Paying by Mail
When paying USCIS fees by mail, applicants must ensure that they include all necessary documentation, use the correct form of payment, and address their package properly to avoid delays in processing.
Required Documentation for Mailing
Applicants must include the appropriate form related to their application or petition when sending payments by mail. They should provide all pages of the form, without stapling any documents, to facilitate handling by USCIS.
Acceptable Forms of Payment
USCIS accepts various forms of payment by mail:
- Personal checks: Must be drawn on a U.S. bank.
- Cashier’s checks
- Money orders: Should be payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Do not use abbreviations.
Note: Cash payments are not accepted and can result in the return of your application or petition.
Addressing and Mailing the Payment
The payment and accompanying documents should be sent to the address listed on the specific USCIS form instructions that the applicant is submitting. It is critical that they use the correct mailing address, which may differ depending on whether they are using the United States Postal Service (USPS) or a courier service such as UPS, FedEx, or DHL. Ensure that the address is clear and legible, with the correct postage, to prevent misrouting or return of the mail.