Paying filing fees is a crucial part of submitting petitions or applications to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). One convenient method is using a credit card, but it’s important to understand the correct procedure to avoid case rejection. This guide provides an overview of paying USCIS filing fees via credit card.
Using Your Credit Card for USCIS Filing Fees
USCIS accepts various credit cards for fee payments, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. To ensure successful processing:
- Sufficient Funds: Make sure your credit card has enough funds to cover the filing fee at the time of submission. If your card is declined, USCIS will reject your application and will not reattempt the payment.
- Transaction Limit: There is a daily transaction limit of $24,999.99 per credit card. Alternatively, you can use a U.S.-based debit card.
- Use of Form G-1450: Filing fees by credit card are processed using USCIS Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. A separate form is required for each application, petition, or request, including those requiring premium processing.
- Acceptance of Form G-1450: USCIS Service Centers will accept Form G-1450 with a scan, fax, or copy of the original signature.
- No Foreign Credit Cards: USCIS cannot accept credit cards issued by foreign banks.
Completing and Submitting Form G-1450
To use your credit card for filing fees:
- Complete and sign Form G-1450 for each petition or request.
- Place the form on top of your application, petition, or request.
- Mail the entire package to the appropriate USCIS Lockbox.
Once USCIS accepts your filing, they will:
- Charge the specified amount to your credit card.
- Destroy your Form G-1450 to protect your credit card information. This is done even if your filing is rejected, and the payment is not processed.
You will notice a charge from USCIS on your credit card statement. This step-by-step guide ensures that your credit card payment for USCIS filing fees is processed smoothly, avoiding any unnecessary delays or rejections due to payment issues.
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