USCIS is moving the existing online payment for the USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). Customers will soon pay the $165 Immigrant Fee using USCIS ELIS after they receive their immigrant visa package from the Department of State. USCIS ELIS is an online system created to streamline the application process for immigration benefits. It allows users to create an account and file benefit requests online. USCIS ELIS provides accurate and secure customer service and allows USCIS to process cases in a more consistent and secure environment. New immigrants will also eventually use USCIS ELIS to file future applications and petitions when they become available in the system. This $165 fee has been in place since February 01, 2013. Immigrants who receive their visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad must pay the fee online. The fee allows USCIS to recover the cost of processing the immigrant visa package and other information as well as producing and delivering the permanent resident card after immigrant visa holders are admitted to the United States. Immigrants will soon be directed to the USCIS ELIS website to create an online account and pay the immigrant fee. The fee does not apply to certain special immigrants and those entering the United States through the inter-country adoption programs. The USCIS Immigrant Fee is a separate fee from the Department of State immigrant visa application.