I-945, Public Charge Bond

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.

Number of Pages

Form 11; Instructions 6.

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:

USCIS Eastern Forms Center
Attn: Form I-945
PO Box 567
Williston, VT 05495

Additional Information for Completing Your Form:

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

Filing Fee

$25

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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