitions. This includes accepting and adjudicating fee waiver requests as provided under Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 10.9 (PDF, 2.87 MB) and 10.10 (PDF, 2.87 MB).

    A filing fee is required for many immigration forms. If you do not submit the correct fee, we will reject your form.

    Our Fees

    We periodically adjust our fees. We provide filing fee information on the All Forms page.

    You can use our Fee Calculator to determine the exact filing and biometric services fees for any form processed at a USCIS Lockbox facility.

    For a complete list of all USCIS fees, see our Fee Schedule.

    How to Pay USCIS Filing Fees

    How you pay your USCIS filing fees (including biometric services fees and other fees) will depend on whether you are inside or outside of the United States.

    If you live outside the United States or its territories

    If you live outside the United States or its territories and you want to file your application or petition where you live, go to the Forms section of our website to determine if you can file your form at an international office. We do not accept all forms of payment abroad. Check the appropriate International USCIS office webpage or contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for information on how to pay USCIS fees.

    If you are inside the United States

    Depending on the form you are submitting, you may pay your fees:

    • Online using a credit/debit card or bank withdrawal;
    • By mail with a card, check or money order; or
    • In person at a USCIS field office.

    Pay with a Check

    You may pay fees with bank drafts, cashier’s checks, certified checks, personal checks, and money orders that are drawn on U.S. financial institutions and payable in U.S. funds.

    Generally, you must mail your check or money order together with your application form. For some forms, you may be able to file your application and pay the fees in person at a USCIS field office in the United States. Refer to the form instructions for more information. Also, some offices will no longer accept money orders or cashier’s checks, such as the Los Angeles Field Office. Please see our News page for updates.

    If you are paying your fees by check, please be aware of the following:

    • Authorization for an Electronic Funds Transfer: By submitting your check, you authorize us to convert your check into an electronic fund transfer. We will use the account information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer from your checking account for the amount of the check. If the transfer cannot occur for technical reasons, you authorize us to process the copy of your original check through normal paper check procedures.
    • Insufficient Funds: The electronic fund transfer from your account can occur faster than normal processing for a paper check. If your check or other financial instrument is returned as unpayable, we will resubmit the payment one time. If it is returned as unpayable a second time, we will reject your filing.
    How to Write Your Check

    Personal checks must be pre-printed with your name and your bank’s name. Your address and phone number must be pre-printed, typed, or written in ink.

    Check
    1. Write the date you are completing the check. Use the U.S. style of month/day/year. (Example: Jan. 4, 2017, or 1/4/17, but not 4/1/17 or 4 JAN 2017.)
    2. On the “Pay to the Order of” line, write “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” (not “USDHS” or “DHS”).
    3. Use numerals to show the exact dollar amount of the fee for the service you are requesting. In the example, the amount is “$725.00.”
    4. Spell out the exact dollar amount of the fee and write the “cents” portion of the amount as a fraction over 100. In this example, the amount is “Seven hundred twenty-five and 00/100.”
    5. Write a brief description of the purpose of your payment. In this example, it is “N-400 application and biometric services fee.” Include the applicant’s name on the memo line if it is not on the check itself (for example, if you are paying the fee for your child).
    6. Sign the check in ink using your legal name.
    Pay With a Credit Card

    Whether you mail your form or file online, you can pay your fees with a credit card, debit card, or pre-paid card.

    Acceptable Credit Cards

    You may use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Make sure the card has enough money to cover the fee at the time of filing. We will reject your application, petition, or request if the card is declined, and we will not attempt to process your credit card payment a second time.

    If You File Online

    If you file your form online, the system will guide you through the process of paying your fees with a credit, debit, or pre-paid card. Bank account withdrawals are also available when paying online. Once you are ready to submit your form, the system will automatically direct you to the secure Department of Treasury site, pay.gov, to pay your fees online.

    We only use pay.gov to process fees. Always check the website address before you pay. Beware of scam websites and scammers who may pretend to be a USCIS website.

    If You File by Mail

     If you mail your form to a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may pay your fees with a credit card. To do so, follow these steps: 

    1. Complete and sign Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.
    2. Place the form on top of your application, petition, or request.
    3. Mail the entire package to the appropriate USCIS Lockbox.

    If we accept your filing, we will:

    • Charge your credit card for the proper amount; and
    • Destroy your Form G-1450 to protect your credit card information (we will destroy it even if we reject your filing and do not process your payment).

    You will see a charge from USCIS on your credit card statement.

    For general filing information, see the Form Filing Tips webpage.

    Refund Policy

    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. Please refer to the form you filed for additional information, or you may call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 (for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability: TTY 800-767-1833).

    Fee Waiver Guidance

    We are funded largely by application and petition fees. Recognizing that some applicants cannot pay the filing fees, we established a fee waiver process for certain forms and benefit types. We will approve a fee waiver only if you clearly demonstrate that you are unable to pay the filing fees. We carefully consider the merits of each fee waiver request before making a decision. Visit the Additional Information on Filing a Fee Waiver page to learn more.

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