DHS is now converting funds from checks into electronic funds transfers for the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Please note that all checks should now be made payable to "U.S. Department of Homeland Security."
This change is explained in the DHS instructions to the form, which read: "[y]ou will not receive your original check back. We will destroy your original check, but we will keep a copy of it. If the EFT [electronic funds transfer] cannot be processed for technical reasons, you authorize us to process the copy in place of your original check. If the EFT cannot be completed because of insufficient funds, we may try to make the transfer up to two times."
This change may be a concern because a canceled check itself has been useful in one's ability to track cases. For example, the receipt number could be retrieved from the canceled check to track the application if the actual fee receipt issued by USCIS was lost in the mail.