USCIS Introduces Convenient Fee Payment Changes for In-Person Filings 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a significant change in the fee payment process for in-person filings, offering applicants, petitioners, and requestors a more convenient and streamlined method. This new process allows for the submission of certain benefit request forms by mail or remotely, eliminating the need for in-person visits to field offices.

Let’s cover some key highlights of the announcement. 

Streamlined Process Saves Time and Money

By eliminating the need for in-person office appointments, this new process is designed to save valuable time and reduce associated costs for individuals required to make these fee payments.

Remote Payment Options

Under the revised process, most applicants, petitioners, and requestors, along with their attorneys and accredited representatives, can now pay for specific benefit request forms by mail or remotely. This eliminates the necessity of in-person visits to USCIS field offices.

Accepted Payment Methods

Applicants have the flexibility to mail either a check or Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, along with their benefit request to the designated field office. This provides individuals with options for a hassle-free payment experience.

Filing Instructions

Careful reading of filing instructions is emphasized to ensure accurate submission of benefit request forms by mail or remotely. It is crucial to verify the correct filing location, as incorrect submissions will be returned, requiring resubmission to the appropriate office.

Attorney and Representative Payment Processing

Attorneys and accredited representatives now have the capability to process payments for EOIR-29, Notice of Appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals from a Decision of a DHS Officer, through a link provided in the email or via text from the USCIS Contact Center. Following payment processing, they must mail the necessary documents to the field office.

Exception for Emergency Advance Parole (EAP) Requests

Emergency advance parole (EAP) requests, specifically for Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, remain an exception to the new process. Applicants submitting EAP requests must still schedule an appointment with the USCIS Contact Center, apply in person, and pay the application fee at the field office.

In essence, USCIS’s innovative approach to fee payments aims to enhance the overall experience for applicants and their representatives. The incorporation of remote payment options and streamlined processes reflects a commitment to efficiency and accessibility in the immigration application procedures.

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