I-942, Request for Reduced Fee

To request a reduced filing fee for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization if your documented annual household income is greater than 150 percent but not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines at the time you file.  If you qualify for a reduced filing fee, you must still pay the full biometric services fee along with the reduced fee.

A reduced fee is not the same as a fee waiver. Please see our Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver page for information about fee waivers.

Number of Pages

Form 9; instructions 7.

Edition Date

12/23/16.  A new edition of this form is coming soon. In the meantime, you may file using the 12/23/16 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Where to File

Mail your completed Form N-400, Form I-942, the fees, and all supporting documentation together to USCIS according to the “Where to File” directions on our Form N-400, Application for Naturalization page. 

Do not submit your Form I-942 without a completed Form N-400. You cannot submit Form I-942 after USCIS has received your Form N-400.

Filing Fee

$0.  Note: You must submit the reduce fee ($320) and the biometrics fee ($85) for the N-400 along with your I-942.

Filing Tips for Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee

  • Complete all sections of the form.
  • Sign the form at Part 4, Item Number 6., Requestor’s Signature.  All family members identified in Part 2, Item Number 1., must sign the form.  The fillable version of Form I-942 includes a “Don’t forget to sign!” message and an arrow pointing to the signature box as a reminder for when you print the completed form for mailing. If there is no signature, USCIS will reject the form and return it for correction and re-filing.

Special Instructions

  • You cannot file online if you are requesting a reduced fee. You need to file a paper Form N-400.
  • To determine whether you are eligible to file Form I-942, use Form I-942P, Income Guidelines for Reduced Fees.
  • You must sign and date the Form I-942. We will reject your Form I-942 if you do not sign it. A legal guardian may 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 Reduced Fee Request page.
  • Please read our Tips for Filing Forms with USCIS page.

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