Posted on September 16, 2009 by Robert A. Kraft

Before submitting petitions and applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it is vital to make sure the appropriate filing fees for the particular application is included. We’ve had several queries regarding payment to USCIS in connection with the filing fees. Some queries involved what to include on the check, who to write the check to, who should sign the check, and whether personal checks or money orders are allowed.

5 Useful Tips Regarding Checks to USCIS

  1. Make sure your home address, phone number, correct date, correct amount, and signature are on your check;
  2. Make checks payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”;
  3. Make sure the amount on the check is the exact amount of the application fees as listed on the USCIS Web site;
  4. Only an authorized person designated on the bank account is allowed to sign the check;
  5. Bank drafts, cashier’s checks, certified checks, personal checks, and money orders are allowed – and must be drawn on U.S. financial institutions and payable in U.S. funds.

For more information on filing immigration fees, and check instructions, please visit the Immigration Service’s Web site at

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