Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Fee Exemption Guidance
To request consideration of deferred Action for childhood arrivals, you must file Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; and Form I-765WS, Form I-765 Worksheet. The fee to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals is $465 and cannot be waived.
Fee exemptions are available in very limited circumstances. In order to be considered for a fee exemption you must submit a letter and supporting documentation demonstrating that you meet one of the following conditions:
A request for a fee exemption must be filed and approved before you file a request for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals without a fee. If you submit Forms I-821D, I-765 and I-765WS to a USCIS Lockbox facility without a fee and there is no record a fee exemption request has been approved, both forms will be rejected and returned to you.
What documents must I submit with my request? This depends on the category for which you are requesting an exemption from the fee. USCIS must be able to determine your eligibility by examining your supporting documents. The supporting documents must be legible and in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.
What are some examples of acceptable documentation? This list contains examples of acceptable documentation and is not exhaustive:
How will USCIS make a decision on my request? Our decision is made by reviewing your letter and supporting documentation. Here are some reasons why we may deny your request:
How long will it take to make a decision on my request? This depends on the number of requests we receive. Our goal is to respond to you within 90 days.
How can I determine if my income is 150% of the U.S. poverty level? Please reference the charts in the current Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.+-
2013 Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines:
Find more information on the "Fee Waiver Additional Information" page.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/28/2013