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Fee Waiver Guidance

Update: Although Form I-912 indicates that it expired May 31, 2015, customers may continue to use the 05/10/13 version until a new version is issued.  USCIS has received customer feedback on our proposed changes to Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, USCIS Form I-912 30-day Notice published on June 17, 2015, in the Federal Register.  We value your input and are considering your suggestions.  We will provide more information soon.

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: 


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Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/04/2015