Effective November 5, 2018, applicants, petitioners, or other requesters who are paying a filing fee at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Los Angeles Field Office and Los Angeles County Field Office can no longer pay by money order or cashier’s check. They can still pay by check, debit card, credit card, or reloadable pre-paid credit or debit card, which USCIS personnel will process through a new electronic system. USCIS is launching a pilot at these two field offices to test electronic payment processing, which will increase transaction security and reduce processing errors that could cause USCIS to reject applications and petitions. Other than limiting the types of payment USCIS will accept through this new system, applicants will not experience a change in how they pay their fees, the agency said.
USCIS said it will inform anyone who has made an appointment at these two field offices that the agency is no longer accepting money orders or cashier’s checks for in-person fee payments, but it will continue to accept personal, attorney, and business checks.
USCIS will update rejection notices to alert applicants who have mailed in their fees to the Los Angeles Field Office or Los Angeles County Field Office to explain that it no longer accepts these payment methods.
The agency said it will analyze how the electronic payment process works in these two offices before deciding whether to implement the changes more broadly.
The USCIS notice is at https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/fee-payment-changes-two-uscis-los-angeles-field-offices.