Congratulations for receiving your Diversity Immigrant Visa!
USCIS – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.
Next, we must take care of receiving your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) after arriving in USA, for this to happen you must pay 165$ USCIS fee. This fee covers the cost of USCIS processing, filing and maintaining immigrant visa packets, plus the cost of producing Permanent Resident Cards (Green Card). We assist you in paying this fee online through the USCIS Electronic Immigration System. It is mandatory for you to pay this fee after you receive your immigrant visa packet from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad and before you depart for the United States. Paying before you depart for the United States will ensure that you receive your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) without delay. If you fail to pay, USCIS will not issue your Permanent Resident Card until you have paid the above mentioned Fee. After arriving in the United States, you will receive a passport stamp (I 551) that validates your permanent resident status for one year, you can use this stamp as a Permanent Resident Card until you receive it by mail. Once this stamp expires, you will need to possess a Permanent Resident Card as evidence of your lawful permanent resident status in order to be able to enter United States again.The USCIS Fee has to be paid for all family members, including children.
Atention !!! Some application are allowed not to pay USCIS fee because of inability to pay of applicants. Fee Waiver Guidance:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is funded largely by application and petition fees. Recognizing that some applicants cannot pay the filing fees, USCIS established a fee waiver process for certain forms and benefit types. Demonstrated inability to pay is the only reason USCIS will approve a fee waiver.
Waiving a fee for one applicant transfers the cost of processing their application to other applicants through higher fees. Therefore, USCIS carefully considers the merits of each fee waiver request before making a decision. IMMIGRATION SERVICES can request a fee waiver for your application if you are eligible.
How does USCIS make a decision on a fee waiver request?
To be eligible for a fee waiver, one of the following must be met:
You or qualified members of your household are currently receiving a means-tested benefit. A means-tested benefit is one for which the individuals’ income/resources determine eligibility and/or the benefit amount.
Your household income is at or below the 150% poverty level at the time you file. Check the current poverty levels for this year at: Form I-912P, HHS Poverty Guidelines for Fee Waiver Requests. You are experiencing a financial hardship that prevents you from paying the filing fee, including unexpected medical bills or emergencies.