Today I detected two charges to my card, both on the same day. I called my bank (chase) but the only solution offered was to block and close the card. However, I am currently doing some processes with USCIS and until they charge the fee attached to my paperwork I cannot close the card since then that process would just fail.

If the process fails, my process would be rejected and it seems I cannot resubmit the process per https://www.uscis.gov/forms/pay-a-credit-card:

You may use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Make sure the card has enough money to cover the fee. We will reject your application, petition, or request if the card is declined, and we will not attempt to process your credit card payment a second time.

This is a special circumstance where a payment must go through on the potentially compromised card.

Does anyone know any other option to ensure that that payment goes through but also preventing further charges in a card that might have been compromised? Are charges like that usually because of a compromised card? Or some kind of sweep/random scam?

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    Can't you contact USCIS (whoever that is) and provide them with a new credit card number?
    – chepner
    Jul 10 '20 at 17:31
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    @chepner It's US Citizenship and Immigration Services. In other words, an agency that may hold OP's life in its hands. Presumably that's why he's being so careful and doesn't want to do anything that could complicate his case with them.
    – nanoman
    Jul 10 '20 at 17:54
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    Also regarding why this is a special case, "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." per stilt.com/blog/2019/08/g-1450
    – Freiheit
    Jul 10 '20 at 19:59
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    Did you mention these special charges to Chase when you talked to them? They may have a system for dealing with cases like this where you have initiated a charge but it hasn't gone through yet.
    – Dragonel
    Jul 10 '20 at 20:29
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    OP: So what happened? Did you manage to keep USCIS happy?
    – nanoman
    Feb 1 at 6:09

Long, long, long ago my parents hit a situation where there was outstanding legitimate charges on a compromised card. The credit card company was able to reissue the card while allowing the legitimate charges through.

I have had no occasion to do something like this since then but I would certainly ask the credit card company if something of the sort could be done.


I know that if the charges that you want to go through is pending you don't need to worry about it going through. The charge will go through anyway even if the card is canceled. If you are worried, you should call your bank and make sure but I really recommend closing the card if you know there are fraudulent charges. There may be more so I don't think you should wait

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