How to Write a Money Order to USCIS (Example Included)

There are several ways to pay for your green card application fees. Common options include:
In this post, I am going to show you quickly how to write a money order to pay for your green card application fees. 
How to Write a Money Order to USCIS (Example Included)

How to write a money order to USCIS

You can purchase money orders from post office, UPS, your bank,  convenience stores, grocery stores, Wal-Mart and more places. The money orders format varies depends on where you purchase them from but basically they will contain 5 parts:
 money order to USCIS sample

1. Pay to the Order of

This is the field for who you are paying to. You need to write: "U.S. Department of Homeland Security" Be careful, DO NOT use abbreviations like "USDHS" or "DHS".

2. Your Name & Address

Some money orders give you this optional field for providing your name and current mailing address just in case someone needs to contact you.

3. Dollar Amounts

Make sure you write the correct filing fees on your money order. If you are filing I-130 and I-485 concurrently, I would suggest doing two money orders:
  • One for Form I-485 & Biometrics ($1225)
  • One for Form I-130 ($535)

4. Details about this Payment

Provide some information about this payment. What is it for? Some people combine multiple form fees together but I personally like to separate them so they are clear and accurate. It's really up to you!

5. Signature

Don't forget to sign!

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  1. I submmited 3 money orders is that a problem?

    1. If they are sent together, it should not be a problem. Make sure you label clearly what the fees are for.

  2. If I decide to make a Money Order, should I do it right before to send my forms or I can do it now and will not expire or seem weird?

    1. I don't think Money Orders expire so it should be alright. I won't wait too long to submit though. Just in case.


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