Get help paying for an immigration application

Get a loan to help with your immigration application fee.

What to do

1. Complete your immigration application

You can get a loan to cover many US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) application fees:

  • Citizenship ($725)

  • DACA ($495)

  • Green Card ($1,225)

  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) ($495)

  • Petition for Relatives ($535)

  • U-Visa ($585)

You’ll need your complete immigration application to apply for the loan. But don’t send it to USCIS until after you’ve got your loan check.   

2. Apply for a loan

To apply you will need:

  • To be 18 or older

  • A valid email address

  • A valid photo ID like a driver's license or passport

  • Proof that you live in California, which can be your photo ID

  • Proof of your checking account, like a voided check, bank letter or statement

  • Proof of your income, like 2 months of pay stubs or 3 months of bank statements

  • A Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

What happens next

What happens next
  1. Once you apply you will need to finish online training.  

  2. After your loan is approved you will get a check in the mail in about a week. The check will be made out to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”.

  3. Mail the check to USCIS with your completed application.

  4. You need to pay back the zero-interest loan every month for 10 months. The money will come out of your bank account automatically.

Your payment history goes to credit bureaus. If you pay the loan back on time it can improve your credit rating.

Why do we give loans to help immigrants?

We know immigration fees are expensive and a barrier for many immigrants. OCEIA funds Mission Asset Fund to help San Franciscans pay their immigration application fees.

Last updated June 30, 2022