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NEW USCIS IMMIGRANT FEE - Effective Feb 1, 2013

NEW USCIS IMMIGRANT FEE - Effective Feb 1, 2013

Beginning February 1, 2013, USCIS will collect a $165.00 Immigrant Visa DHS Domestic Processing Fee (USCIS Immigrant Fee) from applicants who have been issued Immigrant Visas (IVs) or Diversity Visas (DVs).

USCIS is implementing this fee to recover costs associated with processing, filing, and maintaining the IV packet.  The only exemptions to this fee are children adopted under the Orphan (IR-3s/IR-4s) or Hague Processes (IH-3s/IH-4s), Iraqi or Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. Government, returning residents (SB-1s), and those issued K visas.    More information can be found on the USCIS website.


USCIS Immigrant Fee

Your Alien Number: A ___________

Your Case ID: __________________

The Department of State and Department of Homeland Security work together to complete your immigration process to the United States. As a recipient of an Immigrant Visa from the Department of State, you are also required to pay the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a USCIS Immigrant Fee. This $165 USD fee covers the costs of processing, filing and maintaining your immigrant visa package and producing and issuing documents, such as your Green Card.

You must submit the $165 U.S. Dollar payment online after receiving your visa package from the Department of State and before you depart for the United States. If you cannot pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee, another person, such as your petitioner, sponsor, relative or friend, can make this payment on your behalf. You will need to provide them with your Alien Number and Case ID at the top of this handout. Payment must be made BEFORE you travel to the United States. You will not receive a green card until the required USCIS Immigrant Fee is paid.

Visit to learn more about the USCIS Immigrant Fee and to make your payment. Payments may be made directly from a U.S. bank checking account or using a credit card or debit card.

Follow these steps to submit payment online:  

  1. Access
  2. Fill in all fields completely and accurately. If an item is not applicable type “N/A”.
  3. Click on Make Payment.
  4. Enter your payment information and click on Continue with Payment.
  5. Double check that the information presented is correct.
  6. Enter your email address to receive confirmation of the transaction.
  7. Check the Authorization Box and click on Submit Payment.
  8. Keep a copy of the receipt for your records.

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