Form G-1450 has come to the rescue of permanent residents that want to pay their naturalization fees with a credit card. Generally, filers of immigration forms must pay their fees with a check or money order. But when the USCIS fees are large, this pre-payment of services can be burdensome. More recently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began allowing naturalization applicants to pay their fees with a credit card. The application for U.S. citizenship comes with a one-time fee that must be paid in full at the time of filing. By submitting Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, an applicant can now pay this fee with a credit card.
USCIS fees have been a barrier to U.S. citizenship for many permanent residents. Form G-1450 makes U.S. citizenship more affordable for permanent residents. By paying the one-time fee with a credit card, applicants are able to pay it off as they are able.
What is Form G-1450
Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, is a USCIS form for using your credit card as payment. It’s a simple, one-page form that’s filed with Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. In fact, you may only use the G-1450 with Form N-400. USCIS will not accept credit card payments for any other immigration form. USCIS will not charge you additional fee for using a credit card.
How to Use G-1450
The form is fairly self-explanatory and easy to fill out. Provide your address, credit card billing information, and payment information.
USCIS will accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards on Form G-1450. You may even use gift cards with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover logos. However, you may not split your payment. If you choose to use Form G-1450 to pay by credit card, you must pay the entire fee with a single card. (If you use a gift card, it must cover the entire fee.) Likewise, you may not split your payment between cash and card. You must choose one or the other.
Submit G-1450 at the same time you file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Paper clip the G-1450 on top of Form N-400. Make sure that you have filled out the entire form, including signature. An improperly prepared G-1450 is the equivalent of an incorrect payment, and USCIS will reject the entire N-400 application. Likewise, USCIS will reject your application if the card is declined.
Form G-1450 usage guidelines:
- Submit your entire USCIS fee on a single G-1450 (using only one credit card number)
- When filing multiple naturalization applications, submit a separate G-1450 with each N-400.
- Before filing, confirm that you have sufficient credit to make the payment.
Where to Get G-1450
Download Form G-1450 from the USCIS website for free. USCIS will occasionally update versions to their forms. So make sure you are using the most current edition.
Do not submit the form to any organization except USCIS. Remember, the form has personally identifiable information, not to mention your credit card number. Only submit it along with your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
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