Entire DV Lottery participants must take note that there is another processing fee is now introduced by the USCIS office and it will apply to those who had secured their immigrant visas after winning in the American visa lottery and passing through the visa interview. Read this carefully and try to understand this latest USCIS fee.
All those who had successfully secured immigrant visas should pay US$165 as USCIS immigrant fee before they depart to the United States. This new immigrant fee was implemented from February 1, 2013 onwards.
The new fee of US$165 was established in USCIS's final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions announced on Sept. 24, 2010. Any individual who on or after February 1, 2013 receives an immigrant visa package from a United States consulate or embassy abroad (including Canada and Mexico) will pay the USCIS Immigrant fee.
K visa applicants, SQ visa applicants, SB-1 (Approved Returning Resident) applicants and children admitted into the United States under the orphan or Hague adoptions process are currently exempt from paying the USCIS immigrant fee.
During the visa application process, usually at the interview, an ink-free, digital fingerprint scan will be quickly taken. Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant's interview by a Consular Officer.
This processing fee should be paid after getting the American Immigrant visa.
The processing fee can paid online through the USCIS website. Applicants should submit payments after they receive their visa package from the Embassy and before they depart for the United States. Some consular offices will provide you the necessary PIN number for the applicants.
Pay the processing fee electronically by answering the questions on the USCIS website by providing personal information, checking account information, or using debit or credit card information.
All the check payments must be drawn on a U.S. bank.
If the applicant is unable to make this payment, another person can make this payment on behalf of the applicant's.
The applicant will not receive his Green card until the required USCIS Immigrant fee is paid.
Failure to pay does not affect the lawful status of the applicant. The applicant will have their passport stamped showing their lawful admission and permanent resident status. This stamp is valid for one year but it is strongly advised that new permanent residents pay the immigrant fee as soon as possible to avoid delays in receiving their Permanent Resident Card.
For more information please visit the USCIS website.