On February 14, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it now accepts credit card payments for filing fees. Before that, applicants had to pay fees by check or money order. Now, applicants may pay for document processing with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card if accompanied by a Form G-1450, which authorizes the credit card transaction. USCIS has allowed credit card payments from those looking to renew or replace Green Cards since 2015, but now credit card payment is available for the full range of documents it processes at its lockbox facilities.
Those who wish to pay by credit card should take care to do so with an actual credit card and not a debit card. If the checking account linked to the debit card can’t cover the fees, the payment will be rejected and the packet will be bounced, which will cause delays. It’s a good idea to consult an attorney when considering methods of payment to understand the possible consequences.