USCIS announced it will require most applicants, attorneys, and accredited representatives to pay the fees for forms filed at a field office by mail or remotely, instead of in person at the field office.
USCIS Field Office Fee Payment Information
Beginning February 1, 2024, there will be three methods for paying fees to USCIS for field office filings:
- By mail with credit or debit card. Applicants, petitioners, or requestors may mail a check or Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, to the field office and no longer need to make an appointment and appear in person.
- Emergency Form I-131 filings. Applicants submitting Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, with an emergency advance parole request must still apply in person, after making an appointment through the USCIS Contact Center, with their form packet (including any applicable payment and supporting documentation) and pay their application fee by credit card with Form G-1450 or check at the field office once approved.
- EOIR filings by representatives. Attorneys and accredited representatives can now process payments for the Executive Office of Immigration Review and Board of Immigration Appeals through a link provided in an auto-reply email from the USCIS Contact Center. Attorneys and accredited representatives must mail in their client’s EOIR-29, Notice of Appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals from a Decision of a DHS Officer, their EOIR-27, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative Before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Pay.gov receipt to the field office once the payment is processed.
USCIS says this new process will save applicants, petitioners, requestors, and their attorneys and accredited representatives time and money because most people will no longer need to make an appointment to physically visit a field office to pay certain benefit request filing fees or other fees. More field office appointment times will be available for people who need an InfoMod appointment.
Erickson Immigration Group will continue to monitor developments and share updates as more news is available. Please contact your employer or EIG attorney if you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions.