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28 January 2013

Reminder: USCIS Immigrant Fee Takes Effect on Feb. 1

Starting Friday, Feb. 1, those who receive an immigrant visa package from a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad will be required to pay a new $165 immigrant fee.

We are aware of the effect that any new fee has on the communities we serve. However, the fee is necessary to cover the costs of producing and delivering permanent resident cards.

Important Points to Remember

  • Starting on Feb. 1, 2013, applicants must pay both the Department of State (DOS) application fee and the USCIS Immigrant Fee.
  • To simplify and centralize the collection of this new fee, we will require immigrants to pay online through the USCIS website.
  • Applicants must submit their payment online after they receive their visa package from DOS and before they depart for the United States.
Children who enter the United States under the Orphan or Hague adoption programs, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants, returning residents (SB-1s), and those issued K visas  are the only immigrant visa cases exempt from paying the new fee.

Please see the following page on our website for more information:


At February 14, 2013 at 3:34:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The page direct payment of fees before entering the U.S. and after visa issuance, but applicants are required to key in their A #, which is not known prior to entering the U.S., and electronic payment can not be made without A #.

what are applicants to do?

At March 1, 2013 at 3:57:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

new fee from uscis. surprise, surprise. sure you are doing an efficient job with the funds you are already collecting.

At March 3, 2013 at 6:36:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible to get a K-3 visa while you are waiting for an I-130 visa?

At March 21, 2013 at 12:43:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you please advice how to proceed to correct the information (A# / Case ID #, names)after the payment is sumbitted. I made the payment, but I used an incorrect A#, and PAY.GOV is unable to make the correction..
Please help thank you!

At March 27, 2013 at 4:50:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once applicant receives passport with visa stamp, the A # will be printed on it (see Registration number)

At June 17, 2013 at 9:43:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not abble to pay online on Elis account, it doesn't work, telephone representetive do not answer, I was calling 3 times and waiting every time about 35-50 min (I am not in US, can u imaging my telephone payment!!!)
I think elis account is experiencing trubbles, it is new service and dos NOT work properely!
Spend all day trying to reach any representetive or find any other way to pay..

At July 23, 2013 at 7:30:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do you pay the immigrant fee cause ELIS wount allow me to create an account

At August 1, 2013 at 4:17:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just can't find a way to pay the fees. After login, I get page with case status screen and if I enter Dept of State case #, it says it can't find it. There is no link to pay immigrant fees.

At August 12, 2013 at 12:27:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm a USC and my 16 yr old son has been approved & on the way here on Aug 19. He was advised to pay this $165 immigrant fee. Can I just not pay for this? because technically he will be a US Citizen when he gets here and won't be needing a green card. The $165 fee can be use for his US passport application already.

At September 2, 2013 at 9:55:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is confusing and misleading. The fee notice received at US China Consulate says you NEED to pay the fee before you even depture. It sounds like it is mandatory to pay in advance.

BUT, the link here says USCIS strongly encourage....

Why USCIS is disleading?

At June 9, 2016 at 4:00:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

my son is 14 years old orphan he just come here in us and im us citizen why uscis and department of homeland security send me letter i need to pay 165? do i need to pay them to get his green card?


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