USCIS Immigrant Fee
As of February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only 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, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the fee. The below USCIS website has more details on the fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee
Questions and Answers
1. When must I pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee?
You must pay the fee prior to departing for the United States. USCIS will not issue your green card until USCIS receives payment. However, even if you have not paid the fee, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will admit you, as long as you are otherwise eligible to enter. Admission to the U.S. without payment of this fee will result in additional problems in the United States.
2. Who has to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee?
All applicants issued immigrant visas (including Diversity Visas), except children adopted under the Orphan (IR-3/IR-4) or Hague Processes (IH-3/IH-4), Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. Government, returning residents (SB-1s), and K visas, must pay this new fee.
3. How do I pay the USCIS fee?
- Go to www.USCIS.gov/ImmigrantFee
- Click on the link to the USCIS intake page on Pay.gov
- Answer the questions on the USCIS intake page
- Provide your checking account, debit, or credit card information.
Because checking payments must be drawn on a U.S. bank, someone else may pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee on your behalf.
Immigration Visa Information
Any foreign national who wishes to reside in the United States permanently must apply for an immigrant visa, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States. U.S. immigration law provides for the issuance of immigrant visas in four general categories: immediate relatives, family based, employment based, and the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the "green card lottery.”
For information about the different types of immigrant visas to go to http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1326.html.
The consular section processes immigrant visas for Moldovan residents. With few exceptions, immigrant visa petitions must be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States. Approved petitions are forwarded to the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The National Visa Center collects fees and documents and schedules the visa interview.
Applicants must come to the Embassy for an interview. To learn how to make an appointment for an interview and pay the application fee, go to http://moldova.usembassy.gov/immigrant-visa-application-process.html. All fees are payable in Moldovan lei or U.S. dollars by either cash or credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, Diners Club, or American Express).
Visa cases may be processed at different speeds depending on many factors (such as additional administrative processing, missing documents, or incomplete applications). Applicants should not make any final travel arrangements, dispose of their property, or give up their jobs until they receive their visas.
Every applicant must fill out an application packet. For a list of the standard forms required, visit the Immigrant Visa Forms page at http://moldova.usembassy.gov/immigrant-visa-forms.html. Once an immigrant petition is approved, the National Visa Center will advise the applicant what forms and documents to prepare.