U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is funded largely by application and petition fees. Recognizing that some applicants cannot pay the filing fees, USCIS established a fee waiver process for certain forms and benefit types. Demonstrated inability to pay is the only reason USCIS will approve a fee waiver.
Waiving a fee for one applicant transfers the cost of processing their application to other applicants through higher fees. Therefore, USCIS carefully considers the merits of each fee waiver request before making a decision.
How do I request a fee waiver?
Read the instructions for Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, to see if a fee waiver is available for the form you are filing.
Use Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver if possible. We will also accept a written request.
File your fee waiver request with the form for which you are requesting the fee waiver. Do not send a fee waiver request by itself.
Note: You cannot use our e-Filing system to file a form for which you are requesting a fee waiver. Please file a paper application.
How does USCIS make a decision on a fee waiver request?
To be eligible for a fee waiver, one of the following must be met:
You or qualified members of your household are currently receiving a means-tested benefit. A means-tested benefit is one for which the individuals’ income/resources determine eligibility and/or the benefit amount.
Your household income is at or below the 150-percent poverty level at the time you file. Check the current poverty levels for this year at: Form I-912P, HHS Poverty Guidelines for Fee Waiver Requests.
You are experiencing a financial hardship that prevents you from paying the filing fee, including unexpected medical bills or emergencies.
Where can I get more information?
You can find more information at these links:
Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver
Form I-912P, HHS Poverty Guidelines for Fee Waiver Requests.
USCIS Fee Waiver Policy
Fee Waiver Additional Information (Paperwork Reduction Act Information)
This page can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver.