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Using Credit Card for Paying US Marriage Visa Petition Fees

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As the title of this video suggests, we are going to be discussing credit card payment for US marriage visa petitions and applications, specifically in the context of the USCIS portion of the overall process. 

Recent announcement from the Department of Homeland Security titled USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Options for Fees. I am going to be quoting some of this directly; I am going to be paraphrasing a little bit of it. Those who are watching this video I strongly urge you just go ahead and Google this and look it up, it is right on USCIS' website. “US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that it will now accept credit card payments for filing most of its forms. The new payment option is available for 41 fee based forms processed at USCIS Lock box facilities to pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.  Applicants need to use the credit card application form. USCIS will enter the credit card data into the system operated by the US Department of the Treasury and will then destroy the form to protect the credit card information.

So what to take away from this?  First of all we are talking about marriage visas specifically so in and I-130 case, that is CR-1s and IR-1s, this is going to be possible. K-3s which do not actually require a supplemental filing fee, they simplify require the initial filing fee and then the subsequent supplemental filing basically sort of are allowed  and  paid by credit card by default for lack of a better word or they are sort of piggybacked on to the underlying immigrant case but it does look like it is going to be possible for those who are trying to bring a Thai wife, a Thai spouse or husband back to the United States for  American citizens or lawful permanent residents may be able to avail themselves of credit card processing facilities when paying the petition fee. So basically that is going to depend on the given client’s set of circumstances as noted in a prior video. This does not seem to apply, at least at the present time, to fiancée visa cases so most folks are not going to be able to avail and tell of that back for the time being,  it looks like it is going to be possible for those who are married to US citizens to process the petition filing with DHS using a specific credit card processing form which will subsequently be destroyed after it is processed through their system.