The Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a new fee payment method for in-person filing applications.
This change seeks to simplify the process for most applicants, their legal representatives and lawyers, allowing payments to be made remotely or by mail instead of going to local offices in person.
Under the new guidelines, applicants have the option of sending a check or completing Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, with their application for benefits, by mail to the appropriate local office.
It is important that applicants and their legal representatives carefully review the submission instructions to ensure that the application form can be submitted by mail or remotely, as well as to ensure that it is forwarded to the appropriate location.
If there is an incorrect submission, USCIS will return the application to the sender so that it can be forwarded to the appropriate office. This new process, by eliminating the need to schedule an in-person appointment, is intended to streamline the process and save time and money for applicants who must pay these fees.
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In addition, attorneys and legal representatives now have the option to process fees for submitting Form EOIR-29, Notice of Appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals regarding a decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through link provided by USCIS in emails or text messages from the Contact Center.
Once payment is complete, attorneys and legal representatives must send their client’s EOIR-29, along with forms EOIR-2 and EOIR-27, as well as the Pay.gov receipt, to the appropriate local office.
It is important to note that Emergency Advance Parole (EAP) applications, filed using Form I-131, still require a prior appointment at the USCIS Contact Center. In these cases, applicants must personally submit their complete application package, including the form and supporting documentation, and pay the appropriate fee, via Form G-1450 or check, to the local office .
This change in the fee payment process reflects USCIS’ commitment to streamlining its services and making access to immigration benefits efficient and convenient for all applicants and their representatives. .
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