USCIS Modifies Fee Payment Procedure for In-Person Filings

Release Date: 01/26/2024

A new procedure is being implemented for most applicants, petitioners, and requestors, along with their attorneys and accredited representatives, to submit payments for certain benefit request forms through mail or remote methods rather than in person at a field office. With this updated process, applicants have the option to mail either a check or Form G-1450,

Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, to the field office along with their benefit request.

To ensure proper submission, individuals should carefully review the filing instructions to confirm that their benefit request form can be submitted by mail or remotely and that they are filing at the correct location. Incorrect filings will be returned to the applicant, who must then resubmit the filing to the correct office. This streamlined process eliminates the need for an office appointment, ultimately saving time and money for those required to pay these fees.

Additionally, attorneys and accredited representatives can now handle 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 they receive or via text from the USCIS Contact Center. Once the payment has been processed, attorneys and accredited representatives must mail their client's EOIR-29, EOIR-2, EOIR-27 (Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative Before the Board of Immigration Appeals), and the receipt to the field office.

It's important to note that emergency advance parole (EAP) requests, specifically those submitted using Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, with an EAP request, remain an exception to the new process. Applicants seeking EAP must still schedule an appointment with the USCIS Contact Center, apply in person with their complete package (including the filled-out form and supporting documentation), and pay the application fee (if applicable) using either credit card with Form G-1450 or a check at the field office.

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