Paying USCIS Fees

If you are inside the United States, you may pay filing, biometrics, or other fees to USCIS using a check or money order drawn from a U.S. financial institution and payable in U.S. funds. You can also pay for certain applications online.

USCIS no longer accepts forms submitted without the correct biometric services fees. You must pay the applicable biometric services fees at the time you file your form. We will reject your form if we receive it without the correct biometric services fee, as specified in the form instructions.

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 this website to determine if you can file your form at an international office. Please note that not all forms of payment are accepted abroad. See the webpage of the USCIS office where you wish to file or contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate for information on what forms of payment are accepted and how to pay at your local U.S. Consulate or Embassy.

Paying with a Check

Bank drafts, cashier's checks, certified checks, personal checks, and money orders must be drawn on U.S. financial institutions and payable in U.S. funds. If you are paying your fees by check, please be aware of the following:

  • Authorization: By submitting your check, you authorize USCIS to convert your check into an electronic fund transfer. If the transfer cannot occur for technical reasons, you authorize us to process the copy of your original check through normal paper check procedures.
  • Electronic Deposit of Checks: If you are paying your fees by check, we will 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. 
  • 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 and we will charge you a $30 returned check fee.

How to Write Your Check

Personal checks must be pre-printed with the name of the bank and the account holder. Also, the account holder’s address and phone number must be pre-printed, typed or written in ink on the check. All checks must be typed or written in ink.  

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  1. Write the date you are filling out the check including:  month, day and year.  Important note: Write the date of the check in the U.S. style of month/day/year. (Example: January 4, 2017 or 1/4/17, but not 4/1/17.)
  2. On the "Pay to the Order of" line write:  "U.S. Department of Homeland Security." (not “USDHS” or “DHS”). 
  3. Write in numbers 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 for the service you are requesting.  The "cents" portion of the amount should be written 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 and include the applicant’s name in the memo line.  In this example, it is "N-400 application and biometric services fee."
  6. Sign the check using your legal name.

Pay With a Credit Card

If you file an application, petition, or request with a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may pay your filing fee and biometric services fee, if applicable, with a credit card at no additional cost.  

Acceptable Credit Cards

You may use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Make sure the card has enough money to cover the fee. 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.

How to Pay With a Credit Card

If we accept your filing, we will:

  • Charge your credit card for the proper amount
  • 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 Form Filing Tips.


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