Steps on How to Create a USCIS Online Account

If you have an application on the USCIS website, then you should have created a USCIS online account. The purpose of this article is to explain how to create a USCIS online account and what it does. The USCIS is the US government agency responsible for processing all applications to work in the United States. If you're an international student, you'll need to create an account with the USCIS before applying for a visa. Here's how:

Steps on How to Create a USCIS Online Account

You will see a form with several fields, including your first and last name, birth date, email address and password. The type of account you create will depend on your unique circumstances (see below). If one of those fields isn't correct or complete, click Edit and fill out the form again correctly.

For example: if your card number appears as 000-00-0000 instead of 000 00 0000 then change it immediately so that it matches up correctly with what information they have given us from their databases (here at CISLA). Please note that this information is not available online yet; however no other information besides your name can be changed at this time."

About USCIS Online Account

USCIS Online Account is an online facility that allows you to apply for immigration benefits. You can create an account by visiting the USCIS website, entering your personal information, and providing proof of identity. Once you have created your account, it will be saved in case of future use. The following topics explain more about this service:

  • How To Create An Account With USCIS
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Do I need to create an account in USCIS?

You can use your online account to file a Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker; Form I-129W, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker as a Spouse or Child of an H-1B Worker; and other forms. You can also use it to check the status of any case you have with USCIS.

You don't need an account in order to submit an application or petition, but if you do choose to create one, there are certain steps you should take before doing so.

How do I open a USCIS account online?

To open your account, you'll need to first create an account on the USCIS website. You can do this by following these steps:

  • Visit
  • Enter your email address and password in the fields provided, then click Log In or Sign Up (as appropriate). If you don't have a password associated with your account yet, click "Forgot Password?" and follow the instructions for resetting it; then click Login once again.

Once you've successfully logged in, fill out all of the required information in order to create an online account: name (last name only), date of birth (MM/YYYY), gender – male/female – if applicable; country of citizenship; social security number; driver's license number or state ID card number if available; current address where documents can be mailed from this location only so that there is no risk of fraud occurring due to mail delivered outside US borders

Does USCIS check your text messages?

The USCIS will not ask you to text them. They will not send you a text message nor ask for one from you. In fact, they won't even know about your phone number until after the processing date has passed, and all of your documents have been reviewed by their staff members.

If this seems like too much trouble for such a small amount of money (it isn't), then that's okay! We understand if it doesn't make sense for someone who just wants an easy way out of paying taxes on time. But at least now we know what our options are when it comes down to paying taxes without having any involvement with USCIS whatsoever!

Steps on How to Create a USCIS Online Account

This page explains how to set up a USCIS online account step by step. You will be able to file forms and pay fees from your computer, phone, or tablet once you have created an account. Visit the Benefits of a USCIS Online Account page to learn more.

Step 1: Navigate to the Sign Up page.

Do not share your account with anyone. Your USCIS online account is exclusive to you. Individual accounts enable us to better serve you while also protecting your personal information.

Step 2: Enter your email address and press the "Sign Up" button.

Your email address will be used to create and log in to your USCIS online account. All email communications will be sent to this address.

Step 3: Verify your account.

  • We will send you a confirmation email to the address you provided.
  • To continue creating your USCIS online account, click the link in the confirmation message to go to the USCIS online account login page.
  • Check your junk mail or spam folder if you haven't received the confirmation email within 10 minutes.
  • If your confirmation email is not in your junk mail or spam folder, click the "Didn't Receive Confirmation Instructions?" button." for additional information.

Step 4: Review Terms of Use

Review Terms of Use - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Online Electronic Immigration System and click “I Agree.”

Step 5: Enter a password and press the "Submit" button.

  • Make a password for your online USCIS account. Your password must include:
    • must be at least eight characters long; and
    • Include at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, and one special character.
  • Enter and confirm your new password, then press the "Submit" button.

Step 6: Choose how you want to receive a verification code (such as text, email, or authentication app) and click “Submit.”

Every time you log in to your USCIS online account, you must enter a one-time verification code. This provides an extra layer of security for your USCIS online account.

  • We will automatically generate the one-time password and send it to you by email or mobile phone text message, depending on how you choose to receive it.
  • We encourage you to select both email and mobile phone text messages for receiving your one-time password, then click “Submit.”
  • If you select “Mobile,” you will be prompted to enter your U.S. mobile phone number. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
  • It may take a few minutes to receive your one-time verification code. (Note: If you selected the email option, make sure to check your junk mail or spam folder in addition to your inbox.)

Step 7: Enter this verification code and press the "Submit" button.

In the future, every time you log in, you will be sent a one-time verification code via email or text message, depending on your preference.

  • Enter your one-time password in the "Secure one-time password" field and press "Submit."
  • If you haven't received your authentication code within 10 minutes, click the "request a new one-time password" button.

Step 8: When you create an account.

You will also receive a two-step verification backup code. Print or save a copy of this code and keep it in a safe place. Click “Proceed.”

Step 9: Select password reset questions and answers.

Using the drop-down arrow, choose five password reset questions. If you ever forget your password, we will use these questions to confirm your identity.

Type the answer to each question in the space provided. You must remember these answers if you ever need to reset your password.

When you have finished, click “Submit.”

Step 10: Welcome to your USCIS online account. 

You can choose the USCIS service you want to log into. In this case, select my USCIS.

Step 11: Under Account Type

Select “I am an applicant, petitioner, or requestor” OR “I am a legal representative” and click Submit.

You should receive a confirmation message in the email account you provided us, confirming that you have successfully created your USCIS online account.

Step 12: Receive confirmation that you have created a USCIS online account.

You should receive an email confirming that you have successfully created your USCIS online account.

Step 13: Add paper-filed applications to your account.

You can add paper-filed cases to your account even if you file on paper. Click "My Account" and then "Add a paper-filed case" in the drop-down menu as an applicant. Enter your receipt number to view your case status and history.

If you did not file your case online but have a receipt number beginning with "IOE" and the Online Access Code from your USCIS Account Access Notice, you can add the case to your account and view case status and history, send secure messages, view notices, upload additional evidence, and respond to Requests for Evidence.

If you are an attorney or representative and want to add eligible paper-filed applications, you must first create your online account using the Online Access Code you received on your USCIS Account Access Notice. Visit the Online Filing for Attorneys and Accredited Representatives page for more information.

Step 14: File an available form online or review and sign forms that your attorney or representative prepared for you.

Submitting your application online provides you with several benefits. Get helpful instructions and tips from USCIS as you complete your form using our secure online filing system, avoid common mistakes, and pay your fees online. To learn which forms are eligible, visit the Forms Available to File Online page.

Step 15: Online case management.

Send secure messages, check the status of your case, view appointment notices, respond to Requests for Evidence (RFE), verify your identity, and receive details on any decisions we make on your case using your USCIS online account.


Now that you have the information you need to create an account go ahead and register today! You should verify your identity with the Federal Student Aid website.