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USCIS Immigrant Fee

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  You must pay the fee prior to departing for the United States.  USCIS will not issue your Green Card until they receive payment.  However, even if you have not paid the fee, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will admit you to the United States, as long as you are otherwise eligible to enter.

 The following list of immigrants are EXEMPT from the USCIS Immigrant Fee:

-          Prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process

-          Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. Government

-          SB-1 Returning Resident Visa holders

-          IR-2 Visa holders who will automatically acquire citizenship upon admission into the United States under the provisions of the Child Citizenship Act

-          K visa holders

 For more information about the USCIS Immigrant Fee, including instructions on how to make the payment, please see: