I-912, Request for Fee Waiver
Purpose of Form
To request a fee waiver for certain immigration forms and services based on a demonstrated inability to pay. Please consult the list below, www.uscis.gov/feewaiver, or 8 CFR 103.7(c)(3) for the list of forms and services that are eligible for a fee waiver.
- Sign your form.
- Include supporting documentation in English.
- Supporting documentation in languages other than English will not be accepted.
- Read the form instructions (PDF, 235 KB) carefully.
Number of Pages
Form 11; Instructions 11.
04/25/16. Previous editions accepted.
Where to File
To file your completed Form I-912, attach it and all supporting documentation to the application(s) or petition(s) for which you are requesting a fee waiver. Do not submit your Form I-912 without a completed application or petition. You cannot submit Form I 912 after USCIS has received the application(s) or petition(s) you are requesting the fee waiver for.
Mail your completed USCIS application(s) or petition(s), Form I-912, and all supporting documentation to the USCIS office according to the “Where to File” directions for the specific form. For example, if you are requesting a fee waiver for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, you must mail the Form N-400, Form I-912, and supporting documentation to the address listed in the Form N-400 instructions. Go to www.uscis.gov/forms and click on the form number for your application to see where to file.
- You cannot file online if you are requesting a fee waiver. You will need to file paper versions of the fee waiver request and the form for which you are requesting a fee waiver.
- Each person applying for a fee waiver must sign and date the Form I-912. USCIS will reject your Form I-912 if it is not signed by each person requesting a fee waiver. If you are under 14 years of age, your parent or legal guardian may sign the request on your behalf. A legal guardian may also sign for a person with a physical disability or mental impairment.
- If you submit documentation containing information in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation. The translator must sign a certification that the English language translation is complete and accurate, and that he or she is competent to translate from the foreign language into English.
- Please read our Additional Information on Filing a Fee Waiver page.
- Please read our Tips for Filing Forms with USCIS page.
Listing of Forms Eligible for Fee Waiver
Below is a list of applications and petitions USCIS will consider for a fee waiver and the conditions that you must meet to be eligible for a fee waiver. Under current fee waiver regulations, USCIS may only approve fee waivers for certain forms or certain types of requests on a form.
You may file this form to request a fee waiver for any of the following benefit requests or services:
- Biometric services fee, except for the biometric services fee required for a provisional unlawful presence waiver application (Form I-601A) filed under 8 CFR 212.7(e);
- Form EOIR -29, Notice of Appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals from a Decision of an Immigration Officer;
- Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card;
- Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, but only if you are applying for E-2 CNMI investor nonimmigrant status under 8 CFR 214.2(e)(23);
- Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, but only if you are applying for humanitarian parole;
- Form I-191, Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile;
- Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant, but only if you are exempt from the public charge grounds of inadmissibility;
- Form I-193, Application for Waiver for Passport and/or Visa, but only if you are exempt from the public charge grounds of inadmissibility;
- Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, but only if your underlying application was fee exempt, the fee was waived, or it was eligible for a fee waiver;
- Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. A fee waiver is only available if you are applying for lawful permanent resident status based on:
- Special Immigrant Status based on an approved Form I-360 as an Afghan or Iraqi interpreter, or Afghan or Iraqi national employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government;
- An eligibility category that is exempt from the public charge grounds of inadmissibility of section 212(a)(4) of the INA, such as the Cuban Adjustment Act, the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act, continuous residence in the United States since before January 1, 1972, ("Registry"), asylum status, Special Immigrant Juvenile status, or similar categories;
- Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, but only if you are applying for any benefit request specified by section 245(l)(7) of the INA or applying for E-2 CNMI investor nonimmigrant status under 8 CFR 214.2(e)(23);
- Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, but only if you are exempt from the public charge grounds of inadmissibility in section 212(a)(4) of the INA;
- Form I-694, Notice of Appeal of Decision Under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, if your underlying application or petition was fee exempt, the fee was waived, or was eligible for a fee waiver;
- Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence;
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, unless you are filing under category (c)(33), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;
- Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits;
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status;
- Form I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal;
- Form N-300, Application to File Declaration of Intention;
- Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings;
- Form N-400, Application for Naturalization;
- Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes;
- Form N-565, Application for Replacement of Naturalization/Citizenship Document;
- Form N-600, Application for Certification of Citizenship;
- Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under Section 322.
You may also apply for a fee waiver for ANY application or petition that is related to your status as a:
- Battered spouse of an A, G, E–3, or H nonimmigrant (such as Forms I-485, I-601 and I-212);
- Battered spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen under INA 240A(b)(2);
- T nonimmigrant (such as Forms I-192, I-485, and I-601);
- Temporary Protected Status recipient (such as Forms I-131, I-821 and I-601);
- U nonimmigrant (such as Forms I-192, I-485, and I-929); or
- VAWA self–petitioner (such as Forms I-485, I-601 and I-212).
You may not file Form I-912 if you are requesting consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). There are no fee waivers for DACA. Fee exemptions will be available in limited circumstances. See the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Fee exemption Web page for more details.
You do not need to file a Form I-912 for applications and petitions that do not require a fee. Other USCIS applications and petitions have fee exemption requirements for certain types of applicants and petitioners. In these cases, the USCIS form and instructions will outline the fee exemption and you will not need to submit a separate Form I-912. If your form is not listed, please see the specific form instructions for additional information or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.
This page can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/i-912