USCIS expands credit card payment pilot program

After years of testing its pilot program, USCIS recently announced an expansion of credit card payments to most USCIS forms. Since the vast majority of forms and other filings require the payment of often large fees, this expansion will give employers, foreign nationals and lawyers much more flexibility.

What applications and petitions are eligible

With this most recent expansion, applicants and petitioners can pay the filing fee or biometric service fee (if applicable) with a credit card for:

  • Applications, petitions, or requests sent to a USCIS vault; or
  • Applications, petitions, or requests to USCIS service centers, except for H-2A petitions filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.

Fortunately, at present, there are no additional charges to be paid by credit card.

Credit card requirements

USCIS will only accept credit cards issued by a US bank that is Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Those wishing to pay with a credit card should ensure that the card has sufficient funds to cover all charges, as USCIS will reject the filing if the credit card is declined on the first attempt to process the file. payment.

How to submit a credit card payment

Those wishing to pay USCIS filing fees by credit card will need to complete and sign Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, currently available here. Form G-1540 is only one page long and requires the person or entity requesting payment to provide their name, credit card information, authorized payment amount, and signature.

The completed Form G-1450 should be placed above the application, petition, or demand when submitted to USCIS. As with all USCIS forms, only the current version will be accepted. If an older version of Form G-1450 is submitted, the entire application, petition, or petition will be rejected.

If payment is accepted

If USCIS accepts payment, your credit card will be charged the authorized amount and Form G-1450 will be destroyed. The payer will see a charge from USCIS on their credit card statement. For any given credit card, USCIS has a daily transaction limit of $24,999.99 per day. This transaction limit does not apply to US debit cards or US checking accounts.

If payment is refused

If the credit card is declined, USCIS will not attempt to process the payment a second time. The G-1450 will be destroyed and the deposit will be rejected. The rejection notice will explain that USCIS is rejecting the filing because the payment could not be processed.

If the petition, demand, or demand is refiled, it will need a new Form G-1450.

Mixed payments / Multiple or combined requests

Each filing fee for individual applications, petitions or motions must be provided separately. This still applies when using Form G-1450. Each application, petition, or demand must have its own completed Form G-1450 authorizing payment of the necessary fee amount for each filing.

USCIS will reject an entire packet if a person or entity submits a form for multiple applications, petitions, or demands. USCIS will also reject mixed payments, including a check and credit card authorization to split payment for the same filing or a combination of money orders, checks, and credit card authorizations for multiple applications, petitions, or requests.

The table below is from the USCIS website and provides examples of acceptable methods for paying a petition, petition, or demand using Form G-1450 and/or other payment methods:

If you submit… And want to pay with… Then you must
A request, petition or request A credit card Pay the full fee for this application, petition, or demand using a single Form G-1450.
A request, petition or request Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover gift cards or prepaid cards Pay the full fee for this application, petition, or demand using a single Form G-1450.
A request, petition or request Two credit cards or gift cards (split payment) Complete two G-1450 forms, one for each card, and specify the amount you wish to pay with each card.

Note: Make sure the amounts on both G-1450 forms add up to the correct total, as we will reject a deposit with an incorrect payment. Please complete a Form G-1450 for each card and ensure that the total deposit fee amount is correct between the two forms. (For example: you could pay a deposit fee of $400 with two payments of $200 on each card.)

Three requests, requests or queries A credit card Submit three G-1450 forms, one for each application, petition, or demand.
Five requests, requests or queries A credit card for two of the forms

A check for the other three forms

Submit two separate packages —

· First package: two applications, petitions or requests and two G-1450 forms.

· Second package: three requests, requests or requests and three separate checks.

Looking forward

Although there are some limitations, especially for those who want to use mixed payment methods or for those who want to submit multiple deposits in one package, credit card payments are now available for the vast majority of those requesting immigration benefits. USCIS has not hinted at what the next expansion might be. Still, the newer extensions have been a welcome option, especially for people who need flexibility in handling or paying for applications, petitions, and other claims submitted to USCIS.

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