Fee Waiver Guidance
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?
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:
Where can I get more information? You can find more information at these links:
This page can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver
Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/28/2013