United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that its service centers will begin accepting credit card payments for nearly all form filing fees under its pilot program. payment by credit card.
Starting today, USCIS service centers will accept credit card payments for all form filing fees using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, at the notable exception of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for H-1B and H-2A petitions.
USCIS will evaluate the results at the end of the pilot period and determine next steps to expand credit card payment options for other forms. According to USCIS, the goal of this pilot “is to bring USCIS closer to accepting digital payments using a credit card at all service centers.”
USCIS has struggled with information technology modernization efforts and e-filing implementation, with budget overruns, product delays and software defects still plaguing the e-File system, despite billions of dollars of investment. The electronic filing system (officially the Electronic Immigration System, or ELIS) was scheduled for completion in 2013. To date, only 12 forms are available to file online out of the 101 USCIS forms being released.