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Everything You Should Know About G-1450
In the beginning, when payment transactions were originally made, people would have to send cash, checks, or money orders – which would have been slightly risky, inconvenient, and even time-consuming.
Nowadays, everything has been made much easier with the use of credit cards – and this convenience has reached all the way up to USCIS. If you want to get your credit card as an international student worker, you should be able to pay online – provided you come up with the right documents. This article should have all that you need to know.
Can USCIS Costs Be Paid With a Credit Card
Yes, you can pay with a credit card – and this has been possible for a few years now. Instead of only relying on money orders, now you may pay the fees for your green card by using a credit card. This is a great opportunity since you will not be charged as much in fees.
With the credit card option, you may now pay for your naturalization process in a much easier manner. However, if you want to use your credit card in order to finance your N-400, Application for Naturalization, you will have to include a copy of the Form G-1450 that has been properly filled out.
What Is a G-1450
When you make a formal, online application, you need to go through all the steps necessary to ensure that your payment is accepted. The Form G-1450, also known as the Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, is needed so that both your financial institution and USCIS can accept the charge inflicted on your credit card.
The form is very simple – but it is an absolute necessity if you want to take advantage of this good opportunity. This way, using the G-1450, you will not have to wait forever to get your application accepted. The entire process takes no more than two days – and in some cases, even a few hours.
Who Needs to File Form G-1450?
Anyone who does not have the spare time to send money orders and checks to USCIS may find this option very convenient. Plus, you will not be charged extra for the fact that you have used a credit card. However, bear in mind that USCIS will not accept payments using credit cards for other immigration forms.
You may use a MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover card. Make sure that there is enough money on the credit card to process the entire fee. If your credit card is declined, then your petition will also be rejected. If this happens, then USCIS will not be processing your petition for a second time.
Required Documents for a G-1450
When applying for a green card, aside from the G-1450, there won’t be many documents in particular that you will need with this form. The document simply states that you may use a credit card to make the payment. So, you simply have to attach this one-page form in the standard package, along with a few other extras.
For instance, if you wish to pay for your Application for Naturalization, you will need to attach a properly filled out N-1450. In this respect, you will need to provide the N-400 Application Package for Naturalization, your personal information, your credit card number, and your credit card billing information. Immigrant student credit cards are also accepted in this regard.
How to Fill Out Form G-1450
The form itself is self-explanatory and relatively easy to fill out. There is a page containing the instructions in which you can find everything you may need. Moreover, USCIS has also provided a useful list of tips that you may use when filing form G-1450. This way, you will know for sure that you haven’t forgotten anything crucial.
Here are the steps that you will have to follow when you are filling out the Form G-1450. At this point, it is lonely applicable with the N-400 – but eventually, this should apply to other petitions as well.
- Step 1: Fill Out the N-400 Application for Naturalization Package
Considering that the G-1450 is an authorization for the payment of the N-400 application, you will first have to complete the Naturalization package. This means that you will become a citizen of the United States. The process is self-explanatory there as well, as every form will have its own set of instructions.
- Step 2: Complete the G-1450 Form In Order to Make Your Citizenship Application Payment
In order to complete this form, you will have to provide your personal information, your billing information, and your credit card number. Once you have the authorized payment amount (which is the total amount needed to charge on the credit card), you may sign and submit the form.
Bear in mind that you will have to sign your G-1450 application form in order to finalize everything. After everything has been filled and signed, you will have to place the form G-1450 on top of your N-400 Application. Once that has been resolved, you may mail everything to USCIS. The charge will appear on your credit card statement under the title of “USCIS N400 Payment.”
Once the application has been submitted, if everything goes well, you are around 6 months away from becoming a US citizen. Once the application has been approved, you will have the right of every other US citizen – including the right to vote, freedom to travel, freedom from the threat of deportation, and also the freedom to do something as simple as taking out a credit card loan.
If your filing is accepted, then two things will happen. The first (and logical) step is that your credit card will be charged for the proper amount – a sum which will eventually appear on your credit card statement.
Once the sum has been charged, USCIS will destroy the Form G-1450 in order to protect the information on your credit card. This information is destroyed even if your application is rejected – which means that your credit card is safe in the hands of the USCIS experts.
Where to File a G-1450
You may download the Form G-1450 from the USCIS website, and you may do so absolutely free of charge. Bear in mind that USCIS is intermittently updating the forms, so be certain that you have the current one.
You should not file this form to any other organization except for USCIS. This may be dangerous, as the form has personal information about yourself, as well as the number on your credit card.
How Much Does a G-1450 Cost?
The form in itself does not cost you anything. You will just be charged the price of the Form N-400 – which is $640. There will not be any extra charges for the fact that you decided to pay with your credit card instead. So, when the fee shows up on your credit card statement, it will be for the other forms.
G-1450 Processing Time
The processing time for the G-1450 will take roughly 6 months. You should be notified by its process in the end – but if you see that more than 6 months have already passed, you should contact USCIS to see what has happened with your application. Even if your application is rejected or approved, you should still receive a notice on the stage of your petition.
Can Multiple Applications Be Paid for Together?
No, you must pay separately for each application, request or petition. Furthermore, you will have to pay for both the biometric fee and the application fee that have been associated with the form. So far, this fee is only applicable with form N-400 – but the government is trying to make it available for the other forms as well.
If you are paying using a credit card, you should submit one Form G-1450 with every other application. The whole package will be rejected if you do the following:
- You provide one Form G-1450 for more than one application, request, or petition.
- You offer a mix of checks, money orders, and credit card authorizations for more than one application.
- A credit card authorization and a check are used to split the payment for the same petition, application, or request.
In the end, to put it as plainly as possible, you cannot pay together more applications with just one credit card authorization. Each form should have its own G-1450, which you need to type legibly in black ink.
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Credit card payments are a very convenient way to get rid of the money order hassle. This way, if you know that you have the necessary cash on your credit card, the whole process should be rather quick. Granted, you will have to wait 5 months in order to become a citizen – but if you go for any other payment method, you may have to wait for a much longer time.