Visa fees

The USCIS Immigrant Fee is a critical step in the immigrant visa process. This fee covers processing your immigrant visa packet and producing your Permanent Resident Card (a Green Card). The Green Card proves your legal status to live and work permanently in the U.S. Without paying this fee, the production of your Green Card cannot commence.

How to Pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee

Preparation Before Payment

  • Acquire Necessary Information: Ensure you have your Alien Registration Number (A-Number) and Department of State (DOS) Case ID ready. These are found on your immigrant visa and are crucial for payment.
  • Who Can Pay the Fee? It’s important to note that the applicant or anyone on their behalf, such as family members, friends, employers, attorneys, or accredited representatives, can pay the fee.

Steps for Payment

  1. Visit the Official Website: Go to the USCIS Immigrant Fee payment portal. This is the only platform for making this specific payment.
  2. Enter Your Details: Input your A-Number and DOS Case ID. Remember to omit the last two digits of the DOS Case ID if they are present.
  3. Payment for Family Members: If you are also paying for family members, ensure you enter their respective A-Numbers and DOS Case IDs.
  4. Complete Payment Information: Fill in your payment details on the secure platform and authorize the transaction.

After Payment

  • Confirmation: After payment, you will receive a confirmation for your records. Keep this in a safe place as proof of payment.


You can find your A-Number and DOS Case ID on your visa card.

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Tips for a Hassle-Free Payment Process

  • Pay Early: Ideally, pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee before you leave for the United States. This can significantly expedite the process of receiving your Green Card upon arrival.
  • Tracking Your Green Card: After you’ve made the payment, use the USCIS website to monitor the status of your Green Card. This can give you peace of mind and help you manage your expectations regarding the timeline.

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