Immigration

No cash? No problem. It just got easier for immigrants to pay for their applications

New American citizens watch a congradulatory video from President Trump at a naturalization ceremony on February 2, 2018 in New York City. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) swore in 128 immigrants from 42 different countries during the ceremony at the downtown Manhattan Federal Building.
New American citizens watch a congradulatory video from President Trump at a naturalization ceremony on February 2, 2018 in New York City. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) swore in 128 immigrants from 42 different countries during the ceremony at the downtown Manhattan Federal Building. Getty Images

The headache of paying large amounts of money in fees for U.S. immigration procedures can now be solved with an economic “aspirin.”

Up to now, applying for employment authorization or naturalization required immigrants to pay the accompanying fees with a money order or cashier’s check from a U.S. financial institution.

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That meant the applicants had to have all the cash in hand. But some of the fees are extremely high, and some of the immigrants have been forced to postpone their applications.

But now the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services agency is accepting credit cards for payment of 41 fee-based forms. It’s accepting Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards, without additional fees.

All that’s required is a completed copy of USCIS Form G-1450, which authorizes credit card transactions.

Applicants must then put G-1450 on top of their documentation. If USCIS approves the request, it will collect the required sum and destroy the G-1450 to protect the financial information.

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USCIS will process the payments through the Pay.gov system, managed by the Treasury Department and used by several government agencies.

A USCIS announcement said the new payment system will also benefit “applicants for naturalization and those renewing or replacing their green cards.” They can now use a credit card when submitting their application online.

An added advantage of the new system is that it allows third-party payments for an immigrant’s application, as long as the cardholder fills in G-1450 forms and the applicants submit them with their filing.

Each application or request sent to USCIS must be accompanied by a separate G-1450 form, even if the same credit card is to be used for the different procedures.

USCIS will also allow the use of two credit cards, to avoid possible issues with credit card limits. Applicants must submit one G-1450 form for each card, and indicate how much to charge to each card.

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All USCIS forms can be obtained, free of charge, at this link. The fees for submitting the forms are detailed in this page.

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