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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: 


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Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/28/2013