When an immigrant fills out a green card application to live and work in the United States as a permanent resident, they have to pay green card fee . While most immigrants will pay the normal fees, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also offers assistance in covering the costs to immigrants who qualify.
In most instances, the fee for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status costs applicants an $1,140 application fee plus an additional $85 to cover biometrics costs, which brings the total amount to $1,225. These green card application fees and the biometrics fees are applied to immigrants who range in age from 14 to 78.
Children who are under age 14 and who aren’t filing the green card application with at least one parent are also charged the I-485 application fee, but this group isn’t required to pay the biometrics fee. These same guidelines apply to green card applicants who are age 79 or older.
No application charges apply for immigrants who gain admittance to the United States as a refugee.
Applicants who simply can’t afford the green card application fee can also receive assistance to remove the financial burden through a fee waiver process. These fee waiver forms, which include Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver and Form I-912P, HHS Poverty Guidelines for Fee Waiver Requests from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Applicants can request a fee waiver under certain conditions, which includes means testings of income relative to requested benefits, or household income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines at the time of filing or financial hardship.
Applicants who pay their green card application fee independently of federal assistance can use a credit card, s debit card, or a pre-paid debit card or gift card. Applicants can also pay the green card application fee with a check drawn on from a U.S. bank account that includes both the U.S. bank routing number and the checking account number.
For those who are already in the U.S. while filing the green card application and paying the associated fees, checks and money orders must be made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. USCIS guidance specifically directs applicants to avoid filling out payee information as USDHS or DHS.
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